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Org NameBusiness StageSupport TypeAboutWebsiteIf business, are there training/course(s)/workshops offered? Provide name of course(s) (price, duration, qualifications (previous classes, revenue, etc.)Other services/opportunities (office hours, workshops, conferences, etc.)?Entity Type (sole proprietor, LLC, C-corp, S-Corp, non profit, worker coop)MAIN CATEGORY OF STAKEHOLDER
(Educational Institution, Service Provider, Investor, Government, Lender, Association, Foundation)
SUB-CATEGORY (if applicable):
[University, Community College], [Training, Marketing, Legal, Financial], [Angel ( $10k — $250k), Seed ($50k — $1.5M), VC  ($3M — $15M)], Private Equity], [City, County, State, Federal], [LOAN RANGES], [Chamber of Commerce, Membership Org.]
Geographic Location Served (East Bay, SF, South Bay, Bay Area, National, Global)Oakland focus?Target Business Size (small, mid, high, all) Serve individuals, businesses, and organizations?Explicit Diversity Emphasis (yes or no)Languages offered?Population Restriction (veteran status, age, racial background, disability, income, geographic)Businesses this entity helps have the following product types: services, physical product, software, and/or hardwareIndustry/Sector Focusother types of projects, initiatives....Any other fees for services? (if applicable) If yes, what is system?System for managing client dataMeeting scheduling tool? (Calendly, etc.)Contact NameTitle of key contactContact Emailphone number of key contactTwitter HandleFacebook pageLinkedInPhysical Address of stakeholderCityZip CodeAdditional Details
500 Start Upsplan, launch, sustain2 (financial)500 Startups is a seed fund & a network of startup programs, a sort of "hybrid between an incubator and a seed fund." Founded by PayPal & Google alums. Born in Silicon Valley, the #500STRONG family is worldwide. We do seed investments outside the accelerator, ranging from $25K - $250K. Trying to apply principles of lean startup movement to venture capital movement. They have 10,000 sq. ft of office space in heart of Silicon Valley. http://500.coNoConferenceseed fund, incubatorhighnotech@500Startups
Mountain View, San Francisco, & Mexico City
Ability Now Small Business Program1 (personal) 3 (business)Ability Now has a small business development center which provides a unique self-employment training program, vendored by the State of California, for people with developmental disabilities. This distinctive, cutting-edge program guides participants to create a business tailored to their individual interests and goals and develop a business plan for its success.

Operated as a small business incubator, the small business center provides a roadmap with measurable benchmarks as participants go through four phases of business development: Discovery, Feasibility & Business Planning, Launch and Ongoing Support. The participants gain hands-on business experience in learning how to start, structure, and run their own business. Once the business is launched, the Center provides ongoing support to help sustain the entrepreneurial experience for the participant.
Acorn Angelsplan, launch, sustain2 (financial)Group of Silicon Valley Angel Investors who provide early stage investment capital for hi-tech companies. The network of Angels consists of highly successful professionals who all bring invaluable knowledge and experience to their ongoing commitment to support innovation and creativity in the information technology industry.http://www.acornangels.comNoangel investorhighnotechN/ASanta ClaraAcorn Angels helps promising high-tech entrepreneurs spread their wings and fly. A group of Silicon Valley investors that includes CEOs and venture capitalists, Acorn Angels provides capital and business development support to early-stage companies. The group looks for start-ups with strong leadership and viable intellectual property; it also seeks companies formed around new ideas, or what it refers to as disruptive technologies. Target industries include communications, Internet infrastructure, fiber optics, and wireless communications. Investments have included Alliance Fiber Optic Products and CipherMax. Founded in 1999, Acorn Angels is an affiliate of business incubator Acorn Campus.
Alameda County Community Care Connectinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)AC Care Connect strives to support and promote increased coordination and effective, personalized care across all providers through systems improvements, while including the strength and support of the consumer's personal networks in the care planning. Through standardization of practice, development of universal tools, and sharing of consumer health records, we hope to improve our consumers' experience while engaging in services. Targets: Non-profits/ social enterprises working on housing, general health, mental health, substance use etc. FloresResults-Based Accountability Program
Alameda County Community Asset Network
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3 (business)AC CAN is a network of service providers, credit unions and banks, community based organizations, public agencies, and base-building organizations that work in partnership to increase the income and assets of Alameda County residents. Members provide their clients a variety of wrap-around services including financial coaching and counseling, credit repair and building services, free tax preparation, public benefits enrollment, workforce training and placement, access to banking services, affordable housing, and health and nutrition support.

AC CAN was founded by and is staffed by Urban Strategies Council.
http://www.alamedacountycan.orgNonetworksmall, midyes"Alameda County residents"@alamedaCANOakland48 Members and Partners:
Alameda County General Services Agency
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
4 (environment)Alameda County General Services Agency provides high quality, cost effective, and timely support services for County departments and other public agencies, so they can better serve the public and business community. The GSA website can be used for electronic procurement and commerce as well as the Small, Local, and Emerging Business Program (SLEB).www.acgov.orggovernmentsmallyes"Alameda County," "East Bay"Linda Moore Business Outreach Officer Alameda County 208-9717N/AOaklandThe General Services Agency (GSA) consists of three major departments incorporating 13 functional areas with an authorized staff of 408 employees and an annual budget of almost $132 million. The Agency supports a wide range of activities including building maintenance of 130 facilities, real estate services, environmental and sustainability initiatives, procurement, technical services, construction management, portfolio management, transportation services and several other countywide support services. While providing a wide range of support services to agencies, departments and staff within Alameda County, a unique aspect of this GSA is its progressive focus on environmental sustainability and the external partnerships this effort has created.
Alameda County Small Business Development Center (AC SBDC)
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
1 (personal) 3 (business)As part of the Northern California SBDC network, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) serves all of Alameda County and is hosted by Main Street Launch. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our clients’ bottom line.

