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Vol. 43, No. 2

Business of the Year Willy’s Bagels & Blends

2008 Chamber Board of Directors Honored at Installation Dinner

Photo Courtesy of Rick Lemyre of The Brentwood Press

A gala affair filled the Nines at Brentwood Golf Club on January 23rd as the 2008 Board of Directors were sworn in. They are pictured above taking their oath to serve the greater good of the Brentwood Chamber as well as the community. City Councilman Chris Becnel (at left facing the board) administers the oath to: (l-r) President Kathi Reed, Directors Bill Fee, Paul Kelly, De-De Hays, Rich Inglis, Richard Perez-Pacheco, Toni Grimes, Joe Trebino, Ken Seamann, and Shayn Cutino; and Alternate Directors Lyle Miller and John Fink. Ex-Officio Shelly McMahon introduced new President Kathi Reed who addressed the crowd about the future plans for the Brentwood Chamber. This board will be busy as they take the Chamber to new heights and make it the best it’s ever been. more on page 2......

Photo by Generations Photography

Congratulations to the very deserving Ryan Richardson, owner of Willy’s Bagel’s & Blends. Now at two locations, Willy’s continues to serve the community with quality food and beverages, the best in service, and a friendly family atmosphere that brings customers back again and again. Visit them soon, and visit their website at: Newsletter Contents:

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Citizen of the Year Chosen...........................................2 Ambassador of the Year Honored................................2 Directors Message--Paul Kelly ........................................3 New Member Profile - Morrison Enterprises.................4 SBDC Workshops.........................................................6 CENTER SECTION - TEAR OUT & SAVE

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Photo by Generations Photography

Ex-Officio Shelly McMahon of Shelly’s Garden, Chamber President Kathi Reed of WineShop at Home, and President-Elect Karen Spann of The Monthly Grapevine.

Chamber Classified Ads................................................7 California Chamber Information.....................................7 Lori’s Minute “Controlling Fraud”...................................8 Working Luncheons Sign-Up Sheet..............................9 Calendar of Events......................................................10 Chamber Event News..................................................10

New Chamber Member, Magician Peter Morrison impressed the crowd with his awesome magic!

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January Mixer Highlights......................................12 & 13 Welcome New Members..............................................14 Chamber Ambassador Team...................................15 2008 Board of Directors..........................................15


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A standing ovation for the Chamber’s most valuable “employee,” Mr. Bill Putman! Bill has been volunteering for the Chamber (and other organizations) for over 14 years. So much happens because of Bill’s continued dedication and hard work!

Ambassador of the Year Mr. Paul Roman of Window Innovations

Photos courtesy of Generations Photography

Ambassador Paul Roman of Window Innovations was honored at the Installation Dinner as our 2007 Ambassador of the Year. Paul always goes the extra mile! He attend every ribbon cutting and mixer and holds monthly meetings for the Ambassador Liaison Committee. Congratulate Paul on this honor. It is richly deserved!

Brentwood Super Citizen Helen Myers named as 2008 Citizen of the Year Behind the scenes, Helen Myers has tirelessly reached out to those in need, some who are too poor to even help each other. Whether it’s people in Contra Costa County or those in another country, Helen gives, helps with fundraisers, and serves on the board of Delta Community Services, Inc., an organization she was instrumental in establishing. She’s involved in making her community a better place to live... all this while running a business and keeping track of one of her greatest Helen will be honored at a banquet on Saturday, April 12 at Photo Courtesy of Richard Wisdom of The Brentwood Press the Nines at Brentwood Golf Club. Pre-paid reservations Citizen of the Year Helen Myers is pictured above in her beautiful store only -- tickets are available at the Brentwood Chamber office. Don’t miss out; get yours soon! in Downtown Brentwood --- The Weathervane Western Wear.

