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2019 Small Business Week

The City of Oakland will mark National Small Business Week (May 5 - 11, 2019) with a variety of free workshops and events. Please check back for updates.

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Helping Oakland's Diverse Business Community Thrive

Registration is now open! Read the news release.

Tips for having a successful Small Business Week

  • Be sure to bring plenty of business cards with you for networking at workshops and events
  • We strongly encourage use of public transit if you're attending an event at City Hall. AC Transit and BART are convenient options. Plan your trip at www.511.org

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
For 2019, we’re taking the workshops into the commercial districts that small businesses call home by working with our nonprofit business service provider partners.


Monday, May 6, 2019, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Navigating Oakland's Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland CA 94607
Want to launch your tech startup in Oakland? If so, then this session will give you an overview of resources as well as provide you direct insights from entrepreneurs building companies locally. We’ll also provide office hours to go more in depth about your ideas and businesses.
Presented by the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Hosted by Kapor Center for Social Impact, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and City of Oakland
Presented in English with Cantonese Interpretation
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2ZA33Ty


Monday, May 6, 2019, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Oakland Family Legacy Business Awards Reception & Ceremony

3rd Floor Rotunda & Council Chamber, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA 94612
Join us in honoring family-owned businesses that have operated in Oakland for more than 25 years. These businesses have successfully persevered while being leaders in their industries and contributing positively to the community. Following a reception, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will honor five family-owned businesses:
• Bonanza (55 years)
• La Estrellita Café (50 years)
• Lake Merritt Optometry (50 years)
• Ratto’s International Market & Deli (122 years)
• Thompson’s Funeral Home (50 years)
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2P0qQan
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 3:30 p.m. info tables; 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. workshop
Social Media & Online Visibility for Your Business
Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th Street, Oakland CA 94601
Find your audience, boost your brand, increase sales and use social media to improve your long-term sustainability. Learn how social media and graphic design play a vital role in keeping current customers while attracting new ones!
Presented by Oakland Digital
Hosted by Anew America and the City of Oakland
Presented in English with Spanish interpretation
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2G3nTlp


Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Information Technology Tools for Your Business

New Location:
BRT Information Center, 3322A International Boulevard, Oakland CA 94601
This workshop is designed to help you leverage websites, online tools and other technology to manage various aspects of your business from finances and marketing to sales and everyday organization. Come learn how technology can help your business thrive!
Presented by Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Hosted by Anew America and the City of Oakland
Presented in English with Spanish interpretation
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2U68pCa


Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Oakland City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf Honor Local Small Business Owners

Council Chamber, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA 94612
Each City Councilmember will present a small business that typifies their District and Mayor Libby Schaaf will also present a small business that reflects the City of Oakland. In all, nine Oakland Small Businesses will be recognized.
District 1 - Ruby’s Garden
District 2 - Arizmendi Bakery
District 3 - Uncle Willie’s BBQ and Fish
District 4 - Delightful Foods
District 5 - Taqueria La Casita
District 6 - Lena’s Soul Food Café
District 7 - Nyeisha DeWitt
District At-Large - Paul Cobb
Office of the Mayor - Clean360
View the Flyer
Watch the Video

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No registration required.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Meet the Funders

Mills College, Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Gathering Hall, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland CA 94613
Meet the Funders will be an excellent opportunity to explore sources of capital to support existing businesses and startups. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network individually with a multitude of funders and lenders as well as other financial institutions. There will also be a panel discussion with key lenders for all levels of financing including micro-lending, crowdfunding and venture capital.
Presented by Main Street Launch, Working Solutions, KIVA and Pacific Community Ventures
Hosted by the Alliance for Community Development, Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, and the City of Oakland
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2P2wVmR


Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Multi-Cultural Chambers' Members of the Year Awards Reception

Le Cheval, 1007 Clay Street, Oakland CA 94607
Join Oakland’s Chambers in honoring distinguished Members of the Year at this awards ceremony and reception. Enjoy refreshments, network with others and celebrate the honorees.
Reception Hosts:
Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Oakland Latino Chamber of Commerce
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2Upi1Nr
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Thursday, May 9, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Design Your Own Business Model

West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland CA 94607
A business model describes how your business creates, delivers, and captures value. Before you can create a business plan and financial forecast, you need to understand your business model. The business model canvas is a great tool for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual chart with elements describing your business model and assists you in aligning your activities. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the different elements of a business model and you will develop your business model canvas.
Presented by Rani Langer-Croager, Uptima Business Boot Camp
Hosted by Uptima Business Boot Camp and the City of Oakland
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2UbT4js


Thursday, May 9, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Cyber Security for Small Business Owners

Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th Street, Oakland CA 94601
Cybercrime continues to increase its impact not only on individuals but also on small business owners. Businesses are becoming more aware of the risks that cybercrimes can have for their brand, their liability and their bottom line. This workshop will help small business owners to understand their liability, but also learn ways how they can better guard their business from the risk of cyber attacks. Come learn how to protect yourself, your clients and your business!
Presented by Lucy Kryuchkova, Finance for Humans
Hosted by AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, Oakland and the City of Oakland
Presented in English with Spanish interpretation
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2GaxU1n


Thursday, May 9, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Women Mentoring Women: Connect-Learn-Inspire

Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th Street, Oakland CA 94601
The "Women Mentoring Women" workshop is being presented in celebration of the contributions women entrepreneurs and women business owners make to the economic vitality of their communities. This workshop is designed to have women entrepreneurs share their dreams, fears and expectations as they venture into creating a business idea and then take the steps to make their business a reality. During the workshop, women business owners will share their stories and their insights with budding entrepreneurs. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn, share and network with fellow women entrepreneurs. All are welcome!
Presented by AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, Oakland
Hosted by AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, Oakland and the City of Oakland
Presented in English with Spanish interpretation
View the Flyer
Register: https://bit.ly/2YVOedI

Meeting and event locations are wheelchair accessible. Do you need an ASL, Cantonese, Mandarin or Spanish interpreter or other assistance to participate? Please email jcthomas@oaklandca.gov or call (510) 238-4727 or 711 (for relay service) five days in advance.

¿Necesita un intérprete en español, cantonés o mandarín, u otra ayuda para participar? Por favor envíe un correo electrónico jcthomas@oaklandca.gov o llame al (510) 238-4727 o al 711 para servicio de retransmisión (Relay Service) por lo menos cinco días antes de la reunión. Gracias.

你需要手語, 西班牙語, 粵語或國語翻譯服務嗎?請在會議前五個工作天電郵 jcthomas@oaklandca.gov 或致電 (510) 238-4727 或 711 (電話傳達服務) 。

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