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Proposed Economic Development Strategy Available for Feedback

After over two years of input and dialogue, the City of Oakland is moving to adopt its first comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in over 20 years. The Strategy outlines steps to make Oakland an easy, efficient, and prosperous place to do business while reducing racial disparities and helping all Oaklanders achieve economic security. It proposes over 50 targets for the City to reach over the next three years, from supporting small businesses to building housing to maintaining public space. Read the proposed Economic Development Strategy here or attend a discussion at City Council's Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on October 10. You can also watch the meeting and comment online via the City's legislative calendar. For more information, contact Economic Development Strategy Project Manager Marisa Raya.

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Oakland Loves Entrepreneurs: New Apps to Help Small Businesses Get Permits, Launch, Grow

We’re making it easier than ever to open a business in Oakland with two mobile-friendly, multilingual apps that check your zoning, tell you what permits you’ll need, and how much they will cost. Zoningcheck.oaklandca.gov is an interactive map that tells where a business type is allowed outright, with conditions, or prohibited. Businesspermits.oaklandca.gov is a customized permitting guide to help applicants plan their projects while outlining the necessary permits, fees, and licenses, including development impact fees and design review. Now you can get all the City information you need to launch or expand your business in a matter of minutes, in the comfort of your home. Try it out and provide feedback to Project Manager Marisa Raya.

Councimember Larry Reid and Mayor Libby Schaaf with Type A Machines Founder Andrew Rutter and Circuit Launch Founder ERik Katz at Grand Opening event

Council President Larry Reid, Mayor Libby Schaaf, CEO of Type A Machines Andrew Rutter, and Circuit Launch founder Erik Katz at the grand opening event. Photo courtesy of Circuit Launch.

New High-Tech Co-Working Facility for Hardware Startups Opens at Airport Business Park

Circuit Launch, a new 30,000-square-foot co-working space for electronic hardware startups, celebrated their grand opening September 18. Located in the Airport Business Park, the space has the tools, equipment, infrastructure, and community to help entrepreneurs and startups bring hardware-based products to market, and help traditional East Bay manufacturers develop new prototypes. Circuit Launch’s first tenant is Type A Machines, designers of an industrial-grade 3D plastics printer used by over a thousand businesses in the rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing industry, including Apple, Google, Nike, Tesla, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins. For more information on advanced manufacturing in Oakland, contact Business Development Specialist Steve Lautze.

Walnut Plaza Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration on Sept. 28, 2017

New Public Plaza Opens at Foothill/Seminary

On September 28, the City held a celebration to mark the completion of Walnut Plaza, a new 4,300-square-foot community gathering spot with towering palm trees, benches, and game tables in the Foothill-Seminary commercial area. The creation of the Plaza was driven by neighborhood participants in a comprehensive transportation streetscape plan for the Foothill-Seminary corridor in 2010. Residents and merchants joined with City Councilmember Desley Brooks, representatives from OCCUR, and City staff to work with local landscape consultant Leslie Golden on the plaza’s design. For more information, please contact Urban Economic Coordinator Theresa Lopez

New Equitable Transit-Oriented Development at Coliseum Station

On October 6, the City will celebrate the groundbreaking for the Coliseum Transit Village, a 110 unit, mixed-income development at Coliseum BART that includes 55 affordable units. R.S.V.P. for that event here. The project is a joint venture of Urban Core and the Oakland Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please contact Urban Economic Coordinator Theresa Lopez

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Stride Center IT students. Photo courtesy of the Stride Center.

ProActive Business Solutions, Stride Center Partner to Give Oakland Adults an Entry Into Tech Careers

Fast growing, woman-owned tech firm ProActive Business Solutions is celebrating their second year of hiring graduates directly out of Oakland's Stride Center, a nonprofit social venture that trains adults for a variety of IT, coding, and networking careers. ProActive, which provides managed IT services nationwide, has now hired over 200 Stride Center graduates for part- and full-time work. Their partnership demonstrates the ease and success rate of local hiring for IT services. For more information on tech training in Oakland, contact Marisa Raya or attend the Stride Center's #IamStride event on October 19. 

Meet Over 1,000 Job Seekers at the BAYEP Career Pathway Summit

On Tuesday, October 17, the Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) will host a Career Pathway Summit at the Oakland Marriott with over 1,000 job seekers, 20 employers, workshops, and resources. This free event is open to everyone, regardless of age or race. Interviews will be conducted on-site and attendees may be hired on the spot. Last year, over 300 job seekers received offers at the Summit. To register click here. To learn more about Oakland’s workforce development programs, please contact Program Analyst Lazandra Dial.  

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Ten Oakland Companies Named “Best for the World”

B-Labthe organization that certifies businesses who meet the highest standards for overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, has named 10 Oakland companies to their 2017 Best for the World” list. The list includes Beneficial State BankClearinghouse CDFICORE FoodsFuture StateGive Something Back Workplace SolutionsImpact Hub OaklandKuli KuliNumi Organic TeaOaklandishRevolution FoodsSchoolzilla, and Twirl ManagementCongratulations and thanks, Oakland companies, for being global leaders in the benefit corporation movement! For resource referrals on business formation, including B Corporations, non-profits, and co-opscontact the Business Assistance Center’s Juno Thomas.

