Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brown Bag it! A Working Lunch for Small Businesses

Brown Bag it! A Working Lunch for Small Businesses

The program will address the following questions and issues:
  • Will the new health care law affect your business?
Michael Lujan (Director, Small Business Health Options Program, SHOP, from the Health Benefit Exchange, newly named as Covered California) will explain how the Affordable Care Act will affect small businesses in California.
  • Are you in need of money for employee training?
Robert Meyer from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel will describe how small businesses can qualify for this program, which offers small businesses funding for workforce training.
  • What can GO-Biz do for your business?
Barbara A. Vohryzek, Small Business Advocate from GO-Biz, will describe the range of services that GO-Biz provides to business owners.

Event Details
March 14, 2013
Hyatt House
5800 Shellmound Street
Emeryville, CA

Meet the experts and get your questions answered on (1) small business and the Affordable Health Care Act; (2) funding opportunities for workforce training; and (3) California’s programs in support for small business owners.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot today!

Please visit us at http://www.baydevco.com/brownbag/ for registration.

For more information about GO-Biz, please visit www.business.ca.gov.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Oakland Airport M102 Renovation Project - Job Walk Reminder and Sub-Tier Outreach Event

This week Turner Construction will host a Sub-Tier Outreach Event between the primes and second and third their subcontractors immediately following the job walk in an effort to build relationships and to help prime subcontractors reach their LBE/SLBE goals.

Each job walk is scheduled to start at 1pm. The job walk meeting point will be at the “Meet and Greet” area inside Terminal 1 right next to the TSA security checkpoint. Proceed inside the terminal towards the security line as if you were boarding a flight. The “Meet and Greet” area is directly to the right of the security checkpoint inside Terminal 1.

For TSA security purposes, please provide Turner with the full legal name, Date of Birth and Company Name of each job-walk attendee 24 hours prior to your scheduled job walk time. Attendee’s must bring a valid/current form of Identification with them during the job walk as well. This information should be sent to Brendan Crockett, bcrockett@tcco.com.

The Sub-tier Outreach event will be held immediately after the job walk in Turner’s Site Office at 2:30 PM. Our office is located in the Oakland Airport Maintenance Building, 1100 Airport Drive, Second Floor located in the green area on the map below and has the logo on the side of the building.

If you are interested in bidding on the M102 Renovation Project, we strongly recommend subcontractors attend both the job walk and the Sub-tier Outreach event in an effort to help with bidding requirements and scope for this project. Please check the dates of each pre-bid job walk carefully as to what trades will be highlighted. A reminder that this is the first phase of bidding and two subsequent bid packages are forthcoming.

Job Walk Schedule:

(Please note the Demolition Job walk has been moved to Wednesday Feb. 27th)

- Site Demo/Paving/Concrete, Glazing, Micropiles and Structural Concrete –
   Tues. Feb 26th @ 1pm.

- Structural Steel and Misc. Iron, Demolition - Wed. Feb. 27th @ 1pm.

- All MEPF, Low Voltage, and Elevator Trades– Thurs. Feb. 28th @ 1pm.

Please contact Brendan Crockett (bcrockett@tcco.com) with any questions.




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Friday, February 22, 2013

Design Your City!

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

City of Oakland – Hires for two Key Staff Roles

See below for more information:

Economic & Workforce Development Director Appointment – This memorandum announces

the appointment of Kelley Kahn as Economic & Workforce Development Director for the City

of Oakland, effective March 4. http://www2.oaklandnet.com/w/OAK039702


Planning & Building Director Appointment – This memorandum announces the appointment of

Rachel O’Dwyer Flynn as Planning and Building Director for the City of Oakland, effective


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Latham Square Community Design Workshop

On Saturday, February 23, the City of Oakland’s Public Works Agency will host a community design workshop to redesign Latham Square into an active, community-centered pedestrian plaza. Located at the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Broadway and flanked by the Latham Fountain and the Cathedral Building, Latham Square is an important part of Oakland history. The design process will seek to create a plaza that builds on this unique history and serves as a focal point for the re-birth of this part of downtown Oakland. The workshop will be held at the Cathedral Building, 1615
Broadway, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend
and may drop-in at any time for interactive exercises asking participants to imagine the future of
Latham Square. No prior design experience is necessary.

For more information visit the project website at ww.oaklandnet.com/LathamSquare.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Oakland Chamber’s Non-Profit Roundtable Presents:Improvements and Advances in Technology to Strengthen Your Organization and Outreach

Please join the members of the Non-Profit Roundtable on Tuesday, February 19, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., in the Oakland Chamber board room, 475 14th Street, for a look and conversation at some of the improved and new technologies available to strengthen organizations and their communications. Presenters will include Chamber member and Ambassador Fred Schott of 2CP Merchant Processing, who will share a number of ways to optimize credit and debit card process. Other potential presenters include specialists in mobile communications and website analytics. Please bring yourselves, your curiosity and your best practices to share.