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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Director’s Message

by Chamber Director Paul Kelly Plan Your Chamber Involvement Now As a Business Owner and Chamber Member, you've no doubt got a lot on your plate as you move your business into the New Year. Planning ahead involves time, but if you're planning to get the most out of your business and your Chamber membership, now is the time to look at your

Page 3 calendar and schedule how and when you'll be involved in this year's coming events. The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce went through a growing leap in 2007. Additional Board Members were added and office expansion plans were put in place to deliver greater benefits to the Membership. More functions, more opportunity. Do you plan on participating in CornFest? Do you want to have a float in this year's parade? Will you be attending the monthly mixers or golfing in our annual tournament? Can you serve on a Committee? How will you inject your company's presence into the Brentwood Chamber's arena this year? You can't squeeze juice from an orange without applying pressure. As large and successful as our Chamber is, it will not benefit you or your company unless you apply the pressure of participation. If you can incorporate the Chamber's business into your business, you'll love the results. Take time today and use the Calendar of Events from this Clarion and incorporate them into your calendar for the year. Stop by the Chamber or call us so that we might include your name as a Participant in one of our many events. Success in your business is dependent on planning, and if you're a part of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, we'd love to share in that success!

All Sports Trophies Advertising Specialties Custom & Corporate Awards At-Home Tastings •Premier Wine Gifts Custom-Labeled Corporate Gifts

Kathi Reed Independent Wine Consultant


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

Bob & Sharon Sherriff, Owners

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New Member Profile

The Magic and Mystery of Peter Morrison

Peter Morrison’s close-up magic allows your guests to experience the magic from just a couple of feet away. This enables Peter to make a more personal presentation to his audience. Peter Morrison is perfect for private parties, corporate events, and trade shows. Take it from those of us who enjoyed his performance at the Chamber Installation Dinner on January 23rd...his magic is awesome!

Morrison Enterprises Magician/Entertainment Peter H. Morrison, Owner/Magician Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: 925-984-6504 Email: Email or call Peter with the date and time of your event!

Business Management Bookkeeping Income Taxes for Small Business and Individuals 8440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite H 925-240-1242 “Best of Brentwood” 2002-2007 Business of the Year, 15th Assembly District

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The Color of Certainty™

David Mengel, MBA, Managing Partner

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Happy New Year from the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Hosted by the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa --- February 2008

* From Invention to Marketplace: Lessons From One Entrepreneur's Adventure Mon. Feb. 4. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: Clayton Library - 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton, CA 94517 Presenter: Deborah Stephens Stauffer, co-inventor of the DaysAgo Digital Day Counter and Founder of double u products, inc. will discuss her adventure bringing the award winning DaysAgo product to market. In its first year this "why-didn't-I think of that"product was available online, in catalogs, and retail stores in over 400 locations in 30 states and seven countries. Debbie has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and HGTV. Free: Register with the Contra Costa SBDC (925) 646-5377 or e-mail Zohra Aziz * Bringing Your Product to Market Thurs. Feb. 21 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: Danville Library - 400 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 Presenter: Randall Shores, Marketing Consultant, Contra Costa Small Business Development Center, and author of Starting and Managing A Small Business Topics to be covered include:  Exploration of Less Expensive Alternatives to Obtaining a Patent  Why Introducing a New Product Requires Specialized Marketing Strategies  Licensing for Royalties vs. Marketing Your Product Yourself  Common Pitfalls and Successful Formulas Free: Register with the Contra Costa SBDC (925) 646-5377 or e-mail Zohra Aziz Wishing you continued success in 2008. Beverly Hamile, Director Contra Costa Small Business Development Center is a partnership program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Northern California SBDC Network, and the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County. Other sponsors include: the Cities of Brentwood, Pittsburg and San Ramon, the Community Development Block Grant programs of Antioch, Concord, Contra Costa County and Walnut Creek.

Helping your business . . . Start. Grow. Succeed! Contra Costa Small Business Development Center --- email: phone: 925 646-5377 web:

Attention Chamber Members: Regarding the Membership Roster....While Chamber Members are entitled to receive a copy of the membership roster, please respect the privacy of other chamber members. The roster is provided to encourage networking and relationship-building. Before adding chamber members to your business database, please request and receive their permission. Unsolicited communications are discouraged.

