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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
August 14, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Valued members


The Chamber has a number of free Oakland A's field-level ticket vouchers for the six remaining home games during the month of August - Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 17 and 18, and a Sunday day game on Aug. 19 (all three against the Cleveland Indians), and then two evening games on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20-21, and a Wednesday afternoon game on Aug. 22 (those three against the Minnesota Twins). Two tickets per person are free from the Chamber on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Hank Masler at (510) 874-4800 or email



Travel with the Chamber to sunny Spain...and beyond


The Chamber is offering a special vacation trip to Spain in November, with both Ireland and the Tuscany region of Italy coming up next year. Make your plans now!


The trip to Spain and Costa del Sol will feature nine days with seven nights in the same hotel beginning on Nov. 13. Highlights include Granada, Seville and Gibraltar, and an optional Madrid tour is available.


Then in March 2013, the Chamber takes off for nine days to Ireland, featuring Dublin, Killarney and Limerick. And then in November of next year, we'll spend nine days in Tuscany, with side trips to Rome, Florence and Siena, as well as a look at the Chianti region.


Make your vacation plans today. Call Amanda Medina of our staff at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or email



First candidate debate set for next Tuesday, Aug. 21


With some of the most critical elections in recent history coming up in November, the Chamber, as a community service, will host a series of candidate forums starting next Tuesday, Aug. 21 with candidates vying for the City Attorney spot at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square.


That first program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and, like all of the events, will start at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) and is free to the public. 


The debates for City Council seats will be hosted exclusively by the Chamber and will be held in locations in the various districts. While the events are free they will fill up fast. To guarantee your spot, contact Paul Junge or Amanda Medina at the Chamber or or by phone (510) 874-4800.


Here's the schedule of the debates:


City Attorney, Tuesday, Aug. 21, Waterfront Hotel - Jack London Square


District Three, Wednesday, Aug. 22, Z Cafe - 27th & Broadway


District One, Monday, Aug. 27, College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Ave.


District Five, Tuesday, Aug. 28, Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th St.


At-Large, Wednesday, Aug. 29, Kaiser Auditorium - 300 Lakeside Drive



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO









The September issue of Oakland Business Review will contain a special section on the Oakland Raiders, and we're trying to build business support for the team. Let's let the Raiders know that we want them to stay in Oakland and succeed. Simply run a $100 ad with your logo and wish the team well during the coming season. For information and your ad reservation, contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at prior to Wednesday, Aug. 22.


Young Professionals Networking Mixer, tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 15, Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, Jack London Square, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:30-9 a.m.


Nonprofit Committee meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


After Five Reception, Thursday, Aug. 23, San Leandro Marina Inn, 68 Monarch Bay Drive, no charge for Chamber members, $15 for non-members


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, Aug. 24, featuring guest speaker Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, 8:30-10 a.m.


Introduction to QuickBooks - Anders Johansson CPA will hold an Introduction to QuickBooks seminar at the Chamber offices tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. The seminar will feature an overview of QuickBooks and the different versions available. The cost is $35 per person. For registration and class details, visit or


Fukuoka Sister City Celebration - A number of fun, interesting events have been planned from Aug. 17-20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Sister City Agreement in 1962 between Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan. Fukuoka Mayor, The Honorable Soichiro Takashima, will lead a delegation of 35 officials and citizens to Oakland for the festivities. Most events open to the public. Info:


Celebrations on the Bay - Popular Bay Area singing group Raya Zion Collective will perform on a Celebrations on the Bay cruise on Saturday, Aug. 18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Jack London Square. Advanced reservations are required. Info: (877) 499-4229.


Pedalfest - A free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun. Pedalfest returns to Jack London Square on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Info: (510) 645-9292 or


Free lunch from PG&E - Join PG&E for a "Time for Business" free lunch and at the same time learn about how your business can save with time-of-use rates coming in November. The lunch meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. Register at with registration number TFBCHMBRLNK.


QuickBooks at the Chamber - On Thursday, Aug. 23, Hilliard Management Group will conduct a Basic QuickBooks workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chamber office, and then hold a Basic Bookkeeping workshop from 1-5 p.m. Chamber members receive a 15% discount - discount code is "OakCOC." Info and registration: or


Pay tribute to Raiders legend Willie Brown - The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring sports legends and community leaders of all races, will present A Tribute to Willie Brown...A Raiders Legend on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. The event is open to the public. Info and reservations: (510) 436-5253 or email


Intermediate QuickBooks - Anders Johansson CPA will hold an Intermediate QuickBooks seminar at the Chamber offices on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn to set up inventory, generate purchase orders and pay sales tax, among many other things. The cost is $35 per person. For registration and class details, visit or


Workshops at the Chamber - On Thursday, Aug. 30, Hilliard Management Group will conduct a QuickBooks Intermediate Workshop at the Chamber office from 9 a.m. to noon, and then hold a Small Business Taxes workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Chamber members receive a 15% discount - discount code is "OakCOC." Info and registration: or


Oakland Ballet - The Oakland Ballet needs financial support for the 2012 production of Graham Lustig's "The Nutcracker." Help ensure that this 45-year-old tradition continues. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Annie Eagan at (415) 269-5105 or email