The Alameda County SBDC offers long-term, in-depth, no cost advising for existing businesses and certain start-ups in Alameda County. Our professional services include: Loan and Equity Investment Advice, Strategic Planning, Financial Projections & Budgeting, Marketing and Sales, Technology Integration, Human Resource Management, Operations, Exports, and More…

The Alameda County SBDC strives to improve the economic livelihood of our community. Our impact is measured through a variety of economic standards, including: Increased Revenue and Profits, Business Loans Received, Equity Investment or Capital Raised, New Job Creation, Employee Retention, Developing New Small Businesses
www.acsbdc.orgYes, but more for food and restaurants, and usually companies that are farther along. They refer entrepreneurs in the idea stage to Uptima, Centro, ICA, or SCORE. Refer tech startups to Tech Futures Group in Berkeley.Service ProviderCounty has a free food entrepreneur program.East BayNosmallno"existing businesses and certain start-ups in Alameda County"0Lee LambertDirectorlee@acsbdc.org510-208-0410@AlamedaSBDC
Main Street Launch
2101 Webster Street
Suite 1200
Oakland94612Seems like the org has undergone quite a few changes since the 2014 database. It does stress commitment to working with entrepreneurs across all development stages. Dorian Webb, a PROPEL grad, now works here! There are 14 SBDC centers located in Northern California.
Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (ACWIB)
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
1 (personal)Pursuant to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 106 (29 USC Sec. 2811), the purpose of the WIB is to develop a workforce investment system that increases the employment, retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment of participants; to ensure that the workforce investment system is responsive to the needs of local businesses; and to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the local economy., midnolocal economyN/AHayward"To provide employers and job seekers with universal access to tools, resources and services that assist them with obtaining their employment and business goals" Contact: Marybeth McCarthy, Business Services Coordinator 24100 Amador Street, 6th Floor Hayward, CA 94544 (510) 259-3839
ALLIANCE for Community Development
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
3 (business), 4 (environmentThe Alliance for Community Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to capital for underrepresented entrepreneurs including but not limited to women, people of color, and veterans. Current programing for the ALLIANCE includes an annual conference, Bay Area Capital Connections, and an entrepreneurship support organization, the Bay Area Entrepreneurship (BAE) Alliance. The BAE Alliance makes business support resources more accessible to local, diverse entrepreneurs, follows entrepreneur progress over time, and coordinates the rich ecosystem of business service providers, funders, and lenders in the Bay Area. Entrepreneurs across all stages seeking business training, technical assistance, growth strategies, and lending/funding are invited to meet with one of our Entrepreneur Navigators and get plugged into the Bay Area entrepreneurship ecosystem.www.alliancecd.orgReferral and tracking onlyService ProviderYesallyesservices, physical product, software, and/or hardwarelocal, diverse entrepreneurs; entrepreneurship enablers?Nayeli MaxsonExecutive Directornayeli@alliancecd.org510-319-9702@ACDSFBA2323 Broadway Ave.Oakland94612
American Sustainable Business Councilplan, launch, sustain4 (environment) American Sustainable Business Council is a national partnership of 80+ business associations representing over 200,000 businesses and 325,000 entrepreneurs, managers, investors, and others. These partners have committed themselves to the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit and thus support sustainable development, socially responsible business practices, and strong local Main Street economies. (“organizer” advocacy)small, midnoN/A@ASBCouncilWashington D.C.The American Sustainable Business Council family of organizations includes two separate and complementary entities: the American Sustainable Business Council, and the American Sustainable Business Institute.

The American Sustainable Business Council operates under IRS code 501(c)(4). Its advocates for policy change at the federal and state level that supports a more sustainable economy. The Council spans a growing network of business associations across the United States, which in turn represents over 200,000 businesses and 325,000 business executives, owners, investors, and others.

The American Sustainable Business Institute, a distinct legal entity, operates under IRS code 501(c)(3). It offers programs that educate and inform the public and policy makers about the benefits of a more sustainable economy, and about policies and practices that can help the economy become more sustainable.
Andreessen Horowitzplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Andreessen Horowitz invests both in early-stage start-ups, which may raise just $50,000, and established growth companies, which often raise tens of millions of dollars.[12] The firm is currently invested in 156 companies, which includes its own portfolio of 90 companies[13] and 66 start-ups[14] through its funding of Y Combinator's Start Fund.[15] Andreessen Horowitz's investments span the mobile, gaming, social, ecommerce, education and enterprise IT (including cloud computing, security, and software as a service) industrieshttp://a16z.comventure capitalhighnotechN/AMenlo Park, CA
Anew AmericaInspire, Plan, Launch, Sustain1 (personal), 3 (business)AnewAmerica exists to enrich the lives of its participants and their families while strengthening their contributions to America as a whole. AnewAmerica provides training and technical assitance to targeted communities for economic and social empowerment through a focus on green entrepreneurship, asset building, social responsibility and civic engagement. We work with traditionally challenged communities, which include new Americans (new citizens, refugees and immigrants), women, minorities and low to moderate income households, to empower them to make their American dream a reality while contributing to the economic growth and social capital of their communities. “AnewAmerica offers a comprehensive three-year program (the only one in the nation) of support for new American entrepreneurs including micro-business incubation, asset building, and social responsibility. AnewAmerica was founded in 1999 by a group of community leaders representing immigrants and community development advocates who saw a continuing lack of integrated job creation, asset development, and community empowerment strategies for low-income new Americans living in the San Francisco Bay Area.”http://www.anewamerica.orgBusiness Incubation Program, 3-years. First year is a business incubation class, which is comprehensive business training course. During the class they are expected to write a complete business plan. Also receive technical assistance for three years, which entails in-house support or outside agency (pro bono or low cost). Classes are CURRENTLY FREE and in English/Spanish. Other classes are more like personal finance workshops, all are free as well. No qualifications. Used to offer office hours, but now by appointment.nonprofitService Provider[Training, Marketing, Financial]East Bay, South Bayyessmallindividuals, businesses, organizationsyesEnglish, Spanishnoneservies, physicalnoneyesSalesforce for some things, and BRT project use something else, VistaSharenoGladys CastroClient Manager(510) 532-5240@anewamicrobizOaklandHeadquarters is in Downtown Oakland at the Greenlining Institute's new building. They operate out of their Downtown Oakland, Fruitvale (Oakland), and San Jose offices. They have an IDA program, which is an Individual Development Account, which is meant to get follks to save money by offering some sort of match over the period of the program. "traditionally challenged communities, which include new Americans (new citizens, refugees and immigrants), women, minorities and low to moderate income households."
Angel’s Forumplan, launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Since 1997, The Angels’ Forum (TAF) has been investing in, mentoring and advising Silicon Valley startups from the seed stage all the way through a meaningful exit. We are a diverse group of 25 high net worth private investors, all of whom have been CEO’s, founders or senior executives of successful entrepreneurial ventures. We have the capital, time, experience, skills and passion to work with other entrepreneurs to build disruptive companies.http://www.angelsforum.comangel investorhighnotechN/AMountain View
AngelsCornerplan, launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Silicon Valley based venture group comprised of individual investors and representatives of investment corporations. Angels Corner is primarily focused on investing into private companies with strong teams, proprietary solutions, and high potentials.http://www.angelscorner.comangel investor, venture capitalhighnotechN/ASilicon Valley region
Artsightfulinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow3 (business), 1 (personal)Gain insights into the business of art with Amy Kweskin as your personal consultant, coach and instructor.www.artsightful.comBusiness of Being an Artist, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship. Work one-on-one, in person, by phone or over the Internet.Strategic Planning, Professional Development Program Creation, Evaluation and Implementation.Sole ProprietorEducational Institution, Service ProviderTraining, Marketing, Legal, Financial, University, Community CollegeEast Bay, SFYesAllOrganizations, businesses, individualsNoEnglishServices, Programs and EventsArts/Creative, Enterainment, Consulting$50 an hourinternalvia emailAmy Kweskinamy@amykweskin.com4153506479 Mission Street Suite 306, San Francisco, CA 94103San Francisco94103I love helping people articulate and pursue their dream businesses, jobs and careers.
Asentiv Oakland1 (personal), 3 (business)Today, Cory works with Asentiv clients on creating an expansive vision and developing ambitious strategies. Gail provides the action and accountability, as well as digital marketing . Together, Cory and Gail synergistically help business owners engage their passion, build community, and exponentially grow their amazing business.

