JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011

    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                    Newsletter
 Creating a strong local economy • Promoting the community • Providing networking opportunities • Representing the interests of business with government

LARRY DUSON named 2011 Marquis                                                                           NOVEMBER MIXER
Business Person of the Year                                                                              Alta Bates Summit
                            In Mayberry, you could always count on Andy and Barney hang-
                          ing out in front of Floyd’s Barber Shop. A place where the com-
                                                                                                        Women’s Health Center
                          munity walked by to say hello to the sheriff. Here in Lafayette, it
                          happens at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Lafayette Circle
                          where you can find Larry Duson meeting and greeting his custom-
                          ers and waiving at the cars that honk “hello” to one of our most
                          beloved members of the business district. Larry is the only cham-
                          ber member to serve twice as President. He has been our ambas-
                          sador to dozens of businesses over the years. When you visit Larry
                          at Bank of the West, you don’t just get banking services, you get
                          HOSPITALITY with a smile.
                                                                                                           Katie Rose, Katarina Lanner-Cusin, M.D.,
                                We celebrate Larry’s honor along with Mayor Carl Anduri’s
                                                                                                                 Lorna Dollard, and Ike Mmeje
“State of the City” address and the introduction to our 2011-2012 Board of Directors. Res-
ervations forms can be downloaded from our website. So in the words of Larry, “LET’S GET
                                                                                                         Alta Bates Summit Women’s Health Cen-
THIS PARTY STARTED!” Register for Larry’s party on January 28th at the Lafayette Park
                                                                                                         ter was a perfect setting for our mixer.
Hotel & Spa. Register by downloading a form from our website home page, www.lafayette-
                                                                                                         Thanks to all who attended and we are
                                                                                                         grateful to the businesses who donated raf-
                                                                                                         fle prizes, Queen Bee, Lafayette Car Wash,
Calendar for the Downtown Specific Plan                                                                  Town Hall Theatre, La Boulange and Alta
Big meetings coming up in January/February to review the countless hours of debate on this               Bates Summit Women’s Health Center.
subject. On January 3 the Planning Commission will meet with the Design/Review and
Circulation to discuss the parking inventory and downtown character guidelines. You can
review the prepared documents by visiting
                                                                                                         DECEMBER MIXER
The meeting is held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center and begins at 7:00pm.                             Douglah Designs
Future meetings will include:
• February 7     PC        Major specific Issues
• February 22    PC        Specific Issues and Plan format

Social Networking 101
You might be surprised to find your business being discussed on-line by our community.
Check out the chambers Facebook pages and our new Shop Local Blog                                         Leila Douglah, Carrie Lifson, Jay Lifson,
•!/LafayetteChamber                                                                    and Kathy Barleen.
•                                                                              With lashing rain outside the showroom,
What’s Facebook, join us for our Social Media Strategies Workshop Series at the Lafayette                Douglah Designs was inviting and warm
Library & Learning Center. Our next workshop on Wednesday, January 18th is on Face-                      to enter and toast the upcoming Holidays.
book and begins at 8:00am. Register at                                     Thanks to Leila Douglah and her staff for
                                                                                                         hosting the event.We appreciate all the res-
Chamber Beneficiaries                                                                                    taurants who donated their amazing food,
The Chamber would like to acknowledge the following organizations who received part of                   Amarin Thai, Chevalier, Lava Pit Fire Grill,
the proceeds from this year’s Art & Wine Festival. Generations in Jazz, Town Hall Theatre,               Diablo Foods,LaBoulange de Lafayette,
Trust in Education, Lamorinda Spirit Van, Futures Explored, Youth Homes, Las Trampas (                   LaFinestra Ristorante, Mangia Ristorante
in honor of Bob Ewen), Contra Costa Food Bank, Lafayette Community Foundation and                        & Pizzaria, The Grape Leaf Restaurant &
LASF, now Lafayette Partners in Education who received a donation of $10,000. We were                    Petars Pub, Pizza Antica, Round Table Piz-
also able to support our local schools with $18,500 from the proceeds of the 18th Annual                 za, SpringLoaf Catering, and Susan Foord
Reservoir Run. Thanks to the many supporters, sponsors, volunteers and attendees. We are                 Catering. Thanks to all of the businesses
proud to partner with so many worthy causes and organizations.                                           who donated items for the raffle.
                                                  Ribbon Cuttings
    Douglah Designs                           Creative Alternatives                                      Wells Fargo

