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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber 

January 10, 2012   

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Holiday Parade
About Town
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Letter from the President

Dear Members & Friends,


Support our local restaurants!


Give yourself a special new year's treat and try some of the Bay Area's finest cuisine during Oakland Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-29.Visit Oakland, the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host the 2nd annual event, held in correlation with Visit California's Restaurant Month. Several of Oakland's top restaurants will feature special prix fixe, multi-course menus at set prices of $20, $30 and $40. Participating restaurants are located throughout Oakland. For a list of participating restaurants, click here


Junior CEOs program underway


The Junior CEO program developed by the Chamber and the Oakland Unified School District has begun, supporting and encouraging Oakland youth with entrepreneurial skills to develop business enterprises and participate in complementary civic processes. Would you like to donate your time to mentor? The program needs your time and expertise. For information contact Courtney Riley at (510) 273-2334 or at


Bank of America Student Leaders


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders Program is now accepting applications for 2012. The program has recognized more than 1,600 exemplary high school juniors and seniors with a passion for improving their communities. It develops local youth through two components - a summer 2012 eight-week paid summer internship with a nonprofit organization and a week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 15-20. For an application (the deadline is Jan. 25) and more information, visit


New York Times honors our city


In its Friday, Jan. 6 issue, the New York Times listed Oakland as fifth of the top 45 places to visit in 2012. The excellent restaurants, exciting music venues and thriving nightlife are among the reasons why Oakland is one of the places to visit this year. You can read the article at



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO





The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber is now selling 2012 California and Federal Employment Posters. If you get one thing to protect your company in 2012 from liability and government fines, it should be the labor law poster (regular or laminated), which is required for all businesses. Whether you have one employee or 1,000 employees, you're required to post 16 state and federal notices as well as the new National Labor Relations Board requirements. You can avoid fines in the thousands of dollars by purchasing a poster from the Chamber.


For more information or to order your 2012 posters, contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at Quantity discounts available.


Wednesday, Jan. 11 - Ambassador Committee meeting, noon-1 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 11 - Economic Development Forum, featuring Grace Crunican, general manager of BART, discussing "BART's 2012 Plan," 3-4:30 p.m.


Chamber members will receive a 15 percent discount (original cost $35) for this workshop through Hilliard Management Group, where small business owners will learn how to avoid excessive tax penalties and reduce taxes. The workshop will be held at the Chamber on Thursday, Jan. 26. From 9 a.m. to noon, the workshop will cover state and federal income taxes, state and federal payroll taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes, city taxes, and more. Then from 1 to 5 p.m. there will be an Introduction to QuickBooks Workshop (original cost $79), a hands-on workshop with laptops and sample data provided, introducing the useful and flexible QuickBooks accounting and bookkeeping application. Info: Sandra Garsele at (510) 418-1728.


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Nicole Taylor, the president and chief executive officer of the East Bay Community Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the first East Bay Women in Business luncheon of 2012 on Friday, Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. She will speak on "How Economically Empowered Women Make the East Bay a Better Place." The East Bay Community Foundation is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people through support for young children to succeed and enhancing economic opportunities for adults and families. Cost: $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members.


The Chamber's Oakland and East Bay Business and Procurement Fair will be held on Friday, March 2 from 2-5 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center. This annual event brings together vendors, business organizations, public agencies and members of the local community to facilitate business-to-business partnerships and create new customer leads. Showcase your business with a display table - $199 for Chamber members ($159 for returning participants) and $299 for non-members ($239 for returnees). Public agencies can request a table at no charge. Individual attendance is free.


For information and reservations on the events listed above, or for other Chamber events and programs, contact Amanda Medina at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at



Oakland Business Review, the Chamber's monthly newspaper, with a readership of some 12,000 businesspeople in and around the city, will continue its tradition of featuring different themes during each issue of 2012. Do you have interest in these subjects? Would you like to get involved and give you and your company some much needed marketing and publicity? Themes for the coming year are: February 2012 - Taxation, March 2012 - Health Care, April 2012 - Oakland A's, May 2012 - Banking & Finance, June 2012 - Hospitality, July 2012 - Transportation, August 2012 - Education, September 2012 - Oakland Raiders, October 2012 - Green Businesses, November 2012 - Golden State Warriors / Oakland at the Holidays, December 2012 - Wining & Dining in Oakland / Education. For more information and to help market your company with an informational article concerning the theme, contact Hank Masler at the Chamber at (510) 874-4808 or at


Torrey Pines "aventine" Network Series - Torrey Pines Bank will present "Global Economic Turbulence" and "The Bay Area, Right Now in Commercial Real Estate," on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Keynote speakers will be Jon Haveman, chief economist of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and Edward Del Beccaro, managing director of Grubb & Ellis. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 20. Info: Diana Saecho at (510) 899-7511 or at


Berkeley National Lab - As part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory community relations program to support science education in K-12 public schools and invest in local communities, the Lab has donated $10,000 to the Berkeley Public Education Foundation. The donation is dedicated to program and grants that support math and science education in Berkeley public schools.

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