Tuesday, April 30, 2013

College & Career Readiness Office presents, Exploring College and Career Options Student Interns

College & Career Readiness Office presents …
Exploring College and Career Options
Student Interns
Summer 2013

Do you have a work project you haven’t been able to complete?

Would you like to have an impact on the professional development of Oakland’s youth?

Act fast to get the best match! Complete the Internship Request form below to start the process

You can help invest in the future of Oakland's workforce by providing an ECCO student with exposure to a high-quality work-based learning experience such as a 5-week summer internship. Our ECCO interns are trained, insured, tech savvy, supervised and motivated. They have experience working collaboratively, thinking critically, and are prepared to help you with that project you need to get done.

These 16- and 17-year-old students have been preparing all year to be your interns through the Exploring College and Careers Options (ECCO) program. ECCO helps students become more engaged, make informed choices about their futures, and learn the skills they need to succeed in career and post-secondary education.

By hosting an ECCO student intern, you will link their academic learning to career professional learning in your industry. Please see our Internship Guide for Hosts which details the expectations for internship host sites.  

Click here to complete the Internship Request Form  by June 14th.
Our staff will contact you to begin the placement process.


WHAT: 5-week summer internship program (30 hrs per week)

WHEN: July 1st-August 2nd -  Tuesdays through Fridays

(Students attend a weekly seminar on Monday's with their supervising teacher for ongoing professional development)

WHERE: Your place of business, Tuesdays through Fridays


Labels: , , , ,

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Next 40 Years: BART’s Plan to Keep the Bay Area Moving at our next Economic Development Forum 5/8



Labels: , , ,

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wage and Hour Laws Presented by Ericksen Arbuthnot- Monday 4/29- RSVP Today!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Wage and Hour Laws Presented by Ericksen Arbuthnot

Litigation involving wage and hour laws is some of the most prevalent, and costliest, in the country.  Are you providing the required rest periods and meal breaks for your employees? Do you know who’s eligible for overtime? Join Ericksen Arbuthnot to review changes in these laws and the cases that set the standards.

Joseph J. Minioza (J.J.) is the Assistant Managing Partner of the Oakland office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment practice group. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell. He provides consultation services for and has defended employers against wrongful termination and discrimination matters, including claims for violation of state and federal law. He has also represented employers in claims brought by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Andrew (Drew) Kozlow is an associate attorney in the Oakland office.  He is a member of the firms Employment practice group and has extensive experience in defending employers in claims of harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and breach of contract.  In addition, Mr. Kozlow provides consultation and counsel to employers of all sizes to help avoid the costs and stress of litigation.


Ericksen Arbuthnot will provide lunch.  Please RSVP to ejasper@ericksenarbuthnot.com.

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Last Call for Early Bird Booth Pricing-Ends Today April 24th at 5pm

Labels: , , , ,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oakland seniors team up with district associations to make it easier to get around by Oakland North

Senior Citizen Task Force members at work during a cleanup day at Snow Park. Photo courtesy Andrew Jones.
Senior Citizen Task Force members at work during a cleanup day at Snow Park. Photo courtesy Andrew Jones.
Every Tuesday morning, Paul Tutwiler and his friends set out from the Lake Park senior complex in Oakland’s Gold Coast neighborhood wearing orange safety vests and carrying cameras and notebooks. Dressed in a khaki cargo jacket and green felt hat while on a recent outing, Tutwiler looked like a hoary Indiana Jones as the crew headed down 17th Street towards downtown, stopping frequently to examine the sidewalk.

“Now look, here’s a really bad one,” 83-year-old Tutwiler said, indicating a buckled block of sidewalk. “There’s a jagged edge that’s about three inches up and it’s caused by this tree, as you can see. If you are sort of shuffling along and you don’t lift your feet as high as your mother told you to, then you stumble on that.” He jotted notes on his clipboard before herding the group onward.
Most of the seniors who participate in this weekly walk are part of a Senior Citizen Task Force that works with the Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown district associations. The collaboration is dedicated to getting the neighborhoods’ seniors more engaged in their community. Tutwiler and the others want to make it easier for seniors to get to nearby restaurants and galleries—and one way to encourage people to get out is by tackling obstacles to mobility, like reporting troublesome patches of sidewalk to Oakland’s Public Works Department.

Making it easier for seniors to get around will help them build ties with people who live nearby—and they say it’s good for them and for Oakland. “We’re part of a senior community here, but you know, we want to be part of this community,” says task force member Bob Redman. “We want to be part of the positive things.”

To read the whole story, click here.

Labels: , ,

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day-Oakland: Greenest City in the US!!!

