Welcome Localites + Travelers

We bring Oakland's independent business community to you. Search and sample Oakland's businesses, entertainers, and artists with our member directory. We provide a calendar of public events, such as festivals, fairs, and fundraisers. And you'll learn why supporting Oakland's independent businesses matters

Welcome Business Leaders + Entrepreneurs

We are a membership organization that serves you! We offer a comprehensive calendar of upcoming business events, conferences, meetings, workshops, and seminars - most are free to attend. Our business blog provides inspiration and addresses common challenges. You can search business service providers that are based right here in Oakland. We offer the very best resource guide in the Bay Area for finding good capital to get the financial support you need. We connect you with free business consulting from seasoned, professional experts across the country. You get cash-free membership into a local barter network, Bay Bucks, to help reduce business expenses. We provide Oakland Grown-branded decals and promotional tools so you can proudly display your local, independent ownership. Become a member of Oakland Grown and enjoy the many benefits! *Unless a link was provided, the benefits above are exclusively for members only.

Welcome Localization Nerds + Policy Wonks

Explore our Resource Center and check out some of our allies in the movement. Buy local organizations like Oakland Grown are critically important in supporting independent businesses in our towns – see the data explaining why. We are active in collaborating with local governments and advocating in support of local ownership.

What We're Tinkering With Right Now

We are leading the Plaid Friday Weekend holiday campaign which shifts dollars to Oakland's independent businesses, makers, and artist during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. In partnership with the City of Oakland, Townsquared, and East Bay Express, OaklandGrown.org is the destination site of a robust, citywide holiday marketing campaign which includes billboards, bus shelters, posters, social media, print and digital ad campaigns. 

We are creating an artsy, collector magazine and online gallery featuring Oakland's makers and artists, distributed at Oakland's galleries, salons, coffee houses, boutiques, and prominent gathering places as well as on our website. 

We are promoting our members through social media channels, promoting their work to a large, targeted local community that wants to support them. 

We are working on pipelines to ensure that local, independent businesses have better access to  growth opportunities, including access to larger contracts, premium real estate locations, good capital, and alternative work models. 

We are working on the 2018 Good Money Guide, an annual resource directory which helps small businesses find favorable, ethical capital to help them grow their businesses. 

We are continuously seeking ways to add benefits to our members - including marketing and networking opportunities, discounts for goods and services, and tools to help them develop their skills.