Programs: Referral Marketing, Leadership, Business Development, Networking, Public Speaking and Personal Development
Ashokasustain, grow1 (personal), 3 (business)Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems. builderNationalnoallnosocial entrepreneurship@AshokaArlington, VAOur vision and understanding of the world comes from Ashoka’s experience in pioneering the field of social entrepreneurship over the last 35 years—finding, selecting, and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows). The network of more than 3,300 Ashoka Fellows is implementing system-changing solutions to human and environmental problems in 93 countries.

Our work with Ashoka Fellows helps us see patterns of social development across various fields, providing key levers and a new framework for living in the world as a changemaker. We help people see the world differently so they can do differently, fully participating in the new environment. For example, Ashoka is building and activating networks to create fundamental changes in the growing up experience of children and young people so that everyone can become a changemaker.
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneursplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit1 (personal), 3 (business)The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBS can help lift countries out of poverty. ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises more than 260 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations and corporations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C. with several offices in emerging markets, the ANDE team works hard to support members globally, and locally, while building strong ecosystems for entrepreneurial growth. ANDE develops unique initiatives to address systemic challenges and seize opportunities that can only be approached through collective action. builder, programsallno@AspenInstituteWashington D.C.makers of the “entrepreneurial ecosystem diagnostic toolkit” This toolkit has been developed by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It provides methodological guidance on assessing the current state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners. This toolkit does not aim to be exhaustive, but is intended to serve as a basis for other organizations to build upon. To develop this toolkit, ANDE conducted a comprehensive review of publicly available literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems and identified nine evaluative frameworks. We assessed these frameworks and synthesized key elements and indicators. ANDE encourages practitioners to use this toolkit as a resource guide that can be adapted and modified to fit the local and/sectoral context
Astia (formerly Women’s Technology Cluster)plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial), 3 (business)Founded in 1999 in Silicon Valley, Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Astia offers programs for high-growth start- ups that deliver results.http://www.astia.orgconnector to funding & networksallyes, women@astiaglobalSan FranciscoAstia Access: Programs including the Venture Lunch Series that ensure success by increasing investment opportunity and providing access to expertise & networks. Thought leadership around inclusive innovation.

Founded in 2013, Astia Angels is comprised of a global network of women and men investors who consider investments in the Astia-qualified companies that are progressing through Astia Expert Sift™, receiving full visibility into a pipeline of high quality deals from the earliest stages. The Astia Fund will invest in exceptional, inclusive team ventures that have proven themselves throughout the Astia system review process. "Astia’s model is designed to change the way our ecosystem looks at and evaluates high potential organizations, increasing the recognition of, and investment into women entrepreneurs and their teams."
B Labplan, launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between ‘good companies’ and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of impact investing through use of B Lab’s GIIRS Ratings and Analytics platform; and 3) promoting legislation creating a new corporate form -- the benefit corporation -- that meets higher standards of corporate purpose, accountability, and transparency. (Like to see companies with some revenue for 6 months, but no min. revenue. Provides in-house advice, but does not refer to outside organizations). and movement builderallnosocial enterpriseJoceyln CorbettSenior Community Services, PA (main office)
Band Of Angelsplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Band of Angels is Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization

Formal group of 150+ angel investors who are former and current high tech executives interested in investing their time and money into new, cutting edge, startup companies. Seeded over 277 companies in our history with 55 profitable M&A exits and 10 IPOs. Band members have founded companies such as Symantec, Logitech, and National Semiconductor and have been senior executives at the likes of Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, and Intuit.

The Band meets monthly to formally consider 3 startups selected from among the more than 50 that are screened each month by the Band deal selection process. Entrepreneurs can expect a thorough examination and, occasionally, an investment from some of Silicon Valley's most accomplished entrepreneurs.
https://www.bandangels.comangel investorhighnotech@band_of_angelsSan FranciscoNew members must be recommended by a current member to apply for membership. Entrepreneurs must be invited by a current member to present.
Barnraiser plan, launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Crowdfunding campaigns are launched with a pre-set goal, and contributors pledge support online. Must reach campaign goal to be funded. 5% fee to Barnraiser, plus 4-5% for payment processing. Focused on Investor/crowdfunding service
Crowdfunding–Rewards/Donations, Min $2,000
$10,000-$30,000 typical
Base Ventures (Berkeley)plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Base Ventures, founded by Erik Moore, is a seed-stage fund investing in technology companies. Current portfolio includes AngelList, StyleSeat, Balanced, InDinero, Virool, SpoonRocket, PlanGrid, and others. Successful exits include Socialcam (acquired by Autodesk), and Appstores (acquired by InMobi).
Bay Area Community Exchange
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
4 (environment) The Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank, a project of BACE, is a community of reciprocal exchange that aims to create a resilient web of relationships between individuals and with community service organizations.

