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Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce promotes commerce and industry, advances economic growth, and enhances the quality of life in the City of Oakland.

Take advantage of the many opportunities that Chamber membership presents. You can:

Become more knowledgeable about state-of-the-art business practices and trends that you can apply directly to your own organization. Become more knowledgeable about your neighborhood, your market, your industry, your community. Make new contacts resulting in more business opportunities, for both sales prospects an

Take advantage of the many opportunities that Chamber membership presents. You can:

Become more knowledgeable about state-of-the-art business practices and trends that you can apply directly to your own organization. Become more knowledgeable about your neighborhood, your market, your industry, your community. Make new contacts resulting in more business opportunities, for both sales prospects an

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12/23/2022

From all of us at the Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce, we wish that peace and happiness be yours during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

After great anticipation, Chamber Member Alicia Kidd celebrated the Grand Opening of  in downtown Oakland. Mayor Libby S...
12/17/2022

After great anticipation, Chamber Member Alicia Kidd celebrated the Grand Opening of in downtown Oakland. Mayor Libby Schaaf was on hand to support Ms. Kidd during this significant milestone. Coco Noir is proud to be Black Owned and Women Owned and offers guests wine tasting, wine retail, private events, and small tapas bites.🍷Cheers and Congratulations!

Last week, Leadership Oakland convened at the newly opened community space created by Block (formerly Square, Inc.). Thi...
12/12/2022

Last week, Leadership Oakland convened at the newly opened community space created by Block (formerly Square, Inc.). This incredible setting created the perfect environment for Oakland's next leaders.

NEXT WEEK!The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber is excited to announce that Chamber Member Alicia Kidd is celebrating the ope...
12/07/2022

NEXT WEEK!

The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber is excited to announce that Chamber Member Alicia Kidd is celebrating the opening of Coco Noir Wine Shop & Bar. "Nestled in Oakland's Black Arts Movement Business District, CoCo Noir is the perfect gathering spot to enjoy wines and small bites created by BIPOC, POC, as well as Women Winemakers and Chefs."

Please join us for an evening of celebration and great wine. Elected officials, community members, and the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance to honor Ms. Kidd on this incredible accomplishment.

For more details on her incredible shop, visit: https://www.coconoirwine.com/

Visit Oakland asked community leaders and partners in The Town to share their holiday gift recommendations. Visit here: ...
12/05/2022

Visit Oakland asked community leaders and partners in The Town to share their holiday gift recommendations. Visit here: https://www.visitoakland.com/holidays/shopping-guides/ for local suggestions that support The Town’s entrepreneurial spirit and celebrate Oakland businesses.

Leadership Oakland is a civic and professional development, networking, and leadership training program of the Oakland C...
12/02/2022

Leadership Oakland is a civic and professional development, networking, and leadership training program of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and is currently in session. This week, we'd like to highlight Rakiya Witwer and Ericka Nicholes.

Rakiya Witwer is a workforce and international development professional with a background in youth development, Refugee and Asylum management, Social Welfare, Diversity Equity, and Inclusion. She has a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and attended graduate school at the University of San Francisco, School of Management and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. She is a member of the National Youth Employment Coalition and volunteers on the leadership council of Upwardly Global to support refugee policies in the United States.

As the Director of Business Partnerships at New Door Ventures, she continues to be a champion for youth employment. She works closely with many community-based organizations, city officials, small businesses, and corporations in San Francisco and East Bay where many of the youth she serves live to raise awareness regarding youth workforce development.

Ericka Nicholes is a North America, Client Relationship Marketing Manager for C-Suite Executives at Accenture. She holds 10+ years of Marketing/Client Engagement experience in Health and Public Service. Her current experience helps account teams build marketing strategy for client engagement. Prior to Accenture, Ericka was a child welfare lobbyist in Arizona.

Outside of Accenture, Ericka is the Board President for Junior League of Oakland East Bay, where she is helping the non-profit transform its identity and diversify the financials for long term sustainability. Ericka’s favorite quote that motivates her in every tough situation is “I’m so hip, even my errors are correct…” Ego Tripping, by Nikki Giovanni. Holding a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and a Global MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, she is combining both degrees to ensure she leaves any place better than how she found it

When it comes time to buy gifts for the holidays, shop where your heart is and . Visit ThinkOaklandFirst.com for small b...
12/01/2022

When it comes time to buy gifts for the holidays, shop where your heart is and . Visit ThinkOaklandFirst.com for small business directories and shopping resources to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts!