                                              Joseph Kamkochian of Creative Altera-
                                                                                            Wells Fargo held a community grand opening/
Leila Douglah of Douglah Designs cele-        tions celebrated with a ribbon cutting at
                                                                                            ribbon cutting to celebrate their new location
bated her new location with a ribbon cut-     his new location at 1048 Brown Ave. in
                                                                                            at 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
ting along with friends and the Lafayette     Lafayette. Please visit Joseph’s website at
Chamber of Commerce. Please visit her
showroom located at 3586 Mt. Diablo
Blvd. or her website www.douglahdesigns.

           FastFrame of Lafayette
                                               Anthony Ruiz of
                                               Fastframe of Lafay-
                                               ette celebrated with
                                               the Lafayette Cham-
                                               ber of Commerce
                                               at his new location
                                               at 1020 Brown Ave.
                                               Please check out An-
                                               thony’s website at

                                                         Women’s Empowerment Forum
                                                            The recent Women’s Empowerment Forum held at the Lafayette Library and
                                                         Learning Center sponsored by Mechanics Bank, Lafayette Library and Learning
                                                         Center Foundation, and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce was a great success.
                                                             Leading business women in the area shared their experiences of transitions
                                                         within their businesses, organizations and their personal lives. The panelists in-
                                                         cluded: D.D. Felton, Susan Goldie, Susan Foord, Leila Douglah, Theresa Wellen,
                                                         Kathy Bowles, Debbie Swiggert, Connie Collier, Sheila Taylor, Anne Grodin and
                                                         Melody Howe Weintraub.
                                                             Kathy Merchant of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
                                                         welcomed everyone and invited all to upcoming programs provided by the Library
and Learning Center. She then introduced the moderator, Heather Quarterman, news Director and Co-host of the Hometown Morning
Show on 92.1 KKDV and 101.7 KKIQ. Heather did a superb job of creating a lively and upbeat atmosphere for the audience and panelists.
The main themes that resonated within the panelists and audience were; to do what you love, work hard, and the importance of volunteer-
ing within your own community. The over 160 guests who attended were invited to visit the resource tables available: Brandman University,
Pink Purse Ventures, LLC, East Bay Works One Stop Career Center and Successful Solutions Consulting. A special thank you to the fol-
lowing who contributed to the success of the event: Tea Cakes, Willowstone Catering, La Boulange de Lafayette, Bookmark Cafe, Amarin
Thai, Mangia, Lamorinda Weekly, Skin Care by Timberly, The Bistro at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa, Jamba Juice, iVideo Media
Productions, Deborah Kwan, Susan Sohrakoff, Timberly Scott, The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, Serendipity Jewels
and Caryl Morrison of Successful Solutions Consulting. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who came and participated
in this event.
           SEPT, OCT & NOV
                                                      Renewing Members                    More than Five Years cont.
                                                                                          Iron Horse Kettle Korn
             More than Fifty Years                    More than Ten Years cont.           Jacques Bernou, L.Ac.
             Pedder, Hesseltine, Walker & Toth, LLP   Central Contra Costa Solid Waste    Michelle Graphics
             Schell & Martin Engineers                   Authority                        Nancy Verrier, MFT
                                                      Cortese Investment Company          Pizza Antica
             More than Fourty-five Years              Diablo Valley Carpet Care           Project Second Chance
             JaCo Distributors, Inc.                  Douglah Designs, Inc.               Renaissance Club Sport
             Wells Fargo Bank                         Jackson’s Wine & Spirits            Security Pacific Real Estate
                                                      Lafayette Gallery                   Silicon Connections
             More than Fourty Years                   Lafayette Juniors                   Sugi Fine Bedding & Gifts
             Futures Explored                         Lafayette Nursery School            Swad Indian Cuisine
                                                      Lamorinda Chiropractic              The Art Room
             More than Twenty-five Years              Parker Harrison Real Estate         US-Asia Connect
             Betty S. Vodzak, DDS                     Postino                             US Bank
             Contra Costa Times/Lamorinda Sun         Prive Jewelers                      Vibhuti Patel, D.D.S. Inc.
             Lafayette Ace Hardware                   ResCare HomeCare                    Vino
             Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church     Sharp Bicycles                      waiterock kennels
             Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa               Sonia’s Beauty & Body Salon         Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel
             Jensen/Ptaszynski Architects             Susan Foord Catering
             Peacock Construction, Inc.               Town Center Apartments              More than One Year
             The UPS Store                            Westameirca Bank                    Ale Industries
                                                                                          Better Care Choices
             More than Twenty Years                   More than Five Years                Better Homes & Garden Mason
             Acalanes Union High School District      92.1 KKDV                              McDuffie
             Far Western Trophy & Awards              Abbass, Magany, Law Offices         More than One Year (cont.)
                                                      Alicia Klein Showroom               California Bank of Commerce
             More than Fifteen Years                  Athena Charis Interior Design       Camp Kesem
             Caesar C. Perales, CPA                   California Glass Company            Chef Dan Leff Catering
             Lafayette Car Wash & Detail Center       Cartridge World Walnut Creek        Christmas Light Specialists, Inc.
             Round Table Pizza                        Diablo Mountain Inn                 Classic Home Loans
             The Grapeleaf Restaurant / Petar’s Pub   Diablo Trophies & Awards            Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency
             Valley Waste Management                  Dudum Financial & Insurance            Center
                                                         Services, Inc.                   Coupon Country
             More than Ten Years                      El Jarro Mexican Cafe               Eric C. Haag Enterprises
             Aegis Assisted Living of Moraga          Hilton Concord                      Georgina Landry & Associates
             American Cancer Society