The Timebank helps facilitate better communication and distribution of resources while encouraging community-building through more in person contact at complementary events, classes, skillshares, swaps, nonprofit volunteering opportunities and organizational partnerships. ProviderBay Areaallallall
Bay Area Councilsustain, grow, exit4 (environment) The voice of bay area business; The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. See also: (the science and technology arm) advocacy organizationallno
Bay Area Development Companyplan, launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Small business is a very big deal to us. We provide 504 loans so companies just like yours can finance commercial real estate at below market fixed rates with low down payments and long terms. That means your ideas and your assets work even harder for you. And so will we–with responsive, personal service and rock solid advice.http://www.baydevco.comsmallno
Bay Area Green Business Programplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business), 4 (environment)Bay Area Green Business Program is a network of local governments working with DTSC to help companies switch to green business practices. Businesses earn a seal of certification from their local city or county by meeting rigorous criteria established by the California Green Business Program. Contact: Pamela Evans, Coordinator, Alameda, CA 94502 (510) 337-9135
Bay Area Manufacturing Renaissance Council (BAMRC)launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)The Bay Area MRC is building a close working relationship among labor, the manufacturing business community, local government, educators, and community-based organizations around the shared goal of rebuilding manufacturing as a foundation for the Bay Area economy. The Bay Area MRC is the first replication of the Manufacturing Renaissance Council (MRC) development model.
Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB)Sustain1 (personal)Membership organization. BAOBOB (Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses) is a membership organization committed to connecting, promoting, informing and representing Black owned and led businesses and non profits throughout the Bay Area. BAOBOB is a program of Cowrie Village, an organization committed to working for the economic empowerment of Black people, our offspring and our allies in the inner city. Cowrie Village is a fiscally sponsored project of Empowerment Works, a recognized 501c3. AmericanYaVette
Bay Bucks
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
4 (environmental)Bay Bucks is an alternative, complementary community currency designed to build a better bottom line for everyone. Our barter exchange helps local businesses improve their cash flow while strengthening our communities. currencyallno"locally-owned businesses"@BayBucksSFOaklandThis complementary monetary system operates through a business-to-business barter exchange. In order to build a truly regional economy, we must empower locally-owned businesses. Local businesses face two big challenges: the lack of cash and destructive competition from big box stores.

Unlike other commercial barter exchanges, Bay Bucks only accepts locally-owned businesses as members. This enables our business members to tackle these two problems at the same time. Instead of bank loans, members can create and issue the appropriate amount of Bay Bucks to meet their business expenses. Instead of letting their unsold products sit idly in warehouses or allowing their un-billed services to expire worthless, Bay Bucks helps members trade things they have in excess for things they need - turning their unsold items into assets. Local businesses bartering helps everyone save cash, increase profit margins, share resources and reduce waste - all while building a stronger local economy.
Beneficial State Bank (formerly One PacificCoast Bank)
launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Serves California, Oregon and Washington. Businesses & non-profits with special focus on: Socially & environmentally-responsible, Women & minority-owned, Affordable & multi-family housing, Sustainable food, Clean energy, recycling and repurposing, Other local & community-oriented businesses and nonprofits. Commercial Loans up to $10,000,000. In addition, the bank has a special “Builder” program for business and non-profit loans that are $150,000 and below. www.beneficialstatebank.comNoBankLoansWestern statesallallall(510) 550-8400
1438 Webster St., Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612
Oakland94612Typical requirements: 3 years of operation, 3 years Financial Statements and Tax Returns, Bank will file a UCC 1 on all business assets and require a first deed of trust on commercial real estate loans, Financial statement must demonstrate established debt service capacity from cash flow, Personal guaranty required on all commercial loans (except to non-profits)
Berkeley City College
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
UniversityEast Bay
Better Venturesplan, launch, sustain2 (financial)Better Ventures is a venture capital firm that provides funding and support to companies creating scalable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. We believe in the power of technology to address the most important issues of our time, from education and work to health and the environment. Also offers "PreSeed" program, convenes thought leaders, networking, and resources to advance a thriving impact startup ecosystem in Oakland and the greater East Bay. Provides early-stage founders with resources, community, and support to help them launch and grow successful businesses that also benefit the community. PreSeed is also a way for Better Ventures to meet founders early in the company's building stages and identify promising candidates for pre-seed investment. consists of: (1) Fireside Chats: periodic conversations with leaders in impact investing and entrepreneurship, held at ImpactHub Oakland featuring intimate discussions of each leader's career and accomplishments, followed by fast pitches and networking. Our fireside chats are open to the public and are a great way to learn and connect with other founders (2) Founder Roundtables: monthly roundtable discussions during which founders learn best practices at the startup phase, collaborate with other early-stage peers, and practice your pitch, free and open to all startups building technology products that address a pressing social or environmental problem and (3) $100k PreSeed Funding: supporting the East Bay impact startup ecosystem through our commitment to invest in Oakland and Berkeley startups, $100k pre-seed investments on a rolling quarterly basis, typically in startups we have met through our PreSeed program.VC social impactVCallnoShrina
Bishop Ranchplan, launch, sustain4 (environment) We’ve created something unique at Bishop Ranch: community. No other place brings together 30,000 people in one dynamic business network. Our awards, newsletters and other publications help tell the story—and help our tenants take advantage of all that Bishop Ranch has to offer.“organizer” advocacyhighno
Black and Brown Founders
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
1 (personal) providing Black and Latinx founders with resources and community to build successful companies without relying on venture capital
Black Founders
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
1 (personal), 3 (business)Our mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology.Black Founders is creating an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth. We develop global programs that equip entrepreneurs, inspire innovation, and allow us to share resources.
Blacks in Technology
inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
1 (personal), 4 (environmental)Blacks In Technology is a professional platform for PoC in technology. BIT serves to increase the visibility and participation of PoC in tech through community, media, mentorship, and stewardship. Blacks In Technology (BIT)® is "Stomping the Divide" by establishing a blueprint of world class technical excellence and innovation by providing resources, guidance and issuing a challenge to our members to surpass the high mark and establish new standards of global innovation.
BRIIA- Intelligence Innovation Accelerator Program3 (business)BRIIA is the Bay Area's first integrated data innovation accelerator and collaboration community. BRIIA gives early-stage entrepreneurs the resources to start and grow companies that are fueled by machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and related technologies.

