Home-Based Entrepreneurs Lunch
Jul
20
11:30 am11:30

Home-Based Entrepreneurs Lunch

  • The Startup Admin Co-Munity

Free, register here

The Home-Based Entrepreneurs of Oakland have expressed an interest in connecting with each other, exchanging ideas, finding support, and networking. This event will be a place to connect, ask questions, share experiences, help each other, and learn about other local, home-based businesses.

What you can expect at this event:

  • An opportunity to introduce yourself to the community and learn about other home-based workers. You might even have a chance to meet someone in person that you've connected with on Townsquared
  • Informal networking with your small business peers. Bring your business cards!
  • Light refreshments will be provided by Townsquared

Townsquared is a private online network where local business owners can ask questions and share information about common issues, such as permits, crime and safety, marketing, accounting, business operations, and more. If you're not a Townsquared member, you can sign-up for a free account.

This event is in collaboration with the The Startup Admin Co-Munity. Please spread the word about this event to your network and any home-based business owners who are looking for community and support. 

   Assertiveness Skills for Success in Business
Jul
25
9:00 am09:00

Assertiveness Skills for Success in Business

  • SBA Entrepreneur Center

$22.50 - $45, register here

The differences between assertive, passive and aggressive behavior, and the roots of each behavior style, will be explored during this 4 hour seminar. A case will be made that assertive behavior serves business people better than either aggressive or passive behavior. As well, suggestions will be offered for ways to develop a more assertive interpersonal business style. 

Presented by SCORE mentor Barry Shiller An excellent reference for this subject matter is "The Assertiveness Workbook" by Randy J. Paterson, Ph.D., from New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 

The differences between assertive, passive and aggressive behavior, and the roots of each behavior style, will be explored during this 4 hour seminar. A case will be made that assertive behavior serves business people better than either aggressive or passive behavior. As well, suggestions will be offered for ways to develop a more assertive interpersonal business style. Presented by SCORE mentor Barry Shiller An excellent reference for this subject matter is "The Assertiveness Workbook" by Randy J. Paterson, Ph.D., from New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Hire Safe, Hire Right
Jul
25
1:30 pm13:30

Hire Safe, Hire Right

  • SBA Entrepreneur Center

Free, register here.

Learn the key components of a safe hiring program and why it is so important that you do. We will discuss the 25-step safe Hiring Audit details and best practices, such as company-wide hiring and procedures, Legal compliance, verifying employer education and education, use of criminal records, and use of other screening tools. This workshop is ideal for business owners and anyone responsible for hiring responsibility.

Small Business Taxes
Jul
25
3:00 pm15:00

Small Business Taxes

  • SBA Entrepreneur Center

$35, register here

Save money on your taxes by learning the IRS rules and regulations that apply to small-business owners, and get answers to your tax questions in this informative, interactive, live seminar covering tax deductions, incorporations, LLCs, and commonly used tax strategies.

Presented by SCORE member Lee Riley.

Keeping Space - Oakland Application Workshop
Jul
25
5:00 pm17:00

Keeping Space - Oakland Application Workshop

  • East Bay Community Foundation

Free, more info here.

Keeping Space – Oakland is CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and cultural organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable, permanent, and affordable real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations.

RSVP now for an Application Workshop and/or Clinic to learn more about the program, ask your questions before applying, and receive a 15-minute one-on-one consult with CAST staff. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Application Workshops (see link for dates)
At the workshops, you will get a thorough review of the guidelines and key application questions. 

Application Clinic (see link for dates)
At the clinic, you will speak directly with CAST staff on any questions that come up as you complete your application. Schedule a 15-minute session now. Applications are due August 3 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products
Jul
25
6:00 pm18:00

How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products

  • Techshop

$30, register here

If you are planning to produce apparel or sewn products, this session is for you! In an interactive and supportive environment, you’ll learn how to set-up and manage your own manufacturing operation or use contract manufacturers.

We will cover key considerations including:

  • Assessing your needs and what makes the most sense for your particular business
  • Information and referrals to local factories and manufacturing resources
  • Acquiring facilities and where to look
  • Zoning and Permitting Issues
  • Obtaining financing
  • Addressing legal issues and documentation requirements
  • Overcoming specific roadblocks and challenges
  • Making valuable connections with your local manufacturing community

 

Pitches & Pints
Jul
25
6:30 pm18:30

Pitches & Pints

  • Kapor Center for Social Impact

Free, register here

Join us for our PreSeed Summer Series: Pitches & Pints, a great opportunity to pitch from the rooftop of the Kapor Center. Collaborate with fellow early-stage founders building a better world, and get to know Better Ventures and the Kapor Center. This event is specifically for companies using technology to address one of the following impact goals:

  • to narrow the opportunity gap
  • to improve health outcomes
  • to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy

We highly encourage companies that are committed to boosting greater inclusion in tech entrepreneurship and in the tech ecosystem to attend. Pitches will begin at 7pm. Pitches are 60 seconds, with no slides. If you sign up to pitch, you will receive a confirmation email with more instructions. The event is expected to sell out, and priority will be given to pitching entrepreneurs.

Pitches & Pints is presented by Better Ventures PreSeed and the Kapor Center for Social Impact, members of the Oakland Startup Network.

