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Sylvia’s Florist celebrates ribbon cutting with Antioch community, business leaders

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Owner Sylvia Sandoval, her husband Valentin, friends, and Antioch community and business leaders celebrate the ribbon cutting of Sylvia's Florist on A Street, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. photo by Casey Quist

Owner Sylvia Sandoval with scissors, her husband Valentin (in blue suit), friends, and Antioch community and business leaders celebrate the ribbon cutting for Sylvia’s Florist on A Street, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. photo by Casey Quist, Studio 505

By Allen Payton

As their third anniversary draws near, on March 1st, Sylvia’s Florist held a ribbon cutting as a new member of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, on Friday evening, Jan. 27, 2017. Attended by members of the Antioch City Council and Chamber, the evening featured beautiful flower arrangements and refreshments, including a fountain of dark chocolate in which to dip fruit and marshmallows, a few speeches and a free red rose to each of those who attended.

Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe was first to share his thoughts, representing the City of Antioch.

“Thank you for opening your business here in Antioch,” he said. “It’s important for our economic vitality because it’s going to be small businesses that will help us move forward.”

“Certainly in addition I can’t express enough how we’re in a time of change,” Thorpe continued. “I’m delighted you’re here and offering diversity for our residents.”

“Sylvia is from Colima in Mexico. She came here 17 years ago to work hard but most importantly to give back to our country,” he added. “Thank you for making a difference and showing that everybody has a place in our community.”

Chamber CEO Richard Pagano spoke next.

“On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, thank you so much that you have opened a business in our community so we can do great things in our community,” he shared. “The community is built on the back of people like yourselves.”

That was followed by a presentation Colleen Isenberg of Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office with certificates from him and Assemblyman Jim Frazier.

Antioch Mayor Sean Wright then shared his thoughts.

“I’m so happy for you,” he said. “This is where I started (his chiropractic business in the same building) in Antioch. You have done an amazing turn around. It’s light it’s fresh. It’s just fun to come in.”

“We want you to be successful,” Wright continued. “Reach out to us.”

Owner Sylvia Sandoval who was joined by her husband Valentin Manriquez, family and friends, thanked all who attended.

“Thank you so much for everyone being here,” she said. “I’m so happy. It’s a really good feeling that I can count on you guys. I was nervous. I was excited.”

“Especially thanks to Jack (Monroe, the Chamber’s Membership Representative). He’s been a real blessing,” Sandoval continued. “Thanks to my pastor, my family they’ve been a real support for me.”

“I’m here to serve you,” she added. “I’m not just a flower shop. I rent table cloths, even Port-a-potties.”

Located at 2008 A Street in the ABC Building in Antioch, Sylvia’s is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To place your order for Valentine’s Day or any occasion, call them at (925) 755-0482. Learn more by visiting and “like” their Facebook page at.

 

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Watch the Super Bowl at Tailgaters, pick the score and win $1,000

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Tailgaters Super Bowl promo

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Frazier to be guest speaker at East County Boost Your Business workshop in Antioch, Jan. 27

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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.

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Nominations for annual Antioch Citizen, Business, Youth, Non-Profit of the Year awards due Jan. 27

Monday, January 9th, 2017

antioch-chamber-inaugural-gala-2017Winners to be honored at Antioch Chamber of Commerce Annual Inaugural Gala & Awards Ceremony

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 frontdeskadmin@antiochchamber.com

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.

Download a donation form here. 

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.

Download Business of the Year nomination form.

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.

Download Citizen of the Year nomination form.

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.

Download Youth of the Year nomination form.

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.

Download Non-Profit of the year nomination form.

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 frontdeskadmin@antiochchamber.com.

For more information visit www.antiochamber.com.

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Antioch Chamber hires new CEO following Wright’s election as mayor

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Richard Pagano from his Facebook page.

Richard Pagano from his Facebook page.

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.

You can contact the Antioch Chamber of Commerce by visiting us at 101 H St. #4 Antioch, CA 94509, www.antiochchamber.com, emailing frontdeskadmin@antiochchamber.com, or calling 925.757.1800

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Antioch woman’s company, Pacific Senior Care Services, honored with fifth award in first three years in business

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Pacific Senior Care Services owner Kelly Gonzales with the 2016 award from Best Businesses of Walnut Creek.

Pacific Senior Care Services owner Kelly Gonzales with the 2016 award from Best Businesses of Walnut Creek.

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.

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Gricelda’s Beauty Salon celebrates first anniversary with ribbon cutting

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Owner Gricelda Gomez  (with scissors) celebrates the one year anniversary of her salon located at 714 W. 10th St. with Antioch’s city and business leaders, and massage therapist Victoria Green (far right) on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Owner Gricelda Gomez (with scissors) celebrates the one year anniversary of her salon located at 714 W. 10th St. with Antioch’s city and business leaders, friends, family, staff and massage therapist Victoria “Viki” Green (far right) on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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.

 

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Baseball great Dusty Baker visits Antioch for autograph session at Kangazoom

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Dusty Baker talks with little fan during an autograph signing at Kangazoom in Antioch, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. photo courtesy of Toi Crawford

Dusty Baker talks with a little fan during an autograph signing at Kangazoom in Antioch, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. photo courtesy of Toi Crawford

Dusty Baker speaks with the Game Changers Little League baseball team.

Dusty Baker speaks with the Game Changers Little League baseball team.

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.

Kangazoom owner-manager Marcus Jefferson enjoys a moment with Dusty Baker.

Kangazoom owner-manager Marcus Jefferson enjoys a moment with Dusty Baker.

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.

 

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