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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
November 13, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

Oakland Business Review will soon arrive at your office full of holiday events ranging from Dunsmuir's Traditions to the Annual Tree Lighting at Jack London Square and of course America's Children's Holiday Parade, which will be televised both nationally and worldwide, showing off Oakland as a Family Friendly City! Be part of the fun.


Take time to read the insert from the Alameda County Food Bank and check out their virtual food drive and sign up at www.accfb.org. Much is needed and we all can help!


This issue we salute the Golden State Warriors for their outreach into our communities and wish them a great 2012-13 season! Be sure to mark your calendar for Restaurant Week from Jan. 18-27 hosted by Visit Oakland at www.visitoakland.org


Is a bus more than a bus? Check out page 18 for a new look at AC Transit!


Thanks to our advertisers and our thousands of readers for your continued support!


Check out the Chamber website at www.oaklandchamber.com
for our home page of Platinum, Gold and Silver members without whose support we could not represent business to government!


Many residents polled in the recent annual Chamber Poll believe the city is on the wrong track...Read about Oakland's financial plan on page 1...it may change your view!


Travel to Ireland? Click here


Interested in visiting China? Click here


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO










A seminar regarding long-term care insurance will be presented by Todd Wellnitz of Wellguard Insurance Solutions on Friday, Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber offices. The seminar is free for Chamber members, and reservations are required. Wellguard has reviewed and selected a program for Chamber members that utilizes an individual policy offering premium discounts and abbreviated underwriting to eligible applicants. There might even be tax incentives to employers. Come to the seminar and learn how the 10% premium discount works for you. To RSVP, call (866) 925-8002 or Click Here.


Remember, through your Chamber membership, you can save up to 60 percent off a list of 195 items commonly purchased by businesses at Office Depot. In addition to these savings, take 5 percent off most other items in-store and save up to 70 percent off your copy and print jobs when you use your Store Purchasing Card. Click here to print your card or to sign up for the program.


Ambassador Committee meeting - tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m.


Economic Development Forum - tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3-4:30 p.m., an international trade discussion featuring Jeff Leung and Lawrence Tang of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, San Francisco


Pre-Parade celebration and tree lighting - Friday, Nov. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at Jack London Square, meet some of the children's characters and view a float that will be in the next day's America's Children's Holiday Parade


America's Children's Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 2 p.m. at 11st and Clay streets in downtown Oakland.


Annual Holiday Mixer - Thursday, Dec. 6, Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 




Seamen's Church Institute - Rev. David Rider, president and executive director of Seamen's Church Institute (SCI), will be the guest speaker at the Propeller Club of Northern California's quarterly luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Jack London Square on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Info: (510) 839-2226 or www.seamenschurch.org


Employment Law Update - The annual Employment Law Update for human resource professionals will be presented by the Oakland law firm Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. at the Claremont Hotel. Subjects include legislative and case law, key risk areas, and HR policy language. Info: (510) 419-2217 or events@fablaw.com


Oakland Structures - Oakland leaders will again converge at this annual look into the city's economic future, which is presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Oakland law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. The breakfast will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway, on Friday, Nov. 30. Info: www.sanfranciscobusinesstimes.com/event/57911 or call (415) 288-4972.


When was the last time you took a lazy Saturday or Sunday and discovered the beauty and attractions of Oakland? This weekend:


1. Dance with the sugarplum fairies at The Nutcracker.

2. Groove with the jazz at Yoshi's Oakland. 

For more information on things to see and do, visit www.visitoakland.org.