Opening Day is Only 3 Weeks Away!

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
March 12, 2013
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We'd like to receive your reaction to the stories on pages 5 and 24 of the March 2013 issue of Oakland Business Review. If you don't have our newspaper handy, check it out on our site. Send your feedback via twitter, Facebook, or email.


Federal Form I-9 revised


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-9 for use in verifying employment eligibility. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee. The USCIS stated that the revisions to the form include a new field; reformatting to reduce errors; and clearer, user-friendly instructions for both employees and employers. To further understand the new form, click here.


Opening Day is just around the corner


The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and The Salvation Army of Alameda County will host a luncheon to honor the Oakland A's at the Hilton Oakland Airport on Tuesday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The wives of many A's players will also be recognized for their work with The Salvation Army in serving local families at their shelter and child development center.


A's manager Bob Melvin has been invited, as have A's players and members of A's management .Bring your staff and whole family, plenty of opportunities to take pictures with Stomper and Ken Korach, one of the most respected broadcasters in baseball today and the A's lead play-by-play radio voice.


Individual tickets for the luncheon are $75, which includes parking. Tables of ten can be purchased for $1,500, which includes preferential seating. Sponsorships are also available. Proceeds from the event will go to The Salvation Army of Alameda County and to the Chamber of Commerce Foundation.


For more information or to purchase tickets for the April 16 luncheon, contact Ivette Torres at the Chamber of Commerce at or at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.


For sponsorships, contact Sara Tarano at The Salvation Army at (510) 645-9710, ext. 219 or at



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO




The Chamber has reserved a section at two Oakland A's games this year that should be particularly entertaining. The first is on Saturday afternoon, April 27 at 1:05 p.m., when the A's take on the Baltimore Orioles at Coliseum. The game will feature free Reggie Jackson bobbleheads to fans as the team recognizes the 30th anniversary of the 1973 Oakland A's, the World Series champions. Many members of the 1973 squad will be on hand, with a celebration taking place on the field prior to the game.


The second Chamber game is the first 2013 meeting of the annual "Battle of the Bay," with the A's facing the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, also at Coliseum. The Giants game will be held on Tuesday evening, May 28, with the Chamber holding a block of tickets in the Plaza Level almost directly behind home plate. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.


For tickets and information, visit or contact Ivette Torres at or at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.



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


  • Ambassador Committee meeting, Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, noon-1 p.m.
  • Economic Development Forum, Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, featuring presentation on upcoming capital development opportunities at Oakland International Airport, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Nonprofit Committee meeting, Tuesday, March 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Young Professionals Mixer, Wednesday, March 20, El Gusano Restaurant, 1015 Clay St., free for members, $10 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP Today!
  • Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, March 21, hosted by H&R Block, an update of Chamber activities for new and long-time members, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, March 22, featuring guest speaker State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 8:30-10 a.m.RSVP Today!
  • After Five Reception, Thursday, March 28, Torrey Pines Bank, 1337 Grand Ave., free for Chamber members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP Today!
  • East Bay Women in Business Roundtable luncheon, Friday, April 5, featuring guest speaker and recent Oscar winner Brenda Chapman ("Brave"), $35 for members, $45 for non-members, additional $10 if paid after March 27 or at the door, Waterfront Hotel, Jack London Square, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.RSVP Today!
Brown Bag it - A working lunch for small businesses at the Hyatt House, 5800 Shellmound St. in Emeryville on Thursday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Meet the experts and get your questions answered on small business and the Affordable Health Care Act, funding opportunities for workforce training, and California's programs in support for small business owners. For registration click here. 


Celebrating 75 Years - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a dinner and fundraising event benefiting the Kitchen of Champions Culinary Training Program on Thursday, March 14 at their dining room, 675 23rd St. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Executive chef Robert Dorsey III, previously with Bay Wolf Restaurant, will cook. For more info and to RSVP or call (510) 877-9254.



Shakespeare at Fairyland - Children's Fairyland, in conjunction with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, will host two special performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Friday, March 15. Info: or (510) 452-2259.



Mayor Julian Castro - The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series will present Mayor Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, at the Oakland Marriott City Center on Saturday evening, March 16 beginning at 7 p.m. Limited seating. Info: (510) 434-3988.


SBA Workshop - Come to the Chamber offices on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 sharp to 6 p.m. and learn "The Smart Way" to qualify for the fast new business funding programs recently approved by the government. The workshop is free to Chamber members. Register with Doug Davis, Certified SBA Consultant, at (925) 286-3827 or at


Building Bridges - Colliers International and the law firm of Lewi Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP will present the second Building Bridges event - "Why CEQA Needs to be Reformed" on Thursday, March 21 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. A panel discussion will be followed by a hosted reception. To register click here.


Business Building Roundtable - Do you have a challenge with marketing and getting new customers? Want to lower costs and increase profits? The East Bay Black Professionals will present a luncheon and seminar on Thursday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber offices. More Info:.



Small Business Workshops - Hilliard Management Group will present a Basic Bookkeeping Workshop on Thursday, March 28 at the Chamber offices (9 a.m. to noon).  This workshop will help you learn how to get timely and accurate bookkeeping information. Then from 1-5 p.m., they will present a hands-on Introduction to QuickBooks Workshop discussing data entry techniques, how to appropriately classify expenses, and more. Info: (510) 655-2041 or register .


New pizza at Round Table - Enjoy the new West Coast Combo at Round Table Pizza at 398 Grand Ave. in Oakland for three meat toppings together (mini pepperoni, oven-roasted chicken and Italian sausage) along with mozzarella, basil and chopped veggies. Info: (510) 834-4555.




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


1. Listen to a Mariachi band at a Fruitvale district restaurant.

2. Soothe your soul with a concert by the Oakland East Bay Symphony.


For more information on things to see and do, visit