Monday, September 30, 2013


Each year, the UMA convenes member organizations from across the country for a two-day conference and collaboration session. This meeting enables manufacturing and economic development professionals from all over the U.S. to come together to share best practices, learn from each other’s efforts, innovate and amplify their voice in the national policy discussion. Exchanging ideas on how urban manufacturing can reduce chronic unemployment and regain its foothold in dense urban areas are key goals of the UMA. Through this annual collaboration, the participants seek to strengthen their local economies, create jobs and revitalize their cities.  This year the Convening is being held, here, in Oakland and is held on the same day as National Manufacturing Day.



Wednesday Evening – Convening Kick-Off Party & Manufacturing Day Celebration – (Crucible, Oakland).  This event is open to the public ($10 entrance fee)

Thursday – Sessions (Preservation Park, Oakland)

Thursday evening – Group Dinner (Lungomare, Oakland)

Friday morning – Sessions Continue (Oakland Asian Cultural Arts Center, Oakland)

Friday afternoon – Local Manufacturing Tour

Friday evening – Downtown Oakland’s Art Murmur/First Fridays

For more information, visit the website.


MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Food, Drinks, Chipping Contest and More- TONIGHT AT Sequoyah Country Club


Join us for the joint After 5 Reception & OCYP Mixer

               We will have a chipping contest into the pool, great food and great drinks!

                                                        4550 Heafey Rd. Oakland, CA 94605

             Tonight  | September 26, 2013 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

No charge for Chamber members
& $15 for non-chamber members

                                                RSVP Here.

Questions? Please contact Ivette Torres at or 510- 874-4800 x319.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2013 East Bay Women in Business Last Luncheon for the Year


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Have you signed up yet? Introduction to Long Term Care a webinar by Bell Investment Advisors


Bell Investment Advisors Offers Webinar

“Introduction to Long Term Care”

OAKLAND, CA. September 20, 2013 – Bell Investment Advisors,, a Bay Area registered investment advisory firm, today announced they will be conducting a free webinar, Introduction to Long Term Care, on September 25, 2013, 2-2:30 PM PDT. The event is part of an ongoing series of webinars and events that reflect the firm’s dedication to providing free educational opportunities to its greater community.

The webinar will focus on the basics of long term care (LTC), the type of service that helps with varying forms of assistance needed by those who can no longer perform everyday tasks by themselves. For many, the need for LTC is far in the future; however, the National Medicare Handbook claims that 70% of people will require some type of long term care services.

This webinar offers information and strategies surrounding the choices faced when considering long term care. It will introduce you to the basics: how care is provided, cost of care, how to pay for care, under what circumstances LTC insurance might be beneficial, and how long term care fits (or not) within your overall financial and retirement plan.

Registration for the event is currently open at:

Jim Bell, CFP®, President and Founder of Bell Investment Advisors, will host this September 25 webinar, and Larry Davidman, Principal of TermWorksLTC.Com, will be the guest speaker. There will be an opportunity for participants to have their questions answered at the end of the presentation. “Insurance concerns are always challenging”, says Mr. Bell. “LTC is especially so. Come and learn the basics.”

An archive of past webinars presented by Bell’s financial advisor team and guest speakers on topics regarding wealth management, financial planning, and career coaching can be found

Bell Investment Advisors, a privately-owned, registered investment advisory firm, managing over $500 million in assets, and in its 22nd year of business, offers investment management, financial planning, and career/life coaching services.


Nancy Isaacs

Bell Investment Advisors


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Regus Opens its Doors In Oakland- Ribbon Cutting & More!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sign-up Today for MIGHTYminnow's Website Weekend Class

Oakland-based MIGHTYminnow Web Studio & School started out as a company that specialized in hand-crafted, custom-designed websites for nonprofits and small businesses. (They still do this, and you can see a lot of examples of their custom graphic design work on their website at 

Over the years, MIGHTYminnow has increasingly focused on ways to empower their clients - not just to maintain their own websites, but to actuallybuild websites from scratch - which is a great way for individuals and small businesses to manager their costs and gain valuable technical expertise. The culmination of these efforts is the hugely popular Website Weekend course ( in which participants construct a complete website in just 48 hours.

The next Website Weekend class is Nov. 2nd & 3rd. For more information or to register, call 510-629-1440 or visit


As a small, local, woman-owned business, MIGHTYminnow is commited to helping fledgling organizations with the ultimate goal of strengthening Oakland's local community and economy. Founded by Oakland's very own Kristin Long, MIGHTYminnow opened a brick and mortar space at 14th & Broadway in April, 2012. With a large classroom for training nonprofits and small businesses, the space is a perfect setting for Kristin and her colleagues to run Website Weekend. During the 2-day course, students go from a blank white screen to a fully-functional, beautiful, easy-to-maintain website. With a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, and talented staff guiding students every step of the way, participants create high-quality WordPress websites for their organizations in just one weekend. Topics covered in class include crafting a compelling home page, adding and organizing sub-pages, SEO best practices, integrating social media, adding newsletter and contact forms, and much more. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

We Connect Health Enrollment Fair This SATURDAY

      Also looking for volunteers, if interested please see below:

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

10 Cops for Oakland paid for by the Feds

With only 615 sworn officers, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) needs all the help it can get.  A Federal grant will pay for 10 of those officers for the next 3 years.