Uptima Presents: Breaking Through the Social Media Overwhelm
Jul
26
11:00 am11:00

Uptima Presents: Breaking Through the Social Media Overwhelm

  • Impact Hub Oakland

$0 - $15, register here

Please join us for Breaking Through the Social Media Overwhelm on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:00am–1:00pm, at Impact HUB Oakland. Does the thought of social media marketing make your head spin? Let this workshop show you how to break through the overwhelm. With a little bit of know-how, you can manage your social media marketing under 30 minutes a day AND get back into the joy and fun of connecting with your tribe. Yep. It’s possible.

Uptima Presents Suzanne Yada, who is a freelancer under the name yadaCreative and founder of Signal Boost Collective. Suzanne is no stranger to communicating great messages online. She has worked on everything from scrappy startups to Pulitzer-finalist projects, and has spoken at sold-out panels from Boston to Anchorage about social media, journalism, content and entrepreneurship. Suzanne has been involved in at least nine different media-related startups, and she uses her unique background mix of marketing, user experience, journalism and business to give her clients a holistic look on their digital marketing strategy.

 

The Power of Social Media
Jul
26
5:00 pm17:00

The Power of Social Media

  • Renaissance SOMA

Free, register here.

Social media is a power player in the game of search engine optimization. This workshop will cover how to create shareable and relevant content, showcase social feeds and connect with customers through social media.

We request that participants bring their own laptops. If you do not have a laptop, please email us ahead of time to let us know you need access to a temporary Renaissance laptop.

This workshop is part of the Digital Presence & Marketing Workshops for Entrepreneurs series presented by GoDaddy GoCommunities.

 

Home-Based Entrepreneurs Lunch
Jul
27
11:30 am11:30

Home-Based Entrepreneurs Lunch

  • The Startup Admin Co-Munity

Free, more info here.

The Home-Based Entrepreneurs of Oakland have expressed an interest in connecting with each other, exchanging ideas, finding support, and networking. This event will be a place to connect, ask questions, share experiences, help each other, and learn about other local, home-based businesses. 

What you can expect at this event:

  • An opportunity to introduce yourself to the community and learn about other home-based workers. You might even have a chance to meet someone in person that you've connected with on Townsquared
  • Informal networking with your small business peers. Bring your business cards!
  • Light refreshments will be provided by Townsquared
How to Develop Products Using Empathy and Prototype Thinking with Sherrie English
Jul
27
12:30 pm12:30

How to Develop Products Using Empathy and Prototype Thinking with Sherrie English

  • Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Free, register here.

Being able to prototype quickly and at low cost is paramount for Startup success. Make sure you know who your customers are, and what they need, before starting to build. In this workshop, Sherrie English with show you how to utilize Design Thinking skills to build prototypes quickly, and to develop a framework to continue to utilize as you grow.

During this session, founders will learn:

  • How to create a customer persona of who will utilize your product and how to design for them
  • A clear understanding of what your product needs to offer to your client
  • Key components to creating prototypes that fulfill real human needs

Schedule

  • 12:30pm: Check-in and networking
  • 12:45pm: Session begins
  • 2:00pm: Session ends
How to Determine Product/Market Fit
Jul
27
5:30 pm17:30

How to Determine Product/Market Fit

  • Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Free, register here.

Confused about how to define or measure product/market fit for your company’s offerings? You're not alone.

Entrepreneurs and investors often jump to the conclusion that their startup has achieved product/market fit, which can lead to rushed fundraising, wasted resources on sales and marketing, or worse, failure. In fact, 42 percent of startups fail because of lack of product/market fit.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from early-stage SaaS experts. You’ll participate in an interactive session that will provide a roadmap for identifying when a startup has accomplished product/market fit.

Attendees, along with the speakers, will determine their personal product/market fit scores for discussion and feedback.

Topics include:

  • Assessing customer engagement, commitment and diversity
  • Scoring current level of product/market fit and tips for improving your score
  • Sales and marketing strategies for before and after hitting product-market fit
Smart Women, Smart Money Conference
Jul
29
9:00 am09:00

Smart Women, Smart Money Conference

  • California State University

$25 - $35, more information here

This conference will provide attendees with a proactive plan to move forward with the knowledge and power needed to make better financial decisions, advance professionally, and prepare for the future!

Why You Should Attend? Because this conference will change the financial trajectory of your life. Here you will learn negotiation skills, learn how to make your money work for you, network with other women who can help change the quality of your life, to have access to top financial leaders in the Bay Area that will increase your financial health, and to learn valuable skills including understanding your Credit/FICO score, overcoming emotional spending, and budgeting is sexy!

Change, Transition, and the Practice of Naming Adaptive Challenges
Jul
31
9:30 am09:30

Change, Transition, and the Practice of Naming Adaptive Challenges

  • CompassPoint

$165 - $245, register here.

Over 70% of all organizational change efforts fail. Why? Because most often, organizational attention is focused solely on the change, i.e. the external event. What is often ignored or downplayed is naming a change that responds deeply with our rapidly external shifting environment and understanding how to lead people through transition. Getting people through transition is essential if the change is actually going to work. And, when you are leading a team or an organization through difficult change – when leadership counts – you will inevitably challenge what people hold dear – their daily habits, their loyalties, and their ways of thinking. 

