Martinez Business Beat, March 20, 2019

West Contra Costa Career Fair Today

The West Contra Costa Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo.

The event is a partnership between the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and Contra Costa College.

Those attending will be able to meet high-profile employers, including AC Transit, Chevron Richmond Refinery, Phillips 66 Refinery and Shell Martinez Refinery, C&H Sugar and such labor organizations as Iron Workers Local 378, District Council 16-International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

Recruiters are hiring bus operators, plant operators, electricians, iron workers and those for other industrial positions. Health specialists, sterile processing managers, Service Unit Non-RN managers and other jobs also need to be filled.

Job seekers will learn about employment opportunities, on the job training, education resources, career counseling, resume reviewing and services for veterans, youth and the disabled.

While some employers require online applications, those attending also are being asked to bring copies of their resumes to share and to dress professionally.

Registration is available online at

Junk 2 Gems March Market Starts Thursday

The Junk 2 Gems March Market will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at OTA Mercantile, 516 Ferry St.

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival tickets on sale

The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday April 20 at Martinez Waterfrnt Park, North Court St.

Advance tickets will be available online and are $40 for unlimited sampling of beer and $5 for designated drivers, who will be able to have free water and a reusable water bottle while supplies last.

Participants must be at least 21, and a photo identification will be required.

Live music will keep participants entertained, and food will be available for purchase.

No children, strollers, pets or outside alcohol, or outside glassware or containers will be allowed. Attendees may bring lawn chairs. Shuttles will run from North Concord-Martinez BART to the intersection of Marina Vista Avenue near Ferry Street.

Tickets are available at

Innovation Awards Ceremony March 28 In Oakland

The East Bay Innovation Awards Ceremony and reception will take place at 5 p.m. March 28 at the Historic Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Recipients will be recognized for accomplishments in clean technology, education, engineering and design, food, information and communication, life sciences and Catalyst of the Year.

The Innovation Awards website is

Crisis Resiliency Workshop April 10

The cities and Chambers of Commerce of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Walnut Creek are partnering with the Small Business Development Center to share resources needed to protect the well-being of businesses and employees during a crisis.

The workshop will take place from noon to 2 p.m. April 10 in the Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd.

“Business interruptions due to an emergency or large-scale disaster take a toll on owners, employees, and profits,” said Zach Seal in his announcement of the workshop. “Your business will rebound quickly from any disaster by making sure your business is as ready and prepared as possible!”

Jay Lifson, of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce; Mark Thorp, of Paradise Chamber of Commerce, and Julie Clowes, of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will speak.

Cost is $20, which includes lunch. Registration must be made by April 3, and can be done online at

Those interested may contact Seal at or by phone at 925-372-3563.

Business News Welcome At The Martinez News-Gazette

The Martinez News-Gazette’s weekly Martinez Business Beat column is an opportunity for local businesses and companies to tell our readers about business-oriented news, such as moves, grand openings, awards, promotion of employees, staff changes and changes in goods and services.

Submissions will be edited for length and content. Please include who, what, when, where, why and how, preferably in the body of an email; and please provide contact information.

The deadline is 3 p.m. Friday for news items to appear in the following Wednesday edition. Please e-mail news releases and accompanying high-resolution photographs and logos to and put “Attn: Business Beat” in the subject line along with the name of your business.

The Martinez News-Gazette also appreciates area companies’ advertising patronage. For advertising services, please call 925-228-6400.

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