Cities That Take The Environment Seriously

What does it mean for a city to be “green”? With Earth Day approaching, let’s take a look at the greenest cities in the US — and what they’re doing differently!

 The 5 greenest cities in the U.S
Being a green city is more than just having a recycling program in place and reducing waste — it involves using energy more efficiently, planning eco-friendly developments, enacting green transportation guidelines and more. It's also something that can take years to show the results. Find out if you're living in a green city and see what you can start doing to make a difference!

The 5 greenest cities in the U.S. include:

Oakland, California

Oakland California
Much of Oakland's food is grown locally — which reduces waste and carbon emissions that other cities use in order to get their food from some other location. New building developments in Oakland meet high green standards and Oakland is currently home of the nation's cleanest, freshest tap water.

To learn who else made the list, view the article here.

Labels: , , ,

Friday, April 19, 2013

HUB Bay Area - Summer 2013 Internship Program Details

The HUB Bay Area is a community of more than 1,000 social innovators who gather to put ideas for social and environmental change into action. Our members are entrepreneurs, activists, artists, and professionals who envision a different world.
The HUB's Internship Program brings whole person development together with skills-based, experiential, entrepreneurship curriculum. Join us to explore the question of how to enter the world of work as somebody who wants to do good in the world.  Apply now.
You will join a cohort of other young changemakers working at the HUB. The cohort supports and learns from one another, building their experience collectively. We support social events in the intern community, ranging from exploring San Francisco to weekend backpacking trips. Interns also meet regularly once a week for curriculum organized by our staff and members of our community.

The internship begins with a day-long orientation designed to introduce the core concepts of the program and build a strong network of relationships among interns.We'll also host 5-10 classes including: Social Enterprise 101; Social Finance, Impact Investing, & the Sharing Economy; Mindfulness & Contemplative Practice; Design Thinking; Critical & Root Cause Analysis; Lean Startup Methodology; Intro to Web Design; Career Development Skills

You'll team up with other interns to do research on social sector companies and present findings. You'll also curate and create a blog about your experience, as well as conceive of, design, and implement a project of the group's choosing.

Our program is selective but open to diverse applicants. Before applying, please make sure to explore available position descriptions here. In general, we are looking for students, recent graduates, or anybody questioning how to start a career building a better world. Our interns are intelligent, curious, and have excellent social skills.

All of our interns move through the same program, but their specific jobs vary. You may be placed in the following departments, and will have the opportunity when you apply to indicate your preferences. We typically are able to place every member of the cohort in their first choice department.

Community Building & Hosting
Business Development & Partnerships
Event Programming
Education Initiatives
Membership & Data Analysis
New Product Development
Growing the North American HUB Network
Media & Communications
Collaborative Space Design
HUB Ventures - Accelerator
SOCAP - Conference Planning, Promotion, & Execution

Start Date: May 24th 2013 End Date: August 30th, 2013
Commitment & Hours: Interns commit to a regular schedule of at least 15 hours per week. They are also expected to attend orientations, trainings, and other educational aspects of the HUB's internship program.
Benefits & Compensation: Interns receive a full-time membership during their time here, and for one month beyond the duration of their internship. Additionally, they may attend all regular HUB programming free of charge. This is an unpaid volunteer position.

Labels: ,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

After 5 Reception & OYP MIxer, Together on April 25th!


Labels: , , , , ,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

REMINDER: Summer Internship Webinar for East Bay Businesses 4/18

Are you an East Bay business person who wants to give back to the community? 

Invest in the next generation? 

Build relationships with the future workforce? 

Consider offering a summer internship to an East Bay student. 


There are East Bay organizations that can offer you full-range support to make it possible.

Whether you are considering hosting an intern for the first time, considering expanding your program, or just wanting to learn more, please join us for this discussion for businesses of all industries. All participants will also receive our Summer Internship How-To Manual for East Bay Businesses.


Summer Internship Webinar for East Bay Businesses

Apr 18, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00PM

Hosted by: 
East Bay Economic Development Alliance & Bayer Healthcare 

Kevin Pegels, VP Global Supply Chain Management, Bayer Healthcare 
Trina Ostrander, Associate Director, Public Policy & Communications, Bayer Healthcare 
Matt Poland, Barbara Hoo & Amy Thole, United Way Matchbridge

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Labels: , ,

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The 2013 Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards - Nominations Are Now Open

Act now to nominate the amazing businesses and individuals that go out of their way to offer training, internships, and other kinds of support for young people in Oakland.

Winners will be announced on June 12, 2013 at Inner City Advisors' "ALL IN 2013" event at the Fox Theater.

The deadline to submit nominations is May 1, 2013.

