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The Brentwood Voice of Business September 2011

Vol. 47, No. 9

Brentwood Chamber Golf Tournament a Great Event! The Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament took place last Friday, September 16th, at Deer Ridge in Brentwood. It was a beautiful day on the course for the nearly 60 golfers that came out to play. The Chamber thanks our Gold Sponsor for the tournament, Farwest Sanitation & Storage; Tim Eldredge and the staff of Deer Ridge Golf Course; Golf Cart Sponsors: Rave Theater and the Brentwood Press; Hole Sponsors: Les Schwab Tires, First Bank, Travis Credit Union, Harvest Park Bowl, Paradise Synthetic Lawns, John Muir Health, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Minuteman Press, Dallas Shanks Chevron, The Monthly Grapevine, Roddy Ranch Golf Club, Kendall Automotive, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Terracare Associates, WR Properties, Ready Print, Vornhagen Body & Paint, Yamaha Golf Cars of California, California Payroll, Brentwood Funeral Home, Reagan Management Services. Congratulations to Jilda Fairhurst for putting together a terrific event. And thanks to the volunteers who came out to help: Greg Benner, Kathi Regan, Ray and Henrietta Fontes, Fred Ehler, Bill Putman and Joe Trebino. The Chamber also extends its appreciation to the donors of all the fabulous raffle prizes: Sheri Dickson of Arbonne, Maureen Bradley of Escape to Spa/Beauticontrol, Bank of the West, Best Buy, Mayor Bob Taylor, Book Busters Bookkeeping, Brentwood Family Pet Care, Brentwood Fine Meats, Brentwood Funeral Home, Brentwood Press, Cabanas in the Garden, California Payroll, Crème dela Gem Jewelry, Deer Valley Chiropractic, Extreme Motorsports, Flowers by Gerry, East County Insurance, Hampton Inn, Harvest Park Bowl, Kendall Automotive, Landmark Mortgage, Les Schwab Tires, McCauley Brothers Olive Groves, Paychex, Rave, Roddy Ranch Golf Club, Security Pacific Real Estate, Deer Ridge Golf Club, SpeeDee Oil Change & Tune-up, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sweeney’s, The Monthly Grapevine and Travis Credit Union. And thank you to Delta Pure Water for donating water bottles.

Page 1: Golf Tournament Page 2: Director’s Message; Board of Directors and Staff Page 3: Ambassadors Corner and Upcoming Chamber Events Page 4: Hometown Halloween

See pg 8 for more Tournament photos

Mark Your Calendars for Hometown Halloween! See Page 4 for information on how to participate!

Page 5: New and Renewing Members Page 6: August Home-Based Business Mixer Page 7: Ribbon Cutting, Save the Dates Pages 8: Golf Tournament photos

Page 9: Employer news, Brentwood news Page 10: Member Notes Page 11: CornFest/Community Page 12: General Information

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Page 2 BRENTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joe Trebino, President Delta Pure Water Shayn Cutino, Past President Anja Wellness Paul Kelly, President-Elect Home One Mortgage Dirk Zeigler, Chief Financial Officer Zeigler Insurance Group Olga Vidriales, V.P. Community Programs, Travis Credit Union Brent Aasen Equus Group Amy Alvis Alvis Frantz and Associates Greg Benner Les Schwab Tires Kathy Blanton Sutter Delta Medical Center Jacqueline Hanel John Muir Health Lori Knudsen California Payroll Madelynn Krebs Speedee Oil Change & Tuneup Robin Schiavone Raley’s Ken Seamann Discovery Professional Services ********************************

Chamber Staff Lisa Hurt, Support Services Director Jilda Fairhurst, Event Coordinator Pat Trombino, Event Coordinator Bill Putman, Volunteer