Drawing on the work of William Bridges, Ronald Heifetz and bell hooks,  this interactive session will examine the intersection of change, transition and equity-based adaptive challenges as well as offer strategies for managing change and naming your organization’s adaptive challenge. Organizational or project-based teams are highly encouraged to attend together.

Email Marketing and Reaching your Customers
Aug
2
5:00 pm17:00

Email Marketing and Reaching your Customers

  • Renaissance SOMA

Free, register here.

Email marketing is almost as old as email itself, and it’s still one of the most efficient, effective and affordable ways to stay connected with customers. This workshop will explore how using email marketing can benefit a business. You will walk away with an action plan and relevant content to keep your customers in the know.

We request that participants bring their own laptops. If you do not have a laptop, please email us ahead of time to let us know you need access to a temporary Renaissance laptop.

This workshop is part of the Digital Presence & Marketing Workshops for Entrepreneurs series presented by GoDaddy GoCommunities.

COMPLEXITY: A Launch Party and Community Discussion
Aug
2
6:00 pm18:00

COMPLEXITY: A Launch Party and Community Discussion

  • Kapor Center for Social Impact

Registration information here.

Complexity is a panel discussion on diversity & inclusion in the media and tech industries. This event is also a soft launch for a bold new media startup called Woke.

Woke is an entertainment network with a focus on diversity and representation from multiple different underrepresented communities. Woke connects tech-savvy (and not so tech-savvy) multi-cultural, multi-identity millennials to content on art, entertainment, and identity. You’ll be the first to see their sneak peek site and have an insider look at what’s to come.

Company Culture Matters with Evert Zelaya
Aug
8
9:30 am09:30

Company Culture Matters with Evert Zelaya

  • Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Free, register here.

Having a company culture that embodies collaboration, free thinking and vulnerability can mean the difference between success and failure. Google, Netflix, The Golden State Warriors, Hubspot, Asana- these organizations have learned about the power of culture and it's correlation to results. You will learn how to create culture with your team that will lead you to success.

Founders will learn:

  • 5 keys to creating company culture
  • What leads to an unhealthy cutlure
  • How other successful companies created culture

Schedule:

  • 9:30am: Registration and networking
  • 9:45am: Session begins
  • 11:00am: Session Ends
How to Raise Money and Scale Fast With Crowdfunding
Aug
8
2:30 pm14:30

How to Raise Money and Scale Fast With Crowdfunding

  • Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Free, register here.

A $600,000 crowdfunding campaign in 2013 has helped Andrew Thomas grow SkyBell into a 9-figure business in 3 years without taking a dime from a VC. This session will give you the true factors that lead to a successful crowdfunding campaign and how to scale your business after. Whether B2C or B2B, you will learn how to grow fast. It will also highlight how you can use crowdfunding to launch a real business - not just earn you 15 minutes of fame. Andrew is a candid speaker, and is passionate about giving real advice, blunt advice. Even if you're not crowdfunding, Andrew's advice on scaling, product development and mindset will empower you to the success you desire. Andrew is an entrepreneur, speaker and advisor. He recently spoke to entrepreneurs at Stanford and also contributes to Inc, Forbes and The Huffington Post.

Founders will learn:

  • How to run a successful campaign and raise money you need
  • How to use crowdfunding to build a real business
  • How to scale after your crowdfunding campaign.
     
  • 2:30pm: Registration
  • 2:45pm: Session Begins
  • 4:00pm: Session Ends
How to Manufacture Locally for Food and Beverage Makers
Aug
8
6:00 pm18:00

How to Manufacture Locally for Food and Beverage Makers

  • TechShop

$30, registration and info here.

If you are planning to produce beverage or packaged food products, this session is for you! In an interactive and supportive environment, you'll get an intro into setting up and managing your own manufacturing operation or using copackers.

We'll also have a special guest manufacturer to share her story: Mary Gassen, owner of Noe Valley Bakery. Mary has extensive experience in the food industry, and recently launched her own consulting service for culinary businesses.

We will cover key considerations including:
• Assessing your needs and what makes the most sense for your particular business
• Information and referrals to local kitchens, co-packers, and other resources
• General information about acquiring facilities, and where to look
• Basic regulatory and permitting Issues
• Addressing legal issues and labeling issues and documentation requirements
• Overcoming specific roadblocks and challenges
• Making valuable connections with your local manufacturing community

Business Planning: Food Industry
Aug
9
Aug 19

Business Planning: Food Industry

  • Food Craft Institute

$395, more information and registration here. (Times are not accurate on this listing - check with event producer.)

This course supports new food entrepreneurs through many of their key planning decisions: What’s my vision for this business? Do I really need a business plan? How should I position my product (and what that actually means)?  What is brand identity and how do I develop one? How should I structure my business legally and when do I need to talk to a lawyer?

Participants will learn the skills to plan for their food businesses, how to start thinking about positioning and tips on how to communicate to their investors and customers.

E-Commerce 101
Aug
9
5:00 pm17:00

E-Commerce 101

  • Renaissance SOMA

Free, register here

This workshop explores creating an online store and selling products and services beyond a brick and mortar business. We will walk participants through creating an online store and how to develop it to be relevant to their business and customers.

We request that participants bring their own laptops. If you do not have a laptop, please email us ahead of time to let us know you need access to a temporary Renaissance laptop.