BRIIA's 12-week program is designed to assist early stage companies and entrepreneurs quickly get from "prototype to fundability". Our applied learning approach is not just about knowing, it's about doing. Participants gain tools and insights through workshops and our network of experts and mentors. BRIIA's goal is to clarify your company's vision and get you ready for raising capital and market scalability. covered during the 12‑week program include:

AI Trends and frontiers
Category design
Accelerating market adoption
Funding strategies
Handling investor questions
SaaS metrics and KPIs
Investor pitching
Mergers & Acquisition for founders
and more...
Brightpath Capital Partnerslaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Brightpath Capital Partners, LP (“BCP”) invests in talented management teams and high-growth businesses, creating jobs, wealth and sustainable environments in the communities where we work and live. We provide innovative investment solutions rooted in in-depth research and a disciplined investment process. BCP is focused on generating both economic and social value in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and the Western United States.

We are seasoned investors with deep entrepreneurial and operating experience, and an extended network of partners and relationships. As such, we are positioned to serve the distinct needs of private, undercapitalized companies which endeavor to positively impact their communities as they build successful enterprises. 488-4140 1 Kaiser Plaza, Suite 650
Oakland, CA 94612
BUILDinspire, plan, launch1 (personal) BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college & career success through experiential learning. BUILD Bay Area works with students in Oakland and in the South Bay"youth from under-resourced communities"East Palo Alto, Oakland
Building While Browninspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3. businessBuilding While Brown's mission is to create a more diverse and inclusive startup ecosystem - by creating a safe space where innovators can connect and form rewarding relationships. BWB is the official online community for Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur Forum based in the San Francisco East Bay Area.allyes
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE (pronounced “bahl-ee”)plan, launch, sustain, grow1 (financial), 3 (business), 4 (environment)BALLE creates real prosperity by connecting leaders, spreading solutions and driving investment resulting in strong local economies. builder for building strong, local economiesallyes"...represents thousands of communities and conveners, entrepreneurs, investors and funders who are defying “business as usual.”@bealocalistOakland (Impact Hub!)Our work equips people with the tools and connections needed to prioritize equity and make well-being possible. Programs include our Local Economy Fellows, Community Foundation Circle, Investors Circle, regular events focused on the Local Economy Framework, and an emerging groundswell of local businesses and communities standing up to Choose Connection.
CA Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Annually, CAMEO members serve about 21,000 very small businesses with training, business and credit assistance and loans. These firms – largely start-ups with less than five employees – support or create 37,000 new jobs in California. And generate a total of $1.3 billion in economic activity.
Calvert Foundationsustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Calvert Foundation empowers investors to empower communities. Through the Community Investment Note, we connect individual investors with organizations working around the globe, developing affordable housing, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and working in numerous other ways for the social good. Learn more about the issue areas our investors are addressing. Generally do not fund start ups.http://www.calvertfoundation.orgimpact investorallyes
Capital Impact Partnerssustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Financing is one tool we use to create strong, vibrant communities. A Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we ensure that projects in underserved areas often overlooked by traditional banks have access to investment capital. We recognize the special dynamics of lending in these communities and can help you get the most complicated transactions done. For over 30 years, we’ve helped forward-thinking developers, organizations and businesses revitalize neighborhoods and deliver social impact.
CARATsustain, grow, exit2 (financial)
Carvan Studios2 (business)We build apps that help communities organize, access,
and apply local resources to their most pressing problems.
CDC Small Business Financelaunch, sustain, grow
CDFI Fund (US Dept of Treasury)launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Since its creation, the CDFI Fund has awarded over $1.7 billion to community development organizations and financial institutions; it has awarded allocations of New Markets Tax Credits which will attract private-sector investments totaling $33 billion, including $1 billion of special allocation authority to be used for the recovery and redevelopment of the Gulf Opportunity Zone. CDFI Locator maps out financial resources in your area.;
Central Valley Fundlaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)CVF Capital partners, The Central Valley Fund (“CVF”) was established to provide private capital for small to mid-sized businesses. With a broad focus across the western United States, and target area in California’s Central Valley, CVF’s capital is used to finance later stage growth and expansion, strategic acquisitions, ownership transitions, and recapitalizations. CVF provides subordinated debt or preferred equity, the layer of a company’s capital structure between senior debt and common equity, often referred to as mezzanine capital.http://www.centralvalleyfund.commezzaninesmall, midnoRevenues of $10M to $100M
Centro Community Partnersplan, launch, sustain, grow 3 (business)Centro was created to bridge a gap in the current microenterprise model; a lack of access to capital and business support resources. Centro’s programs foster socioeconomic change in communities by providing business advisory services and leadership development programs that are needed to grow businesses and provide jobs. These businesses improve the lives of the entrepreneurs and their families and benefit the community.http://centrocommunity.orgYes Service ProviderTrainingBay Area (also Modolva (usually in the summer, Colombia (inactive), Peru (standby), and Brazil (looking to restart in state of Rio). Also Stockton and So-Cal. None are consistent).yesallyesabout half are food related, and then a quarter are products, a quarter are services. Arturo NoriegaArturo@centrocommunity.orgAdvanced program since 2010, is twice a year, for 14 weeks. One starts in mid-Feb, the other mid-September. Currently $500 with payment plan option Most of the people who enter this program is a referral from another program (Operation Hope, Renaissance Center, Women's Initiative back in the day, SBA, or been in business for some time). Geographically, mostly in SF and in the East Bay. Last couple of years they've been running it out the SF State Powell St. campus, some advsing services in Oakland office. 60-70% of the entrepreneurs are East Bay, and the majority of those are from Oakland. The basic class has been an offered for the last 3 years. Most of their entrepreneurs come in making $20k/year, with plan to make them make more $100k in annual sales within 3 years.