Improve the Exterior or Interior of Your Business with Grants of up to $75,000! | Apply online now through January 31, 2...
12/01/2022

Improve the Exterior or Interior of Your Business with Grants of up to $75,000! | Apply online now through January 31, 2023.

FTIP provides up to $30,000 for exterior work and up to $45,000 for interior work to small business owners and property owners to improve their commercial properties. Grants can be used to help make needed upgrades for safety, security, ADA accessibility, and the overall success of the business, including painting, signage, lighting, flooring, and even parklets for outdoor dining.

For questions, email [email protected] or call 510-238-3853.

In October, Comcast Rise opened the application period for their $1 million dollar investment into Oakland's small busin...
11/28/2022

In October, Comcast Rise opened the application period for their $1 million dollar investment into Oakland's small businesses. We are happy to share the names of the businesses that have been awarded these grants. We'd also like to offer a huge congratulations to each and every OMCC member who received a 2022 Comcast Rise grant.

...for all of your holiday shopping and dining.
11/26/2022

...for all of your holiday shopping and dining.

Throughout the course of Leadership Oakland 2022/2023, the Oakland Metro Chamber would like to introduce the individuals...
11/25/2022

Throughout the course of Leadership Oakland 2022/2023, the Oakland Metro Chamber would like to introduce the individuals that make up this year's class. Today we introduce Owen Goetze (AC Transit)and Kimi Omi (Kaiser Permanente Thrive)

Kimi Omi is an Oakland Resident, born and raised, attending Oakland Public Schools and has always been active in and proud of her community. She lives in Oakland with her two children, and nearby her mother and father and their extended family.

After graduating from UC-Davis in 2002 with a B.S. in Human Development, Kimi started her KP career at the Oakland Medical Center as an administrative assistant in Volunteer Services. She was promoted to Executive Assistant - NCAL KFH/HP Office of the President from 2004-2007 before returning to the East Bay in 2007 as a Project Manager in Support Services. From 2007-2014 she also helped coordinate the planning & logistics of opening the new Oakland Medical Center.

After a brief return to the NCAL Regional Offices, Kimi was appointed TPMG Site Director for the Walnut Creek Medical Center. In that role, Kimi supported TPMG in directing day to day clinic operations and ancillary services. Her role included teaching Lean principles and problem-solving methodologies to employees and physicians in the Diablo Service Area. Kimi also served as co-Chair to several committees: Labor Management Partnership, Integrated Workplace Safety Subcommittee, and Emergency Management Committee. During the pandemic, she was instrumental in the planning & ex*****on of the COVID Vaccine Clinic, among many COVID-related activities. She also holds an MBA and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Owen is a transportation service planner for Alameda-Contra Costa (AC) Transit in Oakland. A passionate believer in public transit, he works to make public transit a reliable, safe, and accessible mode of travel for residents and visitors to Oakland and all of the East Bay. While at AC Transit, he’s held numerous roles in both the Service Planning and Scheduling departments, which have helped him to understand how the District operates and improve the rider experience from multiple perspectives. He also serves as Vice President of AC Transit’s second-largest labor union, AFSCME Local 3916, representing approximately 300 technical and administrative employees. Prior to joining AC Transit, Owen was a Sullivan Leadership Scholar at Seattle University, where he studied Public Affairs and Economics with a focus on urban planning and served on their student government.

11/24/2022
Dongzhi Festival, also known as the Winter Solstice Festival, celebrates the season's transition from winter to spring. ...
11/23/2022

Dongzhi Festival, also known as the Winter Solstice Festival, celebrates the season's transition from winter to spring. It's a time to gather with family and friends in the middle of winter!

OCIC is celebrating the traditional Dongzhi winter festival with a day filled with stage performances, street foods, and arts and crafts vendors. Free Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) will be given away at the event! From vision to taste, you won't want to miss it.

Tangyuan and FUN! Only in

Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC  presents the 5th Annual Black Sunday Holiday Expo on December 4, 2...
11/21/2022

Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC presents the 5th Annual Black Sunday Holiday Expo on December 4, 2022 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Come by and experience food booths, specialty holiday desserts, shop for early holiday gifts, special guests and entertainment.