This workshop is part of the Digital Presence & Marketing Workshops for Entrepreneurs series presented by GoDaddy GoCommunities.

Uptima Presents: Your Money & You - A New Relationship
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Uptima Presents: Your Money & You - A New Relationship

  • Impact HUB San Francisco

$0 - $15, register here.

Are you an entrepreneur, freelancer or creative working hard and enjoying your business, but you have no idea where your money goes? Do you struggle at night worrying about money and the future of your business? Are you ready to change your money conversation from chaos to confidence?

If this is you, please join us for Your Money & You on Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:00–9:00pm, at Impact HUB San Francisco. This workshop is designed to give you the practical tools necessary to manage your finances and build a foundation for growth. You will learn what your blocks are to attracting money, how to be more confident with money and what you can do to create the money relationship you desire.

Uptima Presents Sara Bronson, founder of Sara J. Bronson & Associates. Sara is a money coach and accounting consultant. For over 25 years Sara has been bringing calm to the chaos that entrepreneurs face around money and financial management. Sara understands money conversations are vulnerable - entrepreneurs need someone they can trust to implement systems that really work and can help them understand how to use financial reports and tools to manage their business with confidence. Sara takes the guesswork out of numbers, giving entrepreneurs peace of mind and confidence in growing their businesses.

Mobile to Mortar - Expanding Your Food Service
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Mobile to Mortar - Expanding Your Food Service

  • Food Craft Institute

$20, registration and information here.

Gail Lillian, founder and owner of Liba Falafel, will discuss her experiences launching a successful food truck, growing her business and opening her first brick and mortar location (so far!). This workshop will delve into the operational impacts of the decision to expand your business, and offer perspectives on how to navigate the transition.

This workshop will cover:

  • Pros and cons of mobile vs brick and mortar
  • How to know if it’s the right time - and if you’ve got the right business - for brick & mortar
  • Operational and labor implications of transitioning
How to Do Business with California State Government
Aug
15
1:30 pm13:30

How to Do Business with California State Government

  • San Francisco SBA

Free, register here.

State government spends billions of dollars each year on contracts with California business. This Seminar covers: Registering your business with Cal eProcure. This allows suppliers to upload bids/proposals in response to application online solicitations. There is NO FEE to register; Becoming a Certified Small Business (SB) or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE). The Governor’s Executive Order S-02-06 requires state agencies to award 25% of their annual contracting dollars to certified SBs and 3% to DVBEs; Accessing the California State Contractors Register (CSCR) which connects you to government solicitations, providing an easy-to-use, on-line publication; Becoming a California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Contractor. State and local government agencies shop and compare CMAS for the best value, product, and services, and place orders directly with these businesses; Marketing your business to State Agencies. Maximize your State certification by contacting our local government and industry partners that honor the State’s certification; Hear from Industry experts from the State of California, Department of General Services, Procurement Division  Registration required.

OSHA Safety
Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

OSHA Safety

  • Techshop

$30, register here.

Rachel L. Conn of Nixon Peabody, LLP’s Labor & Employment practice and the firm’s Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice will present on:

  • Interplay Between Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA
  • Employer Duties Under Cal/OSHA
  • Most Common Cal/OSHA Violations
  • Recordkeeping & Reporting
  • Cal/OSHA Inspection Process
  • Interplay Between Cal/OSHA and Other Employment Laws
  • Best Practices for Conducting an Accident Investigation
  • The key focus areas for Cal/OSHA heading into the second half of 2017 and beyond

Click here for more info on OSHA safety and your business!

Non-Engineering Careers at Bay Area Tech Companies
Aug
22
6:45 pm18:45

Non-Engineering Careers at Bay Area Tech Companies

  • HUB Oakland

Free, register here.

Have you ever considered a career at a local tech company but aren't interested in coding? The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area in collaboration with the Berkeley-Haas School of Business are hosting a panel discussion on “Non-Engineering Careers at Bay Area Tech Companies”.

This event will be a discussion comprised of top recruiters, diversity professionals, and directors from cutting edge technology companies. The panel will be focused on non-engineering positions that need to be filled, what makes an ideal candidate for those positions, interview pitfalls to avoid, trends, as well as taking questions from the audience. This is the final panel of a 3 part series that is focused on increasing access and improving economics in Black and Brown Bay Area communities. 

Selling Strategies Using Your Business Data
Aug
30
11:00 am11:00

Selling Strategies Using Your Business Data

  • Impact Hub Oakland

$0 - $15, info and registration here.

Learn how a customer relationship management system can help you track your sales data. Get familiar with the elements of a customer relationship management system that are necessary for a business of any size. We will also discuss sales stages, sales funnel management and techniques for using your data to close more business.

Uptima Business Bootcamp will be hosting Troy Logan, Founder of Saleshuntr. Troy has over 20 years’ experience in the day to day sales and operations of telecommunications products and services. Troy’s experience has provided him with a strong understanding of sales management and business development initiatives. He has produced dramatic profit and revenue increases through implementation of his sales strategies. Through Saleshuntr, Troy offers sales-on-demand services, which provide a low cost, low risk opportunity for businesses to increase their sales.

Financial Management: Food Industry
Sep
6
Sep 7

Financial Management: Food Industry

  • Food Craft Institute

$395, more information and registration here. (Times are not accurate on this listing - check with event producer.)

