From April 30th to May 6th, 2023, Oakland will celebrate Small Business Week with a variety of virtual and in-person workshops, events and other activities for small business owners and entrepreneurs - free and open to all.
Over the last five years, the Business Development Division of the Economic & Workforce Development Department has worked with other City departments and our business service provider non-profit organization partners to host over 150 workshops and seminars that have been attended by over 1,000 participants. Every year, we continue to refine the program to celebrate small businesses and offer a variety of workshops to serve our entrepreneurial community.
The Business Development Division of the Economic & Workforce Development Department has issued a Call for Presenters for the City of Oakland’s 2023 Small Business Week. This year, we are calling for proposals from non-profit partners to sponsor their 2023 Small Business Week activities and workshops. We strongly encourage collaborative proposals where organizations partner together. Given the continued concerns regarding COVID 19, we welcome proposals for workshops and events that are fully virtual, in-person with COVID precautions, and those with hybrid attendance options.
The City of Oakland will be providing sponsorship support of up to $1,500 per workshop to cover all expenses associated with the activity. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online application here. The deadline to submit all proposals will be Wednesday, February 22.
Access City business support staff year-round at 7 Neighborhood Business Assistance locations throughout Oakland.