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Assemblymember Jim Frazier will be a special guest at an upcoming free workshop for East Contra Costa County businesses that want to learn more about using social media to promote their work. Co-sponsored by the Antioch and Brentwood Chambers of Commerce, the workshop will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch.
The “Boost Your Business” event will give participants up-to-date tools, insights and best practices for using Facebook and Instagram to grow their business. Participants will also hear tips and tricks from local business owners and learn about creative ways to reach out.
The workshop is free, but registration is encouraged. To sign up, or for more information, visit https://boostantioch.splashthat.com.
To contact Assembly member Frazier please visit his website at www.asmdc.org/frazier or call his District Office at 925-513-0411. Follow and “Like” him on Facebook for updates on events and happenings in the 11th AD.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce annually celebrates the best of Antioch for their contributions in developing the social and economic well-being of our community. The nomination process is now open for the 2016 Youth of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Citizen of the Year Most Impact, and Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement categories. We encourage community members to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions by submitting nominations for any and all of the respective categories.
Please complete the appropriate nomination form, and return to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce by January 27, 2017. Please direct inquiries to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce at 925-757-1800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gala will be held Friday, March 10, 2017, with 6 pm – Social Hour 7pm – Dinner. Ticket purchase and registration will be available, soon.
The Chamber is requesting the public’s participation in this exciting event by doing a few important things:
1. Donate an item to our auction.
The funds raised by the auction go towards supporting business education and advocacy efforts for the Antioch business community.
2. Nominate a Business for the Business of the Year Award.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, through its “Business of the Year” Award, honors a company’s contributions in developing the social and economic well being of Antioch.
3. Nominate a Citizen for the Citizen of the Year Award.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, through its “Citizen of the Year” Award, honors an individual for his/her contributions in developing the social and economic well being of Antioch.
4. Nominate a youth for the Youth of the Year Award.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, through its “Youth of the Year” Award, honors a youth for his/her contributions to the community of Antioch.
5. Nominate a Non-Profit for the Non-Profit of the Year Award.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, through its “Non-Profit of the Year” Award, honors a local non-profit’s dedication, time and service contributions in developing the social and economic well being of Antioch.
Return nomination forms to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce by January 27, 2017.
Mail or Drop Off To: Antioch Chamber of Commerce, 101 H Street, Unit 4, Antioch, CA 94509
Please direct inquiries to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce at 925-757-1800 or by email to email@example.com.
For more information visit www.antiochamber.com.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce announced today that local State Farm agent, Richard Pagano will be its new its Chief Executive Officer. Pagano replaces former CEO, and newly elected Mayor of Antioch, Dr. Sean Wright.
Asked about the Chamber’s leadership change, incoming chair-elect Donna McGee of Kaiser Permanente said, “We’re looking forward to Richard’s leadership. As our immediate past-chair, he has proven himself a valuable asset both to the Chamber, and the community at large. Under the direction of the board, we expect that he will maintain the mission and vision the Chamber has been operating under for the past six years.”
The Mission of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce is to promote our community, advocate for businesses with government, grow our local businesses, and encourage regional economic development and job creation.
“I’m excited to continue the good work the Chamber had been doing for the past six years under Sean’s leadership,” Pagano said. “We have a dynamic Board of Directors that has been supportive throughout the transition process, and I’m thankful for all they’ve done to make this seamless.”
“I’m looking forward to maintaining our mission of promoting the community, advocating for business with government, helping businesses grow, and encouraging regional economic development,” he added.
Incorporated in 1938, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in our community. As the Chamber works to accomplish these goals, it wears many hats: economic developer and planner, community promoter, business spokesperson, economic counselor and teacher, government relations specialist, human resources advisor, and public relations practitioner. The Chamber is a member organization that represents almost 300 businesses who employ thousands of employees serving the East Contra Costa community.
“The Chamber is excited to continue advocating for those businesses and growing the economic climate under Richard Pagano’s leadership,” added McGee.
Antioch woman’s company, Pacific Senior Care Services, honored with fifth award in first three years in businessFriday, December 30th, 2016
By Allen Payton
Pacific Senior Care Services, LLC owned by Antioch resident Kelly Gonzales, has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award in the Home Health Care and Senior Services organizations categories by the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Pacific Senior Care Services has been selected for the awards.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program identifies companies that the organization believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Walnut Creek area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program and data provided by third parties.
“I’m honored to receive these awards, in just our third year of business,” said Gonzales. “We strive to meet elder needs with love and compassion, as our slogan states.”
Pacific Senior Care Services place seniors and others in care homes and senior facilities, offer senior care referral services, as well as senior insurance services through their affiliated company.
This is the fifth award for the company since Gonzales formed it in April, 2014. They also received the 2016 City Beat News Spectrum Award bestowed on companies for their excellence in customer service.
About the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program
The Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the
achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Walnut Creek area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
By Allen Payton
Antioch Chamber of Commerce and city leaders joined Gricelda Gomez, her friends, family and staff, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 to celebrate the one year anniversary of her Antioch business, Gricelda’s Beauty Salon, with a ribbon cutting.
Chamber Chairman (and, now new CEO) Richard Pagano, said “we want to thank you so much for inviting us to your anniversary. The work you’re putting into this building, into your space says so much.’
“We hope to celebrate anniversaries with you year after year,” he added.
Representing the City, then-Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock offered her
“Congratulations on the year. It looks like you’re being successful. Especially in this part of town Thank you so much.”
