Small Business Week

From Sunday, April 28th to Friday, May 3rd, Oakland will celebrate Small Business Week 2024 with a variety of virtual and in-person workshops, events and other activities for small business owners and entrepreneurs - free and open to all.

Posted: April 16th, 2021 4:39 PM

Last Updated: April 12th, 2024 8:24 PM

Small Business Week 2024 will feature in-person and virtual panels, workshops and resource fairs presented by partner organizations that are designed and curated by the City of Oakland Economic Development Department to provide relevant information, actionable strategies, resources and valuable connections to help Oakland businesses survive and thrive. From financial strategies, taxes and accounting, safety and security, building a digital presence, commercial lease negotiations, access to capital, transitioning from home-based or mobile business to a brick and mortar space, and beyond, the 2024 Oakland Small Business Week Schedule offers over 15 free educational workshops plus:

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

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Monday, April 29, 2024

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Lease Negotiations & Physical Spaces for Your Business

Monday, April 29, 2024

11:00am to 12:00pm

New Venture Funding: Accessing Capital for Small Business

Monday, April 29, 2024

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Capital Para Tu Negocio (Capital for your Business)

Monday, April 29, 2024

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Transitioning to Brick and Mortar: Site Selection, Cost-Sharing, Permitting, and Construction

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

10:00am to 11:00am

Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

10:00am to 11:30am

City of Oakland Small Business Resource Fair

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

2:00pm to 4:00pm

2024 Labor Law & Health Code Updates

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Activating your Commercial Corridor

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Business Structures

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Multi-Cultural Chamber Mixer

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Security Tips & Techniques - Security Best Practices for Small Business Districts and Small Business Owners

Thursday, May 02, 2024

10:00am to 11:30am

Building a Digital Presence

Thursday, May 02, 2024

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Launching your Small Business Website

Thursday, May 02, 2024

6:00pm to 8:00pm

2024 Oakland Small Business Week Celebration Reception & Mixer

Friday, May 03, 2024

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Partnering organizations include: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Laurel District Association / Montclair Village Association, Oakland-East Bay Local Business Alliance, Mainstreet Launch, Oakland Don't Play Inc, 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, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, and The Unity Council.

Small Business Week 2023 Photos

The Business Development Division of the Economic & Workforce Development Department issued a Call for Presenters for the City of Oakland’s 2024 Small Business Week. This year, we requested proposals from small businesses, non-profit partners and for profit consultants to sponsor their 2024 Small Business Week activities and workshops. We strongly encourage collaborative proposals where organizations partner together. We welcome proposals for workshops and events that are fully virtual, in-person, and those with hybrid attendance options.

The City of Oakland will be providing sponsorship support of up to $1,000 per workshop to cover expenses associated with the activity. The deadline to submit all proposals was Wednesday, February 14.

2023 Recorded Workshops & Webinars

Year-Round Assistance

Access City business support staff year-round via our Neighborhood Business Assistance Program with email and phone support, as well as in-person appointments available throughout Oakland.

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