Oakland Economy Now Vol. 19 - April 2016

Oakland Economy Now April Newsletter Masthead

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Sunset Magazine’s Oaktown Lowdown

Sunset Magazine celebrated its relocation to the Jack London neighborhood with a 10-page Oakland spread in the April issue. Featured businesses include restaurants Miss Ollie’s, Homestead, Shanghai Restaurant, Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana and Juhu Beach Club, meal-delivery startup The Town Kitchen, and shops Suru, Urban Stich Boutique (pictured below), Show & Tell and Atomic Garden. Pick up the April issue at Oakland newsstands De Lauer’s, Farley’s or Issues and check out Sunset’s Weekend in Oakland guide here. 

Sunset Magazine photo of Urban Stitch Boutique

Mayvenn Marries Tech, African-American Hair Styling

Mayvenna technology company re-shaping the distribution of hair extensions, has relocated back to Oakland after launching here in 2011. Over 30,000 hair stylists now use the Mayvenn platform to sell hair weaves directly to clients, supplementing their own business income. Mayvenn has raised $10 Million in funding from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Serena Williams. Says CEO and Founder Diishan Imira, “Not only is Oakland transforming into a new tech center for the Bay area, but it has some of the best trained African American beauty professionals in the country…it’s really a dream come true to be able to build this company here.” For more information on tech in Oakland, contact Marisa Raya.


Beast Mode in Old Oakland

Oakland native and NFL star Marshawn Lynch opened his inaugural Beast Mode store in Old Oakland. The former Superbowl winner and Oakland booster presided on opening day as 900 fans waited in line to purchase Beast Mode gear, celebrating the toughness and persistence that characterized his career. Like other local retailers, Beast Mode began as an online operation using the Shopify e-commerce platform and built on this success to open the first brick and mortar store. For more information on retail in Oakland, contact Keira Williams.

Taproot Foundation Moves to Oakland

The Taproot Foundation connects nonprofits with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their pro bono expertise in marketing, strategy, HR and IT solutions. Taproot recently relocated from San Francisco to Oakland, leasing a 3,000-square-foot space at 1700 Broadway. The Foundation offers grants and capacity-building strategies as well as volunteer opportunities and matchmaking for professionals.

Oakland at the Movies: the Oakland Film Office

Did you know that popular movies such as the Matrix, Rent, Moneyball, Fruitvale Station and East Side Sushi were filmed in Oakland? With its appealing, diverse landscapes, from a vibrant downtown and industrial areas to beautiful open space, Oakland is a great place for creative film projects. In 2015 there were 246 total filming dates in Oakland, including feature films, documentaries, television series and commercials. The Oakland Film Office assists location scouts and producers, notifies local businesses and secures permits to film in public areas around the city. For more information or assistance setting up a film shooting, contact Jim MacIlvane at the Oakland Film Office.

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Small Business Week coming May 1 - 7

Small Business Week is May 1 - 7! Oakland activities will include free training classes and workshops for entrepreneurs, artists, and makers, including Tech Tools for Small Businesses, a full day of training and networking dedicated to Diversity in Entrepreneurship, and Access to Capital and Financing Workshops in English, Spanish, and Chinese. On Friday, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet, a member of President Obama's Cabinet, will visit Oakland as part of National Small Business Week. For more information, contact Business Specialist Susana Villarreal.


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Home Base Spirits
Old School Copes
TART Oakland
Wahpepah's Kitchen


NPR’s Morning Edition Broadcasts from Youth Radio
Mar 21 – Mar 26, NPR

Blackstone and CityView break ground on large Oakland housing project
Mar 17, San Francisco Business Times

Supporting Local Businesses
Mar 17,  KTVU

Sunset Magazine moves to Oakland
Mar 15, KTVU

Transwestern Opens Oakland Office
Mar 14, Rentv.com

Jack London Square in downtown Oakland is sold
Mar 11, Oakland Tribune

Belcampo Meat Co. To Expand to Oakland
Mar 3,  SF Eater

Oakland: High-rise apartment complex, hotel coming near Fox Theater
Mar 1, Oakland Tribune

How advanced manufacturer Fathom continues its boom in Oakland, as revenue balloons 53%
Feb 26, San Francisco Business Times

Map: The Oakland highrise boom could add over 3,000 units downtown
Feb 12, San Francisco Business Times


State of Manufacturing in the East Bay
April 13 @ Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

#YesWeCode Education Summit
April 14 @ Impact Hub

Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Spring Banquet
April 20 @ Chinatown

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