This two-day course provides a toolkit for examining the fiscal pulse of any food business. Whether confused about cash flow or concerned about mismanaged margins, students will learn the finance and accounting skills needed to lay sound financial groundwork and to forecast for the future.

Day One: Numbers
– Identifying & analyzing financial components (COGS, margins, etc)
– Determining break-even
– Inventory management
– Assessing sales channels & forecasting

Day Two: Systems
– Accounting basics
– Financial statements & metrics
– Cash flow management & analysis

ComCap17
Sep
10
Sep 13

ComCap17

  • Downtown Monterey

$295, more info here.

Access to capital is everything. So how do communities access it? ComCap17 explores tools, knowledge, and strategies from leaders for leaders at every level who are working to improve access to community capital.

Across this country in small towns to metropolitan city centers, localizing our money to strengthen communities has become a rallying cry for food cart vendors in Detroit, small manufacturers in Oregon, and pub owners in Indiana, to name a few.

If you are a community advocate, you’re a community capital advocate. Now is the time to learn more, and that’s what this conference is for. Join leaders from across the nation as we discover how local investing mechanisms – from crowdfunding to changes in law – increase access to community capital for entrepreneurs and citizen investors.

Berkeley Visionary Awards 2017
Sep
11
5:00 pm17:00

Berkeley Visionary Awards 2017

  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre

$32 - $45, register here

Join inventors, investors and Bay Area leaders for the 2017 Berkeley Visionary Awards.

The Berkeley Chamber created this honor to celebrate innovative entrepreneurs based in Berkeley, as they strive to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The evening promises accomplished speakers, inspirational videos and a chance to meet the business leaders who are making Berkeley known for transformational enterprises. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and the next generation of leaders in this exciting entrepreneurial community.

FEATURING
Keynote Speaker - Carol Christ, Chancellor UC Berkeley

Award Winners

  • Dr. Amy Herr, Co-Founder, Zephyrus Biosciences
  • Scott Shenker, Co-Founder Nicira Networks
  • Mike Cohen, Co-Founder Peak Democracy
After Work Mixer
Sep
12
6:00 pm18:00

After Work Mixer

  • Blind Tiger

$10 - $250, more info here.

Join us in Oakland for an after work business networking event on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm, at the pan-Asian inspired Tapas and Cocktail Bar, Blind Tiger, located at 2600B Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. 

We hope you are fired up to expand your network and start building connections this month. Be ready to interact, build contacts, learn new information and share your summer stories with other professionals attending our events. It doesn’t take much more than a conversation to connect with others and meet interesting individuals that will inspire you.

Finding and Securing Production Space for your Manufacturing Business
Sep
19
5:30 pm17:30

Finding and Securing Production Space for your Manufacturing Business

  • Techshop

$30, register here.

At this workshop we will introduce you to SFMade’s “Places to Make” Program, which assists manufacturers in finding production space in San Francisco. We will illustrate what kinds of spaces are available for manufacturing, where they are, and what you need to do to secure them. Whether you are a new company, in the process of expanding, or need to relocate, this workshop will help you navigate your options and point you in the right direction.

We will cover:

  • Which San Francisco neighborhoods are zoned for your work: PDR (Production, Distribution, and Repair), and what that means to you.
  • Manufacturing clusters and hubs
  • Lease negotiations
  • Planning and permitting info
  • Creative uses of space, including co-locating with compatible companies
  • Financing
12-Week Business Planning
Sep
19
6:00 pm18:00

12-Week Business Planning

  • Renaissance SOMA

$500 - $1000, register here.

Learn the ins and outs of the small business world. Avoid the mistakes many small business owners make. Learn the formula for success!

Take our 12 Week Business Planning Class and get a kickstart on your business.

This intensive, 12-week program focuses on helping students create a practical, effective business plan for their businesses. The Business Planning series addresses every aspect of starting and developing a small business including marketing, management, finance, and tax and record keeping. The program includes individual consultations, Microsoft Excel training, financial coaching, and business plan review sessions. Completing this course will lay the foundation necessary to embark on the exciting journey of business ownership.

When: Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 

Cost: $500 – $1000 (Financial Assistance provided, dependent on proof of income level).

Application: $40 application fee required (Non-refundable, but if accepted into class, will be applied towards full tuition).

Payment: You must register and pay the application fee. Tuition will be collected after being accepted into the class and financial assistance considerations have been made. In addition, we also allow for installment payment plans of tuition.

NOTE: Registering for this event does not guarantee your placement in the class. In order to be considered for the Business Planning class, please complete the registration process and payment of application fee. You will then receive an automated email with instructions on how to download the application document. We highly recommend that all applicants attend an Orientation in order to learn more about the criteria for being accepted into the class. For questions, please email Kareen Boncales, Program Coordinator at kboncales@rencenter.org

Fund and Fuel Your Dreams
Sep
21
Sep 23

Fund and Fuel Your Dreams

  • Oakland, ca

 

Early $297 | Regular $997, more info here.

Training for Women Who Want to Raise the Right Money from the Right Investors

Join an amazing group of women entrepreneurs for hands-on, expert training on how to raise money for your business. This training is for you if...