The Non-Profit Roundtable serves as the Chamber’s hub to connect the Non-Profit business community with the For-Profit business community in the mutually beneficial way to support Oakland. Please join us and participate in the conversation to strengthen Oakland.

We look forward to seeing you.

Ana-Marie Jones, Co-chair and Executive Director of CARD (Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster)

Jerry Metzker, Co-chair and Development & Marketing Manager of Biotech Partners

Brandon Brooks, Chamber Liaison and Membership Sales Representative

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Business Opportunity Spotlight

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:

oakland housing authority logo

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) has issued an Invitation for Bid 13-002 2013 Ford (or equal) Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle.For further details please visit the OHA website at http://www.oakha.org/ and look under the “Procurement” tab.

If you have any questions please contact:

Loren Morgan
Contract Compliance Specialist
Contract Compliance & General Services
Oakland Housing Authority


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Business Opportunity Spotlight

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:

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is inviting proposals from interested firms for technical consultant services for the Treasure Island Mobility Management Study. The proposals must respond to the specific scope of services described in Section III of this Request for Proposals (RFP).

A pre-proposal conference will be held on February 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Authority’s offices. Individuals interested in attending the pre-response conference are requested to provide their full name to Steve Stamos at  steve.stamos@sfcta.org by February 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in order to aid in the security process.

The RFP is currently available on the Authority’s website (www.sfcta.org).

PROPOSALS ARE DUE by March 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Authority’s Offices.

Thank you for your interest in working with the Authority.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Business Opportunity Spotlight

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 Port of Oakland:

Invitation to Bid for:



A Non-Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting is scheduled as follows:

9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Port of Oakland

Board Room, 2nd Floor

530 Water Street Oakland, California


Bid Due Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bid Due Time:  2:00 p.m.


Bidders may obtain the Bidding Documents (Project Manual) for this project on line at the Port of Oakland website at http://portofoakland.com/business/bidnotic.asp on or after February 4, 2013.
Detailed instructions on downloading the Bidding  Documentsareavailable  a the following web address: http://portofoakland.com/pdf/bidDownloadInstructions.pdf. Any Addenda modifying the Project Manual will be posted at the same location. 

The work of this annual Contract, [Contract No. X2012-09-S6] and of the concurrent SBE (Small Business Enterprise) annual Contract put out to bid under the same title [Contract No. X2012-09-S7] consists, in general, of furnishing both scheduled and on-call general construction services for repairing, remodeling, and constructing building related improvements for the period indicated. Design services may also be required occasionally. The work will be performed at such times as ordered by the Chief Engineer.


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Business Opportunity Spotlight


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:

Port of Oakland
Request for Proposals for:

1)  Maritime Domain Awareness Enhancement Projects Design

2)  Security Fiber Optic Network Expansion & Redundancy Project Design


Non-Mandatory Pre-Proposal Meetings are scheduled as follows:


1)  Maritime Domain Awareness Enhancement Projects Design

10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013

Port of Oakland - Board Room, 2nd Floor
530 Water Street Oakland, California

2)  Security Fiber Optic Network Expansion & Redundancy Project

12:00 noon on Friday, February 15, 2013

Port of Oakland - Board Room, 2nd Floor
530 Water Street Oakland, California


The Port has posted this Request for Proposals (RFP) in digital format on a hosting website that can be accessed via the ‘Current RFP's/RFQ's: Port of Oakland Engineering Department’ link at the following URL: http://portofoakland.com/business/rfpsrfqs.asp.  Proposing consultants should carefully review the requirements of this RFP to ensure that they meet all of the stated requirements.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Oakland Mayor’s summer jobs program kicks off with $50,000 grant from Bank of America

Kudos to Oakland Chamber member Bank of America which made a $50,000 grant to support the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program.  The $50,000 grant will create 31 jobs for local teens, working with the City of Oakland, non-profit organizations, and local Oakland businesses.

Martin Richards, Bay Area Market President, Bank of America, talked about why they are supporting this program, “Teens have been disproportionally impacted by the recession, with unemployment rates exceeding those of any other age group and at an all-time high.  We are pleased to once again support the Mayor and the East Bay Community Foundation in providing jobs this summer that will provide youth with valuable skills to develop into self-sufficient adults”.

Mayor Jean Quan expressed appreciation for the financial support, “I want to thank Bank of America for again being a corporate leader in giving back to the Oakland community and stepping up to make a difference, I’m hoping other corporations and businesses will continue to work with us to lift up some of our most deserving youths and improve the quality of life for all Oaklanders”.

