Business Networking

A variety of chambers, organizations and associations are working together to grow businesses in Oakland.

Chambers of Commerce

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

Networking Organizations

BOMAOakland/East Bay
CREW East Bay
East Bay Women's Network
Oakland Builders Alliance
Oakland Jobs & Housing Coalition
Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors
SPUR Oakland
Urban Land Institute - East Bay


Business Improvement Districts/Community Benefit Districts

Downtown Oakland (2008) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Fruitvale (2001) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Jack London (2013) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Koreatown/Northgate (2007) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Lake Merritt/Uptown (2008) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Lakeshore/Lake Park (2002) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Laurel (2005) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Montclair (2001) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Rockridge (2000) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Temescal/Telegraph Avenue (2004) - Management Plan/Formation Legislation
Tourism BID (2015) - Management Plan/Formation

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), also known as Community Benefit Districts (CBDs), are self-imposed assessment districts established by a weighted vote of licensed businesses and/or property owners in the district.

These assessments pay for special benefit maintenance, security, management and physical improvements beyond those normally provided by the City. BIDs have been important partners in the economic development of Oakland and have had a tremendous impact in maintaining and enhancing the vitality of the areas they serve. The BIDs have made valuable contributions to Oakland neighborhoods including enhanced collaboration between property owners and businesses to keep their areas competitive.

Oakland's 11 BIDs represent approximately 4,600 merchants and commercial and residential property owners and contribute approximately $84 million in private assessment funding towards enhanced services in various Oakland commercial corridors. View map of the BID locations.

The City of Oakland helps form business improvement districts by providing technical assistance to merchants and property owners. Once formed, the districts are managed by non-profit organizations, governed by an elected board, that deliver the special benefit services outlined in each district's Management Plan. The City collaborates with the BIDs/CBDs to achieve mutual economic development goals and objectives.

City of Oakland Ordinance: Business Improvement Management Districts

State of California, Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989

State of California, Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994

For more information on BIDs, contact Keira Williams at kwilliams@oaklandca.org or (510) 238-3853.