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 sales, festivals, and fundraisers. You can also follow the stories behind the local businesses that you love. And you'll learn why it matters.
Welcome Business Leaders + Entrepreneurs
This site offers you a calendar for upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, and seminars. Our business blog will inform and inspire you. You'll find marketing opportunities and promotional materials to help you grow your audience and sales potential. You can search business service providers that are based right here in Oakland – we know you source locally, too. We hunt down good capital to help your business get to the next level. At nearly every membership level, we provide free business training from experts from across the country. We provide you free Oakland Grown marketing tools, or you can purchase in bulk from our store. You can become a member of Oakland Grown and enjoy its many benefits!
Welcome Localization Nerds + Policy Wonks
What We're Doing Right Now
We are growing! We are expanding our staffing to further develop our programming.
We are partners in leading the Plaid Friday Weekend campaign which shifts dollars to Oakland's independent businesses, makers, and artist during the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
We are working with the City of Oakland on a robust, citywide holiday marketing campaign throughout the holiday season which includes billboards, bus shelters, posters, print and digital ad campaigns.
We are publishing an artsy, collector magazine featuring Oakland's makers and artists, distributed in Oakland's galleries, salons, coffee houses, boutiques, and prominent gathering places as well as on our website.
We are lining up free consulting, discounted professional workshops, conferences, expos, networking opportunities, and peer-to-peer support groups to provide professional development for our members.
We are promoting our members on an ongoing basis through social media channels, marketing their businesses and events to a growing, targeted 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 supporting Oakland (and regional) trades to help them compete by collective organizing. Independent businesses face common threats and can work collectively to seize new business opportunities, enhance their skills, co-brand as an industry, and share operational tasks so they can focus on what they do best, their tradecraft.
We are finalizing a program where Oakland Grown member businesses get access to a local barter network, reducing their cash costs and exchanging goods and services among other Oakland businesses.