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, December 16th, OMCC is honored to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coco Noir Wine S...
11/18/2022

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, December 16th, OMCC is honored to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coco Noir Wine Shop & Bar. Celebrate this incredible night with community members, elected officials, and owner Alicia Kidd. More details to come.

Calling all artists! The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce屋崙華埠商會 is looking for original art to celebrate and comple...
11/15/2022

Calling all artists! The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce屋崙華埠商會 is looking for original art to celebrate and complement the 2023 Chinese Zodiac (Rabbit). For additional questions and how to enter, call (510) 893-8979.

The Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) Program is a community response program for non-violent, n...
11/14/2022

The Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) Program is a community response program for non-violent, non-emergency 911 calls. The purpose of MACRO is to meet the needs of the community with a compassionate care first-response model grounded in empathy, service, and community. Program Manager Elliott Jones provides in-depth information on this city program. Registration is available here: http://bit.ly/3TCqkir

Tomorrow's CIC event, "Engaging in Progressive Community Impact" has been postponed until January 2023. We are excited t...
11/14/2022

Tomorrow's CIC event, "Engaging in Progressive Community Impact" has been postponed until January 2023. We are excited to announce that this event will now occur in person. The new date, time, and location will be announced soon.

This week, OMCC would like to offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of our members.
11/14/2022

This week, OMCC would like to offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of our members.

11/11/2022
Open for a limited time at the de Young museum, discover 181 priceless ancient Egyptian treasures at the west coast prem...
11/10/2022

Open for a limited time at the de Young museum, discover 181 priceless ancient Egyptian treasures at the west coast premiere of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs. This multisensory museum experience provides guests with a window into the life and accomplishments of Ramses the Great. See a stunningly preserved collection of artifacts, and add to your visit the acclaimed virtual reality experience, Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris. In cinematic motion chairs, viewers will fly through temples, and sandstorms, and even come face-to-face with Ramses’ mummy in this electrifying animated 360-degree immersive journey.

Community Impact Committee (CIC) Chair Blase Bova, Executive Director, St Vincent De Paul, and Lou Reda, Executive Direc...
11/07/2022

Community Impact Committee (CIC) Chair Blase Bova, Executive Director, St Vincent De Paul, and Lou Reda, Executive Director - HandsOn Bay Area for an informative session on progressive community impact. Both a dynamic and inspiring leader, Lou will share his vision for maximizing volunteerism, community investment, and partnership in today’s post-Covid environment. This event is moderated by the Chamber’s very own Blase Bova, ED of St Vincent De Paul and Chair of our Community Impact Committee. Registration is available here: https://bit.ly/3SSMrB5

November is National Gratitude Month. It is a time to celebrate and give thanks. As we reflect on the last year, the Oak...
11/03/2022

November is National Gratitude Month. It is a time to celebrate and give thanks. As we reflect on the last year, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has so much to be thankful for. Today, we offer our gratitude and thanks to our incredible Board of Directors. Thank you for your commitment to the Chamber. We value each and every one of you.

Join Native American Health Center for an exciting cultural entertainment program, with the Ohlone Sisters & the Snotty ...
11/02/2022

Join Native American Health Center for an exciting cultural entertainment program, with the Ohlone Sisters & the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, two Native American Dance troupes. Dine on healthy indigenous favorites from BigFoot Indian Tacos, Boricua Kitchen and Hummingbird Desserts. Six Native American organizations will be there to provide community information, live art demonstrations, a beading demonstration, and over 35 indigenous marketplace vendors selling handmade goods.

Join the Chamber's Community Impact Committee Chair, Blase Bova, Executive Director of St Vincent De Paul, and Lou Reda,...
10/31/2022

Join the Chamber's Community Impact Committee Chair, Blase Bova, Executive Director of St Vincent De Paul, and Lou Reda, Executive Director of HandsOn Bay Area for an informative session on maximizing volunteerism, community investment, and partnership. Registration is available here: https://bit.ly/3SSMrB5

Join the candidates and community once or twice before the big vote! Be in attendance the evening of November 2nd, to he...
10/28/2022

Join the candidates and community once or twice before the big vote! Be in attendance the evening of November 2nd, to hear how the candidates respond to very pertinent questions regarding OPD, homelessness and housing, city budget, education and more. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3TP8c63

Retired broadcast journalist of NPR and KQED fame, David Iverson will hold a book signing and meet-and-greet on November...
10/27/2022

