6:30 PM18:30

Start Smart


Attend this free onboarding session* and learn about our 4-Week Start Smart course. Start Smart is an introductory business class for people of all business stages. No experience or business background needed. Come and see if your business idea is viable and whether it should be launch as a business. Meet the instructor and get a copy of the class agenda.

Outcomes of Start Smart:

  • Learn how to define your vision  
  • Create a mission statement  
  • Assess your skills, passion and resources 
  • Craft a business strategy to match your reality 
  • Test the viability of your products and services 

Tuition: Free Orientation

*This is the first of five sessions for the Start Smart course. In this class, we will fill out paperwork, set up payment schedules, meet the instructor, establish norms and go over the syllabus.

Accessibility: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested, at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Lucero at ldeleon@rencenter.org or 510-221-2003.

Richmond Chamber Of Commerce
3925 Macdonald Ave
Richmond, 94805

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6:00 PM18:00

Women Mean Business: Getting Ready for Holiday Sales


It’s never too early to prepare your business for a busy holiday season! Join us for an evening of networking, panel discussion and light dinner with experienced business owners and experts on:

  • marketing
  • sales
  • finance
  • e-commerce

There will be time for networking and light dinner will be provided. Speakers TBA.

Register here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efhmsufh5109d0cf&oseq=&c=&ch=

Renaissance Soma
275 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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9:00 AM09:00

Small Business Expo



Small Business Expo is America’s BIGGEST & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who works for a small business or is interested in starting a small business.  Small Business Expo is a FREE one-day event for small businesses to network, build new business relationships, attend cutting-edge and business-building workshops/seminars, exchange ideas, shop for new vendors and learn from leading industry experts. If you are serious about growing or starting your business, Small Business Expo is a "MUST ATTEND" event for you. [More]

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9:00 AM09:00

Planning on a Food Service Business?


Planning on a Food Service Business?

Overview: The future looks bright for the food-service industry and, whether you want to serve fast food, steak, pizza or coffee, the journey to launching your own food establishment service can be difficult. A hard reality is that many restaurants fail during their first year, frequently due to lack of planning. Take this class and make sure you are on the right track!!

 Lessons Learned Starting and Running Restaurants and Food Services:

What do you need to consider when you start a restaurant or food service business? Learn from three SCORE Counselors who have successful track records owning their own food service businesses. They will present the lessons they have learned and also answer questions. Some of the planned discussion topics include:

  • Why, what, and how do you research as you prepare your business plan?
  • What are the various kinds of opportunities you might consider?
  • How much money will you need and where might you get it?
  • What is a business plan and why is it so important to your success?
  • How do you get and manage the people you will need to run your business?

SBA Entrepreneur Center 
455 Market Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

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6:30 PM18:30

Business Prep


Take our Business Prep class to learn business basics and develop networks. The 11-week class provides an overview of target market analysis, fundamental business operations, and basic business finance principles. You will develop foundational business skills and complete a basic business plan, outlining your business goals and strategies to achieve them.

In session one, we will fill out our paperwork, set up payment schedules, meet the instructor, establish norms and go over the syllabus.

Tuition: $240. Scholarships up to 50% and payment plans are available based on household income. For more information on your eligibility, see our scholarships page.

Payment: Payment for classes and workshops are collected prior to or no later than the first day of class. To request an installment payment plan please contact Lucero De Leon at ldeleon@rencenter.org.

Scholarships: To apply for a scholarship you will need: 

  1. *Proof of household income
  2. Income verification form

*Proof of household income can be one of the following:

  • A copy of previous year’s tax return;
  • A recent pay stub (within the last three months) or 
  • Documentation of government assistance, such as unemployment benefits, social security, or Medi-Cal. 

All information will be kept confidential. Download income verification form here.

Email above to Lucero De Leon, Program Coordinator, at ldeleon@rencenter.org at least two weeks before class starts. Preference is given to local residents and business owners.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested, at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Lucero De Leon at ldeleon@rencenter.org. or 510-221-2003.

