Wednesday, June 27, 2012

City of Oakland Employment Opportunities

From time to time, the Chamber is made aware of local employment opportunities and projects relevant to our members and other community based organizations. See below for the most recent opportunity spotlight from the City of Oakland:

Visit the links below for the online job descriptions and application procedures:

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Golden Gate Transit San Francisco Mid-Day Bus Parking Facility Design Services

From time to time, the Chamber is made aware of local business opportunities and projects relevant to our members and other community based organizations. See below for the most recent opportunity spotlight from the Golden Gate Transit District:


The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) stores buses at a midday

parking facility in San Francisco. District will be relocating the midday parking facility to a new

location in San Francisco. The Site is located in the City and County of San Francisco, between

Third, Fourth, Perry and Stillman Streets in the City and County of San Francisco, California.

Improvements must be made to the new location prior to District occupying the Site.

District is seeking Statements of Qualifications and Proposals (SOQ&P) from qualified

landscape architectural and civil engineering consultants to design and prepare bid documents for

improvements to the Site.

If you would like more information on the above contract, please visit

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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Nonprofit Roundtable – expanding Oakland’s destination potential

The word is out: Oakland is one of the go-to places in the world. Having our great community identified as such provides community benefits organizations with tremendous opportunity to partner with the growing hospitality industry to promote and strengthen all we have to offer. Please join us in a discussion with such chamber partners as Mark Everton of Miss Pearl’s & Waterfront Hotel, C.J. Hirschfield of Fairyland and Myra Howay from Visit Oakland. Jessie Ivey, President of, also has an offer for Oakland community organizations. Tuesday, June 19, from 2:30-4:30 pm, in the Oakland Chamber board room, 475 14th Street. Oh, yes, we will have treats!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

AT&T Hiring Event

Attention job seekers:

AT&T is having a hiring event for the East Bay market area on 6/20 and 6/21. The job posting including link and flyer is HERE (insert hyperlink for the attached).  To receive an invitation to interview, all candidates should apply online and complete the assessment.    

Job Available Include:

Store Manager, Retail Sales Consultants, & Sales Support Representatives - East Bay http<>://<>

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Small Biz Opportunity - CA High Speed Rail

Small Business Opportunity Meeting

with Pre-Qualified Design Build firms on

California High-Speed Rail Project 

As the five pre-qualified design-build firms prepare for submitting their proposal for the initial construction section for the high-speed train project they will individually hold Business Opportunity Meetings. These meetings will provide interested small businesses with an opportunity to learn the details of bidding and subcontracting specific to each Prime.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is pleased to share a networking opportunity:

WHEN:      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 4:00 PM—7:00 PM

WHO:         Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons

PRESENTATIONS: 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm

WHERE:    The Tower, First Floor Conference Center

                       205 East River Park Circle, Fresno, CA 93720

RSVP to:

                       or (213) 891-2965 Ext. 102

For more information:

All interested local subcontractors and suppliers, to include Small, Disadvantaged, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises and Microbusinesses are invited to join our team to learn details about bidding and subcontracting opportunities with Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, a Joint Venture on the California High-Speed Rail Project. Be prepared to receive project overview information, meet the team, and network with other subcontractors and suppliers.

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Surviving the Challenging Economy: A recap of the May 15, 2012 Oakland Chamber Non-Profit Roundtable Meeting

By Jerry Metzker
Non-profit Roundtable Co-Chair
Development & Marketing Manager, Biotech Partners

Financial matters in our challenging economy were the focus of the May 15, 2012 Oakland Chamber Nonprofit Roundtable. As representatives of community benefits organizations, attendees were well aware that the negative impact on the Oakland community has been severe, but the facts and numbers presented exposed a far more disastrous effect.

An article by consultant Jan Masaoka ( highlighted the disparity of effect by using the sinking of the Titanic as metaphor. Just as the steerage passengers (primarily poverty-stricken Irish) were locked in their quarters to go down with the ship, the poorest in our communities and nation have been the first sacrificed by having their services cut, even as the need has grown. Support for community benefits organizations that serve the poorest in our community has been shrinking tremendously during the economic challenge. While writer Holly Hall noted in ( that several organizations experienced an increase in donations at the start of the downtown, sustaining the income has been unsuccessful.

Allison Pratt, Director of Policy and Services of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, shared several unnerving details about the need for her agency's services. The Food Bank currently distributes 22 million pounds of food annually in collaboration with 275 community partners, from churches to drop-in shelters. She noted that the Food Bank serves one in six county residents at least once per year, half of the households are working and 2/3 of the clients are children and seniors. The most startling detail is how the Food Bank is receiving requests of assistance from past donors. Over the past several years, the Food Bank’s support has doubled. Sadly, she forecast that as the government continues to reduce its activity to support the country’s poorest and most helpless citizens (seniors and children), this already dire situation is going to worsen.

Following Pratt’s presentation, Roundtable Co-Chair and Executive Director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD) Âna-Marie Jones led a conversation on how to respect those most adversely affected by the poor economy. Tips included rejecting the degrading labeling of people without knowing their individual situations, recognizing that those living in poverty have not chosen this as a lifestyle and realizing that being broke and living in generational poverty are not the same situation even though those in those situations rely on the same services. The proper action is for those of us who do work to strengthen and improve our community to give voice to these individuals and remind them that they have a voice.

As stated in Jan Masaoka’s article, community benefits organizations are shutting their doors at an alarming rate. For organizations that rely on funding partnerships to provide the service, a consistent and diverse influx of income is essential. Roundtable Co-Chair and Development & Marketing Manager of Biotech Partners Jerry Metzker shared several fundraising facts and approaches, such as six out of seven adults contribute financially to organizations, and “asking” and sharing are common activities of every human being.

The next Oakland Chamber Roundtable Meeting is Tuesday, June 19, from 2:30-4:30pm in the Chamber Board Room. Co-Chair Âna-Marie Jones will be leading a conversation on Oakland’s growing hospitality base and ways community benefits organizations can connect in mutually beneficial ways. All are welcome.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Peralta Community College Gets Parcel Tax

Local community colleges got a shot in the arm from local voters on Tuesday.  Measure B, a $48/year parcel tax which will end in eight years, was approved by 72% of the voters.  The tax will raise about $8 million a year and will be used to expand class offerings and make up for cuts in state funding. 
The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce supported the tax and we congratulate our local community colleges and the students they serve.

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