  • You want to take your business to the next level so you can have more impact in the world doing what you love 
  •  You’ve heard horror stories about what happens when you bring on the wrong investors and you want to avoid the pitfalls and stay in control
  •  You’re tired of wasting time with non-productive capital raising strategies
  •  You want to find investors that are the exact right fit for you
  •  You find the whole capital-raising process intimidating and overwhelming and you want clarity and support
A Guide to Social Media Content Planning, Distribution, and Online Promotion
Sep
21
10:00 am10:00

A Guide to Social Media Content Planning, Distribution, and Online Promotion

  • Oakland, ca

$10, register here.

This two-hour workshop will feature information that will help your organization leverage social media to gain maximum results.  Learn valuable strategies to help organize your day-to-day activities including: content planning, content development, content distribution, and helpful tips to master Google. Get valuable insights about social media advertising to help your organization get the very most out your digital marketing efforts. Don’t miss this valuable educational event brought to you by Visit Oakland.

Presenter: Brian V. Matson

Financial Leadership
Sep
26
9:30 am09:30

Financial Leadership

  • ComPass Point

$165 - $245, register here

This workshop provides a framework for understanding financial leadership and how to apply it within an organization. The course focuses on how to read and understand key financial statements and gives participants hands-on practice with using those statements to assess an organization’s overall financial health. These are critical skills for all nonprofit executives.  

Who should attend?

This workshop is for nonprofit leaders at all levels of an organization who want to better understand the financial position and health of their organization. Participants may be in an advanced finance role in their nonprofit, or hold management roles outside of finance. Executive directors, board members, program managers and fundraising staff can all benefit from this course.

All attendees should have some familiarity with nonprofit financial statements. See our course listings for the next Introduction to Nonprofit Finance workshops here.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Assess their capacity for financial leadership and identifyareas of improvement.
  • Use core nonprofit financial statements to evaluate an organization’s financial health and participate in informed programmatic and infrastructure decision-making.
  • Understand how to use financial information to communicate an organization’s progress toward its mission.
SOCAP: Social Capital Markets Conference 2017
Oct
10
Oct 13

SOCAP: Social Capital Markets Conference 2017

  • Fort Mason Center

$995 - $1495, register here.

SOCAP17 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.  Held in San Francisco, SOCAP17 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.

 

Business StartUp Strategies with Michael C. Bush
Oct
16
6:00 pm18:00

Business StartUp Strategies with Michael C. Bush

  • Impact Hub Oakland

$99 - $139, register here

In this 3-week course, you will:

  • Develop or improve your business model
  • Dramatically improve your product and services using Lean Start Up methodologies
  • Strengthen your ability to lead and grow your business, all within a dynamic community of socially engaged entrepreneurs

Alumni of this course include Red Bay Coffee, Firebrand Artisan Breads, The Town Kitchen

ABOUT MICHAEL C. BUSH
Michael is an Oakland native, a champion of small business and job creation, and the CEO of A Great Place To Work. As an entrepreneur, turnaround consultant, business advisor and educator, Michael C. Bush has more than 30 years of experience and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs learn how to sustainably grow their business. Michael received his Business degree from The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He teaches entrepreneurship courses at a number of institutions including Stanford University and Mills College. Michael was also a member of President Obama's White House Business Council.

COURSE DATES:
Mondays: Oct. 16, 23, 30
TIME: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
(Dinner 6:00-6:30 for those who have reserved it)
Presented by Impact Hub Oakland, ICA Fund Good Jobs & 8 Factors.

Legal Workshop: Intro to Labor and Employment Law
Oct
18
6:00 pm18:00

Legal Workshop: Intro to Labor and Employment Law

  • Renaissance SOMA

Free, register here.

Creating a fair, positively empowering and rewarding environment for your employees, while managing the legal risks and obligations of being an employer in California, is a tough balancing act for small scale employers.

This workshop will provide a general introduction to labor and employment law from the EMPLOYER perspective, and point you to resources for the next steps in your business plan.

Although taught by an experienced busienss attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.

Orientation: KickStart Your Business
Nov
1
6:30 pm18:30

Orientation: KickStart Your Business

  • Richmond Chamber Of Commerce

Free, register here.

This workshop helps prepare attendees to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. Covered are topics like 5 common misconceptions about small business owners, the 7 keys to success, local resources and the services Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in Richmond provides to help your business get going and growing.

Cash Flow & Financial Health
Nov
7
8:30 am08:30

Cash Flow & Financial Health

  • San Pablo Economic Development Corporation

Free event, register here

As the year winds down, is your business cash flow in good shape? Topics Covered:

  • Benefits of financial management
  • Budgeting
  • Basic bookkeeping
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Profit & Loss Statements
  • Business Financing
  • Loans

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the concept of financial management and why it’s important to a small business
  • Identify financial management practices, rules, and tools that are commonly available to a small business
  • Explain how these financial management practices, rules, and tools work
  • Explain financial management basics
Angel Capital Expo
Nov
16
8:00 am08:00

Angel Capital Expo

  • Julia Morgan Ballroom

$200 - $400, register here.

The Expo brings together angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the largest global angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. For the first time, we are offering a unique opportunity for a real estate focused morning session with 8 presenting funds. The Real Estate Track invite will be extended to accredited investors only, to ensure access to high net-worth individuals. In the afternoon, we will open up the event to a technology and life sciences track and welcome more attendees. The afternoon session will showcase 8 early stage companies.

