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Who Can Join
Oakland Grown is a membership organization for locally-owned, independent businesses, makers, and artists. We welcome Oakland businesses with a majority ownership residing in Northern California and with no more than 20 locations. We embrace triple bottom line values: People, Planet, and Profits.
Benefits of Membership
1. Shift Dollars into Your Business.
Oakland Grown actively promotes your business to a targeted local audience. We do that through our brand campaigns, e-blasts, website, social media, press, events, networking, Plaid Friday Weekend, community and government partnerships, and more. We've been actively growing our network since our inception in 2008 - we put that reach to work for you! We also compile the region's best guide for accessing good capital for your business, so you don't have to spend countless hours navigating complex options.
2. Shift Dollars into our Local Economy.
Oakland Grown promotes buying, investing, and giving local through robust marketing campaigns, including social media, billboards, bus shelter signage, posters, decals, print and digital ads, community education, and other means. We are strongest when we grow together.
3. Get Tools and Resources to Help You Grow
As a member, you will receive access to hundreds of business events, workshops, seminars, and networking events throughout the year, most of which are free.
At most membership levels, you can get free, unlimited business advising from seasoned professionals across the country. Most members use an average of 5 hours of consulting for each area of focus.
With membership, you can join a barter network with the cash set-up fee waived (a $279 value). Barter is an effective way to lower your cash costs of doing business and provide employees, clients and yourself with valuable perks.
4. ...And More! View or download our Membership Kit.