Richmond Chamber Of Commerce
3925 Macdonald Ave
Richmond, 94805

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11:00 AM11:00

Oakland's 18th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair


The 18th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States! This event is free and open to the public 18 years of age and older. Multicultural/Bilingual, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBT, Veterans and Mature candidates are encouraged to attend. [More]

1,000+ Candidates ~ Entry to Professional Level

Over 25+MAJOR Employers Recruiting


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9:00 AM09:00

Doing Business With Federal Government, National Laboratories and the UC


Overview: Would you like to do business with Federal & local governments, public agencies, national laboratories and the University of California campuses? The U.S. Federal Government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world. Regardless of your level of familiarity with the federal procurement process, there is something for you in this special workshop on how you can increase your knowledge of federal purchasing and how to market more effectively to the government and other public agencies.

 Topics include:

  • basic government contracting rules and practices
  • the key steps necessary to qualifying your company to do business with the government
  • how to do business and find contracting opportunities at local governments, public agencies, federal agencies especially Department of Energy and its national laboratories, and the University of California campuses
  • how to improve your marketing technique by creating a dynamic Capability Statement
  • learn how existing government programs (SBA, GSA, etc.) can help you jumpstart your business with the government

Cal State Center East Bay
1000 Broadway Suite 109
Oakland, CA 94607

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9:00 AM09:00

Assertiveness Skills for Success in Business


Learn ways to develop a more assertive behavioral style that will boost your business! Entrepreneurs prepare themselves in many ways to be successful in their business ventures. They brush up on finances, marketing, the technology or art of their specific business. What entrepreneurs sometimes fail to consider is how their own interpersonal style of behavior may be affecting their business. 

 This 3-hour seminar will examine the differences between aggressive, passive and assertive behavioral styles, while giving you insight to the bottom-line merits of a more assertive style. Suggestions will be offered on how to immediately modify your behavior. This seminar will serve you well if you tend to be aggressive or passive in your business dealings.

SBA Entrepreneur Center
455 Market Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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9:00 AM09:00

Surviving and Thriving as a Small Business in the Internet Era


Most small business owners know that getting online is important, but don't know where to even start. This workshop, presented by Google and SCORE, is a crash course on what it means to get online and create the digital storefront that allows your business to thrive.

Cal State Center East Bay
1000 Broadway
Suite 109
Oakland, CA, 94607

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to Oct 26



SOCAP18 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.  Held in San Francisco, SOCAP18 will convene innovators in finance, entrepreneurship, business, government, and philanthropy from across social and environmental issue areas to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning. [More]

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6:00 PM18:00

Before You Sign that Lease


The pre-printed lease form looks daunting, and the broker is pressuring you to sign right now – but wait!

There are many parts of an office, retail, or other commercial leases that you can and should negotiate with the landlord to increase the odds of success for your business.

An experienced business and real estate attorney will help you learn how to make well-informed commercial tenant decisions and prepare for landlord negotiations.

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

Taught by: The San Francisco Community Business Law Center

Renaissance Richmond
1500 MacDonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801

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7:00 AM07:00

Supercharge Your Goals and Business Success

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Lake Chalet, Oakland

What separates one business person from another? Why does one succeed and another struggle? Business success requires more than just knowledge. It also involves attitudes, values, and beliefs.

By attending this session, you will learn about:            

  • The five dimensions of knowledge, skills and values and how conflicts between these dimensions can torpedo your productivity, achievement drive, self-respect and personal life satisfaction.

  • The 10 barriers to success and prosperity

  • The four traits of highly successful salespeople

  • The Law of Limited Belief

You will also have the opportunity to take a mini self-assessment of the four traits of highly successful people, as well as sharing ideas and insights with other participants.

Would you like to achieve all that you are capable of achieving? If so, attend this session to "Supercharge Your Goals and Business Success."

Not a BNI Success Link member? A limited number of seats are available for you. The non-member fee is $45 and includes breakfast.

Call Stu to reserve your seat: 510-839-2020.

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8:30 AM08:30

Hustle Con


Hustle Con is an annual conference designed for non-technical entrepreneurs, business owners, and startup employees.

At Hustle Con, 15 wildly successful founders teach the specific tactics they’ve used to grow their companies.

