Hello, August!

August Newsletter

I’ve always found that first day back to school, here in Brentwood, to be audible.  You can hear the parents sighing a breath of peace, and the teachers and administrators taking a cleansing breath in preparation for a new school year!  


Breathing.  Something we generally don’t think about; our autonomic nervous system does a fine job of making sure it’s one thing off our list of conscious to-do’s.  And yet, how often do we catch ourselves (or others) holding our breath?  Sometimes amid to-do lists, action items, objectives, and following up with customers, it feels like we can’t breathe or catch our breath.


Last night, The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce hosted Celebrating Brentwood.  It was an Acadamy-Award-styled event honoring those who go above and beyond to help others breathe easier.  All of the nominees are stellar.  Our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors East County Performing Arts Center and the Friends of the Brentwood Library, and our Gold, Silver, & Bronze Sponsors, who weren’t necessarily nominees, invested in creating a special night for our community.  Again, all our nominees came into the night as winners because they invest in building a vibrant and inclusive Brentwood!  Thank you to all those who joined in and applauded the hearts that generate the ideals of what Better in Brentwood represents.


A GINORMOUS THANK YOU to Chamber Director and Chairperson for this year’s Gala, Tanya Aviles (Prestige Cleaning Services, LLC.).  As a first-year director, she raised her hand to step into the beautiful shoes of Olga Vidriales, who chaired the event for years.  Tanya shared her vision, created an all-star committee, and worked diligently to provide a night that allowed the stars of Brentwood to shine.  I also want to thank Chamber Director Greg Robinson (The Press) for his diligence, time, and generosity, and for being our Master of Ceremony for the evening. 


Want to learn who the winners of the Best of 2022 are?  We’ve tucked that info into the newsletter!


This month we are thrilled to share that Diamond Hills Sports Club & Spa will host the August Mixer.  They have been excited to host and are ready to provide a fantastic experience to take a breath and enjoy the benefits of getting to know and growing your circle of trusted connections in East Contra Costa County.  Be sure to invite at least one peer that wants to finish their year strong.  Now is when business owners start thinking about what they want to accomplish in the coming year, and it’s a whole lot more effective, efficient, and fun when you have the resources and contacts to bring your vision to reality!   The flier is included in the newsletter.  We’ll have a drawing for all who bring a guest (1 ticket per guest).


Some say life is a cabaret? We here at the Chamber promote that life is a big party!  La Gran Fiesta is officially open to register online to promote your company and develop connections with Brentwood / East County residents and other local businesses.  The 2nd Annual La Gran Fiesta is chaired by Chamber Director Tony Aguilar (Edward Jones), and he’s excited to build from last year’s booming event.   Brentwood City Park will be transformed into a colorful and vibrant space for the community to gather and celebrate. The La Gran Fiesta is open to the public and will include food, music, and performances for all ages. Be sure to register, as space is limited!


We may be heading into the last part of 2023, but your Brentwood Chamber is ramping up for phenomenal business and community-developing events from now until December.  Following La Gran Fiesta, Hometown Halloween is October 28th, and the Holiday Parade is November 25th.  


By the way, you also have the value-added benefits the Chamber offers, such as the Brentwood Power Network, Lunch & Learns, and our Monthly Mixers.  Speaking of Mixers, we’re exploring a November Mixer for non-brick-and-mortar businesses who’d like to host and just need a spot.  Interested?  Please contact Melisa at the Chamber’s office for more information.  We also have some festive plans in the works for December; stay tuned!  


Whew! I just caught myself taking a deep, cleansing breath and filling up with oxygen and energy because, as every business or organization knows, there’s work to be done.  I look forward to seeing you as we finish 2023 strong.  Let’s ‘Do it to it’ Brentwood!!!


To your success!


Denise Duran

Brentwood Chamber Member News:

How To Pay Bills Online

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is counting on your timely payment of your membership to support our business community. With your support, we can continue to provide businesses with the resources and services they need to continue being successful in the local economy. If you have any questions about the status of your membership, please click the link provided or call the chamber office (925) 634 - 3344 to get your account current. We greatly appreciate your ongoing support and thank you for being a valued member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.


Members can pay their open invoices online from within the MIC. Watch the video and download the handout.


Chamber Master Hot tips!

Creating a comprehensive company profile is an important part of building a successful online presence for your business. A well-crafted profile will create a positive impression and help potential customers learn more about your services, products, and company. To ensure that your company profile is as effective as possible, there are a few key steps you should take. First, make sure that your profile is up-to-date and accurate. Include all relevant information ? such as business hours, contact information, website URL, and social media accounts ? and be sure to update it regularly. Additionally, take the time to craft a compelling description of your business and its services. Include any awards, certifications, or specialties that make your business unique. You should also consider adding photos or videos of your team, products, or services. Following these tips will help you get the most out of your company profile. With a well-crafted profile, you can create a positive impression and attract new business. View the "How to Update your Profile" below for a guide on how to utilize your Chamber member benefits.

How To Update Your Company Profile

You can update your company information, including logos and contact details, from within the Member Information Center (MIC.) Watch the video and download the handout.


Employment Oppurtunites


Supervisor Burgis has informed us that they are seeking to appoint East County representation to the County's Hazardous Materials Commission. There are two vacant positions available that are now open for applications, which need to be submitted by August 31st. If someone you know may be interested in participating in the development of hazardous materials and hazardous waste policies varying from refinery safety to household hazardous waste disposal, please pass along the attached flyers.


The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) in partnership with the Pittsburg Adult Education Center (PAEC) is hosting an East Contra Costa Hiring & Resource Fair event, scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 10:00 am ? 1:00 pm.


The event will be held at the Pittsburg Adult Education Center, 1151 Stoneman Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Please share with your community members/job seekers and have them register for the event. See the details in the attached flyer and the registration link below.


To register for the East Contra Costa Hiring & Resource Fair, click the following link: https://bit.ly/43MkUqr







 Director Spotlight - BCOC Business Expo Co-Chair


Greg Robinson, the publisher of the Brentwood Press, started in 1999. Ten years ago, Greg and his wife, Sandie, purchased the Brentwood Press & Publishing Corporation. They produce the weekly newspaper called The Press and a daily news website called thepress.net, which can also be found on their new App also called “The Press.” Besides the weekly newspaper and daily news site, The Press has three annual magazines, offers direct mail, monthly coupons as well as a full array of digital marketing. The Brentwood Press & Publishing Corporation also offers desktop publishing creating logos & brochures to help you grow your business.  In his spare time, he likes to ride his bike, play tennis, and loves skiing in the trees in Tahoe......when he is not volunteering for some local non-profit group.

If you would like some guidance and/or marketing tips, reach out to Greg at 925-634-1441 or email him at greg@thepress.net


Ambassador Spotlight - BCOC Business Expo Co-Chair

Olga Vidriales has focused her energy on serving the community of Brentwood for over 15 years. As a prominent realtor, she is an integral part of Team Olga Sells, powered by Corcoran Icon Properties, in the heart of Downtown. Olga’s commitment to her community extends far beyond her professional endeavors and wholeheartedly embraces her role as a volunteer. Since 2008, Olga has been a proud member of the esteemed humanitarian organization, the Rotary Club of Brentwood. During her tenure as president, Olga's dedication shone through as she penned a grant proposal for the establishment of the Village Resource Community Center, a project close to her heart.  In the words of Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Olga Vidriales exemplifies this sentiment, showcasing a remarkable dedication to her professional pursuits, volunteer work, and humanitarian endeavors.

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