Retired broadcast journalist of NPR and KQED fame, David Iverson will hold a book signing and meet-and-greet on November 13 at the PACE Concord Center and November 14 at PACE San Leandro. The novel “Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, An Aging Son, and Life’s Final Journey” tells the moving story of his ten-year caregiving journey for his mom, Adelaide, until her death at age 105.
Dr. Jim Mittelberger, Chief Medical Officer of Center for Elders' Independence and noted gerontologist, will kick off the event. He will talk about the importance of caregiving and how to enhance the well-being of family caregivers.
Light refreshments will be provided and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The event is free to the public, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Registration is available here: https://bit.ly/3N7UecU

In October of 2020, the Oakland City Council adopted an Encampment Management Policy to focus encampment actions on miti...
10/22/2022

In October of 2020, the Oakland City Council adopted an Encampment Management Policy to focus encampment actions on mitigating negative outcomes as they pertain to public safety, public health, and equity outcomes. Join the discussion with City’s new Homelessness Administrator, Daniel A. Cooper, MPH, and St. Vincent de Paul Director, Blase Bova. Registration is available here: https://bit.ly/3gpQpn4

Keep your finger on the pulse of Oakland voters during the Oakland Chamber of Commerce's influential annual voter poll t...
10/18/2022

Keep your finger on the pulse of Oakland voters during the Oakland Chamber of Commerce's influential annual voter poll that includes: top issues, election information, public safety opinions, economic confidence, and quality of life attitudes. Be the first to know how Oaklanders feel about major issues facing our city and whom they want to lead Oakland next year. The Chamber’s annual poll will have all the answers. Registration is available here: https://bit.ly/3EBnuq4

Oakland Roots Sports Club head into the last game of the regular season in Pittsburgh to take on the Riverhounds. They'r...
10/15/2022

Oakland Roots Sports Club head into the last game of the regular season in Pittsburgh to take on the Riverhounds. They're one win away from securing a spot in the USL Championship playoffs! The game begins tonight at 4:00pm PST.

Alameda County Small Business Recovery Grant Program is offering grants to sole proprietors and small businesses with 25...
10/15/2022

Alameda County Small Business Recovery Grant Program is offering grants to sole proprietors and small businesses with 25 employees or less that experienced income loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The application period is open through October 31st and is administered by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) and the Alameda County Community Development Agency’s Economic & Civic Development Department.

Eligible applicants can receive a one-time grant of $5,000 for home-based businesses and $10,000 for brick-and-mortar businesses. Grant funds will not require repayment. Businesses that apply also must not have previously received COVID-19-related ARPA funding from Alameda County. Funds are limited and not everyone who applies is guaranteed to receive funding. If the total funding requests for all grant applications exceed available funding levels, grants will be awarded by lottery.

Apply now at www.acbusiness.org

Leadership Oakland 2022/23 begins today- watch out! 25 new Oakland leaders coming soon !
10/14/2022

Leadership Oakland 2022/23 begins today- watch out! 25 new Oakland leaders coming soon !

10/13/2022

Meet Judi Townsend, owner of Mannequin Madness in Oakland! Judi is a three-time RISE recipient winner. Through the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, 100 Oakland small businesses owned by women and people of color can receive a $10,000 grant. The application window ends on October 16. Apply today at www.oaklandchamber.com/comcastrise

10/12/2022

Standing united and expressing frustration, leaders of Oakland’s business community gathered this morning at City Hall to demand 5 immediate actions in an effort to bring vitality back to Downtown Oakland and to stem the rise in crime impacting businesses and lives across
Oakland.

The “Back to Work” Pledge contains five immediate steps that every Councilmember and every candidate should go on-the-record and support:

1. A commitment to lead by example and reopen city hall, return to in-person meetings by November 1, and to ensure all public serving departments are staffed daily.

2. A commitment to bring back visible & active police walking officers downtown immediately.

3. A commitment to temporarily reallocate parking meter fees and taxes to local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) for increased ambassador presence.

4. A commitment to fund a 900-officer police force. Currently, the force hovers around 680. Even with this increase, OPD’s force would continue to be far lower per capita than most US cities.

5. A commitment to fully implement the unanimously passed encampment management plan immediately.

10/12/2022

Standing united and expressing frustration, leaders of Oakland’s business community gathered this morning at City Hall to demand 5 immediate actions in an effort bring vitality back to Downtown Oakland and to stem the rise in crime impacting businesses and lives across
Oakland.

