Business Development and a SAFE community are like hand & glove!

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
March 19, 2013
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Dear Members & Friends,


Business Development and a SAFE community are like hand and glove!


The March 2013 issue of Oakland Business Review provided space for a message from the Mayor and Chief of Police. If you have not yet read page 5 of this issue, click here for the online version and let me know your comments.


It is essential that the community at large insists that public safety must be the #1 priority for Oakland (you and your neighbors in business and at home). Contact your elected leaders, your Neighborhood Watch groups, Chambers of Commerce, Pastors and Clergy leaders, Business Improvement Groups and those of influence to voice your concern.




Showcase your business in 2013


On Thursday, May 16, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will host the Oakland and East Bay Business and Procurement Fair. This annual fair brings vendors, business organizations, public agencies and members of the local community together to facilitate business-to-business partnerships and create new customer leads. It's also a great chance to network in a fun, professional environment. Booths are available starting as low as $199 and individual attendance is free.


If you are a new member of the Chamber, this is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself and your products and services to the broader Oakland business community. Existing members, particularly those interested in procurement opportunities with state and county public agencies, are also recommended participants.


Complete details can be found online. Please contact Ivette Torres at or at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 to reserve your booth.


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.



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO




oakland A's logo     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.


Click here to purchase tickets for the April 16 luncheon or contact Ivette Torres at the Chamber of Commerce at 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

                               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 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.



Battle of the Bay-Guaranteed to Sell Out!


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 to April 27th Register Here.

For tickets to May 28 Register Here.


Or 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



The Chamber's After Hours Reception on Thursday, March 28, will be hosted by Torrey Pines Bank at its downtown location, 1951 Webster St. The address reported last week was incorrect. We look forward to seeing you at the reception, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to Chamber members. Bring lots of business cards for some quality networking.


    • Young Professionals Mixer, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20, El Gusano Restaurant, 1015 Clay St., free for members, $10 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register 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.
    • After Five Reception, Thursday, March 28, Torrey Pines Bank, 1951 Webster St., free for Chamber members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register Here.
    • 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!



Women's Webinar - Bell Investment Advisors has announced that "The Women's Roundtable," a new learning cooperative for and by women, will be hosting its first free webinar, "Make a Giving Plan Part of Your 2013 Financial Plan," tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20 from 2-2:30 p.m. The event is part of the firm's ongoing educational series. Register here.


Building Bridges - Colliers International and the law firm of Lewis 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. Info:


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. 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 here.


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




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


1. Bask in the sun at Lake Temescal.

2. Celebrate all things Californian at the Oakland Museum of California.


For more information on things to see and do, visit