Legal Workshop: How to Write an Independent Contractor Agreement
Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Legal Workshop: How to Write an Independent Contractor Agreement

  • Renaissance Richmond

Free, register here

Successful independent contractor project outcome often depends on establishing and documenting realistic expectations for contract scope, performance standards, and pricing.

This interactive workshop will guide you step by step through the process of creating a simple, generic independent contractor agreement that works.

Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.

How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products
Nov
28
6:00 pm18:00

How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products

  • Techshop

$30, register here.

If you are planning to produce apparel or sewn products, this session is for you! In an interactive and supportive environment, you’ll learn how to set-up and manage your own manufacturing operation or use contract manufacturers.

We will cover key considerations including:

  • Assessing your needs and what makes the most sense for your particular business
  • Information and referrals to local factories and manufacturing resources
  • Acquiring facilities and where to look
  • Zoning and Permitting Issues
  • Obtaining financing
  • Addressing legal issues and documentation requirements
  • Overcoming specific roadblocks and challenges
  • Making valuable connections with your local manufacturing community

 

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar (IRS/EDD)
Dec
7
9:00 am09:00

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar (IRS/EDD)

  • State of California

Registration: visit the Employment Development Department's website.

These payroll tax seminars are customized to benefit established businesses, those just getting started and individuals anticipating going into business.
 
Sponsored By: The Federal portion of the seminar is conducted on IRS' behalf by a tax professional. Stakeholder Liaison recruits and trains the practitioners that participate in this partnership. Stakeholder Liaison also creates an account for the practitioner for purposes of ordering all required forms and publications needed for the seminars.


Taproot+: The simple, free way to get skilled volunteers
Jul
20
10:00 am10:00

Taproot+: The simple, free way to get skilled volunteers

  • Taproot

Free, register here. (Webinar)

Thousands of nonprofits are using Taproot+ to find and manage skilled volunteers who help their organization with projects like: developing key messages, optimizing Salesforce, designing marketing collateral, updating HR policies, and much more! All you have to do is post a clear project ask on Taproot+. Once projects are posted, we will search for and connect you to the right volunteer candidate, supply you with great resources to manage the project, and support you and your volunteer along the way. This webinar will teach you everything you need to get started on Taproot+, so register today! Access to the webinar and Taproot+ are free, now and always.

If you can't make this time, register anyway and we'll send you a recording.

 

Keeping Space - Oakland Application Workshop
Jul
19
5:30 pm17:30

Keeping Space - Oakland Application Workshop

  • The Unity Council Fruitvale - San Antonio Senior Center

Free, more info here.

Keeping Space – Oakland is CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and cultural organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable, permanent, and affordable real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations.

RSVP now for an Application Workshop and/or Clinic to learn more about the program, ask your questions before applying, and receive a 15-minute one-on-one consult with CAST staff. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Application Workshops (see link for dates)
At the workshops, you will get a thorough review of the guidelines and key application questions. 

Application Clinic (see link for dates)
At the clinic, you will speak directly with CAST staff on any questions that come up as you complete your application. Schedule a 15-minute session now. Applications are due August 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Building Your Customer Base - Three Essential Marketing Tools (FCI Webinar)
Jul
19
4:00 pm16:00

Building Your Customer Base - Three Essential Marketing Tools (FCI Webinar)

Webinar, more information here.

Join Food Craft Institute for a virtual edition of the monthly "Skill Nibble." Jill Willett, founder of Coaching for Cooks, will focus the three essential marketing tools to build and strengthen your customer base and advocates, mailing list and partners. She'll cover:

  • Key marketing strategies that every food maker should prioritize in order to grow their food business
  • The one essential system to have in place in order to grow your audience every month
  • An exercise which you can implement immediately that puts these ideas into practice for your business
  • The most important - and most overlooked - strategy that helps you instantly access hundreds or thousands of your ideal customers.

This Skill Nibble is for new food entrepreneurs, emerging food start ups, and seasoned food business owners.

Success with Facebook Ads
Jul
19
1:00 pm13:00

Success with Facebook Ads

  • SBA Entrepreneur Center

Free, register here

During this workshop you will learn the best practices when achieving success and creating leads through Facebook Ads. This class is designed for intermediate Facebook Ad users. In order to attend this class and fully benefit from its teachings you must meet the following requirements:

  • Facebook Pixel installed in website
  • Have a Ad manager account opened with Facebook
  • Have ran at least one ad in past for more than 3 days
  • Currently have an email client list (first name, last name & email)
  • Must bring 5-10 Images and/or video
  • Must bring laptop to class.
Annual Tourism Breakfast by Visit Oakland
Jul
19
8:00 am08:00

Annual Tourism Breakfast by Visit Oakland

  • Oakland Museum of California

$25, register here.

Visit Oakland invites you to join us for our annual Tourism Breakfast. This year's event will be held at the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum of California. The Visit Oakland leadership will be joined in presenting the latest tourism trends by Brian Matson of TwoSix Digital who will also be leading a training session on Facebook and Instagram best practices. 

