Happy Admission Day!

On September 9, 1850, California became a free, nonslavery state and the 31st state to join the union. Today, our offices are closed to celebrate our state’s history.

Click here for an interesting overview of California’s formation – we had no idea how many capitol cities we had before we settled on Sacramento.

We’re back in the office tomorrow, and wishing everyone a Happy Admission Day!


We are Opening Our Doors for You!

We are honored to have been chosen as an Oakland NewCo. We’ll be hosting a 1-hour session right INSIDE our offices at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 8. Come hear Adrian Gomez Zavala and Scott Lewis discuss the critical importance of small businesses for our local economies and get a chance to meet with a few of OBDC’s clients who are creating jobs and helping to transform Oakland.


Free Business Plan Template

If you’re thinking about starting a business or if you’re currently operating a business without a business plan or strategic plan, here’s a free business plan template to get you started.


Urban Strategies Council is Hiring!

Our friends at the Urban Strategies Council are hiring a Director of Development and Communications. Click here for more details and application information. The role skews more to the resource development work, and they’re encouraging candidates with that background to apply, even if their communications experience is not as extensive.