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The Brentwood Clarion

Page The Brentwood Voice of Business

April 2010

Vol. 46, No. 4

What’s Inside: Page 2: Director’s Corner Chamber Hours of Operation Board of Directors and Staff Page 3: Ambassador’s Corner & Mission Statement Page 4: Chamber Ads and Los Medanos Job Fair

Page 5: In the News Page 6: CornFest Page 7: Health Care Reform Page 8: Tres Jolie Mixer Page 9:Important Phone Numbers Page 10: Place Advertisement Page 11: Press Release

Page 12: Upcoming Events & New Members Page 13: Subsidized Employment Information Page 14: April Chamber Mixer Page 15: Calendar of Events Page 16: Federal Labor Posters & Brentwood Book

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Page 2 CHAMBER HOURS Is anyone still cleaning the champagne flutes and dusting the confetti off the floor? Of course not! 2010 is in full swing, and we’re already looking forward to the summer. This year has already presented quite a few changes and opportunities, and for me, the invitation to join the Board of Directors for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has been one of the most flattering and fulfilling to date. For the first few months of this new year, I chose to develop myself by attending sales training and marketing conferences, and the thing that continues to strike me is how many people are still saying that good sales people don’t sell on price. That goes back to Selling 101: someone will always sell the same thing for less, so you better be able to differentiate yourself and your business on something else. For me, it’s been exceptional customer service and an outstanding experience with California Payroll. But something struck me during all this professional growth…if people don’t have the money to spend, then they are going to buy on price! It seems pretty basic. If I need something and only have $5 to spend on it, no matter how great you tell me the value-adds are at your company, I can’t spend $7! It’s wonderful to differentiate yourself and your business by the value you add, but in today’s economy, we all need to know what our clients can afford to pay! I’m excited to take this opportunity to share my thoughts with other business people because I believe that this economy gives us the opportunity to really understand what our customers’ needs are and provide them true solutions. My clients need affordable payroll and HR services, and I strive to make that available to them while also providing exceptional customer service! I believe that being in touch with the needs of my customers is how I can win their business and their loyalty. Does that make me different than the norm? How are you differentiating yourself today? And now imagine a world where you, as a customer, walked into any buying situation and were treated with respect. The sales person listened to your needs. Then he/she provided you what you said you needed for a price that was within your budget. Would you buy? Would you tell other people? I would. And I have. So for the remainder of 2010, I’m going to listen to people. And if price is a motivating factor (if not the MOST IMPORTANT) driving force to making a buying decision, I’m going to respect that. And I’m still going to add my value, too. That’s the only way I know how to do business. Lori Knudsen California Payroll 1240 Central Blvd. Ste. B Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 240-2400

Mon. - Thur. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday 9:00 am to 12:00pm

Phone: 925 634-3344 Fax: 925 634-3731


ANNUAL CHAMBER EVENTS April 29, 2010 State of the City Forum & Open House May 15, 2010 Spring Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour July 9,10 & 11 Brentwood CornFest August 21, 2010 Taste of Brentwood Farm Tour September 24, 2010 Golf Tournament Deer Ridge October 23, 2010 Hometown Halloween November 6, 2010 Fall Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour November 20, 2010 Holiday Parade CHAMBER MIXERS April 15, 2010 Delta Valley Athletic Club May 27, 2010 Contra Costa Fairgrounds

June 17, 2010 Streets of Brentwood– Joint Mixer

July 15, 2010 LA Boxing

August 19, 2010

BRENTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Shayn Cutino, President Anja Wellness Karen Spann, Past President The Monthly Grapevine Joe Trebino, President-Elect Delta Pure Water, Etc. Ken Seamann, Chief Financial Officer Discovery Professional Services Olga Vidriales, V.P. Community Programs, Travis Credit Union Brent Aasen Equus Group Amy Alvis Alvis Frantz and Associates Greg Benner Les Schwab Tires Bill Fee Mazzy’s Fire Protection Specialists Paul Kelly Home One Mortgage Lori Knudsen California Payroll Shelly McMahon Shelly’s Garden Richard Perez-Pacheco Black Sheep Design Marlon Smith Best Buy Donna Spencer Cortona Park Dirk Zeigler Zeigler Insurance Group


Staff Members Harry York, CEO Lyle Miller, Membership Services

Cedar Creek Stables

Lisa Hurt, Support Services Dir.

