Small Business Week 2022

Oakland will mark National Small Business Week (May 1-7, 2022) with a variety of free workshops and events.

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Date Posted: April 16th, 2021 @ 4:39 PM
Last Updated: May 6th, 2022 @ 10:30 AM

Year-Round Assistance

Access City business support staff year-round at 6 Neighborhood Business Assitance locations throughout Oakland.

Sunday, May 1

Resources for Indigenous Entrepreneurs - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Join a virtual panel presentation and discussion of indigenous business resources available to support their success. Native Americans own and operate nearly 6% of all U.S. businesses across the country. Some unique difficulties often prevent these entrepreneurs from opening a typical storefront business due to limited opportunities to access funding, education and property and may have limited networking or mentorship opportunities. Many Native Americans and other Indigenous people sell their products through cultural festivals or events. Culture is a significant part of Indigenous entrepreneurship. Each expert panelist will make a brief presentation about resources or their experiences and then all will be available for questions.
Presented by the Native American Health Center's Indigenous Red Market
Pre-registration is not required, simply click the link above to join.
English
Free

Monday, May 2

Financing Your Business - 10 - 11 a.m.
Financing isn’t always simple. This webinar will cover the different SBA Loan Guarantees, Microloans, and other sources of funding for your business and walk you through your real-world options, sharing what works and how.
Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration's San Francisco District Office
Pre-registration is not required, simply click the link above to join.
English
Free

Get Funded: Bank Statement Management 101 for Small Businesses - 11 a.m. - Noon
Need capital but have little to no credit? No problem! TMC Community Capital can help you access affordable capital for your small business. Join this webinar to learn about the Microloan Lite Program which only requires bank statements to secure a working capital loan. This session will explore bank statement management from the lens of a community lender.
Presented by TMC Community Capital
English and Spanish
Free

Small Business Resources Fair - 2 - 4 p.m.
Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1333 Broadway, Suite P100
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for entry. Masks are required for all non-vaccinated attendees and recommended for all.

Oakland and Alameda County are home to an abundance of organizations and agencies offering free or very affordable services to small businesses, from free websites, 0% interest loans, business boot camps, digital marketing workshops, networking opportunities and more. But making sense of which organizations' services can best help your business can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Attend the Oakland Chamber's one-stop Small Business Resources Fair to meet and talk with a variety of business service organizations, such as Main Street Launch, Uptima Bootcamp, ICA Fund, Working Solutions, Pacific Community Ventures, Hack the Hood and more. Plus, sign up ahead of time for an appointment with the City of Oakland Economic Development Staff for one-on-one consultation in their Neighborhood Business Assistance pop-up during the Fair.
Register and attend the Resources Fair to be entered to win a pair of Southwest tickets. Contest details here.
Presented by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
English
Free

ADA Compliance - 4 - 5:30 p.m.
San Antonio- Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201
Attend this in-person workshop to learn from experts what you need to do to ensure your business is accessible to everyone.
Presented by the Unity Council in partnership with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
English, Spanish and Vietnamese
Free

Tuesday, May 3

Access to Capital - 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Webinar participants will learn how to access capital from traditional lenders and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
Presented by the Oakland Latino Chamber of Commerce
Spanish
Free

Legacy Businesses: How Have They Thrived - 4 - 5:30 p.m.
San Antonio- Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201
Come to this in-person seminar to learn about businesses that have been in operation for 10 or more years, their success stories and what keeps them thriving and moving forward. Learn about some key resources and tools that you can implement in your own business.
Presented by the Unity Council
English and Spanish
Free

Wednesday, May 4

Commercial Lease Negotiation Webinar - 11 a.m. - Noon
This commercial lease negotiation webinar will go over some of the most common problems facing Oakland small businesses, advice for working with your landlord, how to negotiate for more favorable lease provisions and a reasonable rent repayment plan if rent has accrued over the time of the pandemic. We will also offer an overview of the eviction process, offering helpful resources if you are served with a summons and complaint in an unlawful detainer eviction lawsuit.
Webinar Flyer
Presented by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese
Free

Using Your Network To Grow Your Online Presence - 4 - 5:30 p.m.
When it comes to marketing you don't need to go it alone! You can leverage your business-owner friends, network and community to help spread the word. During this webinar, we'll talk about how we grew our Instagram to 10,000 followers organically through a repost and network-based strategy. You'll learn how to tailor your message to your audience, how to make content go further, and how to work in the spirit of collaboration over competition.
Presented by the Oakland Indie Alliance
English
Free

Thursday, May 5

Recycling & Composting at Work - 10 - 11 a.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for entry. Masks are required for all visitors while inside the cultural center.
Join the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and StopWaste for an in-person workshop on current recycling and composting requirements, how to order or adjust service and how to set up your staff for success. Get free materials including stickers and indoor green bins and learn about free on-site help. Bring your questions.
Pre-registration is not required, just show up at the venue.
Cantonese (Mandarin assistance also available)
Free

Online Marketing & Social Media Workshop - 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1333 Broadway, Suite P100
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for entry. Masks are required for all non-vaccinated attendees and recommended for all.

This hands-on workshop for beginning and intermediate users of online marketing and social media targets small businesses looking to grow their online and social media presence. Workshop attendees will learn how to maximize the use of free online tools, understand general best practices for social media, and put their learning into practice by creating and scheduling social media content during this workshop. Led by the Chamber's Director of Small Business and Workforce, this workshop will also feature Oakland small businesses that have utilized online marketing tools and social media to grow their audience and their revenue. In this critical time of recovery from the global pandemic, online marketing and social media strategy is critical for small business survival. Businesses will learn how to cultivate brand loyalty from current customers, increase visibility to potential customers, and market their business - whether that business is real estate, a café or retail, and how you can do it yourself on a tight budget! Attendees should bring their own computer (preferred if possible) or smartphone. A limited number of desktop computers may be available for those without access to a computer or smartphone.
Register and attend the Resources Fair to be entered to win a pair of Southwest tickets. Contest details here.
Presented by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
English
Free

Understanding and Leveraging Federal Certifications. Are Certifications the right tools for your business? - 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Join a conversation to demystify Federal contracting certifications. The webinar will provide a broad overview of the different Federal certifications including 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business; eligibility for each program; benefits and how to assess whether any of these certifications are tools that will help you grow your business.
Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration's San Francisco District Office
Pre-registration is not required, simply click the link above to join.
English
Free

Friday, May 6

Access to Capital - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Access to Capital will be an excellent opportunity for early-stage and existing businesses to explore sources of funding. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will participate in three 25-minute rounds with individual representatives of institutions who provide direct funding (i.e., lending, grants, equity investment, etc.) to Bay Area small businesses. The goal is to create affable and viable community connections for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will help them navigate the Bay Area capital landscape and start the process of securing the funding needed to run a thriving business.
Presented by the Alliance for Community Development in partnership with Kiva, Main Street Launch, and Working Solutions.
English
Free

Contact Us

Juno Thomas
(510) 238-7952
jthomas@oaklandca.gov