Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
January 30, 2013
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Dear Members & Friends,


Keeping the memory alive!


Making a difference is the thought and inspiration behind the Remember Them: Champions for Humanity Monument, which will be completely installed with the Donor walls, bronze likenesses and Braille quotes during February and March of this year.


However painful, we must remember the most tragic of events must inspire us to do more and to do better! To honor our firefighters and those lost during 9-11, a unique ceremony will be held at the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park on Thursday, Feb. 21 beginning at 2 p.m. Members of the Oakland Fire Department and local First Responders will place a section of a steel girder from the World Trade Center into the foundation of section #4, the final section of the Monument.


While open to the public, the ceremony will be held during construction and the park will be fenced for craning of the multi-ton bronze section. Viewing will be limited and perhaps hampered by the fencing; however all are welcome!


When fully installed the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park will be open to the public to enjoy the complete art conceived and created by Mario Chiodo!


A formal dedication will take place later in the spring. For more information, visit



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO



Do you have your tickets yet for the Chamber's economic development summit on Wednesday, Feb. 6? Dr. Yossi Sheffi, the director of the MIT Transportation and Logistics Center in Boston, will be our keynote speaker at the half-day event entitled "Building a Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020." The summit will run from 8 to 8:45 a.m. for a special optional session on "Insiders Real Estate Market Update," with the regular program running from 8:45 to noon - all at the Oakland Convention Center.


Reserve your seat today at or contact Eleanor Hollander at

 (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at


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.



The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Salvation Army of Alameda County, will hold a luncheon to honor the Oakland A's (and many of the players' wives) at the Hilton Oakland Airport on Tuesday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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


Besides having a number of A's players in attendance (there's an A's-Houston Astros game at the Coliseum that evening), the luncheon will also honor the wives of many of the players who have volunteered to support the mission of The Salvation Army.


For more information on the April 16 luncheon, contact Ivette Torres at the Chamber of Commerce 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


    • 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, $75 per person, 8-8:45 a.m. for the optional session; regular program runs from 8:45 a.m.-noon. 


Free webinar - A variety of new laws came into effect at the beginning of January. Learn about them by registering at a free webinar provided by Employers Group at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Click here to register.


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.



Social Justice Forum - Holy Names University will host its Third Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum: "People of Hope, Agents of Change" on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features two keynote speakers as well as workshop sessions that will focus on a number of issues, including youth homelessness, poverty, immigration and the drug war in Mexico. Info: Javier De Paz at (510) 692-6745 or Sister Susan Wells at (509) 840-4627.


Opening Reception - The Redux Studios & Gallery, a social enterprise of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, will have an opening reception entitled "All Types: Text & Type-Based Art" on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Redux is located at 2315 Lincoln Ave. in Alameda. Info: (510) 865-1109.


Wells Fargo Preservation Workshop - Wells Fargo & Company is hosting a free Home Preservation Workshop for Bay Area Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardship on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oakland Convention Center. Parking is free. Customers should register by Feb. 11 at or call (800) 405-8067.





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