September 16, 2010

Jilda Fairhurst, Event Coordinator

Apex Securities

October 21, 2010

Bill Putman, Volunteer

Driftwood Yacht Club

Pat Trombino, Event Coordinator

November 18, 2010

Kimberly Eubanks, Office Assistant

Shepherd’s Gate

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Hello Brentwood!!!! I’m Maurice J. Daroy, a local Farmers Insurance Agent and Ambassador for our Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. My Chamber life started back in 1998 as a new member attending everything under the sun. Mixers after Mixers, Ribbon Cuttings after Ribbon Cuttings it’s been wonderful meeting new and old members month after month. For 2009 I was asked “Hey, Wanta be a Chamber Ambassador?” Without hesitation “Yea!” Then I started thinking about ……. What’s a Chamber Ambassador? It’s the opportunity to become more involved in our community, a chance to meet new people and make more friends. It’s a door opener for new conversations and new relationships whether business or just casual. So is there really a value in being a “Chamber Ambassador”? Oh you bet there is, just ask any Ambassador. There’s really something to be said about our Chamber, it has a positive buzz to it. From way back to when it was just our dear Bonnie, to now with a full staff and more. It’s been a blessing watching the Chamber grow from about 300 members to nearly doubling that. Now a little about me, I’m a father of three wonderful boys Reese (16), Dustin (13) and Ryan (10). I have a beautiful wife Angela Marie, my High School sweetheart and best friend for over 20 years. I have a mad passion for wheels, whether its motorcycles or bicycles; if you can fall off it I want to ride it! Oh did I mention I have a local Insurance Agency? It’s called the Delta Valley Insurance Agency located right here in Brentwood. So for all of your insurance needs, think of me Maurice J. Daroy, LUTCF your local Farmers Insurance Agent. I’ve been serving Brentwood and the rest of California for the last 13 years. Maurice J. Daroy, LUTCF Farmers Insurance Group 9040 Brentwood Blvd #C Brentwood, CA 94513 (925)634-9999

Page 3 Wine & Cheese Networking Event Saturday, May 1, 2010 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm Featuring Wines from Bloomfield Vineyards

Come make new friends, enjoy fine wine and nibbles, and come to support an excellent local cause. $10.00 per person. All proceeds go to benefit the Delta Community Services

Sponsored by Diamond Hills Spa 1510 Neroly Road Oakley, CA 94561 Tickets Available at: Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Delta Community Services The Health Hut Weathervane Western Wear RSVP to (415) 577-5454

Mission Statement :The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion of the civic and commercial progress of the community. We will continuously strive to maintain and foster a healthy business climate for Chamber members and the entire community.

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Also Join us on our Linked in page by clicking the link above.

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After recommendations from the Chamber’s Business Development Committee the Chamber Board of Directors took action on the following issues: To Support the “City of Brentwood Initiative Adopting a Voter Approved Urban Limit Line.” The city limit line adjustment is to include 700+ acres of land area to the west of Heritage High School, to the south of Balfour, and east of Deer Valley Road. The passage of this initiative would bring the land into the control of the City of Brentwood as a Planned Use Development. In the action to support this initiative the Chamber Board made it clear that this is not a blanket support of Urban Limit Line adjustments and that it would look at each adjustment on its own merit.

To Oppose any mandate by the State of California to require withholding tax on Independent Contractors.

To Support SB1335 a California legislative bill that simplifies the establishment of an alternative workweek between employees and employers.

To Support June Ballot Measure, Proposition 17, a measure that allows insurance companies to give a new auto insurance customer credit for their “Good Driving Record” from a previous auto insurer.