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE I have had the honor and pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors for the past 2 years. Brentwood is so fortunate to have such a dedicated team of board members and chamber staff who are genuinely concerned with and actively support our ever expanding community. The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce truly understands that in order to have a strong economic environment, you must have a strong, dedicated community that supports and encourages growth and innovative thinking in a positive way and who recognize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and stability as well as a healthy community for leaders, business owners, educators, and private citizens. Our board members and chamber staff volunteer their time and expertise to guide the Chamber’s efforts to make our community a better place to live, conduct business, and raise our families. I did not realize the power of networking as a tool to establish your brand, develop a business reputation, earn the respect of other business professionals, and ultimately grow your business. I have come to develop many great friends, colleagues, clients and referral partners, not only here in our community, but all over the Bay Area. I’ve been able to grow my business network through many of the events the Chamber holds throughout the year. I also have a voice in the community, and get to learn where our community, both from a business and local aspect, is going. I have been an Account Manager for California Payroll for the last 6 ½ years. We are headquartered Brentwood with an office in Southern California. I am very fortunate to work for such a great company and terrific group of co-workers. We provide Payroll Services, Time & Attendance Management and HR Software and Services. In addition to being SAS-70 Certified, we also provide a Worker’s Comp “Pay-As-You-Go” Program, 401K Reporting Services and Training & Customization Services. We also process payroll in all 50 states including Puerto Rico. The differences between us and our national competitors are numerous. Through us, clients can confidently focus on their core competencies because we will consistently, quickly, and effectively meet their ever-changing needs. California Payroll is also involved with many payroll professional groups such as the APA, IPPA, TPG, and NCHRA. Don’t forget to check out our website at You can also subscribe to our complimentary bi-weekly eNewsletter. I believe the success of the Chamber is measured by the success of its members. I promise you the Chamber Board and staff will continue to work hard and diligently so that we may all succeed! The Chamber offers wonderful benefits to its members, including email blasts, educational opportunities, business referral services, directory listings, grand openings/ribbon cuttings, to name a few. Take advantage of these great benefits! You’ll be glad you did. I look forward to meeting many of you at the next Chamber event and welcome you to our wonderful community! Lori A. Knudsen Account Manager California Payroll 1240 Central Blvd., Suite B Brentwood, CA 94513 Phone: (925) 240-2400 ext. 3519 Mobile: (925) 813-2072

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Chamber Ambassadors Vicki Sexton, Chair, First Bank Amy Alvis, Alvis-Frantz and Associates Kathy Blanton, Sutter Delta Medical Center Maurice Daroy, Farmers Insurance Fred Ehler, Terracare Associates Kerri Fritsch, Monogramming by Fritchy Sarah Jamar, Paychex Lori Knudsen, California Payroll Sam Lamantia, Lamantia Insurance Services Michele Lane, ReMax/Accord

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Ambassador's Corner My role as a representative of Paychex, as well as a Chamber Ambassador is to ensure that local small business owners are aware of their responsibilities in regards to hiring and maintaining employees and to provide them a low cost solution for outsourcing those responsibilities. I am here to be a resource for the community and to help educate small business owners on how to stay in compliance with payroll tax liabilities among many other topics. One hot topic that I get questions about daily is human resources; what can I and can’t I do as an employer? Below are eight critical human resource functions that small business owners need to be familiar with. Better Employee Management: Eight Critical Areas for Small-Business Success Hiring, payroll, health care, and retirement benefits; it’s enough to make a small –business owner’s head spin. While most recognize that these are critical human resource tasks, they also know that their time is at a premium. While their efforts are best spent on the nuts and bolts of improving their businesses, if small-business employers can address the most critical human recourse topics, they will be ahead of the competition in securing and keeping the best talent. Certain human resource areas must be managed properly to help keep employees productive and happy, and to help a small business thrice. These eight critical areas include the following: 1.

Payroll is a complex process that must be carried out accurately, on time, and in compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws.


Employee communication helps a workforce focus on business objectives and mission.


Benefits can make a small company look bigger, and more attractive to potential employees.

Joe Trebino, Delta Pure Water, Etc.


Worksite safety and loss prevention reduce risk and help avoid accidents and fines.

Pat Trombino, First Bank


Compliance helps keep a business in line with employment statutes and regulations.

Kimberley Victor, Mary Kay Cosmetics


Interviewing and hiring, when done effectively, may help to maximize the potential for employee success.

Olga Vidriales, Travis Credit Union


Lorraine Whitehouse, Synergy Homecare

Employee motivation and development may be critical for employee learning and advancement.


