A Great Lineup set for Economic Summit on Feb. 6

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
January 15, 2013
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Dear Members & Friends,



A great lineup set for Economic Summit on Feb. 6




Dr. Yossi Sheffi,

the 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.


Reserve your seat today at www.oaklandchamber.com or contact Eleanor Hollander at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at ehollander@oaklandchamber.com.


For more information on Dr. Sheffi and our outstanding lineup of panelists for the three consecutive sessions - Health Care; Transportation and Logistics; and Entertainment, Sports, Art/Design and Hospitality click here.



Welcome Ivette Torres


The Chamber is proud to welcome to our staff Ivette Torres as marketing and communications coordinator. Although she has worked in sales and marketing in the corporate world for many years, Ivette has recently had an awakening to her new passion - planning events. Ivette earned her MBA from Dominican University in 2011 with a concentration in sustainability and her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley. Please welcome her to the Chamber.


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. 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.


In conjunction with Restaurant Week, the city's Office of Economic & Workforce Development is sponsoring a panel discussion on Oakland's food and beverage history featuring some of its most successful entrepreneurs on Friday, Jan. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. in City Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


The Lantern Projects


A nonprofit organization based in Piedmont that was established in 2003 to raise funds for projects around the world, the Lantern Projects is currently raising funds for schools in Zimbabwe, classroom supplies in Afghanistan, program equipment and supplies in Indonesia, and boots and land mine eradication equipment in Angola, among others. To donate, visit www.lanternprojects.org.


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



Bring your lunch and join us for a free new monthly brown bag seminar at the Chamber entitled "Lunch and Learn." All Chamber members and guests are welcome. This month we'll explore the new mandatory requirements for commercial recycling services in Alameda County with a panel discussion organized by Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.org). Thursday, Jan. 24, noon-1:30 p.m. Info: Contact Eleanor Hollander at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 320 or at ehollander@oaklandchamber.com.



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:


    • Ambassador Committee meeting - (the second Wednesday of every month), but this month's special meeting is tomorrow, 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, sponsored by Schnitzer Steel Industries, 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 RSVP here.

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.


Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King - The 11th annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be presented by Living Jazz on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. The event will feature movie and singing sensation Jennifer Holliday. Info: (510) 287-8880 or www.mlktribute.com.


Ala Costa Fundraiser - Monday night "Mojitos" will be featured from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Angela's Bistro (2301 Central Ave. in Alameda) for a fundraiser for the new Alameda Ala Costa on Monday, Jan. 21. Info: (510) 527-2550.


Oakland East Bay Symphony - The symphony will present "A Woman's Life" based on the poetry of Maya Angelou and featuring a pre-concert talk by John Kendall Bailey (conductor of the Oakland Youth Orchestra) on Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. Info: (510) 444-0801.


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 Youth Orchestra - The OYO will perform a free winter concert at Holy Names University on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. The orchestra will be joined by soloist Marta Lledo in this special "Russian Romance" program. Info: (510) 832-7710 or www.oyo.org.


Employment Law Seminar - The law office of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP will present a free seminar on "New Employment Laws for 2013" on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at its offices at 1111 Broadway, 19th floor (breakfast will be provided). Topics include changes to discrimination laws relating to religious dress and breastfeeding, new restrictions on access to employees' social media accounts, overtime rates for non-exempt "salaried" employees, and more. Reserve your spot by Jan. 22 at rsvp@wendel.com or contact Gillian Ross at (510) 834-6600 or at gmross@wendel.com.


Basic Bookkeeping and Intro to QuickBooks - Hilliard Management Group will present a Basic Bookkeeping workshop on Jan. 31 at the Chamber offices (9 a.m. to noon) that will help you understand how timely and accurate financials can help your business increase profits and business performance. Then from 1-5 p.m. they'll present a hands-on Introduction to QuickBooks workshop with laptops and sample data that will help you manage your business finances. Info: (510) 655-2041 or register HERE.


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



1. Serenade your sweetheart in an authentic Italian gondola at Lake Merritt.


2. Stroll through the streets of Old Oakland, enjoying the shops and architecture.



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