On March 2, the minimum wage increase in Oakland takes effect, and small business owners across the city are getting ready for the new regulation. Oakland will have the highest minimum wage in the country (though Emeryville is attempting to raise their minimum wage as high as $14/hour), and the discussion from small businesses about this increase has been mostly positive.
Oakland Restaurant Week 2015 is a celebration of Oakland restaurants and eateries, running from January 15 to January 25.
Katie Burke at the San Francisco Business Times recently compiled a list of six changes that impact small business owners in San Francisco in an excellent article. This is critical information that will also impact Oakland-based businesses in 2015. You can read the full article for additional details.
Hiring great talent is a critically important, and also enigmatic, topic for many small businesses. Especially when applicants may have a criminal record, how are you to know the right questions to ask in the application process to minimize your risk and liability and maximize the talent pool available to your business?
Some OBDC staff members just returned the annual Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) conference in Denver, Colorado. OFN is a national membership organization that supports community development financial institutions like OBDC. This was an exciting year for the conference because it marked OFN’s 30th anniversary.
We want to use this week’s blog post to share some of our borrower stories. One of the most exciting features of our new website is our “client spotlight.” This is where we share the stories of some of the incredible businesses we’ve worked with.
Are you looking for answers to your legal questions? The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area has you covered.
Last week OBDC staff and board members visited some of the innovative Oakland businesses we have funded and supported.
I have been advising small businesses for over 20 years and one question entrepreneurs often ask me is “what exactly is business consulting and how can it help me?”
Help the City of Oakland as they conduct the Broadway Transit Circulator Study.