Business Referral Network to launch June 15, 2016
A new Chamber networking group, “Business Referral Network,” will help members exchange leads, learn skills and business tools, and make valuable and lasting relationships.
The ultimate result will be revenue growth for Network members. It will meet twice a month in the Chamber offices. The Chamber invites all members to join us for the launch event, which will occur on Wednesday, June 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Chamber Board Room. Please RSVP – lunch will be provided.
At the launch, entrepreneurs, business owners and sales professionals will learn about the structure, fees and goals of the program and can submit an application.
Beginning on Wednesday, July 6, the Network’s regular meetings will occur on the first and third Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 pm. at the Chamber offices.
One representative per industry will be permitted into the Network, so be sure to attend the launch event to secure your spot! Participation in the Network requires active membership in the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.
Join us to make connections with members of the business community and help grow your business.
Join us for ‘Battle of the Bay’ June 29, 2016
The Oakland A’s have started their quest for a winning season in 2016, and the Chamber will be with them all the way.
On Wednesday evening, June 29, in fact, the Chamber has reserved a section at O.co Coliseum that should be of particular interest in the Bay Area. Join Chamber members and staff at O.co Coliseum for the Battle of the Bay – the A’s versus the San Francisco Giants.
And, just to make the game even more exciting, the Chamber has acquired reserved seats on the field level just past first base down the right field line. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the A’s-Giants showdown are $55 per person ($65 for non-members) and the ticket price is guaranteed – even as regular ticket prices will increase for this great rivalry.
To reserve tickets for the A’s-Giants game – always a sellout – contact Shaterica Sullivan at (510) 874-4800, ext. 0 or at email@example.com. Help the Chamber cheer the A’s on to victory!
Chamber’s Small Business and Nonprofit Fair set for September 14, 2016
Save the date! The Oakland Chamber of Commerce will host a Small Business and Nonprofit Fair on Wednesday, September 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.
There will be opportunities to participate and sponsor the event in various ways, such as exhibiting, hosting mini-presentations to a captive audience, and featuring your business in the event programs, with ads and banners printed and online, and in Oakland Business Review. More details will follow.
Kiva micro-lending kicks off in Oakland
More than 800 people gathered at the Oakland Museum of California on March 16 to celebrate the launch of Kiva Oakland. Kiva, a Chamber member, is a nonprofit that facilitates the crowdfunding of person-to-person 0 percent interest loans to small businesses that might not otherwise qualify at traditional lending institutions.
Kiva operates in 84 countries and is responsible for $833,293,100 in loans worldwide.
Domestically Kiva works in 14 cities and in 2015 facilitated $4.7 million in loans to 800 small businesses from over 39,000 individual lenders. At the kickoff event on March 16 Oakland became the newest Kiva city, with 115 local borrowers to date. Most loans are for between $5,000 and $10,000 and are intended to help entrepreneurs bridge the gap in funding to grow their business to the next level. Individuals can lend as little as $25 to a business, with most choosing to reinvest their money in new borrowers as it gets paid back.
Oakland borrowers have the highest repayment rate nationwide at 95-98 percent. Once a loan is repaid, borrowers can either crowdfund another loan through Kiva or use their experience to move on to a traditional lender with Kiva’s guidance.
“Talk about feeling powerful – we can be the bank of our community because we love this community, we understand it and we’re going to invest in our neighbors,” Mayor Schaaf said at the Kiva Oakland launch, which showcased 35 local Kiva borrowers and their products ranging from juice to floral arrangements and handcrafted piñatas. Kiva borrowers are 81 percent minority-owned and 64 percent women-owned.
To lend to local Oakland entrepreneurs, visit kiva.org/oak. Visit Chef Ron’s Pastries at www.facebook.com/chefronspastries1.
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