Martinez Business Beat, March 27, 2019

Chamber Board Meeting Today

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at noon today at the Martinez Unified School District Board Room, 921 Susana St.

Martinez Represented At Main Street Conference

Main Street Martinez Executive Director Kara Johnson has been attending the National Main Street Conference and the California Main Street Conference this week, both in Seattle, Wash.

She said she has been attending educational sessions and has been meeting with other Main Street organization representatives from throughout California and the rest of the United States, and expects to bring new ideas to downtown Martinez.

Main Street’s Bay Area Craft Beer Festival is at noon April 20.

Events through the rest of the year are Spring Cleanup Day, 9 a.m. May 4; Second Sundays Open Air Markets, the second Sunday of the month, from May to October; Summer Wine Stroll, 1:30 p.m. June 9; Fourth of July Parade, 8 a.m. July 4; the Summer Concerts and Movie Series, 6:30 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1 and 8; Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular, 10 a.m. Oct. 27; Holiday Sparkle Sip and Shop, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30; Downtown Martinez Santa House, November and December; the Santa Beer Crawl, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14; and the year-round Farmers’ market, 10 a.m. each Sunday.

Main Street Martinez’s website is

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival April 20

The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Martinez Waterfront 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. Simple Creation will be performing from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Foam Riders will play a set from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Del Cielo Brewing Company is the glass sponsor for the mini Belgian tasters by Clearwater Gear for the event.

Volunteers also are needed, and those interested in helping may email

Tickets are available at

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 /events/details/regional-crisis-resiliency-workshop-for-diablo-valley-small-business-7250.

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

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