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26 Aug 2015
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Campbell’s Oktoberfest 2015

First, a touch of history…

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810.

The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy, royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n”.

Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

In 1811 an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest and – at one time – the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during the Oktoberfest on the southern part of the festival grounds.

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24 Jun 2015
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In Honor of an Icon: Betty Deal

When Betty Deal was hired by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce in 1994, no one truly understood the far-reaching impact she would have, not only on the Chamber and its members but on the City, its residents, business owners and nonprofit organizations.

Betty grew up in Hanford, a small town in the Central Valley. She eventually moved to the Bay Area and worked at Intel Corporation for a number of years. After leaving high tech, she decided to switch gears, becoming the membership director at the Chamber while also working as an insurance agent.

At that time, the Chamber had 150 members. Today, the Chamber has over 500 members and two award-winning festivals that draw close to 50,000 people to downtown Campbell. Betty’s innate charm, outgoing personality, determination, vision, leadership and ability to connect with people was instrumental in making the Campbell Chamber of Commerce what it is today. She helped transform Campbell into a “go to” downtown for restaurants and entertainment. She quickly earned her nickname: The Real Deal. And that she was.


Betty was present at every Chamber event. She would arrive at a member’s Ribbon Cutting with her giant wooden scissors in hand, work the room at every mixer to welcome attendees and share stories at the monthly luncheons. Patriotic to the core, you would never see her without an American flag pin on her lapel.

Betty was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2008 and was also recognized by the City of Campbell and the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy as one of ten Women of Distinction.

Betty was generous with her time and talents. She was active in various community boards including the Heritage Theater, the Campbell Historical Museum and Country Women’s Club. Betty had an undying love for NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (“Junior”). She would not miss watching a race on TV! She even had a decorative NASCAR ‘hood’ she kept in a prominent place at her desk. She also had a passion for travel and often took cruises to Hawaii and would visit family out of state.

Betty retired from the Chamber in June 2013, becoming an honorary lifetime member and serving as one of its Ambassadors. She remained active in both the Chamber, attending luncheons and the annual Celebrate Campbell events, as well as the community where she continued to participate in many organizations.

A truly genuine and giving person, Betty possessed a zest for life and was adventurous, kind, funny and wise. She loved her country, her community, the Chamber and all of those with whom she made friends along the way. Betty passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20th at 10:30am with loved ones by her side. She will be profoundly missed.

Betty 2015 COTY

Pictured with 14 past Citizen of the Year recipients, Betty is on the far right. Image courtesy of Karen Tamaki Photography.

Betty was a passionate advocate for Campbell. Her blood bled chamber blue. It was an absolute pleasure working side by side with her. I will miss her very much and sadly, Campbell has lost another community icon. ~ Neil Collins, CEO of SCCAOR and past Campbell Chamber of Commerce CEO

The community of Campbell has lost an amazing advocate and we’ve all lost a genuine friend. ~Pam Finch, Keller Williams Real Estate and Chamber Past President


We welcome you to post a memory, story or personal thought about Betty to this blog using the comment section below. We hope it will serve as a compilation of her legacy.


24 Jun 2015
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New ‘Paid’ Sick Days Law

On July 1, 2015 business owners get one more challenge from the State of California…mandatory Paid Sick Days for employees. The new law affects every business with employees and of course, the penalties for the failure to comply are draconian. To make the challenge even more interesting, this very poorly written statute has many professionals uncertain how to implement it properly.

An employee will be able to use employer Paid Sick Days for the diagnosis, care, or treatment of an existing health condition, or preventive care for, themselves or a family member, or for an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The law has three different implementation options. Read more!