This year’s lineup includes the people behind Blue Bottle Coffee, Impossible Foods, and Instacart.

Over 2,000 people attend Hustle Con every year, from founders and CEOs, to investors and recruiters, to product managers, marketers, and content creators.

Hustle Con is happening on June 22, 2018 at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Come to Hustle Con. Find your people.


Location: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway Street, Oakland CA

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4:30 PM16:30

California FreshWorks in Oakland


California FreshWorks is a loan and grant program that provides financing to create equitable access to affordable, healthy food in low-income and underserved communities in California. We work with a variety of businesses that grow, aggregate, distribute, and sell healthy food in a way that builds a sustainable local food system, increases community ownership, and promotes economic development.

Join us in Oakland for a panel conversation to learn more about California FreshWorks and the way in which the program pairs financing with tools and services that help enterprises overcome barriers to financing and build their capacity to sustain a successful business. Examples include credit enhancements that improve a small businesses’ risk profile, and technical assistance that builds business capacity and is responsive to the unique needs of each project and enterprise.

We will highlight Community Foods Market (formerly People’s Community Market), a mission-based company working to make positive social impacts in West Oakland, a frontline community that experiences significant barriers to accessing public health, economic, and social opportunities. The social venture is developing a food market, café, and social hall that will enable more than 9,000 residents living in West Oakland, which has not had a full-service supermarket since the 1970’s, to shop from a wide selection of nutritious fresh foods, prepared foods, and daily staples at affordable prices in their own neighborhood.

Earlier this year, the Northern California Community Loan Fund and Self-Help Federal Credit Union, both members of the FreshWorks lending network, provided $5.46 million in construction financing to the project with support from FreshWorks credit enhancement program. 


Brahm Ahmadi
Community Foods Market

Steve Saltzman
Director of Food System Finance
Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Nate Schaffran
Manager, Food & Enterprise Lending
Northern California Community Loan Fund

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/437585716687814/
Location: 1330 Broadway 3rd Floor

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10:00 AM10:00

BB: Oakland Music Industry Meetup


EVERYTHING'S CHANGING for BB East Bay! We said goodbye to 9th Street Cafe in Berkeley and goodbye to 4 years of hella early Friday mornings.

On May 19th, 2018, we are saying hello to our new regular Saturday morning slot at 10am at MLK Cafe in Oakland, two blocks from MacArthur Bart with plenty of street parking. It's a great place with great local owners who love to host live music in the evenings.

We are excited for this new chapter in the East Bay music industry scene. Please invite all your past, present and future musician friends.

This is a FREE event. A full menu and coffee/espresso drinks are available for purchase.


Balanced Breakfast is a group of local music industry professionals that meet for breakfast. Attendees talk about actions we can take that will help the Bay Area scene become a place where musicians & industry professionals can make money doing what they love: music.

For more information, visit www.blncdbrkfst.com.
Location: 3860 Martin Luther King Junior Way

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9:00 AM09:00

Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) Training


[ Paid Registration—See Ticket Information ] Our experts have designed a technology agnostic curriculum on the practical application of additive technologies to achieve greater results throughout the entire product development process and into production. This established training program helps companies push the limits of manufacturing to drive industry-leading innovation. These dynamic sessions focus on new realities in manufacturing such as part consolidation, lightweighting, organic geometries, high complexity, faster speeds, mass customization, risk mitigation, higher value problem-solving, lower tooling costs, and even tool-less production.

Fathom: 315 Jefferson St, Oakland, California 94607

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-for-additive-manufacturing-full-day-training-tickets-42729755850

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10:00 AM10:00

PGM ONE Summit 2018


The PGM ONE summit convenes emerging and established professionals of the global majority from the outdoor and environmental sectors to share, learn, heal, celebrate, build community, find support, and sharpen their analysis of equity in their field. For more information, visit www.pgmone.org


This ticket is for the 3 day summit and includes two full days of programming on Days 2 & 3, a welcome dinner and caucusing on Day 1, access to the job fair on Day 2, and meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners).

Please check the scheudle at www.pgmone.org before registering for any sessions.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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