“Muchas gracias,” added then Councilwoman Mary Rocha
“Thank you everybody for coming and making this day special,” Gomez responded. “It’s been a year of hard work.”
She then thanked each of her staff by name.
“I hope to see your face here as our customers,” she said to those in attendance.
Erica Rodriguez from Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office added her congratulations, as well, and presented Gomez with a Certificate of Recognition.
“You really are making a positive difference in Antioch,” Rodriguez stated.
Each of those who attended were treated to food and drinks, as well as given a goody bag full of hair products.
The salon offers hair styling, skin care, body wraps and massage by certified therapist Victoria “Viki” Green. It is located at 714 W. 10th Street in Antioch. You can reach them by calling (925) 757-5004 or on their Facebook page or Instagram.
By Allen Payton
Former San Francisco Giants Manager Dusty Baker stopped by Antioch to sign autographs for fans during a session at Kangazoom, on Sunday afternoon, December 18. He was joined by former Major League Baseball players Mike Norris and Mike Felder, who also signed autographs for the fans, both young and old
Baker, who is a graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California and lives in Sacramento, led the Giants to the 2002 National League pennant, and also managed the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. He’s currently the manager for the Washington Nationals and led all three of the latter teams to the playoffs.
As a player for 19 years with the Giants, Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and L.A. Dodgers, Baker helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and a World Series Championship in 1981.
He spent his time at Kangazoom talking with fans including the Game Changers Little League baseball team. The event was also sponsored by Oliver Scott and a meal for the players and organizers was provided by Southern Café in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, later that afternoon.
This is the second autograph signing by former Major League Baseball players held by Kangazoom since they opened in September. The family fun center features batting cages, miniature golf, indoor jumpers, party rooms and a snack bar. Kangazoom is located at 501 Auto Center Drive, between W. 4th and W. 10th Streets in Antioch. For more information call (925) 776-4386, like their Facebook page or visit www.kangazoom-antioch.com.
Carries on family tradition
By Allen Payton
For those who aren’t yet clients of Strandz The Salon, inside Antioch’s Somersville Towne Center, they probably aren’t aware of the story behind it. This is how the new owner, in a quick decision, was able to just pick up and carry on where the previous owner left off, after being given just a three-week notice that they were leaving and closing shop.
“It’s a very interesting story of how we came to be,” said owner Sonya Vaid. “This used to be a Regis Salon for over 20 years. I started working there in 2003 as a stylist. Then I was promoted to manager in 2006.”
Then, just in March of this year, Regis decided to close the shop and not renew the lease.
“It was a big shock for me and the girls, there. They only gave a three week notice,” she continued. “We had to decide what we were going to do. I approached mall management, Julie (Neward) and we took the place over and changed the name and everything else stayed the same.”
That’s how Strandz was born on April 1st, after Regis left on March 31st, no fooling.
“So it was like an overnight transition, from employees to independent contractors,” Vaid shared. “I haven’t hired any new people.”
Vaid stepped up to take ownership of the business because, “someone had to take the fall,” she said with a laugh.
So, although the business and name are new, “we’ve been there for a while,” she stated.
They’re at the same place, with the same friendly people and same great service, but just a new name.
“And same clientele, which is amazing,” Vaid added.
There are a total of six stylists including Sonya, as well as Trisha, Rani, Angela, Jessica and Ginny.
They specialize in hair coloring, highlighting, Balayage, Ombre, Sombre, three-dimensional color melts, Keratin smoothing treatments, perms, facial waxing, cuts, blowouts and styles.
“We came to the realization that when change happens, you have to just roll with it. I’m just happy we’re there,” Vaid explained. “We get a lot of walk-in traffic in the mall and we want to contribute to the success of the mall. It worked out for us. We were lucky.”
This is the first business she’s owned.
“I always wanted to own a salon business, but not in this way,” the gregarious Vaid said with another laugh. “There would have been a lot of planning going into it. But, I’m happy. It was meant to be.”
Asked about how she came up with the new business name, she responded, “I had pretty much two hours to file the fictitious business name. I thought of all kinds of fancy names. But, I also have a lot of male clients, so, I wanted it to be unisex. But, I wanted the name to be short and look pretty similar to Regis which was quite elegant. So, I named it Strandz, which basically means strands of hair. But I wanted to add the “z” at the end so it could be a little more catchy. It’s simple and easy to remember.”
Vaid has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the university in New Dehli, India. She also has a diploma in fashion design.
“People think it’s really strange for me to be doing what I do,” she stated. “My mom was a hair stylist for 30 years, when she lived in England. She’s my inspiration, my mentor and my role model in her own way.”
She has no hard feelings toward the previous salon owner, for what others might see as leaving her and the rest of the stylists high and dry.
“I owe a lot of what I have, educationally and personally to Regis Corporation,” Vaid shared. “They taught me well. No hard feelings at all. I’m grateful for the opportunity. It was time for them to move on and for me to move ahead.”
While Vaid owns the business, she isn’t running it alone. She also has her best friend Tina, who has helped her with marketing and inventory.
“She’s basically the managing partner,” Vaid added. “I could not have done all of this without her. She’s amazing.”
Stop by and see Sonya and the other stylists at Strandz The Salon, today and get your hair looking good for the holidays. They’re located inside Somersville Towne Center – East County’s only enclosed mall – near the Macy’s entrance, at 2550 Somersville Road in Antioch. To set an appointment, call (925) 777-3397. You can also like them and see photos of some of their satisfied clients on their Facebook page.