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THE AWARD-WINNING PUBLICATION OF THE OAKLAND METROPOLITAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | www.oaklandchamber.com | VOL XLI NO.5

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ESTATE PLANNING

STARTING YOUR OWN FIRM

Not just for the wealthy

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MAY 2015 WOMEN IN BUSINESS Jory Des Jardins to speak June 5 Page 16

Oakland Business Review

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> UC President Napolitano to keynote Chamber’s 110th Annual Meeting

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ANET NAPOLITANO, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AND THE former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will be the keynote speaker at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Napolitano, who was named president of the UC system in July 2013, is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. Besides serving as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, she was also Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Since she took the reins at the University of California, she has launched initiatives to enhance community college transfers, provide financial support for undocumented students to put them on equal financial-aid footing with other students, achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025, and expand opportunities for advanced degrees. This year’s Annual Meeting will recognize and celebrate Chamber members, the lifeblood of the organization. It reflects all members – members of the business community –

saluting its own that have contributed both financially and through volunteerism for the betterment of Oakland. The event presents members with an opportunity to celebrate a year of Chamber accomplishments, a chance to network with new and award-winning members, and a way to show support for the Chamber and our many programs. The luncheon is also one of the major fundraising events of the year, providing the Chamber with funds to continue those programs and our strong advocacy for local business. The 110th Annual Meeting and Chamber Awards Luncheon will begin with an 11:30 a.m. registration. The luncheon begins at noon. Sponsorship opportunities are available from Partner Sponsor Table at $1,950 to Title Sponsor at $20,000. Individual tickets are on sale for $90 for Chamber members and $105 for nonmembers. To reserve a table or seat at the June 10 event, visit www.oaklandchamber.com or contact Shaterica Sullivan at ssullivan@oaklandchamber.com or at the (510) 874-4800, ext. 0. ■

> Oakland Marks Small Business Week with Events, Workshops The city of Oakland has several events and workshops slated for this year’s NSBW, which will be celebrated from Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8. Every day, small businesses create 21st century jobs, drive innovation and increase America’s global competitiveness. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. “This week is a tremendous way to celebrate and support the small businesses in Oakland that serve us year-round,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Our small businesses are vital engines for growth and stability in our communities. They add to the unique flavor of Oakland’s neighborhoods and foster vitality throughout our city, generating thousands of jobs and delivering tax revenues that help pay for essential city services. I’m committed to making sure this important sector of our local economy continues to thrive.” More than 90 percent of Oakland businesses employ 20 or fewer employees. While many of these businesses are startups and young companies, others are long-established firms. Across all industry sectors, small businesses are helping to fuel Oakland’s economic growth and are an important factor in our city’s diversified economy. “The City of Oakland and its partners will be hosting activities every day during National Small Business Week,” said Mark Sawicki, director of the Economic & Workforce Development Department. “We will celebrate our diverse local businesses, build awareness of the services and resources available to nurture growth, and convene experts to share insight on today’s pressing business issues.”

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The following is a roster of Oakland events: Monday, May 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. National Small Business Week Reception: Celebrating 163 Years of Business Growth in Oakland Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland will mark the start of NSBW. Several Oakland small businesses that have thrived in Oakland for more than 25 years will be recognized for their contributions. Mayor Schaaf will provide remarks. The reception will also mark the city’s 163rd birthday. Info: (510) 238-7952. Cost: Free Tuesday, May 5, 5:30 p.m. Oakland City Council Meeting: Honoring Local Small Businesses Council Chamber, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Members of the Oakland City Council will present congratulatory proclamations honoring small businesses from their respective districts. In addition, the City Council will be asked to approve a Resolution declaring May 4-8 as Oakland Small Business Week. – continued on page 17

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