Cisco Systems-San Jose Entrepreneur Center (still functioning?)inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business)The Cisco Systems-San Jose Entrepreneur Center is a collaborative effort between the public sector, private industry and non-profit organizations to provide small business owners with the resources information and tools they need to be successful. Together, the sponsors and contributors have developed a one-stop location where start-up and existing businesses can come to fulfill all their needs-from financing to training to expert consulting to technology information and tools to the latest resources available on the market .
City of Haywardplan, launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)The City of Hayward is recognized as the most desirable and business-friendly place in the East Bay in which to locate and conduct business.
City of Oaklandplan, launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)www.oaklandnet.comconferenceGovernmentCityEast BayYesallyesMarisa RayaSpecial Projectsmraya@oaklandnet.com510-238-6230
Clean Tech Open, Western Region Acceleratorlaunch, sustain, grow3 (business)The Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups. Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Mentoring, training, access to capital, opportunity to showcasehttp://www2.cleantechopen.orgYesacceleratorallno
Clearinghouse CDFIlaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Serves California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico , and Sovereign Nations in the Western United States. Projects that provide measurable community benefit, Small businesses, Multi-Family affordable housing, Commercial real estate, Community
Chief Talent Strategiesplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business), 2 (personal)Chief Talent Strategists provide Á la carte recruiting services for entrepreneurs and small businesses at all stages of their growth.
First hour consult is free. Then you are provided with a proposal. Services are $95 hourly.
YesEnglishFirst hour free, $95 an hourSherry PlattOwnerChieftalentstrategist@gmail.com9252127805
CodeWalker Instituteplan, launch, sustain, grow1 (personal), 3 (business)CodeWalker Insistute teaches underserved professionals software development through in-person + online classes and apprenticeships. Also offers technology consulting services.
$250,000- $7,500,000
College of Alamedainspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business)The College of Alameda provides program learning in entrepreneurship and business management. The Entrepreneurship and Business Management disciplines at the College of Alameda will offer two Certificate of Achievement Programs: (1) Entrepreneurship and (2) Business Management. BayNo
Community Bank of the Bay (CBB)plan, launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Serves the Bay Area Businesses & non-profits that are: (1) Located in, serve and/or support low to moderate income communities (2) Environmentally sustainable either through their project(s) or ongoing business practices. Look for applicants able to demonstrate an ability to repay and willing to pledge available assets as collateral. Will lend/invest in startups with < than 1 year of operations. Determine the credit/worthiness with alternative criteria, not just credit scores. Provides finances for nonprofits www.bankcbb.comGenerally $100,000-$5,000,000noallallnoSpanishall(855) 433-5400 180 Grand Ave., Suites 120 & 1550Oakland94612CDFI, SBA Preferred Lender, Bay Area Green Business
Community Reinvestment Fundlaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)"Serves the United States, Low to middle income communities, Underserved borrowers, Veteran-owned businesses, Women-owned businesses, Minority-owned businesses" $50,000-$3,500,000
Minimum credit score of 650 recommended, 20% down for startups recommended
Community Sourced Capitallaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Peer to peer lending, looks for demonstrated revenue traction, connection to people in your community, and ability to repay a loan in 3 years or lesswww.communitysourcedcapital.comAngel: $5,000-$50,000
Contra Costa Small Business Development Centerinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit1 (personal)Contra Costa Small Business Development Center offers classes, consulting services and business planning resources for small businesses throughout Contra Costa County and is a member of the Northern California SBDC network. Contact: Oscar Dominguez, Director, 300 Ellinwood Way, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 602-6844 odominguez@ContraCostaSBDC.comwww.ContraCostaSBDC.comsmallno
65 inspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit4 (environment)We build powerful communities of practice for mission-driven leaders to connect, learn, and collaborate with each other. The industry resources we develop for conveners, accelerators, and mappers break down organizational silos and unlock the collective potential of the Impact Ecosystem.
Copernicus Fundplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Serves the Bay Area: Start-up businesses of any kind, Creative businesses, Ventures turned away from financial institutions due to high risk, Entrepreneurs without formal banking relationships. Requirements and repayment schedule are customized to each borrower.$5,000-$30,000
Crane WorksPlan, Inspire, Launch, Sustain, Grow1 (personal), 3 (business)Darlene Crane offers workshops and use of her consulting tools and textbook that have helped women grow their businesses with innovative and leading ideas.
Target: Businesses making over $500,000 in revenue of four workshops and use of herconsulting tools and textbook that have helped women grow their businesses with innovative and leading ideas.allallyes, womenAllDarlene 406-1782
Creative Currencyinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit4 (environment)Creative Currency is an initiative bringing together leading developers and designers with national experts in social finance, local currencies, crowdfunding, sharing platforms, and other leaders of the new economy to envision, prototype, and deploy innovative solutions that reimagine our systems of exchange from the ground up.
Crediblesinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Crowdfunding–Rewards/Donations, Food businesses (like co-ops, restaurants, coffee shops, farmers, butchers). Businesses receive cash upfront through the sale of “edible credits” and gift cards. Customers receive a tab with credits (often extra bonus for larger prepayments) to be redeemed for future purchases$5,000-$150,000
CSU East Bayinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business)Educational programs to help entrepreneurs and business owners build the skill set they need to succeed.Yes UniversityEast BayNoallyesallall$7800/year undergrad or $11,000 GraduateDr. Joanna Lee/Travis NelsonMBA Entrepreneurship Advisor/Career Development Managerjoanna.lee@csueastbay.edu510-885-3517
Cutting Edge Capitallaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)Jenny Kassan (Cutting Edge Capital) CIO grad, A Direct Public Offering (DPO) is a term that refers to a public offering of securities by a business or nonprofit to both accredited and non-accredited investors in one or more states. Using a DPO (also known as investment crowdfunding), a business or nonprofit can market and advertise its offering publicly by any means it chooses – through advertising in newspapers and magazines; at public events and private meetings; and on the internet and through social media channels.• Privately offer an investment to wealthy and/or non-wealthy people you know
• Fewer required legal filings than public offering
• Usually accredited (high-net-worth) investors
• Non-wealthy investors may also participate
• In California, can have up to 35 non-accredited investors

