Chamber backs Port Commission Appointments
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
July 11, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Mark your calendars! President Obama will be in Oakland on Monday, July 23!


Port Commission Appointments -


Mayor Quan has announced three Port Commission appointees who the Chamber supports -- as we did the recent appointment of Earl Hamlin, a seasoned financial analyst. The new appointees are:


Ces Butner, President, CEO/Owner, Horizon Beverage Company

Brian Parker, Vice President, Davita Inc.


Reappointment of:


James Head, Vice President, San Francisco Foundation


The Port Commission is responsible for thousands of jobs in the Maritime and Aviation Divisions and manages 20 miles of waterfront, assets that need to be guided with business expertise.


We recommend the Commission appointments selected by the Mayor be approved swiftly by the City Council



God Bless America!



 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO









Looking to promote you and your business this coming year? Consider the Chamber's 2013 Membership Directory, a coffee-table-style book that might just be the best marketing tool you can own. Call Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808. Remember Thomas Jefferson' famous quote: "The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stopped his clock to save time."


Young Professionals, Saturday, July 14, downtown clean-up, meet in front of City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Brunch will be served after the clean-up.


Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, Tuesday, July 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, July 19, sponsored by KBLX Radio 102.9 FM, 7:30-9 a.m.


After Hours Reception, Thursday, July 26, Z Café & Bar, 2735 Broadway, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, July 27, featuring guest speaker Dr. Joel Parrott, executive director of the Oakland Zoo, 8:30-10 a.m.


East Bay Women in Business Roundtable, Friday, Aug. 3,featuring guest speaker Kathy Lancaster, executive vice president of Strategic Planning and chief financial officer for Kaiser Permanente, discussing a holistic approach to health to make your employees happier and healthier, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $35 for members, $45 for non-members


For more information on these and other Chamber events, contact Amanda Medina at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at


Highway to Work - The Alameda County Youth Employment program, "Highway to Work," is a collaborative effort with the Oakland Private Industry Council and 12 Bay Area partnering organizations offering fully subsidized summer employment for youth ages 15-18. The youth have been pre-identified by the county, and with the help of local business they will be provided with meaningful, worthwhile summer work experiences. Info: Robin Raveneau at (510) 768-4402 or


Long Term Care Insurance - A free 30-minute webinar on tax advantages for business owners and sole proprietors using Long Term Care insurance will be held on Tuesday, July 24 from 2-2:30 p.m. with Paula Taylor of LTC Partners & Insurance Services. Info: or (800) 303-1103.


Workshops at the Chamber - Hilliard Management Group will conduct a seminar on Basic Bookkeeping at the Chamber offices on Thursday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, and then conduct a workshop on Intermediate QuickBooks that same afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. The bookkeeping seminar costs $35 per person, while the QuickBooks workshop is $79. Info: (510) 655-2041 or


Social Media Marketing Made Simple - Karen Rice, the regional development director for Constant Contact, will speak to members and guests at the Chamber offices on "Social Media Marketing Made Simple" on Tuesday, July 31 from 9 to 11 a.m. Rice will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand in order to successfully get started with social media marketing. Info: or (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.


Walk for Justice - Unite against human trafficking by participating in Walk for Justice 2012, which will be held in Oakland on Saturday, Aug. 4, or help sponsor the event. Info: (510) 473-7283 or at


Art & Soul - The city continues to raise the bar for its successful flagship festival, Art & Soul Oakland, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5 in downtown Oakland. Now in its 12th year of offering top-flight talent, food from all over the globe, hundreds of artisan booths, and the largest family fun zone of any festival in the Bay Area, the event this year adds a late-night bash and cutting-edge art show to the festivities. Info: or (510) 444-CITY.


Mayor's Summer Stars Camping Program - Help 5th, 6th and 7th graders in East and West Oakland attend summer camp. Info: (510) 615-5758 or


Youth Uprising Selling Raider Tickets - In partnership with the Oakland Raiders, Youth Uprising will be selling tickets to select games as a fundraiser for their social enterprise program. Tickets are available for the Raiders vs. Cowboys on August 10th. Purchase tickets here: or contact Manuel Garvin at 510-472-5164.