A once-in-a-lifetime ceremony to Remember Them...

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
February 19, 2013
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A once-in-a-lifetime ceremony to Remember Them...


On Thursday, February 21st we will honor our Firefighters and those lost during 9-11, an actual section of a steel girder from the World Trade Center will be placed in the foundation of section #4 of Remember Them.


Beginning at 1:30 p.m. Members of the Oakland Fire Department and local First Responders to the 9-11 disaster will leave City Hall in procession to place the WTC Steel in its new home.


The ceremony begins with the WTC Steel on display at City Hall from noon to 1:00, followed by a procession to the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, site of the monument. Route of travel is San Pablo Avenue to 17th Street and then Telegraph to the Park. Starting at 2 p.m. local firefighters will place the World Trade Center section in its new resting place.


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 section #4 of the monument is 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 about the Monument visit www.remember-them.org.


A's luncheon set for April 16


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, follow the links 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


  • Lunch + Learn, tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20,featuring an in-depth discussion on New Employment Legislation, Impact on Businesses, Recent Trends in Employee Lawsuits, with Andrew Shalauta, partner at Burnham Brown law firm, noon-1:15 p.m.
  • Young Professionals Mixer, tomorrow,Wednesday, Feb. 20, networking with members of the East Bay Black Professionals Association, Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, Jack London Square, free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP here.
  • Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, Feb. 22,featuring guest speaker Oakland City Council President Pat Kernighan, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • After Five Reception, Thursday, Feb. 28, 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.

SBA Workshop - Come to the Chamber offices today, 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 Seminars - The Alameda County SBDC and Chevron present a series of seminars in Oakland that provide tools related to starting and growing your business. "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.


Making Connections - Join Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson for the 2nd annual African American Organizations' "Making Connections 2013: Strategies & Outcomes for our Black Community," Saturday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Laney College, 900 Fallon St. Free admission, catered lunch. Info: (510) 779-3036 or email laniece@lajonesmedia.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 spouses, Thursday, Feb. 28, Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (202) 463-5807 or www.hiringourheroes@uschamber.com.


Oakland Youth Orchestra - Annual Gala Concert & Auction, Saturday, March 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Lincoln Avenue in Oakland. Info: (510) 832-7710 or at www.oyo.org.


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. Honor the history of our local ancestors at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.

2. Learn about the race to space at Chabot Space & Science Center.


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