Let's Play Ball, Join Us for Oakland A's Luncheon and Games!
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
February 12, 2013
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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.


Individual tickets for the luncheon are $75, which includes parking; tables of ten can be purchased for $1,500, which includes include 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 itorres@oaklandchamber.com or at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.


For information on sponsorships, contact Sara Tarano at

The Salvation Army at (510) 645-9710, ext. 219 or at sara.tarano@usw.salvationarmy.org.


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO

Join us for two exciting Oakland A's games

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 O.co 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.


And then, just to make the game even more enticing, the Chamber has acquired Lower Box seats on the Field Level down the first base line within the first 20 rows of the field - and will be selling half-price tickets to children 14 and younger. The $34 adult tickets become $17 for the younger crowd.


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 O.co 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.

Tickets for the A's-Giants showdown are just $40 per person ($50 for non-members) and the ticket price is guaranteed - even as regular ticket prices increase for this exciting game.


To reserve tickets for the A's-Orioles game on Saturday afternoon, April 27 that features a visit by the 1973 A's champions - or the game on Tuesday evening, May 28 against the San Francisco Giants, visit www.oaklandchamber.com or contact Ivette Torres at itorres@oaklandchamber.com 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 hmasler@oaklandchamber.com


  •  Ambassador Committee meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 13, noon-1 p.m.
  • Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch + Learn, featuring an in-depth discussion on New Employment Legislation, Impact on Businesses, Recent Trends in Employee Lawsuits, with Andrew Shalauta, attorney with Burnham Brown law firm, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Young Professionals and East Bay Black Professionals Joint Mixer, Wednesday, Feb. 20, Scott's Seafood-Empire Room, free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m RSVP today.
  • Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, featuring guest speaker Oakland City Council President Pat Kernighan, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • After Five Reception, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, hosted by Blue Heron Catering and Royal Raspberry Catering, free for Chamber members, $15 for
    non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP here.


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 tomorrow, 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 www.wfhmevents.com/leadingthewayhome or call (800) 405-8067.


Small Business Seminars - The Alameda County SBDC and Chevron present a series of seminars in Oakland that provide tools related to starting and growing your business. "Successful Business Plans," tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 13, Oakland Public Library, 125 14th St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.; "Social Media," Tuesday, Feb. 19, City Hall, Hearing Room 4, noon to 1:30 p.m.; and "Accessing Capital," Tuesday, Feb. 26, Oakland Public Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info: www.acsbdc.org or (510) 208-0410.


Lunar New Year Festival 2013 - Celebrate the Year of the Snake with cultural performances, an arts and crafts expo, and numerous workshops at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., second floor, Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Info: (510) 637-0455 or www.oacc.com.


SBA Workshop - Come to the Chamber offices on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and learn "The Smart Way" to qualify for the 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 myfmbmail@gmail.com.


Small Business Workshops - Hilliard Management Group will present a Small Business Taxes Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Chamber offices (9 a.m. to noon), which can help you avoid excessive tax penalties and reduce your small business' taxes. Then from 1-5 p.m. on the same day, they will present a hands-on Intermediate QuickBooks Workshop featuring data entry techniques, how to appropriately classify expenses, and more. Info: (510) 655-2041 or register at www.hmgworkshops.com/022813ac.


Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event- Job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty,military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouces. Thursday Feb. 28th, Sottish Rite Center. 1547 Lakeside Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (202) 463-5807 or  www.hiringourheroes@uschamber.com


White Elephant Sale Donations - The 54th annual White Elephant Sale, sponsored by the Oakland Museum of California, is accepting donations of gently used, good quality items during the month of February at 333 Lancaster St., Tuesdays thru Saturdays, and on Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3.



Authentic Bagels

Douglas P. Davis

Chantelle Lorenz, Massage Therapist

Oakland International Film Festival



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


1. Root for the Golden State Warriors.

2. Visit the past and the future on an Oakland walking tour.


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