THE OAKLAND METROPOLITAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Founded more than one hundred years ago, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce remains one of the most influential forces in local government and regional economic development. The mission of the Chamber is to secure the economic future of our community, and to enhance the quality of life in the city of Oakland.
With some 1,000 members, the Chamber is actively involved in public policy and provides valuable resources to members.
About Oakland Chamber
The Chamber proudly offers unprecedented benefits – advocacy, research, small business and nonprofit programming, special member – to – member discounts, award-winning publications and communications platforms, and numerous opportunities to help make local businesses connect and prosper.
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Comcast Corporation launches nationwide program in support of BIPOC small business sustainability
The Comcast RISE Investment Fund provides monetary grants to help small businesses owned by people of color (POC) grow as they navigate the challenges of the pandemic. The Investment Fund is the latest extension of Comcast RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment), the multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in 2020 to provide POC-owned, small businesses the opportunity to apply for marketing and technology services from Comcast Business and Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable.
What does this mean for Oakland Small Businesses?
- 100 Oakland small businesses will receive a $10,000 monetary grant
- Application period opens October 1, 2021 and closes October 14, 2021
- Grants will be announced at the end of November and awarded in December 2021
- Applications will be online at www.ComcastRISE.com
In partnership, Oakland’s five Chambers of Commerce will be hosting the following information and application programs and webinars:
- Program Info Session – September 24, 2021 12:00-1:00pm (Register here)
- Application Support Webinar – October 1, 2021 12:00-1:00pm (Register here)
- Application Support Webinar – October 8, 2021 12:00-1:00pm (Register here)
100 Oakland Businesses will receive direct grant awards
“The economic effects of the global pandemic have been felt worldwide including significant impacts here in Oakland. We know that our small, local, woman owned and BIPOC businesses – who are responsible for creating the beautiful tapestry we call home – have been disproportionately impacted by COVID. We applaud Comcast’s vision, thru the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, to ensure that 100 small businesses that exist today can be a part of Oakland’s economic and social fabric both tomorrow and for many years to come.” — Barbara Leslie, President & CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce.
Oakland is Rooted in Diversity
The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce believes diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the economic future of our community. We see DEI as a necessary tool for enhancing the quality of life for everyone. By connecting businesses, creating opportunities to convene, and cultivating community, the Chamber is committed to lead a sustainable and equitable path for businesses.