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                    Office            Meeting
                   Reopens          8am, Chamber
9             10                11    Shop         12                  13 CUTTING
                                                                          RIBBON              14                  15
                   Chamber          Lafayette          NO MIXER         Better Homes &
                     Board         Committee              IN               Gardens -
                  12pm, LPH&S   12:30pm, Chamber       JANUARY          Mason McDuffie
                                                                      5pm, 999 Oak Hill Rd.
16            17                18                 19                                    Thurs., Jan. 20
              Martin Luther                        Facebook Strategies
                                                   for Local Businesses                         RIBBON CUTTING
                King Day                                                                  Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Inc.
               Office Closed                        8am, Lafayette Library
                                                     3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd 8:30am, Chamber 5pm, 3730 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #325
23            24                25                 26                  27                               Fri., Jan. 28
                                     Committee                                                Bus. Issues/ Business Person
                                                                                                              of the Year /
                                      12 noon                                                 Govt. Affairs State of the City
                                      Chamber                                                   Meeting         Address
                                                                                              8am, Chamber    6pm, LPH&S
30            31                1                  2                   3                      4                   5

                                     Committee                               Financial
                                      Meeting                              Round Table
                                    8am, Chamber                           8am Chamber

6             7                 8                9 MIXER               10                     11                  12
                                    Lafayette       Wells Fargo
                                   Committee          5:30pm
                                12:30pm, Chamber 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
13            14                           Wed., Feb. 16               17                     18                  19
                   Chamber     Twitter Strategies (and More!)
                     Board        for Local Businesses
                  12pm, LPH&S       8am, Lafayette Library    8:30am, Chamber
                                    3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
20            21 President’s 22 Green          23             24                              25Bus. Issues/ 26
                      Day       Committee                                                         Govt. Affairs
                 Office Closed    12 noon                                                           Meeting
27            28                 Chamber                                                          8am, Chamber
New Member WELCOME!
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                                                                                                    Mark Darfler - REMAX
BOOKKEEPING/TAX SERVICES                          Kathleen G. Charles, CFP                          CC Connection
H&R Block                                         1550 Parkside Drive, Suite 100                    2950 Buskirk Ave., #140
3484 Mt. Diablo Blvd.                             Walnut Creek, CA 94596                            Walnut Creek, Ca 94597
Lafayette, Ca 94549                               746-7724 (phone)                                  330-7507 (phone) 955-8282 (fax)
284-9940 (phone) 284-9911 (fax)                                                                                       Contact: Kathleen Charles                         Contact: Mark Darfler
Contact: Joan D’Onofrio
                                                  IT MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                    The Seven Hills School
ATTORNEYS/LEGAL SERVICES                          BizCare, Inc.
                                                                                                    975 North San Carlos Drive
Richard S. Horn,                                  3608 Happy Valley Road, Suite B
                                                                                                    Walnut Creek, Ca 94598
Attorney At Law                                   Lafayette, Ca 94549
                                                                                                    933-0666 (phone)