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Still Accepting Arts & Crafts, Info Alley as well as Commercial Vendors for the 2010 CornFest You can pick up your application at the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 8440 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. C Brentwood, CA 94513 Or Visit the web at Click on the orange CornFest 2010 link at the top of the home page Or Email one of the following with all your business Information including business name, your name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address: For info alley please email Jilda Fairhurst

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What does the Health Care Reform Law mean to your business, to you, and your family? The Chamber has received a number of outlines regarding the two Health Care Bills. We have started a binder of information that the office has received and we are providing you links to some of the information and links to our two Congressional Offices that have links to information on the Health Care Legislation. Some of the Health Reform Laws go into affect right away and some do not go into effect until 2014. The Chamber office has received many inquiries on this subject and hopes this will help answer some of those questions. As more information arrives we will add that information to our Health Care portfolio. See the links below: USI Health Reform Update

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Jim Spann of Shayn Cutin the Monthly Grapevi ne, o Chambe r Nicole Sori na–Conde President and , owner of Tres Jolie.

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce would like to give a big Thanks to Shannon Musket and Nicole Sorina-Conde of Tres Jolie for hosting the March 2010 Mixer.

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“Spring Taste of Brentwood Tour” In Historic Downtown Brentwood -This will be a walking Tour of the Downtown Restaurants-

Date: May 15, 2010 Time: 1:00– 5:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00 per person or two for $30.00

Participating Establishments: Cap’s Oak Street Bar & Grill Gabby’s Grind La Fuente Mexican Restaurant Scrumdillyumptious Sweeney’s Bar & Grill Sylvia’s Sabor Latino Mexican Restaurant The Game Pub n Pizza, Pho Vietnam Prevot’s Oyster Bar & Grill Brentwood’s Co Co County Wine Company. Pick up your tickets now at the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 8440 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. C Brentwood, CA Only 300 Tickets will be sold, don’t delay buy your tickets today!

CornFest July 9, 10 & 11 Event will be held on First Street and the surrounding area

Applications are available at the Chamber office for Art & Crafts, Non Commercial Food Vendors & Info Alley If you would like to be considered to play at the CornFest or know some one who would, send promo packet to

CornFest Entertainment 8440 Brentwood Blvd, Suite C Brentwood, CA 94513 If you would like to Volunteer at the CornFest Contact Jilda at

City of Brentwood

(925) 516-5400

Parks & Recreation

(924) 516-5444

Community Development

(925) 516-5405

Brentwood Library

(925) 516-5405

Police Non Emergency

(925) 634-6911

Fire Department

(925) 634-3400

Brentwood Aquatic Park

(925) 516-5430

Newspapers Brentwood Press

(925) 634-1441

Contra Costa Times

(925) 757-2525

Brentwood News

(925) 779-7120

Transportation Tri Delta Transit

(925) 754-4040

Hotels Hampton Inn

(925) 513-1289

Holiday Express

(800) 345-8082

Hospital Sutter Delta Medical Center

(925) 779-7200

John Muir Medical Center

(925) 308-8100

Theaters Delta Cinema

(925) 240-7370


(925) 809-0030

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Trying to get the word out and not having much luck?? Advertise your space here!!!! You can also call about placing a full page insert into our Clarion each month.

Contact the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce at (925) 634-3344 And ask for Lyle Miller to get your advertising going in our monthly Clarion.

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Press Release March 25, 2010