S: will lend/invest in startups with < than 1 year of operations

NP: provides finances for nonprofits

C: determine the credit/worthiness with alternative criteria, not just credit scores
Service Provider, DPOLegal, Impact Investing - Angel ($100,000+)midnoJohn Katovich(510) 834-3450
344 20th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Cutting Edge Capital—Private Placements Advisinglaunch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business)Listing platform for community capital offerings in the US. List your community capital offering, such as direct public offerings and Regulation A offerings. Free to Cutting Edge Capital clients. Privately offer an investment to wealthy and/or non-wealthy people you know, Fewer required legal filings than public offering, Usually accredited (high-net-worth) investors, Non-wealthy investors may also participate, In California, can have up to 35 non-accredited investors$100,000+
Daly City Small Business Assistanceinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business)Through its Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the City of Daly City funds small business assistance with the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. The Center provides technical assistance to microenterprises (businesses with five or fewer employees including the owner) and small businesses that help to create jobs for Daly City residents.
DBL Investorslaunch, sustain, grow,2 (financial)DBL Investors is a venture capital firm created from the spin-out of the Bay Area Equity Fund I from JPMorgan in January of 2008. Our “Double Bottom Line” investment strategy is to invest in companies that can deliver top-tier venture capital returns while working with our companies to enable social, environmental and economic improvement in the regions in which they operate.
Democracy at Work Instituteinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit3 (business), 4 (environment)The Democracy at Work Institute was created by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) to ensure that worker cooperative development in economically and socially marginalized communities is adequately supported, effective, and strategically directed. It is the only national organization dedicated to building the field of worker cooperative development. Through research, education and relationship-building, it meets the need for coordination of: existing resources, development of standards and leaders, critical discussion of models and best practices, andadvocacy for worker cooperatives as a community economic development strategy. coopFrom its very inception, the USFWC has centered the leadership of workers from democratic workplaces and of historically marginalized communities; especially leadership of color and leaders from low-income and immigrant communities. To this day, our membership is comprised of worker co-ops, democratic workplaces (consumer cooperatives, non-profits, and ESOPs with democratic staff management), cooperative developers, and various organizations and individuals that support worker cooperatives. These Federation members range from 2 to 2,000 workers and span dozens of industries with varying management and governance structures.

As a membership and advocacy organization, we connect worker cooperative members to benefits, to each other and to the larger cooperative and economic justice movements. We amplify our members’ voices to advocate for worker cooperatives at the local, state and national level. We provide consulting and technical assistance to cooperatives old and new. And through the education, training and organizing work of our partner organization, the Democracy at Work Institute, we are committed to ensuring cooperative business ownership reaches those who need it the most.
Devlabs ventures
plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit
2 (financial), 3 (businesss)We provide business development & product development support to early stage software start-ups.
We identify & invest in outlier entrepreneurs solving big problems to expand into global markets. devlabs is a network of technology entrepreneurs who believe that software-based companies can solve some of the most difficult problems of today’s world. We believe that we can simultaneously create value for our buyers and users and create wealth for our entrepreneurs and investors.
www.devlabs.vcYesInvestorVCsmallno"early stage startups and investing in outlier entrepreneurs"Ruben HernandezFounding Partnerruben@devlabs.vc5103337338@DevlabsOAK1305 Franklin Avenue, Suite 250Oakland (local HQ)94612Incubation: Teams committed to creating solutions need to start testing their hypothesis within weeks. They do this by building a product quickly, so that they can get it into the hands of customers.

Acceleration: Companies who have a valuable product need to scale from a few customers to hundreds of customers to sales in the 100,000's within 6 - 12 months.

Funding: We invest 25- 75k into companies that have a run rate of 1 million. We help companies that have gone through our incubation and acceleration program become attractive to other investors.
E-Challenge: Stanford Business Plan Competition2 (financial)This competition awards a total of $60,000 to entrepreneurial teams. At least one member of each team must be affiliated with Stanford University . investorhighno
EARNinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)EARN is one of the two largest providers of goal-based savings accounts in the U.S. EARN’s accounts, and our online platform, help low-income workers build lifelong savings habits and financial capability. Research proves regular saving leads struggling American workers out of the bottom 20%.
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economyinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit4 (environment)Improve working conditions of existing positions. “EBASE advances economic, racial and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, faith, and labor to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color.”“organizer” justice/social changeallyes
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporationplan, launch, sustain, grow, exit4 (environment)East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) is a non-profit community development organization with over 40 years of experience in building healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods in Oakland and East Bay. We address the specific needs of individual neighborhoods by connecting the essential elements of health and wellbeing through our Healthy Neighborhoods Approach.