The “Back to Work” Pledge contains five immediate steps that every Councilmember and every candidate should go on-the-record and support:

Standing united and expressing frustration, leaders of Oakland’s business community gathered this morning at City Hall to demand 5 immediate actions in an effort to bring vitality back to Downtown Oakland and to stem the rise in crime impacting businesses and lives across:

1. A commitment to lead by example and reopen city hall, return to in-person meetings by November 1, and to ensure all public serving departments are staffed daily.

2. A commitment to bring back visible & active police walking officers downtown immediately.

3. A commitment to temporarily reallocate parking meter fees and taxes to local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) for increased ambassador presence.

4. A commitment to fund a 900-officer police force. Currently, the force hovers around 680. Even with this increase, OPD’s force would continue to be far lower per capita than most US cities.

5. A commitment to fully implement the unanimously passed encampment management plan immediately.

Keep your finger on the pulse of Oakland voters during the Oakland Chamber of Commerce's influential annual voter poll t...
10/12/2022

Keep your finger on the pulse of Oakland voters during the Oakland Chamber of Commerce's influential annual voter poll that includes: top issues, election information, public safety opinions, economic confidence, and quality of life attitudes. Be the first to know how Oaklanders feel about major issues facing our city and whom they want to lead Oakland next year. The Chamber’s annual poll will have all the answers. Registration for this event is available here: https://bit.ly/3EBnuq4

This Wednesday, October 12th, please join the Oakland Metro Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee f...
10/11/2022

This Wednesday, October 12th, please join the Oakland Metro Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for an in-person Supplier Diversity Panel Discussion, featuring panelists from JP Morgan Chase, Turner Construction, and AC Transit for an engaging in-person discussion facilitated by Ken Maxey, The Oakland Chamber’s DEI Committee Chair and Comcast’s Director of Government Affairs. Learn about leading Supplier Diversity programs and best practices from a cross-section of Oakland companies - from program inception to implementation. Attendees will not only learn firsthand about successful Supplier Diversity program implementation but leave with the tools and resources to strengthen the Supplier Diversity initiatives for your company or organization. Enjoy complimentary admission and appetizers.

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From all of us at the Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce, we wish that peace and happiness be yours during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.
After great anticipation, Chamber Member Alicia Kidd celebrated the Grand Opening of in downtown Oakland. Mayor Libby Schaaf was on hand to support Ms. Kidd during this significant milestone. Coco Noir is proud to be Black Owned and Women Owned and offers guests wine tasting, wine retail, private events, and small tapas bites.🍷Cheers and Congratulations!
Last week, Leadership Oakland convened at the newly opened community space created by Block (formerly Square, Inc.). This incredible setting created the perfect environment for Oakland's next leaders.
NEXT WEEK!

The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber is excited to announce that Chamber Member Alicia Kidd is celebrating the opening of Coco Noir Wine Shop & Bar. "Nestled in Oakland's Black Arts Movement Business District, CoCo Noir is the perfect gathering spot to enjoy wines and small bites created by BIPOC, POC, as well as Women Winemakers and Chefs."

Please join us for an evening of celebration and great wine. Elected officials, community members, and the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance to honor Ms. Kidd on this incredible accomplishment.

For more details on her incredible shop, visit: https://www.coconoirwine.com/
Leadership Oakland is a civic and professional development, networking, and leadership training program of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and is currently in session. This week, we'd like to highlight Rakiya Witwer and Ericka Nicholes.

Rakiya Witwer is a workforce and international development professional with a background in youth development, Refugee and Asylum management, Social Welfare, Diversity Equity, and Inclusion. She has a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and attended graduate school at the University of San Francisco, School of Management and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. She is a member of the National Youth Employment Coalition and volunteers on the leadership council of Upwardly Global to support refugee policies in the United States.

As the Director of Business Partnerships at New Door Ventures, she continues to be a champion for youth employment. She works closely with many community-based organizations, city officials, small businesses, and corporations in San Francisco and East Bay where many of the youth she serves live to raise awareness regarding youth workforce development.

Ericka Nicholes is a North America, Client Relationship Marketing Manager for C-Suite Executives at Accenture. She holds 10+ years of Marketing/Client Engagement experience in Health and Public Service. Her current experience helps account teams build marketing strategy for client engagement. Prior to Accenture, Ericka was a child welfare lobbyist in Arizona.