3445 Golden Gate Way                              (877) All-BizCare
Lafayette, Ca 94549                     
284-2350 (phone) 283-3683 (fax)         
                                                                                                    Contact: Mary Murphy                           Contact: Chelse Gaines
Contact: Rick Horn                                                                                  SENIOR SERVICES
                                                  MOVING & STORAGE                                  Home Helpers
mod4, LLP                                         Anderson Bros. Movers                             231 Market Place, #211
Lafayette, Ca 94549                               815 Arnold Drive #3                               San Ramon, Ca 94583
(510)982-3110 (phone) (510) 982-3111 (fax)        Martinez, Ca 94553                                719-1455 (phone) 369-7355(fax)                              946-9003 (phone)                                                         
Contact: Karen Stambaugh                                        Contact: Pamela Double
                                                  Contact: Karl Anderson
mod4 is a virtual law firm working with busi-                                                       SIGNS
nesses to get them formed, protected, and                                                 
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ing Lafayette resident Karen Stambaugh, have                                                        Walnut Creek, Ca 94597
                                                  936 Dewing Drive
experience with traditional law firms. mod4                                                         945-0700 (phone) 899-1895 (fax)
                                                  Lafayette, Ca 94549
uses technology to keep overhead low, mean-                                               
                                                  284-3990 (phone) 284-8090 (fax)
ing clients enjoy high quality legal work at a                                            
fraction of traditional costs.                                                                      Contact: Alexandra DeAvalon
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS                           Contact:Jeanne Kosta                              Richard Abbot founded Signworks 30 years
California Brain Tumor                                                                              ago in Walnut Creek. With his wife Alexan-
Association                                       PROMOTIONAL & MARKETING                           dra de Avalon, they became the first Green
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Lafayette, Ca 94549                               Pacific Partners                                  produce high-profile signage & banners for
285-5437 (phone)                                  Promotional Marketing                             special events, retail and commercial loca-                                    3067 Silva Way                                    tions, and have a full real estate sign division.                                     San Ramon, Ca 94582
Contact: Ellie Marks                              (949) 315-0606 (phone) 875-1955 (fax)
                                                                                                       RIBBON CUTTING
The California Brain Tumor Association is
dedicated to saving the brains of our children.
                                                                  Tara Natural Medicine
                                                  Contact: Gary Mosley
We educate the public about brain tumor
risks and help legislate for brain tumor causa-
                                                  Pacific Partners Promotional Marketing
tion research and government warnings when
                                                  is a full service provider of all types of logo
necessary. The California Brain Tumor As-
                                                  merchandise and marketing collateral. They
sociation also funds the “Unforgettable Mo-
                                                  specialize in Food Gifting, Printing Services,
ments Program” for brain tumor families.
                                                  Employee Recognition Awards and Apparel
FINANCIAL SERVICES & PLANNING                     Products. Pacific Partners provides national
Alamo Capital                                     distribution through offices in California and
201 N. Civic Drive, Suite 145                     Arizona. Contact them at: www.pacificpart-        Dr. Tara Levy, N.D.of Tara Natural Medicine
Walnut Creek, Ca 94596                                                          celebrates with a ribbon cutting at her new
472-5700 (phone) 472-3909 (fax)                                                                     office located at 3186 Old Tunnel Road.                                                                        Please visit her website at www.taranatural-                                                                      
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