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Chamber Classifieds Rent in Brentwood - 800 to 1600 square feet available Call Sunset Plaza Properties at 925-634-2900

Office Space Available 1. Ideal Downtown Location 240 sq. ft. Office Space for Rent 161 Chestnut Street in Downtown Brentwood For information, call 925-634-5361 2. Furnished office space available 500-2000 sq. ft. Call Sam at 925-516-0870.

PG&E is offering no-cost energy consultations which help business owners take advantage of energy efficiency rebates. Please call PG&E’s Brentwood Customer & Community Relations Manager Jacqueline Clarke at 925-674-6590 to schedule an appointment. Jacqueline will be able to assist you in becoming energy efficient and reducing your energy costs!

Sub-Lease at 3330 Main St. in Oakley Almost 900 sq. ft. $1,200 per month, includes utilities, parking lot, large windows, nearly new carpet & paint. Require first/last. Call 925-625-2879 for more information.

Position Available

Brentwood Family Pet Care Veterinarian Hospital Animal Handler Wanted: Technician Assistant part time A.M. or P.M. On-the-job training. Duties include handling animals (dogs/cats), restraining animals, paperwork, and cleaning. Cleaning includes kennels, sinks, floors, etc. MUST have a great attitude, be a great team player, love to stay busy and be a hard worker. Please contact Kindra at 925-240-7387, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Looking for Employment?

Go to and type the word “employment” in the search box. We have several Chamber Members who can help you find that perfect job! Your free classified ad can be here -- for Chamber Members only. Ad must be related to your business but cannot be used to advertise the business itself. Office furniture for sale? Space available? Need employees? Call 634-3344 or email us at

It could influence your business! Get to know the political issues and bills that affect businesses. Make a difference on proposed laws. Visit Not everyone has time to be a labor and employment law expert. HR Handbook for California Employers is employment law for the rest of us---the state and federal labor law basics presented in an easy-toread, question & answer style focusing on the critical rules to follow, the appropriate forms to use and helpful step-by-step checklists to make sure you don't miss a thing.

Stay in tune with the latest business news! Visit on a regular basis:


Looking for Commercial Space?

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(by Lori Knudsen of California Payroll)

Find Effective Ways to Control Fraud One of our company's managers heard about a company that holds back final paychecks until employees undergo a physical examination as a way of reducing fraudulent workers' compensation claims. It sounds like a good idea. What do you think? Fraudulent workers' comp claims cost employers in the form of higher premiums, so it’s not surprising that companies scramble to find ways to prevent it. But holding back a final paycheck is not a blanket solution. State laws determine when an employer must pay final wages — and the deadlines might be the employee’s last day of work, the following business day, three business days after the last day, or the next scheduled payday. (Check with your professional adviser or your state labor office to determine your requirements.) Another consideration: In the case of a termination, it's best to move the process along. Why agitate a disgruntled employee with a requirement to get a physical exam? In the long run, it could wind up costing your company even more money. There are ways to help control workers' comp that are less threatening and won’t create resentment. Consider these steps to help create a safer, healthier workplace while controlling costs: 1. Write job descriptions that are specific and clear about the physical requirements for each job. 2. Require prospective employees to take a physical exam and help the physician make a better evaluation of the individual’s ability to perform the work by providing a job description. 3. Report all claims, but directly pay the small ones to guard against higher premiums later. 4. Start a safety committee and train members to investigate every accident and injury so it can uncover the reason for the accidents and take measures to prevent reoccurrences.

Of course, accidents and injuries do happen, so another way to help contain compensation costs is to develop a return -to-work policy. Tell employees that after an injury the company will work with their doctors to help them return to work as soon as medically reasonable. Keep in mind that most employees don’t file bogus workers' comp claims. Studies show that only one percent to two percent of claims are fraudulent. But if you do suspect fraudulent activity, report it to your state’s workers' compensation bureau. By taking steps to prevent fraud and ensuring that your work place is safe, you can help control your company’s workers' compensation costs.

