A Great Lineup set for Economic Summit on Feb. 6

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
January 8, 2013
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Dear Members & Friends,

A great lineup set for Economic Summit on Feb. 6


I'm delighted to inform you that Dr. Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Transportation and Logistics Center in Boston, will be the keynote speaker at our economic development half-day summit entitled "Building a Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020," on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Oakland Convention Center.


Dr. Sheffi, the author of the engaging and entertaining book "Logistics Clusters, Delivering Value and Driving Growth," will share his three decades of research in this area as well as his experiences in co-founding five successful supply chain companies since 1987.


According to Fred Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, "Yossi Sheffi succinctly summarizes the major current developments in worldwide logistics in this well-written book."


D. Scott Davis, CEO of UPS, adds "As much as anyone I know, Yossi Sheffi has advanced the cause of logistics as an academic discipline. I often call on him for his unique insight on how logistics intersects the worlds of technology, public policy, global trade, and other macro issues."


A solid line-up of speakers has been confirmed for each of three concurrent sessions, with Dr. Sheffi sitting in on "Transportation and Logistics."


Reserve your seat today at www.oaklandchamber.com or contact Eleanor Hollander at (510) 874-4800, ext. 320 or at ehollander@oaklandchamber.com.



Oakland Restaurant Week


Make plans to enjoy the more than 30 Oakland restaurants that have signed up to help celebrate the third annual Oakland Restaurant Week, which will run from Jan. 18-27. The ten-day event provides visitors and locals with an opportunity to taste some of our city's finest cuisine, with special meals and deals from the city's top restaurants. Prix fixe menus at $20, $30 and $40 will be offered for lunch and/or dinner, and many restaurants will also include drink specials to supplement the meal. Tickets and special passes are not required, but reservations are strongly recommended. Oakland Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, designated by Visit Oakland. Info: (510) 839-9000 or www.visitoakland.com



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO


The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber is now selling 2013 California and Federal Employment Posters. If you get one thing to protect your company in 2013 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. You can avoid fines in the thousands of dollars by purchasing a poster from the Chamber.


For more information or to order your 2013 posters, contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at hmasler@oaklandchamber.com


We encourage all members to drop off their brochures and/or business cards to keep in the Chamber lobby for the new year. Potentially hundreds of people can see your business material through our daily visitors, committee meetings and seminars.


Get involved with the Chamber and our many committees. Let your voice be heard. Make it a point to attend one or more of the following interesting and informative meetings in January and early February:


Economic Development Forum - (the second Wednesday of every month), tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 9, featuring Contracting with BART, and a look ahead for Oakland development with John Loh, president of LOH Realty & Investments, 3-4:30 p.m.


Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting (the third Tuesday of every month), Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Ambassador Committee meeting - (the second Wednesday of every month), this month's meeting is on a SPECIAL DATE -- next Wednesday, Jan. 16, noon-1 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber - (the third Thursday of every month), an update of Chamber activities for all members, Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30-9 a.m.


After Five Reception (the fourth Thursday of every month), this month on Thursday, Jan. 24 hosted by PC Professional, 1615 Webster St., no charge for Chamber members, $15 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum - (the third Friday of every month), Friday, Jan. 25 featuring guest speaker Alex Zwissler, executive director of Chabot Space & Science Center, 8:30 to 10 a.m.


East Bay Women in Business Roundtable luncheon series, "Women of Distinction," Friday, Feb. 1 featuring guest speaker Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Economic Development Summit, "Building a Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020," Wednesday, Feb. 6 with optional "Insiders Real Estate Market Update & Trends" session, 8 a.m.-noon


Oakland School for the Arts - Help celebrate the school's ten-year anniversary with an assortment of music, theater and artistic performances as well as a benefit auction, Thursday, Jan. 17, Fox Theater, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Info: (510) 873-8807.


Student Leaders Program - Bank of America's Student Leaders program recognizes those who step outside of the classroom to leave and serve in their own communities and beyond. Student Leaders will work as paid interns at a local nonprofit for eight weeks, attend a week-long summit in Washington, D.C., and develop leadership skills. High school juniors and seniors must apply by Friday, Jan. 25 to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders


Oakland A's FanFest - The A's get an early start on the 2013 season on Sunday, Jan. 27 as the clubs hosts FanFest at Oracle Arena from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free autographs, photos, clubhouse tours, question-and-answer sessions and more. Info: (510) 638-4900 or www.oaklandathletics.com


Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale - The 54th annual White Elephant Sale with proceeds benefiting the Oakland Museum of California will feature a preview sale on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 333 Lancaster Ave. on the Oakland Estuary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale itself is scheduled for March 2-3. Info: www.whiteelephantsale.org


Bookkeeping Terms and Processes - Understand the components of business, the importance and purpose of bookkeeping, budgeting and financial reports, accounting and bookkeeping terminology at these two workshops at the Chamber offices on Thursday, Jan. 31 presented by Hilliard Management Group. A Basic Bookkeeping workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a hands-on Introduction to QuickBooks from 1-5 p.m. Info: (510) 655-2041 or register at www.hilliardmg.com/workshopsandseminars.html


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


1. Write your own future with custom fortunes at a cookie factory tour in Chinatown.

2. Relax with a massage at the Claremont Hotel and Spa.


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