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The Brentwood Voice of Business Vol. 46, No. 1

January 2010

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to everyone for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to serve as the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce President for 2010. I look forward to collaborating on the important needs of our Brentwood businesses by remaining open to new ideas, new processes and new thinking. Whether you are an individual, a business or a community organization, changing and growing is always a challenge, particularly in these current times. We all are aware that when we fail to sustain growth, or change with the times, we soon begin to fall backwards. Stop for a moment and ask yourself these few simple questions:

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Do I have clarity on what’s next for my business? Do I leverage my professional strengths? Do I effectively execute my business plan? Am I having the impact I desire?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, we encourage you to attend the many seminars and workshops scheduled by the Chamber. Think about using the Chamber website, directory, newsletter and other media to showcase your business. Our advertising rates are among the lowest available and focus on other businesses fostering a businessto-business relationship. We encourage you to:

1. Help the Chamber’s visibility continue to grow by referring residents and businesses to the Chamber when they are seeking products and services. 2. Encourage those who are not members to invest their time and resources by becoming Chamber members as well. 3. Get involved by attending events and perhaps joining a committee. 4. Use the Chamber’s resources to find out about other services offered, area demographics, history of the community, and a wealth of other timely and helpful information. As we look towards 2010, the Brentwood Chamber, Board and Staff are excited! We see many new opportunities on the horizon. Our membership continues to climb and new businesses open their doors daily, seeking advice from other successful Chamber members. Let’s face it Brentwood is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. One of the goals of the Brentwood Chamber is to compliment the livability of Brentwood by promoting a prosperous and healthy business community while keeping the Small Town atmosphere that makes us so special. People outside of the community are sitting up and paying attention to Brentwood because we are clearly able to deliver on what distinguishes our community from others. The Chamber exists for YOU, and because of YOU. Please accept the Chamber’s THANKS for making it happen. Respectfully, Shayn Cutino Anja Wellness (925) 516-2868


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We want to welcome Code Brew to the Brentwood Chamber with their ribbon cutting that was held on December 5, 2009 accompanied by the owners of Code Brew, Dr. Lau and Dr. Fuentes along with Karen Spann Chamber President, Lyle Miller and Lisa Hurt of the Brentwood Chamber, and Olga Vidriales of Travis Credit Union. Code Brew is located at 2485 Sand Creek Road Suite 140, at the Streets of Brentwood. You can contact them by phone at (925) 513-3500 or on the web at www.codebrewcoffee.net.

Good Morning Brentwood February 11, 2010 - 7:30 a.m. Brentwood Chamber Board Room 8440 Brentwood Blvd # C, Brentwood Corner of Brentwood Blvd & Chestnut St Program: Update on “East Bay Parks” Guest Speaker: Nancy Kaiser Only $10 for paid members --- $15 for non-members -- Includes Light Breakfast – RSVP @ info@brentwoodchamber.com or 925-634-3344 Next Breakfast March 11, 2010


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Business and Citizen of the Year

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce will be honoring the 2010 Citizen of the Year, Rick Lemyre, and the 2009 Business of the Year, Harvest Park Bowl, at our 2010 Annual Awards Dinner on January 30, 2010. Both Citizen and Business of the Year awards were announced at the December 18, 2009 Holiday Mixer at the Senior Center in Brentwood.

Pictured at top is Kathi Reed of Wineshop at Home, and Rick Lemyre of the Brentwood Press who was awarded the 2010 Citizen of the Year.

Pictured at top is Harry York, CEO of the Brentwood Chamber and Jim Wangeman, owner of Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood who was awarded Business of the year for 2009.