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Please note change in location. Location: MERIDIAN PROFESSIONAL CENTER 100 CORTONA WAY IN BRENTWOOD (just off Balfour Road, west of Highway 4 Bypass, in Brentwood) Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be a buffet with sandwiches, salads, drinks. Event is $15.00 per person with or without lunch. PREPAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Laura Cunha, Loan Officer Owner/Partner

Home One Mortgage & Commercial One Lending Presents: HOW TO START, FINANCE, AND GROW A SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS Reserve your space today! Names of Attendees in your party: __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Please bring this reservation sheet with your payment to: 240 Oak Street in Brentwood by Friday, February 8, 2008


February Working Business Luncheon

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February 12

Business Luncheon - See Page 9

February Mixer

February 21

Mixer at Gooseberry Fool

hosted by:

Gooseberry Fool

March March 6

New Traveling Chamber Lounge See ad on opposite page

March 12

New CEO Coffee Club See ad on opposite page

March 20

Mixer at Deer Ridge Golf Club


Located at 622 First Street in Downtown Brentwood


April 12

Citizen of the Year Banquet

April 17

Mixer at Contra Costa Fairgrounds

April 23

Employee Appreciation Luncheon


Thursday, February 21, 2008 May 15 5:30-7:30 p.m. June June 19

*Raffle Prizes

Mixer at Pierce Chiropractic Group

July July 11, 12, and 13 CornFest 2008

*Share-the-Pot Drawing *Network with your fellow Chamber members

Mixer at McCurley Abbey’s Carpet Center

July 17

Mixer at Calif. Pac. Federal Credit Union

August August 21

Mixer at Arbor Ridge Executive Apartments

September September 18

Mixer Locations (or Ribbon Cuttings) can (and do) change at any time. Check the Calendar of Events on our website for updated information:

Mixer at Discovery Professional Services

October October 16

Mixer at Shepherd’s Gate

October 25

Hometown Halloween

November November 1

A Taste of Brentwood (restaurant tour)

November 20

Mixer (TBA)

November 22

Holiday Parade

December December 18

Holiday Mixer at Veterans Hall


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PRO-TECH HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING Bob & Sheri Dickson - Owners P.O. Box 2001, Brentwood, CA 94513


925-516-1776 925-673-3776 Fax: 925-673-3777

email: Lic #705148

Cell 925.813.1319

Phone: 925-625-0278 P.O. Box 406 Oakley, CA 94561

Sample Showroom: 707 “A” Street in Antioch

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700 Harvest Park Drive, Suite F Brentwood, CA 94513 925-634-6968 email: Auto Bug is a small space (when it comes to hosting a mixer) with a big business! We thank Auto Bug PVL for their tolerance with such a large crowd enjoying their space! A lot of networking was done, along with many prizes donated and won.

Lucky you, David Mengel of Gemini Staffing! David went home with $83.00 in cash since he was holding the winning ticket for the Share-the-Pot drawing. The other $83 went to the Chamber. David is pictured (above right) with Chamber President Kathi Reed of WineShop at Home.

Auto Bug is a vehicle tracking service, monitoring fleet vehicles or individuals. Auto Bug Owner, Allen Bellinghausen, is pictured (below right) with winner Ernie Young from Mainly Margaritas.

Henry Lonsdale of California Payroll won the Business Card drawing for a write-up in the Clarion. Henry, let us know what you’d like printed! A big thank you to all the generous Chamber Members who donated raffle prizes! We appreciate you!

Auto Bug PVL donated a gift certificate as their Business Card Drawing. No surprise that Sal Cutino of East County Woodworks was front and center with his pile of raffle tickets to win this one, along with a gift certificate donated by the Brentwood Press! Congratulations to Sal and thank you for always supporting the Chamber by buying your raffle tickets!

Cozette’s Ballroom Dancing The Barber Shop Black Diamond Sports Center The Brentwood Press Delta Community Services Dreams Are A Wish Your Heart Makes Gooseberry Fool The Monthly Grapevine Pets Frolic Inn Reagan Management Services TGIF Business Networking WineShop at Home We thank our new members for coming to this mixer, introducing themselves to dozens of fellow chamber members, and for getting involved! We enjoyed meeting all of you! We look forward to seeing all of you on February 21st at Gooseberry Fool in Downtown Brentwood.