Employee separation, whether voluntary or involuntary, requires certain HR tasks that are critical to business operations.

Kathi Regan, Maxx Worms Paul Roman, Window Innovations, Inc. Patti Schneider, The Right Choice Kurt Tomicich, KRT Services

UPCOMING EVENTS Chamber Mixers Thursday, October 20th Balfour Dental Thursday, November 17th Discovery Homes

Hometown Halloween Saturday, October 22nd 5-8 p.m. First & Oak Sts.

For more detailed information about these eight critical areas, visit whitepapers.aspx If you would like more information about Paychex or any of our services, please do not hesitate to call. Thanks and have a great day! Sarah Jamar , Paychex Sales Consultant (925) 242-0700 x 30450 office (925) 596-0864 cell

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NEW MEMBERS The Brentwood Chamber is pleased to welcome the following new members: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Chris Esteban, General Manager 2365 Sand Creek Road Brentwood, CA 94513 Edible Arrangements Steve Durst 3101-D Balfour Road Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 516-0111 Events by Georgi Georgi O’Keefe, Owner Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 577-4060 LEBEC, Inc. Robyn Brockman 2013 Elkins Way, Suite C Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 634-4177 Synergy Home Care Lorraine Whitehouse, Operations Mgr 160 Guthrie Lane, Suite 15 Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 240-5501

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS Thank you to the following members who recently renewed their membership. The Chamber appreciates your continued support.

The Weathervane Western Wear Brentwood Bike Co. California Payroll Discovery Bay Accounting New Delta Cinema Pacific Gas & Electric Rave Brentwood 14 Theater 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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August Home-Based Business Mixer Held at Trilogy at the Vineyards Sponsored by the City of Brentwood

Thank you to Trilogy at the Vineyards; Manager, Joel Reger; the City of Brentwood and all who participated in the Home-Based Business Mixer last month. Unlike the Chamber’s usual mixers this one gave our local homebased businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services. Participants included Salvatore’s Rav-Roller, Escape to Spa/Beauticontrol, Mobile Computer Repair, Flowers by Gerry, Synergy Home Care, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Kids Helping Kids, Prepaid Legal Services, Raising the Bar Carpet Care, On the House Media and the Gold Refinery. Thank you to all who donated a prize for the raffle.

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Landmark Mortgage Group Landmark Mortgage celebrated the opening of its fourth branch with a Ribbon Cutting held on August 25th, 2011. Linda LoGrasso is the Branch Manager and is pictured at left cutting the red ribbon. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Taylor and several Ambassadors of the Brentwood Chamber. Landmark Mortgage is located at 813 First Street in Downtown Brentwood at the former home of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. So it was very appropriate that Fr. Carl Arcosa of IHM was also on hand to bless the new business. You may contact Landmark Mortgage at (925) 7839872 or email Linda at

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! Downtown Brentwood, that is. Save the date for the return of the Annual Holiday Parade to our beautiful new Downtown! Saturday, November 19th, 2011

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More Pictures from Chamber Golf Tournament...