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce/Linked Local Brentwood A new Business Alliance has been formed in the Greater Brentwood area to serve local businesses and professionals. The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Linked Local Brentwood (a subgroup of LinkedIn) have formed this business alliance. The purpose of the new group will be to provide a new informal networking occasion for local business people that centers around the business social networking internet site LinkedIn. The group will hold once a month evening functions, similar to mixers, at various locations around the Far East Contra Costa County. The first “Business After Hours” will be held Thursday, May 6, at 5:30 pm, at Sweeney’s at Oak and First Street in Downtown Brentwood. The Linked Local Brentwood’s membership on is the cornerstone of a networking effort with its huge database and ease of use. One of, if not the most important, networks that determine your success both professionally and personally is your local network. It is Linked Local Brentwood’s intention to provide the area’s LinkedIn members with greatly enhanced opportunities to build their connections and networks. Linked Local Brentwood welcomes all LinkedIn members from the greater Contra Costa County, CA area. The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to advance Brentwood businesses through connections in four major areas. Those four areas are Business Advocacy, Business Promotion, Business Training, and Business Networking. The Brentwood Chamber serves both large and small business of all types. Coordinator for the Linked Local Brentwood group, Joe Randall, noted, “This is an excellent opportunity for non Chamber Members to meet Chamber members and the Chamber leadership to discuss the advantages of Chamber membership. Brentwood Chamber CEO, Harry York stated, “I see this as an expanded membership benefit for the Brentwood Chamber Members to connect with other businesses outside of the Chamber.” For more information go to the local LinkedIn Local Brentwood site at: http:// Chamber’s website: . Or call the Chamber office at 925-634-3344.

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Thanks to Our New Members for Joining the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce The Shrine Event Center Deborah Ritchey 170 Lindberg Avenue Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 373-4880 Fax: (925) 373-7114 Email: Maxx Imprints Rem T. Regan 2340 Indian Springs Court Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 516-7760 Email: Liberty Union High School District Educational Foundation Karen Rarey 20 Oak Street Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 303-5248 Email: Etranzusa, Inc. Allen D. Payton 2765 Barcelona Circle Antioch, CA 94509 (925) 457-0414 Email: Mountain Mike’s Pizza Luis & Melissa Seita 1185 2nd Street Ste. M Brentwood , CA 94513 (925) 308-4544 Jamba Juice Kelly Pratt 8630 Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 240-9030 Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed Diane Burgis 2063 Main Street #311 Oakley, CA 94561 (925) 325-2908 Road Runner RV Parts & Service Center Scott Ylitalo 415 Beatrice Court #A Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 240-6773

April 15, 2010 5:30 p.m. W. R. Properties, 651 First Street Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 634-3100

April 21, 2010 5:30 p.m. LUHSD ED Foundation 101 American Avenue Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 303-5248

Upcoming Events For Our Chamber Members April 6, 2010

2nd Annual Mega Mixer At

Los Medanos College (Located in the Library & Art Gallery) 2700 East Leland Road 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

April 12 - June 30 New Venture Training The Complete Business Planning Process For existing business and serious start up Call now to Schedule and interview

(925) 602-6840 to apply Also check out the web

April 15, 2010 John Muir Health Listen to the Experts 12:15 - 1:30 pm Eskaton Lodge 450 John Muir Parkway Brentwood

R.S.V.P by April 12 to Lindsay Freeman

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A p ri l 2 0 10 Sun







1 April Fools Day



4 Easter Sunday


6East County 2nd 7 Annual Mega Mixer 5- 7 pm

8 Good Morning Brentwood 7:30- 9:00am


10 Farmers Market Ribbon Cutting 9am



13 14 Ribbon Cutting at WR Properties 5:30- 6:30 pm

15 Chamber Mixer hosted by Delta Valley Athletic Club


17 Farmers Market 8am– 12pm




21 22 Ribbon Cutting at Earth Day LUHSD ED Foundation 5:30 - 6:30pm


24 Farmers Market 8am– 12pm






29 State of the City Forum & Open House 6– 9 pm

Dates to Look forward To: May 6, 2010 Downtown Brentwood Car Show First Street Brentwood from 5:00 - 8:00 pm  May 13, 2010 Downtown Brentwood Cherries Jubilee First Street Brentwood from 5:00 - 8:00 pm 

All Sports Trophies Advertising Specialties Custom & Corporate Awards

. (925) 516-8880 • Fax (925) 625-5316 Email:

Bob & Sharon Sherriff, Owners

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2010 California and Federal updated Labor Posters. Pick yours up today at 8440 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. C

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Stop by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce today for your very own copy of “Images of America Brentwood.” Cost: $21.65

Paper Version: $23.00 Plastic Version: $39.00

The Brentwood Clarion Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 8440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite C Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone: 925-634-3344 Fax: 925-634-3731 Email:

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