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Local Businesses in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek may be a great place to live, but the city is also an amazing location for business owners and operators. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce does a lot to make the city as business friendly as possible, offering guidance and resources for businesses in Walnut Creek.

With 65,000 of its own residents and two major highways running through the city, Walnut Creek has a large market for goods and services. With Broadway Plaza and downtown as its major centers of business, Walnut Creek is known in the surrounding area as a hub of shopping and entertainment, even when compared to its larger neighbor Concord. In addition, its large amount of open space areas and hiking, biking and riding opportunities opens the market for many outdoor goods and service businesses.

Only 16 miles east of Oakland, Walnut Creek is also a city with a strong tie to the art community, with many residents who work in media, art and design. The city, itself, does a lot to foster this community, with a Civic Arts Education program, while galleries and theater programs also exist within the city. Besides art and outdoor activities, Walnut Creek also has a farmers’ market that is known as one of the best in the East Bay. Taking place every Saturday morning to afternoon, the market is a great place for residents and visitors support local farmers and business owners by buying fresh ingredients for their kitchen and perusing the nearby shops on Locust.

Broadway Plaza and downtown Walnut Creek are also big draws for both residents and visitors. Broadway Plaza was originally known as Broadway Shopping Center when it was built in 1951, and for over half a century, this center has been a major force behind the population and development of the city. A magnet for businesses, shops and visitors, this picturesque area is alive with activity, fountains and gorgeous landscaping. Whether shoppers want a high-end shopping experience at Nordstrom, Macy’s or Neiman Marcus or have come to eat at one of the many restaurants, this area is a well-traveled place and a great spot to run a business. Downtown Walnut Creek is also a popular spot in the city. Exuding more of a small-town feel, downtown is home to more unique stores and restaurants than Broadway Plaza.

There to help businesses get there start and run effectively is the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. From getting your business license and answering questions to promoting local businesses, the chamber is a valuable resource for the local business owner and has been since 1926. A membership organization that is devoted to a free enterprise system, the Chamber puts one many annual programs, including the Art and Wine Festival that is held at Heather Farm Park every June. If you are considering opening a business in the city, the first thing you should do is check out the Chamber of Commerce and their requirements for doing such.

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
1501 N. Broadway, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 934-2007

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