The announcement came at a press conference today with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. The awards are being allocated through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.  COPS is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to local law enforcement agencies to hire police officers dedicated to addressing specific crime and disorder challenges.
The total number of sworn officers with OPD will increase on Friday when 36 officers graduate from the most recent Police Academy.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tribune Tavern hosts September ORA's Dine & Unwind

We look forward to seeing you at this fabulous event!
 Reserve your spot today because there is limited seating due to overwhelming response.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Enjoy the benefits of Chamber membership! Receive $30 off your office supply needs!

Sign up for the Chamber Program or use your existing Chamber account and receive $30 off your qualifying purchase of $200 or more. (See link below.) Take advantage of savings on top of your program discounts of up to 60% from a list of 195 commonly purchased business essentials, up to 70% off Copy & Print Services, and 5% off most other items. From ink, toner, paper and printing services to all of your business needs—your Chamber Office Depot program has it all. In addition to your special pricing, receive fast & FREE delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more.

Click here for additional offer details or to sign up for the program! Select the “Monthly Promotion” button for additional details and the offer code.
To learn more about this chamber benefit and more, join us for our Chamber 101 breakfast on Sept. 19th at 7:30...early bird gets the discounts! RSVP here.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Environmental Activist Tom Steyer to be Honored at Chabot Space & Science

Evening Will Recognize Champions of Science Spees, Rogers, PG&E, Cohen

At the Starlight Gala on September 21, Starlight Gala will honor Tom Steyer, as well as present the annual Champion of Science Awards in four categories. Now in its third year, Chabot’s Champion of Science Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary and lasting impacts in science education and support Chabot’s STEM mission. Awards are given in four categories: Foundations, Corporations, Individuals, and Educators. Recipients of the 2013 awards include: The Rogers Family Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric, the Honorable Richard and Jean Spees, and U.C. Berkeley Professor Ronald C. Cohen.

The Starlight Gala is the premiere fundraising event for the Center.  This year’s theme celebrates inspiration, imagination, and invention. Recognized Bay Area media journalist and eight time Emmy Award winner, Randy Shandobil will emcee the event which raises money for the Center’s STEM education programs.

Chabot’s Executive Director & CEO, Alexander Zwissler said that the event not only raises needed funds to continue important science education initiatives, but also in turn “allows the Center to recognize those who have supported Chabot’s goals of increased science literacy through education and public programming, and whose extraordinary contributions to these goals – through volunteerism, partnership, advocacy, and philanthropy – have made a substantial impact on our community.”

Tom Steyer is the founder and retired co-managing partner of Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C., one of the country’s most successful investment firms. Tom stepped down from Farallon in December 2012 to focus on political activism, in particular on advocating for alternative energy, citing his desire to give back "full time" and to revolve his life around service. He was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2010, Tom teamed with George Schultz, former Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State, to chair the successful No on Proposition 23 campaign, which would have rolled back California’s landmark AB32 environmental laws. Tom and his wife, Kat, are signers of the Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage individuals over their lifetime to donate their wealth to philanthropic causes.

Champion of Science Foundation awardee, the Rogers Family Foundation was established in 2003 by T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers. The Foundation strives to create high quality educational opportunities for children in Oakland by supporting exceptional schools (traditional public, charter and private) and organizations whose efforts positively impact students along their journey to college or a career of their choice. In addition, the Foundation is leading two city-wide initiatives: Oakland Reads 2020 – an effort to double the number of Oakland third grade students reading at grade level by the year 2020 – and a Blended Learning initiative that is creating more differentiated learning in Oakland classrooms through the integration of technology. For 10 years, the Rogers Family Foundation has generously supported a variety of education programs at the Chabot Space & Science Center

Husband and wife Richard “Dick” and Jean Spees are being honored as long-time supporters of the Center and amongst Chabot’s most important early champions of the current Skyline facility. Between them, they have 50+ years of service to the Oakland/East Bay community. After a long career at Kaiser Aluminum, Dick was elected to the Oakland City Council six times spanning a 24 years in that role. The resonating thread throughout their lives in Oakland has been public service, with an intense fascination with and a deep commitment to, science education. 

Pacific Gas and Electric is being honored for their longstanding philanthropic focus, with a goal to engage, support and improve the neighborhoods where their customers and employees live and work, particularly in education, environment, community vitality and building playgrounds.   The company has supported science education programs at Chabot Space & Science for over 20 years and currently sponsors Chabot’s popular Educator Night, a fall open house event for teachers in the Bay Area.

The Educator award recipient is Ronald C. Cohen, Professor of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center. He created and heads U.C. Berkeley’s innovative greenhouse gas monitoring project, BEACON: the Berkeley Atmospheric CO2 Observation Network, a new approach to observing atmospheric gases over an urban area, blanketing interesting locations with a high density network of instruments, with each instrument representing a network “node.” Taken together, the nodes produce an accurate, highly resolved picture of real-time pollutant concentrations. The first node was installed on the roof at Chabot Space & Science, and currently there are 15 nodes installed at 15 elementary, middle and high schools in the East Bay.   


About Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Located in the Oakland hills, the Center focuses on the earth, life, physical and astronomical sciences, with a 128-year legacy of serving Bay Area communities through exhibits, public programs, school field trips, science camps, teacher training, teen development programs and community outreach; hosts 50,000 students on school field trips and over 100,000 public visitors each year; and offers over 20,000 sq ft of interactive exhibits on a variety of space and science subjects, a world-class planetarium, giant-screen Megadome movies, school classes on over 30 different science topics, hands-on science activities, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs and publicly-available research-level telescopes.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Today is the kick-off to Raiders Week- See you at the Press Conference

DATE: Monday, September 9

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Steps of Oakland City Hall
Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland)


Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Raider Legends and Visit Oakland Kick Off 2013

NFL Season with Press Conference and Flag Raising at Oakland City Hall
Oakland partners and City officials will gather to kick off the Oakland Raiders season on Monday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the steps of Oakland City Hall. This is an opportunity for the dedicated Raider Nation to rally for their beloved team as they begin the 2013 NFL season.

Alison Best, president & CEO of Visit Oakland, will discuss the series of events for the week and introduce Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to speak. Raiders Hall of Famer Willie Brown will offer remarks and discuss the upcoming season. At the end of the press conference, the Mayor will join Raider Legends/Pro Football Hall of Famers Fred Biletnikoff and Willie Brown as well as the Raiderettes to raise the official Oakland Raiders flag on top of City Hall.

Additional Raiders Week events and promotions include:

Monday, September 9 at 10 a.m. — Press Conference at City Hall

Saturday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m. — Raiders Back to Football 5K Run at Coliseum

Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15 — Fairyland Pirate Weekend at Children's    Fairyland

Sunday, September 15 at 1:25 p.m. — Raiders Home Opener at Coliseum vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

All Week — Wear Silver & Black gear to Lake Chabot Golf Course for special discounts

All Week — AC Transit buses will post "Go Raiders" on all bus headers

All Week — Chabot Space & Science Center will provide the "Black Hole Special" discounted admission to visitors wearing Raiders gear

All Week – 95.7 FM The Game, the Raider’s flagship radio station, will giveaway certificates for Oakland attractions and dining gift certificates donated by Visit Oakland

All Week — The Oakland Restaurant Association will work with local restaurants to create special menus and other incentives for Raiders fans

All Week — Many Oakland Parks & Recreation staff will wear Raiders hats at all 26 rec centers

All Season — The Oakland Marriott City Center, Waterfront Hotel, Executive Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn and Tribune Tower will fly Raiders flags atop of their buildings

Visit Oakland provided 350 Raiders caps to various hospitality workers and Downtown/Uptown District Street Ambassadors

5,000 "Feel the Heart of the Nation" cheer cards have been distributed throughout the community by the Downtown/Uptown District Street Ambassadors, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Save Oakland Sports and Visit Oakland

Follow the hashtag #RAIDERSWEEK on social media to stay in the loop on all activities.

CONTACTS: Kim Bardakian, Visit Oakland, Director of PR & Partnerships

510-208-0529, 510-499-5723 (c);

Mike Taylor, Oakland Raiders, Director of Public Affairs

510-780-3026; 510-332-1641 (c)

Samee Roberts, City of Oakland, Marketing Manager

510-238-2136, 510-220-8140 (c);

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Friday, September 6, 2013


WHAT: Public Opinion Poll Results - What do the people of Oakland think are the most important issues facing them? The poll of Oakland residents, conducted by EMC Research, covers everything from economic development, jobs, arts and entertainment to public safety and education. Professional pollster Alex Evans of EMC Research will be on hand to explain the results of the poll and answer audience questions.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 2nd 8:00-9:30 am, Registration begins at 7:30am

WHERE:   Scott’s Seafood, 2 Broadway, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

MORE INFO: Contact Paul Junge (510) 874 4817

Join us to learn what Oakland residents consider the most important issues – and discover the story behind the numbers.


About EMC Research

EMC Research is a full-service research firm, specializing in polling, focus groups, and public opinion research consulting.

We see research as a service, not a product. We know it's not just about the numbers; it's what the numbers mean and how they can help you achieve your goals. We provide straightforward, easy-to-understand analysis and work with you to see how the research can best be applied to your specific needs.

Our research professionals combine an in-depth academic understanding of research with extensive real-world experience to help you get the most out of your research dollars. Read more about our people, our company, and our experience; and contact us today to see how EMC Research can help you on your next project.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Golf Classic

Leave the Monday blues at the office and come join us for an afternoon of Golf; we are announcing our 22nd Annual Golf Classic, Monday October 21st at the exclusive Sequoyah Country Club. This year marks the 100 Anniversary of the club and we are honored to be a part of it...Now we want YOU to be a part of it!

To secure a sponsorship contact Ivette Torres at 510-874-4800 x 319 or by email at

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BUILD needs more quality mentors for their young entrepreneurs!

·          You can fill out an application here:

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