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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I joined the Bentwood Chamber in November 2008. My first six months with the Chamber I was a name in the directory, that was it. I attribute it to the intimidation factor. Walking into a Chamber mixer not knowing anyone in the room and having to work the room introducing myself wasn’t the way I wanted to spend a Thursday night. So after six months I decided to take a step out of my comfort zone and get involved. I contacted Harry York, the Chamber CEO. After we talked about my concerns he suggested I look into becoming a member of the Ambassadors Committee. Ambassador Committee members meet once a month to discuss a variety of topics. Upcoming events: Mixers, Ribbon Cuttings, Brown Bag Luncheons, and local current events, just to name a few. We also contact new members to introduce ourselves, as well as invite them to mixers and other events. With existing members we drop off new Chamber directories to put a personal touch on their membership. This gives us as committee members an opportunity to start building relationships with new and existing members on a one-on-one basis. If you have some of the same concerns as I did, I believe joining the Ambassadors Committee is a great place to start. I would encourage all members to get involved. You’re paying an annual membership fee, so you might as well make the most of it. Now when I attend Chamber events I feel much more comfortable talking with other members and introducing myself as a local business owner. As for my business, I own E. S. McKnight Insurance Agency. I offer a variety of insurance products ranging from group health insurance and employee benefits to individual insurance products: Home, Auto, Life, Annuities, Long Term Care, and 401K rollovers. I only broker with A+ rated companies, this gives all my clients peace of mind knowing they are receiving a quality product with a competitive price. Please give me a call with any questions regarding my services. E. Scott McKnight E. S. McKnight Insurance Agency 160B Guthrie Lane Suite 12 Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 395-4554 Office (925) 281-2095 Fax (925) 202-7480 Cell


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Coupons … Coupons … Coupons … Everyone loves coupons. Now, with the introduction of The Monthly Grapevine’s Digital Coupons, you’ll love them even more because we’ve made them mobile! Starting with this issue, all of your favorite Grapevine coupons are now available online as Interactive Digital Coupons easily accessible by computer or cell phone. Simply log on to www.goTMG.com and start saving. You’ll want to bookmark the page because advertisers can change their offers daily, weekly or anytime. What’s the big deal about our online Digital Coupons? The advertisers can change or update their coupons at will, anytime. The consumer gets the most current promotion offered by our advertisers. Promotions/Events come to you: You can choose to be notified when your favorite store has a new promotion, a special item is in stock, or an event is about to take place. Share the savings: Pass that great bargain (or event) to your followers and friends, simply by clicking the “Twitter”or “Facebook” or TXT (SMS) buttons on the coupon. Coupons via goWord: Use your cell phone to grab the latest offer when you are out and about. Each advertiser can have their own “goWORD,” which will retrieve their current coupon by TXTing their “goWORD” to TXT411. Savings by Smartphone or Computer: In your web browser, type goTMG.com and view all the savings available. Never leave home without it – your cell phone that is. The FREE STUFF: Coupons in this section offer items or services at no cost. Interactive Digital Coupons are the smartest and easiest way to shop local and save! Jim Spann – CTO The Monthly Grapevine PRINT - DIGITAL - MOBILE


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Page 6 Pictured at top with Mayor Taylor are the Brentwood City Councilmen.

Pictured at left is the Liberty High School Band. Pictured at the bottom is Mayor Taylor presenting the award to the Pooper Scooper winner from the Holiday Parade.

On December 18, 2009 the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce held their Holiday Mixer hosted by the City of Brentwood at the Brentwood Senior Center. At this event the winners for the 2009 Business of the Year and the 2010 Citizen of the Year awards were announced. The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Annual Awards Dinner on January 30, 2010 to honor both Rick Lemyre and Harvest Park Bowl. We also like to say Thank You to the many businesses that donated raffle prizes, toys and food. A special Thanks to the many Ambassadors and Directors who volunteered to help make the even a huge success.

Pictured at the bottom is our 2010 Citizen of the Year, Rick Lemyre and his wife Cindy Lemyre.

Pictured at bottom is Mayor Taylor and Ray Ansick receiving award for Best Military.

Pictured at top is Gene Clare, 2009 Citizen of the Year, with Rick Lemyre, 2010 Citizen of the Year.


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Page 7 BRENTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Shayn Cutino, President Anja Wellness

Good Morning Brentwood: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. located at 8440 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. C. Guest Speaker Supervisor Mary Piepho. Alvis Frantz Ribbon Cutting: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. Salon Vitor Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The 2010 Annual Awards Dinner: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Nines in Brentwood from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. 