Please share this message widely. Copies of the forms are attached, or you can download them, and learn more about the awards, at http://youthfriendlybusiness.org/nominate-today/. Visit our Facebook page to promote this award opportunity to your networks.

Labels: , ,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Business Opportunity Spotlight- Oakland Housing Authority Request for Proposal Urban Farms

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 Housing Authority of the City of Oakland (OHA) has posted this RFP on the Oakland Housing Authority website. Please visit: http://www.oakha.org/procurement.html

The RFP appears under “Active Bids” on the left hand side.

We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fruitvale Night Market, Next One April 19th

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Check out, Bites: What’s new in East Bay food, XVII from Berkeleyside.com

For more info:http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/04/04/bites-whats-new-in-east-bay-food-xvii/

Labels: , , ,

Thursday, April 4, 2013

West Oakland Job Resource April 2013 Orientations – Sign Up Today!

Labels: ,

Wednesday, April 3, 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:

Turner is currently bidding the following trade packages as part of Bid Group #03 for the Oakland Airport M102 Terminal 1 Renovation Project:


6.2 Millwork, Trespa Wall Panels  
10.1 Toilet Partitions and Accessories
9.2 Tile and Stone
10.4 Signage  
9.4 Acoustic Ceilings and Wall Panels
10.6 Folding Doors
9.5 Stretch Fabric System
12.4 Window Shading
9.6 Flooring
15.9 Enterprise Controls
9.7 Terrazzo
9.8 Epoxy Flooring
9.9 Painting
20.0 Swing Space Package
2.13 Tower Demo


Bids are due Thursday, April 25th, 2013 @ 2pm.

To access the bid documents please follow the link: https://turnernorcal.box.com/s/awfp2ow9ntllhd7m292r

Instruction to Bidders:

PRE-BID JOB WALK: Subcontractors are recommended to attend a job walk during the bid phase. Please see below for your appropriate time. All job walks will begin 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 meeting area is directly to the right of the security checkpoint inside Terminal 1.



For TSA security purposes, please provide Turner with 1. The full legal name, 2. Date of Birth and 3. Company Name of each job-walk attendee at least 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.

-       2.13 Tower Demo – Tues. April 16th @ 1pm **See above for security requirements

-       6.2 Millwork, 9.2 Tile, 9.4 Acoustical Ceilings, 9.5 Stretch Ceiling, 9.6 Flooring, 9.7 Terrazzo, 9.8 Epoxy Flooring - Wed. April 17th @ 1pm **NO Security Requirements

-       9.9 Painting, 10.1 TP and Accessories, 10.4 Signage, 10.6 Folding Doors, 12.4 Window Shades, 15.9 Enterprise Controls, 20.0 Swing Space Package - Wed. April 18th @ 1pm **NO Security Requirements


Pre-Bid Outreach Conference Meet and Greet

Turner will be hosting a meet and greet with second and third their subcontractors immediately following the job walk (2:30pm) in an effort to build relationships and to help prime subcontractors reach their LBE/SLBE goals. This meeting will be held back at Turner’s Jobsite Office at 1100 Airport Drive (office is on the second floor).


Labels: ,

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Debate on Oakland City Budget starts tonight!

The possibility of more spending on police protection for the citizens of Oakland will compete for attention as the City Council begins the process of adopting a two year budget.  Over the past 4-5 years the city has seen revenues decline and this has led to service reductions across just about every department.  While the people of Oakland have suffered the most, employee unions have made concessions to help balance the budget.

The good news is Mayor Quan and City Administrator Santana report revenues are starting to revive somewhat.  Nevertheless it is clear we are far from fully recovered and careful budgeting is still required.  Structural deficits still total over $150 million over the next five years and if contributions to pension and health costs were made as they should be that five year deficit total would balloon to over $650 million.  And that doesn’t include the amounts the City is already behind in paying! 

In the police department alone the number of sworn officers has fallen from 837 to 611. Civilian police staff has dropped by an even greater percentage from 394 people to 261.  Even with the just completed Police Academy and the two others starting this year the number of sworn officers will not reach even 700 officers.  If no further academies are scheduled the number will again start moving below the even intolerably low number we have today.

Even with these cuts of the last few years, police spending amounts to less than 20% of the overall city budget.  Public works takes up just a little more than 12% of all spending and the fire department 11%.  And yet in a city wide poll last Fall the people of Oakland identified road repair and police services as their clear top two priorities.

The City Council has made important steps to addressing our urgent public safety needs in the last few months.  We should continue to support those efforts.  At budget time many worthy and even not so worthy demands are made on the Council for funding.  We need to let them hear our voice calling for investment in saving lives and making our community safe!

