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SBE/DBE Construction Contractor Outreach and Networking Meeting

AC Transit is hosting an information meeting regarding contacting opportunities for the third and final construction package for the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project. Tuesday September 29, 2015 5pm - 7pm, AC Transit Boardroom, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA  Click here for more information

Bay Area Capital Connections Conference


2015 8th Annual BACC Conference
The Journey of Funding and Scaling a Business
11:30 am – 6:30 pm, October 1, 2015
Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA

Presented by
Alliance for Community Development
Of the San Francisco Bay Area
Are you:

    * Starting your efforts to fund a startup?
    * Overwhelmed with questions about financing options?
    * Seeking experts and thought leaders?
    * Looking for a welcoming and inclusive experience?
Click here for more  details

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4 Tax Actions to Take in July
Like most small business owners who don’t think of July as an important tax time, you may not be thinking about taxes right now, but you should be. Here are four things to do now to help achieve a good tax outcome for the year. Read more Click Here:www.sba.gov

5 Reasons a Business Revolving Line of Credit May Benefit You
Many businesses at one time or another may have cash flow challenges. One popular option to obtain short term funding is to secure a revolving line of credit.  This not only helps with basic day to day operations, such as meeting payroll, purchasing supplies, increasing working capital or obtaining extra inventory; it also provides many other benefits. Read more Click here:ww.sba.gov

Oakland Businesses Recycle


Important Changes to Trash, Recycling and Compost Services for Oakland Businesses
Coming July 1, 2015 Click here to find out more; http://www2.oaklandnet.com



15 Ways To Compete
As Jack Welch famously said, "If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete".        And that competitive advantage is how you can differentiate your business in the eyes of your customers. To help you start thinking about this very important issue, here are 15 Ways To Rise Above The Competition that other entrepreneurs have used. Click below to view.                http://smallbiztrends.com

City of Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance

This past November, Oakland citizens voted in favor of mesasure FF, a local ordinance increasing the Minimum Wage in Oakland to $12.25 per hour. The new minimum wage will begin on March 2, 2015 and then rise with the Regional Consumer Price Index beginning on January 1, 2016, and every year thereafter. Please click on the following links for full detailed decsription of the Minimum Wage Ordinance, the Paid Sick Leave, and the Service Charge descriptions, which are also available in Spanish and Cantonese. 

City Minimum Wage Media Release                                                                                                                                            
Oakland Minimum Wage Paid Sick Leave and Service Charge Notices

Oakland Minimum Wage Spanish 

Oakland Minimum Wage Notice Cantonese

Oakland Minimum Wage Notice Vietnamese

Free Legal Clinic


 Legal Services for Entrpreneurs presents: Free Legal Clinic at the Business Assistance Center
•    Can someone explain a contract or lease to me?
•    Should my business be an LLC, partnership, or S-corp?
•    Do I need a trademark? Copyright? Patent?
Find out the answers to these very important questions.
 Thursday, October 8, 2015 5pm-7pm
 270 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 94612

Registration required: www.lccr.com/events.php (415)543-9444 ext. 217

City of Oakland's Kiva Zip Loan Program Now is the time to Apply



During the month of May 2015, Oakland entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and small businesses are highly encouraged to apply for the Kiva Zip Loan Program. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Kiva Zip are partnering together to provide more loans and expand financial opportunities for Bay Area entrepreneurs. This partnership means that the borrowers that the City of Oakland endorses will only have to raise half of the total loan amount from the crowd on the Kiva Zip website. LISC will provide a matching loan for the remaining amount. For micro-enterprises and small businesses, they can fundraise easier and faster, increasing the likelihood of executing a successful Kiva Zip campaign and securing the funding needed to grow their businesses.

Oakland is the first Kiva Zip City Trustee in the nation. To date, the city has successfully assisted thirteen (13) Oakland small businesses to receive Kiva Zip loans. Kiva Zip is an internet platform, launched by Kiva that enables individual lenders around the world to ‘crowd fund’ interest-free loans directly to small business owners, micro-enterprise borrowers with strong business plans but are not eligible for conventional lending. If selected, businesses can raise up to $5,000 and eventually be eligible for a $50,000 loan. As a Kiva Zip Trustee, the City of Oakland’s role is to review and endorse Oakland small businesses that we believe meet the Kiva Zip criteria and the City’s economic development goal of supporting entrepreneurship especially in East, Central and West Oakland. To find out more or to support a borrower please click the following link  https://zip.kiva.org/loans

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the Kiva Zip Loan program please direct them to Aliza Gallo, Economic Development Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , (510) 238-7405 or Juno Thomas Business Assistance Center Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , (510) 238-4727.  



Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

ATTENTION: Small Business Owners
It is not too late to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit!
As the March 15 corporation tax deadline approaches, it is important for small business owners to be aware of the various tax laws that can help with their businesses' bottom line.  Several tax laws are impacting small business tax returns this season and providing substantial savings, including the underutilized Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.To determine if your business or tax exempt organization qualifies for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, visit http://www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org consult with your tax preparer. More than 500,000 California employers may be eligible for this tax credit and yours may be one of them! 

Oakland Business is Green Business
Oakland is home to more than 130 certified Green Businesses, through the Bay Area Green Business Program.

Oakland Recycles is offering free technical assistance to Oakland businesses that are interested in becoming certified green businesses. To jump start the certification process, green business experts will be contacting Oakland businesses to introduce the Green Business Program and shepherd interested businesses through the certification process.

Distinguish your business in the marketplace as an environmental leader through the Green Business Program.

Interested in a free assessment? Need to know more? Contact Oakland Recycles at (510) 238-SAVE (7283) or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Look us up on Facebook at Sustainable Oakland to keep up to date with the latest information from this project.
Take Your Business Global

    Small businesses seeking to grow their businesses and create jobs through exporting can turn to new, free educational videos created through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Inc. Magazine and AT&T. Through the public-private partnership, a series of video modules has been developed to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting and to educate them on how to do so.

     The video series, Take Your Business Global features five main topics that guide small businesses through the process of exporting:

  1. Getting Started in Exporting
  2. Planning for Export Success
  3. Connecting with Foreign Buyers
  4. Financing
  5. Five Case Studies of Successful Small Business Exporters
     The videos are posted at www.inc.com/exporting/.
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