The Chamber Thanks You
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
December 18, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


The Chamber Thanks You


Your support this year has enabled us to accomplish a stronger voice for the business community, thank you!


On behalf of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff we wish you a blessed holiday season! Merry Christmas, and may your New Year be filled with family, friends, good cheer and business growth!


Please note - The Chamber office will be closed on Dec. 24 and will re-open on Jan. 2, 2013!




UniversityNow, a social venture committed to transforming higher education, has announced the debut of the College Works Scholarship Program in Northern California. Through this groundbreaking program, working adults in partner cities of Oakland and Sacramento, as well as San Francisco, who qualify for tuition benefits, now have the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree from one of UniversityNow's accredited universities at no cost. For more information, click here.




"Building a Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020," the Chamber's annual economic development summit, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Oakland Convention Center. Hear a keynote address on current trends in city building and a vision for moving Oakland and its neighbors forward by 2020. Then attend one of three breakout sessions on Oakland's strong economic sectors - trade, transportation and logistics; arts and entertainment; or health care. The entire group will also be provided an additional option to convene early in the morning for an "Insider Update + Forecast" real estate market briefing to get up to speed on current developments in the East Bay marketplace. More details to follow. For more information visit or contact Amanda Medina at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at


See the parade at home


Did you get a chance to see our 13th annual America's Children's Holiday Parade? If not, Click Here for the broadcast schedule.



Travel to Tuscany? Click here 


Interested in visiting Ireland? Click here


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO


Join us for our final event of the year, a Breakfast at the Chamber on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. You'll hear an update of Chamber activities for 2013 and will have a chance to do some outstanding networking, so bring lots of business cards. The breakfast is free of charge and is hosted by LegalShield.


Holidays at City Center - City Center in downtown Oakland will hold a free noontime concert to help celebrate Hanukkah tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 19. Info: or (510) 628-9170.


'Nutcracker' begins Dec. 22 - The Oakland Ballet Company will present its annual performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 23 (2 p.m.) and Monday, Dec. 24 (11 a.m.). The Nutcracker, which will feature Michael Morgan conducting members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, will once again feature the work of ballet artistic director Graham Lustig. Info:, or call the Paramount Box office at (510) 465-6400.


ZooLights - During the evenings of Nov. 30 through Dec. 31 (not including Dec. 24 and 25), the Oakland Zoo morphs into a magical wonderland filled with lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season. Thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky for the presentation of ZooLights, an annual Oakland holiday tradition. Info:


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


1. Celebrate all things Californian at the Oakland Museum of California.

2. Find your form at one of Oakland's many art galleries and open studios.


For more information on things to see and do, visit