Important Dates
April 2: Council budget workshop
April 15-19: Public Release of Proposed Budget
April 30: Presentation of Proposed Budget to City Council

May: Budget Town Hall Meetings Citywide
May 30: Proposed City Council Budget Hearing #1

June 13: Proposed City Council Budget Hearing #2
June 27: Proposed Final City Council Budget Hearing/Adoption

July 1: Implementation of FY 13-15 Adopted Budget

Labels: , ,

The Great Wall Hosts the Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival

Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival Hosted by the Great Wall of Oakland

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Great Wall of Oakland is collaborating with the Walker Art Center to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Oakland! On Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 3-10pm, an estimated 5,000+ cat-lovers and friends will be celebrating felines and exploring the low-art of Internet cat videos together, in real-time, as we transform West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway into a cat-lovers wonderland. Proceeds benefit the East Bay SPCA!
As the sun sets, festival attendees will gather in front of the Great Wall to view the Bay Area premiere of #catvidfest, the Walker Art Center's curated collection of Internet cat videos. See your favorites: "Henri," "Cats Playing Patty Cake," and "Cat Says NOM NOM NOM." The Great Wall's artist in residence group, Bandaloop, will perform a cat-themed aerial duet off the 100' Wall before the screening. 
During the day, cat-lovers and their allies can peruse cat and pet products and arts and crafts from a host of vendors, adopt cats from local rescue centers, learn about kitten fostering, listen to live bands, sample delicious food from local food trucks, and participate in a plethora of art and cat activities including art projects.
The Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival is a unique community event celebrating cats, art and technology while educating the public on the importance of cat adoption and fostering. The major sponsor for the Oakland Cat Video Festival is Oakland-based Pet Food Express who will promote the Save a Kitten program at the event.
Other sponsors include Oakland-based Fresh Step, Eventbrite, Whole Foods Market on Harrison, Comcast, and ECEE Productions.

Follow the action on the Oakland Cat Video Festival WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.
Broadway and West Grand Ave
Oakland, 94612

Labels: , ,

Monday, April 1, 2013

Oakland Chamber Wins Bid to Host Local SBDC

On April 2nd, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will open the new offices of Alameda County’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
After an open solicitation process that concluded in January, the Northern California SBDC Lead Center announced the intent to award up to $215,000 in federal funds to the Oakland Chamber to host the local SBDC office and take over the day-to-day operations of the center.
The Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) provides free, one-on-one consulting and low-cost trainings to more than 2,000 small businesses in the county annually. The SBDC is a nationwide program which is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local match funding to help small businesses start and grow in their communities.
The Norcal SBDC Lead Center – which oversees programmatic and fiscal operations of 11 centers in 14 Northern California counties – stepped in to manage the ACSBDC two years ago. Over that time the center has grown into a top performer in the region – with a specialty in helping small businesses access capital.
“This new funding will allow us to expand services for our members and all businesses throughout the county,” said Joe Haraburda, president of the Chamber. “The Alameda County SBDC, its program manager and existing 17 consultants have a long track record of solid performance filling the needs of local businesses. We intend to continue in that tradition.”
According to Alameda SBDC client surveys, positive impacts created through SBDC services in 2012 included more than $26 million in acquired loans and equity capital, $4.6 million in sales increases as well as the launch of 39 new businesses. Norcal SBDC Regional Director Kristin Johnson said that in searching for the right host for the ACSBDC, the Lead Center needed a well-established nonprofit with a similar mission and local match funding in order to draw down federal funding to provide services to the community. They also hoped to find a strong team that would be able to pick up where they left off.
“We are counting this search for a new host a success on all counts and we are excited at the prospect of having another chamber in our SBDC mix,” Johnson said. “We have long been interested in diversifying the types of places Northern California entrepreneurs can access our services and we’re confident that the Oakland Chamber team is going to add value to our network.”
The Alameda County SBDC will relocate to the Oakland Chamber offices at 475 14th St. on April 2nd.
For more information about how to apply for SBDC services, go to www.acsbdc.org or call (510) 208-0410.
About the Norcal SBDC Program: Small Business Development Centers of Northern California (Norcal SBDC) help individuals manage the growth of their businesses. Their sole focus is on helping entrepreneurs improve their bottom line. Their expertise can help take the mystery out of business management and allow companies to focus on the issues most critical to their success. Their business advisors have years of experience and know what it takes to operate profitably and grow a business in Northern California. SBDC services address business plans, financial projections and budgeting, operating challenges, purchase or sale of a business, funding your venture, loan packaging, and more. All private coaching/advising services are offered at no cost to the client.