Our monthly Clarion will be coming in a digital format and we will be discontinuing the paper mailing and printed inserts.

The Chamber Ambassador Team Pat Trombino, First Bank 2008 Ambassador of the Year Michael Hernandez, Chair, New York Life

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 Harry York, Chief Executive Officer Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Brent Aasen Equus Group Amy Alvis Living Trusts by Amy 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 ——————————————————

Harry York, CEO Lyle Miller, Membership Services Dir. Lisa Hurt, Support Services Dir.

Jeanette Hemenway, Tummies to Tots Maurice Daroy, Farmers Insurance Amy Alvis, Living Trusts by Amy Donna Zickerman, Fifth Avenue E. Scott McKnight, E.S. McKnight Insurance Agency Ed Gutierrez, Certa Pro Painters Lori Knudsen, California Payroll Olga Vidriales, Travis Credit Union Paul Roman, Window Innovations Sarah Jamar, Paychex Vicki Sexton, First Bank

Jilda Fairhurst, Event Coordinator Bill Putman, Volunteer Pat Trombino, Event Coordinator CHAMBER HOURS Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Phone (925) 634-3344 Fax (925) 634-3731 email: info@brentwoodchamber.com

www.brentwoodchamber.com


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Brentwood Chamber 2010 Advertising Opportunities Chamber Website Advertising Banner Rates: Online advertising is available to Chamber Members. Viewers will be able to click directly to your website. *The Chamber’s website currently receives about 100 unique visits per day; and 250 daily visits during the early summer months. (This number will increase as the Chamber newsletter will now be posted online through the Chamber’s website.) You provide your banner ad by any of our reliable Chamber design agencies, or use your own. --- 168 x 114 pixels, PPG, GIF, or Flash --Only $90 per month – six (6) month minimum (Limited number of spots) This rate is good through March 1, 2010. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Chamber Monthly Newsletter The Clarion – The Brentwood Voice of Business This is Business to Business Advertising Now being e-mailed monthly to over 700 business contacts! Take advantage of this opportunity by placing an ad into the Brentwood Chamber’s monthly newsletter sent to members at the beginning of every month. (A small number will still be printed in a hard copy format) Newsletter Advertising Rates Color Ads & Black & White Ads Large Business Card (Dimensions: 3.625 x 2.125”) Quarter Page (Dimensions: 3.625” x 4.5”) Half Page (Dimensions: 7.5”x 4.5”) Full Page (Dimensions: 8-1/2” x 11”)

only $40 per month, six month minimum only $75 per month, six month minimum only $100 per month, six month minimum only $150 per month, six month minimum

*Prepay for one year before January 30, 2010 and get one month free! – Current advertisers will get first choice for placement. Advertisers not paid by February 22, 2010 will have their ad removed. At this time we are no longer doing Newsletter Inserts, but we may look an insert packet in the future. (For those businesses that placed inserts in the past, this new format will be less expensive, as you will no longer have printing costs.)

*All advertising is for Paid in Full Brentwood Chamber Members Only* For advertising interest or information Call Lyle or Harry at the Chamber, 925-634-3344


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Party’s 4 You Gary and Nancy Moody 3901 Walnut Blvd. Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 516– 5935 Reach Project, Inc. Richard Marchoke Carol Threde 9100 Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 809– 7920 Xingu Amazonia Salah Al– Ayube 1009 Chamomile Lane Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 392– 8041 Email: xinguamazonia@gmail.com Energy Unlimited Debora Dutcher 2891 Oregold Lane Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 418-4493 Melo’s Pizza & Pasta John-Paul Piccolo Dominic Cianfarini 6580 Lone Tree Way Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 626– 3773 Today’s Dreams Tomorrow’s Memories Cathleen Knight 205 Chateau Court Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 383-1691 Cheryl A. Newton Tax & Accounting Services Cheryl A. Newton 2900 Spanish Bay Drive Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 626– 7745 Email: cherylaccounting@yahoo.com Consignment & More, Inc. Olivia Willes 3877 Walnut Blvd. Ste. I Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 513– 8718 Email: consignmentmore@sbcglobal.net