Chamber Business Survey Shows Oakland’s Optimism

The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced results of its 2017 Oakland Business Census and Outlook that asked businesses questions about how they perceive the economy, the realities of doing business in Oakland, and the most pressing issues facing employers today. Over 540 businesses respondedranging from new ventures to legacy businesses. Nearly three-quarters indicated their own businesses were doing the same or better than a year ago, while 48% of respondents believed the economy will improve slightly or significantly over the next year. Only 5% were considering layoffs. The survey found the most pressing issues were the overall cost of living, availability and cost of commercial space, crime, and the growing number of homeless. The survey also found that most respondents chose to locate in Oakland for its central location and quality of life, closely followed by its transportation infrastructure and diversity. For more information, contact Marketing Coordinator Harry Hamilton.


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Zoning & Permits

Quarterly Economic Dashboard

Minimum Wage & Employment Laws 

KivaZip Oakland

Foreign Trade Zone


Audrey B Boutique
Figments of Reality
Kitchen on Fire
Proposition Chicken
Smokin' Woods BBQ
Suya African-Caribbean Grill
Synesthesia Interactive
VAMP Vintage


Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech
Sept 29-Oct 1 @ Kapor Center for Social Impact

East Bay Women in Business Awards
Oct 6 @ Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar

Sunday in the Redwoods
Oct 7 @ Woodminster Amphitheater

COCAP: Building the We Economy
Oct 9-10 @ Impact Hub Oakland

Cultural Plan Community Dialogue
Oct 12 @ 5856 Foothill Boulevard

Cultural Plan Community Dialogue
Oct 14 @ East Oakland Boxing Association

Trucks in West Oakland: Community Workshop
Oct 17 @ 1188 12th Street

BAYEP Career Pathway Summit
Oct 17 @ Oakland Marriott

Oct 19 @ Kapor Center for Social Impact

Disparity Study Business Community Meeting
Oct 21, 10am @ Fruitvale Senior Center

Disparity Study Business Community Meeting
Oct 21, 10am @ Fruitvale Senior Center

Disparity Study Business Community Meeting
Oct 21, 2pm @ Rainbow Rec Center

Disparity Study Business Community Meeting
Oct 24, 2pm @ Lincoln Square Rec Center

Disparity Study Business Community Meeting
Oct 24, 6pm @ Oakland City Hall-Council Chamber

After 5 Reception: Kapor Center
Oct 26 @ Kapor Center for Social Impact

International Consulate Summit
Oct 26, Oakland Marriott 

Autumn Lights Festival
Oct 19-21, Gardens at Lake Merritt


Raiders seek lease extension in Oakland past 2019 in case Vegas stadium isn't ready
Sept 25, San Francisco Business Times

Smokin’ Woods BBQ and Ducks & Dragons Bakery Start Residencies at Forage Kitchen
Sept 25, East Bay Express

Changing Oakland Chinatown brings hopes, fears
Sept 25, East Bay Times

Strong Interest for Uber’s Oakland Building as Bidding Pool Thins
Sept 21, theRegistrySF.com

Hawker Fare to see new life as Oakland spinoff Hawking Bird
Sept 21, San Francisco Chronicle

Marriott-branded boutique hotel planned for Uptown Oakland
Sept 21, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland Port Board Expected to Approve Ban-The-Box and Living Wage Agreements for Massive New Warehouse Project
Sept 21, East Bay Express

Nyum Bai to open full restaurant in Oakland’s Fruitvale Village
Sept 19, San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland Artist Restores Historic Transbay Terminal Benches
Sept 18, Hoodline

Proposed Oakland A's stadium site a big hit with business leaders
Sept 18, KTVU

Oakland Eats: New Eateries Bring Boba, Thai, Cajun & Afro-Caribbean Flavors
Sept 17, Hoodline

Blue Bottle Coffee to sell majority stake to Nestle
Sept 14, San Francisco Chronicle

A’s want to build new ballpark next to Laney College in Oakland
Sept 13, San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland homeowners' average profit is almost $235,000 when they sell, a 78% return that's tops in the nation
Sept 13, San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco’s Proposition Chicken opens today in Oakland
Sept 13, East Bay Times

Ice cream alert! Humphry Slocombe just opened in Oakland
Sept 11, East Bay Times

Original Pattern Brewing Nears Its Debut in the Jack London Area
Sept 11, East Bay Express

Here are the Bay Area projects where Amazon could create a second headquarters
Sept 7, San Francisco Business Times

Impossible Foods beefs up production with launch of Oakland factory
Sept 7, San Francisco Business Times

Industrial plants close in Santa Clara, Oakland, 187 jobs lost
Sept 6, East Bay Times

Revamped Office Space Available In Oakland's Tribune Tower
Sept 6, BisNow

Hotel-starved Oakland gets inn proposal near airport
Sept 6, San Francisco Business Times

New owners revive Oakland's iconic Tribune Tower
Sept 6, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland startup Mynd seeks to disrupt residential property management
Sept 5, San Francisco Business Times

Rare East Oakland housing starts construction in historic church
Aug 31, San Francisco Business Times

Land On The Market In Downtown Oakland Could Be Future Residential Development
Aug 29, BisNow 

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