Pop Up Program- EBALDC keep a list of commercial spaces for rent for pop up opportunities. (Last list dated Dec 2017) JohnsonAssociate Real Estate Director
East Bay Broadband Consortiuminspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow3 (business), 4 (environment)The East Bay Broadband Consortium (EBBC) is an East Bay regional initiative organized to improve broadband deployment, access, and adoption in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties through a collaborative regional approach. EBBC was formed to close these gaps and advance the region as a center of innovation for advanced communications technologies, leveraging the region’s deep knowledge assets aimed at increasing: (1) The region’s broadband infrastructure investments (public and privately financed).(2) Affordable access to broadband technologies. (3) Wide adoption of broadband to acquire the benefits of these technologies.
East Bay Community Foundationinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow1 (personal), 2 (financial)East Bay Community Foundation is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs. They have identified two, inter-related issues that can lead to this transformation: support for young children to succeed; and enhancing economic opportunities for adults and families. Contact: Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 836-3223 dalvarez@eastbaycf.orgwww.ebcf.orgNoallyes
East Bay Economic Development Alliance for Businessinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)“The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is a unique cross-sector partnership of private, public and nonprofit leaders in the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, helping to make the East Bay one of the most dynamic, globally competitive and sustainable business environments in the world.” - - - - “Establish the East Bay as a world-recognized region to grow business and attract capital in a way that creates quality jobs.” Contact: Scott Peterson, previously worked on collaborations.www.eastbayeda.orgconnector” cross sector partnership/collaboration/conveningService Providerallno
East Bay Pathways Consortiuminspire, plan1 (personal), 3 (business)Career pathways are a sequence of academic and technical courses that allow students to apply academics and develop technical skills for careers in leading industries in the region. Pathways prepare students for successful completion of state academic and technical standards, as well as more advanced postsecondary coursework.
East Bay Small Business Portalplan, launch, sustain, grow1 (personal) 4 (environment)Provides online "clearing-house" of information for East Bay small businesses. Great portal where you drop a pin on a map to ID resources. The East Bay EDA's "Building on Our Assets" report published in October 2011 found that nearly 70% of jobs in the East Bay are created by businesses employing less than 100 people. It also found that 47% of companies with 1-2 employees and 49% of with 3-25 employees fail during their first five years of operation. This data launched East Bay EDA’s East Bay Small Business Initiative in 2012 with a focus to help connect entrepreneurs, small business startups, growing and mature business owners with resources and business professionals that could address their specific needs.
East Bay Women's Network (EBWN)plan, launch, sustain, grow1 (personal)EBWN is a thriving networking organization for women in business; we motivate, inform, educate and have fun! We have a diverse membership of over 100 women, many of whom volunteer to keep the organization strong and moving forward. We give time and raise money to support our community service partners. We offer our members connection with dynamic like-minded business women and the opportunity to grow their businesses in a supportive, nurturing environment. entrepreneursAlameda
East Bay Works, of “America’s Job Center of California”sustain, grow1 (personal), 4 (environment)CalJOBS is your online resource for jobs, resumés, and labor information in California. Search for jobs and apply online, develop and post your resumé, post job openings, or access career resources, resumé tools, information about labor market and training programs, and
Economic Innovation Internationallaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial)We are committed to market-driven open systems that produce risk-adjusted market rates of return for large, repeat institutional investors (the first bottom line) by partnering with community stakeholders to create measurable jobs, wealth and community revitalization for low income residents in emerging markets (the second bottom line) and generate green development for the sustained health of our planet (the third bottom line). In 40 years, Economic Innovation has created $150 billion of TBL Funds and has created a dozen new financial industries now fully adopted and being rapidly expanded by the market.http://www.economic-innovation.comallnoBoston
Ellevate Network (formerly 85 Broads)plan, launch, sustain, grow1 (personal), 2 (financial), 3 (business)Ellevate Network (formerly 85 Broads) is a global network for professional women, providing opportunities for women to connect, learn, and invest in themselves. Through our events, we connect women across industries and generations, giving them the tools they need to be more successful in their careers. (female entrap. group localized, different chapters throughout country)., mentorship, networkingallyesAccording to the NYT, the fund focuses on companies which are highly ranked on their gender diversity. Companies that the fund might support include Pepsi Co., led by Indra Nooyi, or Lockheed Martin where more than a third of the board is made up fo women.@EllevateNtwkNew York CitySallie L. Krawcheck acquired 85 Broads in 2013 and changed its name to Ellevate in 2014 to “move from advocacy of women to the smart business of real investment in women.” Krawcheck teamed up with fund managers Pax World Management to create an index fund to invest in companies where women make up a large portion of the officers and directors. The new Ellevate website states that "this fund is the first of its kind – and is the only mutual fund in the United States that focuses on investing in the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women’s leadership." 85 Broads originally was created as a networking space for women at Goldman Sachs and was acquired by Krawcheck, a former executive at Bank of America and Citigroup. Now as Ellevate, the organization will have the ability to put the money up to support female-driven entrepreneurship. On March 21, 2016 Ellevate announced a partnership with American Corporate Partners, a women's veteran mentoring program
Enterpriseplan, launch, sustain, grow4 (environment)Our mission: To create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 470,000 homes, invested $28.9 billion and touched millions of lives.
FailConinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit4 (environment)FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success.
Federal Reserve Bankinspire, plan, launch, sustain, grow, exit2 (financial)Increase access to capital, credit and banking services for low-income communities and households in compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act. This objective is achieved in part by providing technical assistance and training on successful initiatives and programs, convening key stakeholders to identify community development needs, and facilitating partnerships between financial institutions and community-based organizations. Outcomes from such partnerships may result in increased affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization; loans and training for emerging small businesses; and services targeted to low-income individuals. http://www.frbsf.orgallyes
Floodgatesustain, grow, exit2 (financial)We are built from the ground-up to partner with Prime Movers when their legendary journeys begin. We’ve seen that breakthroughs seem crazy at first. We are not afraid of startups that re-write the rules (and even the law), if that’s what it takes to create enduring change. We know that a raw startup must navigate through a fog of massive uncertainty. Dramatic and frequent course corrections come with the territory. Taking these risks with founders is unique to our DNA and how we add value. ProviderIncubator
Food Craft InstituteInspire, Plan, Launch, Sustain, Grow, Exit3 (business) 1 (personal)Food Craft Institute (FCI), headquartered in Oakland, CA, is an educational nonprofit advocating traditional food craft, entrepreneurship, and economic development for food businesses. Food Craft Institute seeks to reshape the U.S. food landscape by creating a permanent sector of viable artisan food businesses.

FCI curricula combine classroom and hands-on learning to teach traditional food-making techniques, provide professional development and instill the entrepreneurial skills needed to build successful businesses.
www.foodcraftinstitute.orgFour modules (1) business planning (2) financial management (3) fundraising/pitching (4) business operations. Each is $395 full tuition per module with income-based financial aid. Each module is a day and a half. Industry Intensives - sector specific entrereneurial education, $1,000 - $1,200 with payment plans available, with financial aid and payment plans available. Each industry intensive is four days. Monthly low-cost professional development workshops for $5-20/each. Also building consumer education through annual Eat Real Festival and Geek Out Series (public tastings and tours). non-profitSerivce PoviderTrainingNationalsmallallyesEnglishnophysical products, servicesfoodLibrary of industry-specific reading materials available.Google sheets, Dropbox, Facebook alumni groups, formerly ProsperWorksGoogle calendarAlly DeArmanDirectorprovost@foodcraftinstitute.org510-842-1017@foodcraftinst
478 25th Street, Suite DOakland94612
Ford Foundationsustain, grow2 (financial)We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.http://www.fordfoundation.orgFoundationallyes
Garage Technology Ventureslaunch, sustain, grow2 (financial), 3 (business)We invest in extraordinary entrepreneurs with unique technologies that will define the next era of innovation. We take a hands-on approach from the very beginning, partnering with talented entrepreneurs to transform their vision into reality. Alliance contact: Joyce Chunghttp://www.garage.comallno
GIINsustain, grow, exit3 (business)The Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. (global, not local. but concept is strong)no
Give Something Backsustain, grow2 (financial)Give Something Back has donated over $5 million dollars in profits back to amazing nonprofits across the Western region while offering competitive prices and superior service over the past 20 years. Contact: Mike Hannigan, Oakland, CA 94621 www.givesomethingback.comallno
Global Social Benefit Incubator (Santa Clara University)inspire, plan, sustain, grow, exit3 (business)The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. We aim to positively impact the lives of 1 billion by 2020. We are well underway. Social entrepreneurs are the change agents who use economic and technological innovation to achieve social goals. They create organizations that, instead of purely seeking profit, pursue a more just and humane society. With over eleven years of service to the poor, we have researched, experimented, and modified our programs to better serve social entrepreneurs. (global, so not in ecosystem, but good model)
Greenlining Institutesustain, grow4 (environment)The Greenlining Institute works to bring the American Dream within reach of all, regardless of race or income. Because people of color will be the majority of our population by 2043, America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.http://greenlining.orgconferencesCaliforniayesallallyesCirrus InsightSharon
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