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Artistry In Wood Robert Leal 2155 Elkins #B Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 626-7508 Email: wdwrkr@comcast.net Erickson Insurance & Financial Services Farideh Erickson 5181 Lone Tree Way Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 303-2088 Email: farrah@ericksoninsurance.net Maxx Worms Kathi Regan 2340 Indian Springs Ct. Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 516-7760 Email: maxxworms@sbcglobal.net Pre-Paid Legal Services Ashley Guzman 1203 Dainty Avenue Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 783-3155 Email: aceashll@aim.com Safeway Diane Ventling 1125 Second Street Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 634-6780 Re/Max Accord Michele Lane 1759 Wilde Drive Discovery Bay, Ca (925) 513-2331 Rico Visuals Alfredo Rico 850 Bonnie Lane Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 516-7610 Waves of Spirit Stephanie G. Helberg P.O. Box 1813 Antioch, Ca 94509 (925) 754-9441 Cowboys and Angels Leah Raveglia 240 Oak Street Brentwood, Ca 94513

2010 CALENDAR OF EVENTS January 14 Good Morning Brentwood Supervisor Mary Piepho Brentwood Chamber 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. January 21 January Mixer hosted by Hannah Nicole Vineyards 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. January 26

Ribbon Cutting Alvis Frantz at 6:00 p.m.

January 28 Ribbon Cutting Salon Vitor at 6:00 p.m. January 30 Brentwood Chamber ’ s Annual Awards Dinner Nines @ Brentwood Golf Course 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. February 3

Ribbon Cutting Balfour Dental at 6:00 p.m.

February 4

Brown Bag Lunch Tax Preparation Guest Speakers Sue Kitching And Ken Seamann at 12:00 p.m.

February 11 Good Morning Brentwood East Bay Parks Brentwood Chamber 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. February 18 February Mixer hosted by Black Bear Diner, Oakley, Ca 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Events may be subject to change at any time. Check the Calendar of Events on our website for updated information at

www.brentwoodchamber.com


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Make sure you're up-to-date on the most recent changes to employment laws and regulations <http://links.email.calchamber.com/ctt? kn=16&m=34522140&r=Mzk5NDkwNzU0MAS2&b=0&j=NjMzMzczNjES1&mt=1&rt=0>, such as the new IRS mileage reimbursement rate <http://links.email.calchamber.com/ctt? kn=13&m=34522140&r=Mzk5NDkwNzU0MAS2&b=0&j=NjMzMzczNjES1&mt=1&rt=0> and updates to required employee posters and notices <http://links.email.calchamber.com/ctt? kn=3&m=34522140&r=Mzk5NDkwNzU0MAS2&b=0&j=NjMzMzczNjES1&mt=1&rt=0> . Every company in California must create and maintain an Illness and Injury Prevention Program (IIPP) to help keep workers free from work-related injuries and illnesses. Take a look at our new IIPP Shortcut <http://links.email.calchamber.com/ctt? kn=19&m=34522140&r=Mzk5NDkwNzU0MAS2&b=0&j=NjMzMzczNjES1&mt=1&rt=0> to see our helpful resources compiled in one place so you don't have to go searching around. A properly prepared employee handbook explains your policies and defines your expectations of employees. But a poorly written handbook may lead to mistakes, employee confusion and possible exposure to employment-related lawsuits <http://links.email.calchamber.com/ctt? kn=6&m=34522140&r=Mzk5NDkwNzU0MAS2&b=0&j=NjMzMzczNjES1&mt=1&rt=0> . Though you face few legal pitfalls when rehiring employees <http://links.email.calchamber.com/ctt? kn=8&m=34522140&r=Mzk5NDkwNzU0MAS2&b=0&j=NjMzMzczNjES1&mt=1&rt=0> in the same responsibilities they held before the layoff, you can face potentially thorny issues when rehiring a laid-off employee in a different capacity. If you have any questions about this month's What's New or your membership, please contact me at (800) 649-4921. All the best, Steve Snyder Your CalChamber Member Relations Manager


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