Todd Ramsdell, Brent Aasen, Brian Mirkovich, Tony Derusso

Darrell Warren, Ann Wangeman, Mike Karimzad, Mike Shephard

Maribel Franco, Dennis Doley, Justin O’Neill, Sarah

Andrea Clark, Kerri Frichy, Dorothy Smulo and Jeff Frichy

Don Burrow, Dirk Zeigler, Steve Gursky, Bob Nicoles

Greg and Julie Benner, Mike and Sandy Gannon

Dr. John Scivally, Josh Aldrich, Dr. Brad Crow, Greg Kenney

Darby Burnes, Mike Bradley, Mark Wagner, Steve Avon

WINNERS: Bob Brockman, Rich Inglis, Mark Beck, Trevor Frey

Tim Eldredge, Zack King, Scott Steele, Jorge Gonzalez,

Volunteers Ray and Henrietta Fontes and our Mr. Bill

Eric Soiland, Mayor Bob Taylor, Jim Spann

Mike Fairhurst, John Fairhurst, Cathy Fee, Bill Fee

Lori Avon, Robyn Brockman, Mary Bacarras, Theresa Coffman

Jilda Fairhurst, Kathi Regan and Lisa Hurt

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Final Rule for Notification of Employee Rights The National Labor Relations Board has issued a Final Rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by posting a notice. Employers should begin posting the notice on November 14, 2011. Copies of the notice will be available on the NLRB website and from NLRB regional offices by October 1. Similar postings of workplace rights are required under other federal workplace laws. The 11-by-17-inch notice is similar in content and design to a notice of NLRA rights that must be posted by federal contractors under a Department of Labor rule. The notice of rights will be provided at no charge by NLRB regional offices or can be downloaded from the Board website and printed in color or black-and-white. Translated versions will be available, and must be posted at workplaces where at least 20% of employees are not proficient in English. Employers must also post the notice on an intranet or an internet site if personnel rules and policies are customarily posted there. The poster is available for download at

Brentwood is a Playful City USA again for 2011! Come to Play Day Sat, Sept. 24th For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Brentwood has been designated a ―Playful City‖ for 2011. Brentwood is one of 151 cities so designated—with 14 in California and only Brentwood, Redwood City and San Francisco in Northern California. KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play, honors cities and towns determined to prioritize play and ensure that children are healthy by providing the time and space for play. Our beautiful city is full of trails, parks, athletic fields and a wonderful water park to play in. Brentwood will host the 4th Annual Play Day on Saturday, September 24th at 2p.m. at Veterans Park. The event is for kids of all ages. Participants can play games, blow bubbles, fly kites and enjoy the StoryWalk project, where children and parents can walk through the park reading a children’s book that is posted in stages throughout the park. So grab your kids and come on out to play!

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Notes for Members... Chamber Lobby Display The Chamber lobby is a great place to display your business cards, flyers and brochures. This is a member benefit...only members may advertise their business here! We regularly remove items belonging to members who have not renewed. Promote your business by bringing in your current materials. The Chamber is widely visited by our members and people new to the Brentwood area.

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Join Us on Facebook! Click the Facebook picture to the left to be directed to our page. Also Look for our CornFest Page.

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

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In Our Community... FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event October 1, 2011 9 am to 2 pm Brentwood Transfer Station, 2300 Elkins Way

CornFest Volunteer Thank You Picnic A picnic was held on Sunday, September 18th to thank the people that volunteered at CornFest, both nonprofit groups and individuals. Chairmen Dirk Zeigler and Ken Seamann thanked everyone for all their efforts and noted CornFest would not be possible without their support. This year’s CornFest was very successful and $50,000 was distributed to 22 nonprofit groups that volunteered. Pictured below are representatives from just a handful of the groups that donated their time. Thank you to all! Dirk Zeigler and Ken Seamann present checks to...

Open to all residents of East Contra Costa County (must present a valid driver’s license) For further information, please call (925) 756-1990 or visit

Lions 2nd Annual Walk for Diabetes Awareness September 24th, 2011 The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Creekside Park, on Claremont Dr. and follow Marsh Creek Trail to Veteran’s Park on Balfour Road., then circle back and finish at Creekside Park. Health screening and information will be available to the public free of charge near the finish line. For more information, contact Fred Ginsler at (925) 642-2825 or email

Barbara Guise of Delta Community Services

Got Glasses?

Fred Ginsler of the Brentwood Lions Club Kay Wisdom of the Kiwanis

Ron Yarolimek of Relay for Life of Brentwood

Lil Pierce of Soroptomists

Drop off your old prescription eyeglasses in the donation box at the Chamber office. Lions Club collects these to recycle and sort for distribution to people in need in developing countries.

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Page 12 IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS 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 Inn Express

(800) 345-8082

Medical Services Sutter Delta Medical Center

(925) 779-7200

John Muir Outpatient Center (925) 308-8100 Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center

SCORE Counselors, Counselors of Small Business Now at the Brentwood Chamber Office 1st and 3rd Monday’s: 1:30 and 2:30 pm----Call (925) 634-3344 for your appointment today.

(925) 813-6000

Theaters Delta Cinema

(925) 240-7370


(925) 809-0030

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