Sal Cutino is pictured with Theresa Garner, Director of Sales & Marketing for Auto Bug.

New Member Thomas Underwood introduces himself and his company...Dupe Dog!

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Chamber Heroes Every One of Them! Bill Putman Johnny Johnson Ike Montenez

Pictured above are: New Members Sharon Robinson of Dreams Are A Wish Your Heart Makes; and Chris Krohn of The Emerging Soul. Chris won the bridal faire tickets donated by Sharon!

When the Gateway Gladiators were on vacation in December, the fliers for the newsletter became a real issue! Thank you to the above super volunteers for putting them together with our newsletter in record time and getting them in the mail. Isn’t this something? Every one of them...a former Citizen of the Year!

More winners: Cozette Hileman of Cozette’s Ballroom Dancing and Dani Burling of The Emerging Soul.




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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBERS! Morrison Enterprises Magician/Entertainment Peter H. Morrison, Owner/Magician 801 Mericrest St. Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: 925-984-6504 Email: Living Trusts by Amy Estate Planning Services Amy Alvis, Esq. 2420 Sand Creek Road, Suite C-290 Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: 925-301-7195 Email: Premier Dental Center Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Jasdeep Johl, D.D.S. 100 Cortona Way, Suite 110 Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: 925-513-7333 Cell: 916-524-6743 Email:

Rose Dental Care Cindy Hong, D.D.S. 7760 Brentwood Blvd., Suite A Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: 925-516-2988 Email: The Delta Science Center Non-Profit Organization “Preserving the Delta for Future Generations� Nancy Chinn, Manager 2700 E. Leland Road Pittsburg, CA 94565 Phone: 925-625-6070 Email: Arbonne International Health & Wellness Products Sarah Coflin, Independent Consultant, Executive Area Manager, R.N. 1461 Majestic Lane Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: 925-580-4322 Cell: 925-513-8730 Email:

Visit our website; sign up for your FREE Business Management Consulting at www.Contra or call 925-646-5377

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The Chamber Ambassador Team Paul Roman, Window Innovations 2007 Ambassador of the Year


Amy Alvis, Living Trusts by Amy Liz Beth Fletcher, Mary Kay Cosmetics Richard McDaniel, Mutual of Omaha David Mengel, Gemini Staffing Eric Soiland, Wachovia Securities Katherine Van Hatten, Skin Care by Katherine Olga Vidriales, Travis Credit Union Susanna Wahl, Edward Jones Renee Woodruff, MAP Donna Zickerman, The Monthly Grapevine

Shelly McMahon, Ex-Officio Shelly’s Garden

Shayn Cutino, Director Anja Wellness

Bill Fee, Director Mazzy’s Fire Protection Specialists

Toni Grimes, Director Notary Public

De-De Hays, Director Prudential California Realty

Richard Inglis, Director Reagan Management Services


Paul Kelly, Director Home One Mortgage

Richard Perez-Pacheco, Director Black Sheep Design

Ken Seamann, Director Discovery Professional Services

Karen Spann, President-Elect The Monthly Grapevine

Joe Trebino, Director Delta Pure Water, Etc.

John Fink, Alternate Director Delta Ranches & Homes

Lyle Miller, Alternate Director n! the fu n i n i Jo

Believe it or not, NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME to contact the Chamber regarding CornFest 2008! Step up to the plate, all you energetic, volunteerminded people! We need Chairpersons, assistants, and hard workers to help with every aspect of the CornFest, and YOU are needed! Get involved! Call today....925-634-3344!

Scheer Home Systems & Security ——————————————————

Bonnie Lucchese, CEO Office Manager

Paula DeYoung-Wong Administrative Assistant, Newsletter Editor

Jilda Fairhurst Administrative Assistant, Event Coordinator

Bill Putman Volunteer CHAMBER HOURS Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone (925) 634-3344 Fax (925) 634-3731 email:

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Care about our environment....our piece of the planet Earth. Always Recycle. It can be fun to do your part! The Brentwood Clarion Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 240 Oak Street Brentwood, CA 94513

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


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