Quan continued, “A summer internship gives kids experiences and connections that will help them access the critical jobs pipeline later in life. Kids who get these internships are more likely to graduate high school, more likely to go to college and more likely to find productive employment.

To help connect unemployed and underemployed people, including young adults, with training and educational opportunities, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has made workforce development and education among its top philanthropic priorities. Grant funding supports job training programs, such as community college access programs for middle and high school students, technical assistance and training for small businesses as well as nonprofit organization programs that connect unemployed workers with available job opportunities.

This year, the City of Oakland intends to train and place over 1,000 youth into summer jobs. To meet this goal, they are looking to the private sector to create over 2,000 jobs. To support the jobs program and hire a youth for summer 2013, please make a tax-deductible contribution to support local youth by contacting the Mayor’s Office at (510) 238-3141 or meverhart@oaklandnet.com.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oakland Chamber Non-Profit Roundtable – January 15, 2013

At its January 15 meeting, the Oakland Chamber Non-Profit Roundtable put its best foot forward by discussing opportunities and ways to achieve success in the new year.
In the empowered introduction, attendees talked about planning and results, sharing the various bits of wisdom learned. This wisdom included: 1) asking for help when needed; 2) partnering is mutually beneficial; 3) don’t leave things to the last minute; and 4) breathe.

Oakland Chamber VP & Director of Public Policy Paul Junge shared ways that members can network with their Chamber peers by participating in the great variety of committees, meetings and activities the Chamber hosts monthly – from joining the Ambassador Committee (the “meet and greet” leaders of the Chamber) to attending the monthly new member breakfast or Economic Development Forum. He noted that much of what the Chamber does is determined by its members needs.

Andrew Thompson, a financial planner at Merrill Lynch (www.fa.ml.com/athompson), shared planning tips: 1) the most important part of planning is the plan; 2) develop a solid vision of what is wanted; 3) coordinate the action and be flexible with planning; 4) adjust what is not working; and 4) while visions, missions and dedication are great, a solid financial plan is just as important to see them to fruition. If a person has clear goals of what is wanted, the how to achieve those goals will become more clear over time.

Following Thompson, Roundtable Co-chair Jerry Metzker, the Development & Marketing Manager of Biotech Partners (www.biotechpartners.org), led the attendees through a fundraising/outreach planning session, noting that the basic way to achievement is set a specific number of goals, both qualitative and quantitative, recommending five maximum. “I always begin with the most obvious,” he explained, “meeting the budget.” In this interactive exercise, the participants shared a variety of goals and then listed fixed monthly activities on the calendar, such as events, grant proposal deadlines, report deadlines and fundraisers. Then the group looked for places where new activities could fit in—without, Metzker noted, being overtaxing. “And,” he emphasized, “make sure you fit in your vacation!” He added that it is important to connect your activities to your goals. The final recommendation in the exercise is to determine a personal management theme, such as “Write a daily task list” or “Slow down.”

Roundtable Co-chair Âna-Marie Jones, Executive Director of CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters  (www.CARDcanhelp.org) concluded the afternoon meeting by sharing a simple yet encompassing planning exercise for teams. In the exercise, Jones handed out blank post-it notes to everyone attending. Then she devised an emergency situation and asked everyone to write on a post-it the first thing one should do in that situation. Then write down one thing to do five minutes into the situation. Then write down one thing to do to conclude the situation. She collected the post-it notes and placed them on a board at the front of the room. The group determined that some ideas were viable, some less so, but the person ultimately responsible for planning now has many good ideas to work with, and has learned more about the team. By inviting everyone to participate, Jones noted, everyone is more vested in achieving success, even if an individual’s ideas are not used. She noted that while it is true that not everyone’s opinions or experiences carry equal weight in many discussions, everyone has a perspective, it’s great to encourage thinking, and in a supportive group environment, collaborators tend to bring out the better and smarter in each other.

Setting goals, remembering successful achievements, writing plans and involving everyone--the attendees of this particular meeting left armed and ready to prosper in 2013.


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The next Oakland Chamber Non-Profit Roundtable meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 2:30-4:30pm in the Chamber Boardroom. All chamber members and non-profit organizations interested in networking are welcome.


Co-Chair Âna-Marie Jones, Executive Director of CARD (AMJ@CARDcanhelp.org)

Co-Chair Jerry Metzker, Development & Marketing Manager of Biotech Partners (jerry.metzker@bayer.com)

Chamber Liaison Brandon Brooks, Membership Representative (bbrooks@oaklandchamber.com)



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