Schedule of Events:
8:00 - 8:30: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00: Year End Review
9:00 - 10:00: Panel Discussion "The Current Political Climate's Impact on International Travel" featuring:
          - Ryan Becker: Visit California, VP Communications
          - Bryant Francis: Airport Director, Oakland International Airport
          - Erin Cummings, Destination Analysts
10:00 - 10:15: BREAK
10:15 - 12:00: Partner Training "Latest Tips and Tricks to Master Facebook & Instagram"

Find, Hire & Keep the Best People with David Razon, Instacart
Jul
18
6:30 pm18:30

Find, Hire & Keep the Best People with David Razon, Instacart

  • KitchenTown SF @ The Archery

$20, register here.

As your startup grows to add employees, how do you find and, more importantly, keep the very best people? Startups can often rush the hiring process in an effort to meet immediate demands. But having a strategy to grow your team can save time and money in the long run, as well as adding to your ability to grow your business.

Join David Razon, director of people experience at Instacart and former director of human resources at Starbucks, for a practical discussion of how to find, hire and keep the very best people in this incredibly challenging job market. You’ll take a look at what others are doing that works, talk about ways to motivate employees (and avoid de-motivating them), and learn from each other’s successes and failures.

By the end of this workshop, you will feel more confident to find, hire and manage employees to add to your bottom line. Activities will include a self-assessment tool to help you better understand your managerial style.

You Too Can StartUP!
Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

You Too Can StartUP!

  • Kapor Center for Social Impact

Free, register here.

Finding a co-founder is sometimes harder than dating.... building an inclusive team is easier said than done... Finding tech talent when you are startup is a challenge. Join us for a special workshop bringing the community together to help launch your startup, grow your startup, join a startup.

Register now to save your seats as this is an interactive workshop style session with limited seating.

Women Mean Business Networking
Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

Women Mean Business Networking

  • Renaissance SOMA

$15, register here. 

Renaissance SoMa’s monthly women’s networking, Women Mean Business. Come enjoy a light dinner, hear from inspirational speakers and panelists and participate in structured networking activities. We strive to help local business women learn new things, build their networks and ultimately grow their businesses.

The Ultimate Digital Marketing How-To Guide for Startups
Jul
18
3:00 pm15:00

The Ultimate Digital Marketing How-To Guide for Startups

  • Galvanize - Boardroom

$15, register here

Learn about the Foundations of Digital Marketing and How to Grow Your Startup Brand

You’ll Learn:

  • The Basics of Startup Brand Marketing such as Growth hacking, Conversion rate optimization, Customer feedback loops, Fine-tuning your messaging, etc.
  • The Fundamentals of Paid-Owned-Earned marketing and various media/distribution channels
  • Bonus! Getting your first 1K customers
  • Target Audience 
  • Tech founders who want to elevate their brand communications
  • Marketing managers who want to leverage digital channels

    Workshop Schedule:
  • Introduction (10m)
  • Paid Media (15m)
  • Owned Media (15m)
  • Earned Media (15m)
  • Final Takeaways, Summary and Conclusion (10m)
Corporations and LLCs Offer Different Options
Jul
18
3:00 pm15:00

Corporations and LLCs Offer Different Options

  • SCORE San Francisco

$35, register here

Learn how to make the best use of your corporation or LLC to save money and shield yourself from liabilities. Learn the compliance details of when and how to properly set up your entity including medical insurance plans, compensation strategies for tax planning, records management, and banking. Presented by SCORE Mentor Lee Riley

Presented by SCORE mentor Lee Riley

Learn how to make the best use of your corporation or LLC to save money and shield yourself from liabilities. Learn the compliance details of when and how to properly set up your entity including medical insurance plans, compensation strategies for tax planning, records management, and banking. Presented by SCORE Mentor Lee Riley Presented by SCORE mentor Lee Riley

Pre-Registration is Required
 

What’s Next for Plan Bay Area?
Jul
18
12:30 pm12:30

What’s Next for Plan Bay Area?

  • SPUR

$0 - $10, more information here.

After two years of public outreach and technical analysis a draft of Plan Bay Area 2040, an update to the region’s long-term growth plan, has been released. The plan describes where and how the region can accommodate an anticipated 820,000 households and 1.3 million new jobs, while detailing a regional transportation investment strategy that expects $303 billion in revenues over the next 24 years. Join us to learn more about this plan and how it will be implemented.

  • Pedro Galvao / Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Ken Kirkey / Association of Bay Area Governments
  • Matt Maloney / Metropolitan Transportation Commission
The RIGHT People: Identifying Your Target Customers with Marianne Berkovich
Jul
18
9:30 am09:30

The RIGHT People: Identifying Your Target Customers with Marianne Berkovich

  • Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Free, register here.

The process of Customer Discovery and finding product-market fit hinges on getting out the building and talking to customers. And talking to the RIGHT people who are part of your target market, is critical to getting good information from these conversations.

During this 60 minute interactive workshop, we’ll:

  • Discuss how to identify the key characteristics of target customers
  • Do a practice exercise together
  • Work individually on identifying characteristics of YOUR target customers

Schedule:

  • 9:30am: Registration and Networking
  • 9:45am: Session Begins
  • 11:00am: Session Ends

This session is part of an all day Lab at the Center, if you would like to join us for the other sections, see below:

2:30 - 4:00pm: Communicate to Innovate: Six Steps to More Effective, More Retellable Founder Stories