Outside of Accenture, Ericka is the Board President for Junior League of Oakland East Bay, where she is helping the non-profit transform its identity and diversify the financials for long term sustainability. Ericka’s favorite quote that motivates her in every tough situation is “I’m so hip, even my errors are correct…” Ego Tripping, by Nikki Giovanni. Holding a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and a Global MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, she is combining both degrees to ensure she leaves any place better than how she found it
When it comes time to buy gifts for the holidays, shop where your heart is and . Visit ThinkOaklandFirst.com for small business directories and shopping resources to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts!
Improve the Exterior or Interior of Your Business with Grants of up to $75,000! | Apply online now through January 31, 2023.

FTIP provides up to $30,000 for exterior work and up to $45,000 for interior work to small business owners and property owners to improve their commercial properties. Grants can be used to help make needed upgrades for safety, security, ADA accessibility, and the overall success of the business, including painting, signage, lighting, flooring, and even parklets for outdoor dining.

For questions, email [email protected] or call 510-238-3853.
In October, Comcast Rise opened the application period for their $1 million dollar investment into Oakland's small businesses. We are happy to share the names of the businesses that have been awarded these grants. We'd also like to offer a huge congratulations to each and every OMCC member who received a 2022 Comcast Rise grant.
...for all of your holiday shopping and dining.
Throughout the course of Leadership Oakland 2022/2023, the Oakland Metro Chamber would like to introduce the individuals that make up this year's class. Today we introduce Owen Goetze (AC Transit)and Kimi Omi (Kaiser Permanente Thrive)

Kimi Omi is an Oakland Resident, born and raised, attending Oakland Public Schools and has always been active in and proud of her community. She lives in Oakland with her two children, and nearby her mother and father and their extended family.

After graduating from UC-Davis in 2002 with a B.S. in Human Development, Kimi started her KP career at the Oakland Medical Center as an administrative assistant in Volunteer Services. She was promoted to Executive Assistant - NCAL KFH/HP Office of the President from 2004-2007 before returning to the East Bay in 2007 as a Project Manager in Support Services. From 2007-2014 she also helped coordinate the planning & logistics of opening the new Oakland Medical Center.

After a brief return to the NCAL Regional Offices, Kimi was appointed TPMG Site Director for the Walnut Creek Medical Center. In that role, Kimi supported TPMG in directing day to day clinic operations and ancillary services. Her role included teaching Lean principles and problem-solving methodologies to employees and physicians in the Diablo Service Area. Kimi also served as co-Chair to several committees: Labor Management Partnership, Integrated Workplace Safety Subcommittee, and Emergency Management Committee. During the pandemic, she was instrumental in the planning & ex*****on of the COVID Vaccine Clinic, among many COVID-related activities. She also holds an MBA and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Owen is a transportation service planner for Alameda-Contra Costa (AC) Transit in Oakland. A passionate believer in public transit, he works to make public transit a reliable, safe, and accessible mode of travel for residents and visitors to Oakland and all of the East Bay. While at AC Transit, he’s held numerous roles in both the Service Planning and Scheduling departments, which have helped him to understand how the District operates and improve the rider experience from multiple perspectives. He also serves as Vice President of AC Transit’s second-largest labor union, AFSCME Local 3916, representing approximately 300 technical and administrative employees. Prior to joining AC Transit, Owen was a Sullivan Leadership Scholar at Seattle University, where he studied Public Affairs and Economics with a focus on urban planning and served on their student government.
Dongzhi Festival, also known as the Winter Solstice Festival, celebrates the season's transition from winter to spring. It's a time to gather with family and friends in the middle of winter!

OCIC is celebrating the traditional Dongzhi winter festival with a day filled with stage performances, street foods, and arts and crafts vendors. Free Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) will be given away at the event! From vision to taste, you won't want to miss it.

Tangyuan and FUN! Only in
Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC presents the 5th Annual Black Sunday Holiday Expo on December 4, 2022 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Come by and experience food booths, specialty holiday desserts, shop for early holiday gifts, special guests and entertainment.
SAVE THE DATE! Friday, December 16th, OMCC is honored to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coco Noir Wine Shop & Bar. Celebrate this incredible night with community members, elected officials, and owner Alicia Kidd. More details to come.
Calling all artists! The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce屋崙華埠商會 is looking for original art to celebrate and complement the 2023 Chinese Zodiac (Rabbit). For additional questions and how to enter, call (510) 893-8979.
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