Get ready for an Oakland Small Business Week befitting our vibrant business community. Here’s the week’s lineup of free workshops and events:
Sunday: Kiva Oakland Pledge Drive
Monday: Access to Capital Lenders Fair & Opening Reception
Tuesday: Digital Solutions & Worker Owned Co-ops
Wednesday: Diversity in Entrepreneurship
Thursday: Artists & Makers Workshops and Mixer
Friday: "Healthy Business, Healthy Communities" closing reception with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and US SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. Includes a VIP tour of Revolution Foods with food industry leaders.
Saturday: Shop Local in Participating Neighborhoods
Click here for the full program and partners.
Marcus Books has been in Oakland for 56 years; Book/Shop in Temescal Alley for three. The six bookstores on Piedmont Avenue call themselves “The Bay Area’s Biggest Book Row,” with more than 100,000 books among them. Oakland’s independent book store cluster is only growing – and offering exciting programming to nurse Oaklanders’ literary love. The Octopus Literary Salon offers nightly events, food and wine with their books, while E.M. Wolfman on 13th Street has an art exhibit, "Inner Cities," exploring our psychological connections to place and cities. On Saturday, May 22, celebrate book culture at the Oakland Book Festival, featuring 200 writers and 60 events at City Hall.
Advancing their vision for a full-service food market, cafe, and social hall in West Oakland, People’s Community Market has secured 3103 Myrtle Street to build a grocery store designed for the neighborhood. People’s goal is to make Oakland’s food scene inclusive and to bring healthy food options to West Oakland. Other local organizations contributing to the project include Cutting Edge Capital, who supported fundraising through a Direct Public Offering, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Lowney Architecture and St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, who will rent their parking lot to the market. The store is planned to open in 2017.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced a new arts program, Open Space, to fund up to four temporary public art projects with grants between $50,000 and $200,000 per project. The program aims to "engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation and energize public spaces." Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf stated, “Programs like Open Spaces help ensure that the arts are supported and celebrated in Oakland.” The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry between May 16 and June 30. Kenneth Rainin was the founder of East Oakland-based Rainin Instruments, one of Oakland’s largest manufacturers.
The Bay Area’s largest engineering and design firm, AECOM, has secured a major office lease in Downtown Oakland. AECOM is taking 120,000 square feet in the Kaiser Center at 300 Lakeside Drive. The new location, two blocks from BART with lake views, will bring together 600 workers currently at AECOM's two San Francisco locations and its current Oakland office at 1313 Broadway.