Co-Working Spaces Foster Innovation, Shop Local All Season Long, Sustainable Fashion Retailer Moves HQ to Oakland, Oakland Restaurant Week Turns 10
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Manufacturing, BioTech Co-Working Spaces Foster Innovation
Launched in Fall 2019, Make.Work.Space. (MWS) is a shared microfactory and prototyping lab in the Fruitvale neighborhood. The turn-key, high-quality facility fosters a robust eco-system for product designers, engineers and professional fabricators to quickly prototype new products, speeding time to market. Thanks to MWS, individual companies don’t have to purchase, set up and maintain specialized equipment such as CNC machinery, 3D printers and metal and woodworking equipment. Member firms range from those working in medical devices and transportation to automation and consumer products. A desire to foster a community for biotech entrepreneurs led Anitha Jayaprakash to found the Oakland Genomics Center (OGC). Collectively, Anitha and her band of startup residents updated a leased space in the Pill Hill neighborhood with the latest technology and equipment. Now home to about 15 startups with 52 employees, OGC’s supportive ecosystem is so valued that recent graduate company NextGen Jane chose to lease space nearby. Biocom recognized Anitha as a leader in the California’s life science industries and OGC is a Community Impact finalist in the 8th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards. See a sampling of innovation centers and coworking spaces in Oakland.
Sustainable Fashion Retailer Moves HQ to Oakland
ThredUP joined the growing list of businesses who choose to call Oakland home. In October, the used fashion retailer moved its headquarters to Old Oakland and brought over about 100 employees from San Francisco. In addition, a new ThredUP retail shop has joined the boutique scene that helps define Old Oakland. The company works to lessen the impact of fashion on the world’s environment by diverting garments from landfill and reducing fashion’s carbon footprint by reselling highly curated used clothing. Other recent or recently announced headquarter transplants include Blue Shield of California, Deem and Esurance. 
Shop Local All Season Long
Through the holiday season, shoppers can skip the stress of standing in lines to have fun, find great gifts and keep their money in Oakland supporting local businesses, providing local jobs and bolstering the city’s economy. The one-stop portal at is packed with information on holiday events, the #ShopOAKProud photo contest, online directories and a helpful concierge service. The season-long campaign encourages Oakland residents and visitors to put their money where their hearts are by shopping locally. This theme aims to capture the immense pride and affinity residents have for our city. Through noon on Friday, December 20, post your shopping selfie using the hashtag #ShopOAKProud to be entered to win two round-trip tickets to any Southwest Airlines published, domestic destination including Hawaii. Know what you want to give, but stumped where to find the gift item in Oakland? The free Concierge Service will help you find it. To encourage turnover of parking spots to better ensure availability for shoppers, the City will maintain standard pricing at all street meters and in City-owned garages and lots Monday through Saturday, with free parking on Sundays. Learn more about holiday transportation and parking. For more information, please read the media release. 
Oakland Restaurant Week Turns 10
Bay Area foodies will have two full weekends to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Oakland Restaurant Week, presented by our marketing partners Visit Oakland. From January 9 to 20, participating restaurants will offer prix fixe brunch, lunch and/or dinner menus ranging from $10 to $80. A variety of special events – like dinner series, food tours and a scavenger hunt – are planned. And as you enjoy Oakland’s varied dining options, you’ll be helping support our neighbors in need as a portion of the proceeds from all ORW events and activations will be donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. It’s the perfect time to taste why Oakland’s food scene has garnered national acclaim.

Oakland African American Chamber Holiday Party
Dec 19 @ Geoffrey’s Inner Circle

First Fridays
Jan 3 @ KONO

Indigenous Red Market
Jan 5 @ Fruitvale Cedar Center

Social Media & Innovation
Jan 9 @ Oakland Business Assistance Center

Free Legal Clinic
Jan 9 @ Oakland Business Assistance Center

Oakland Restaurant Week
Jan 9-20 @ participating restaurants

Be Your Own Boss Class Series Registration Deadline
Jan 10 @ Uptima Business Bootcamp

Effective Consulting: How to Start (or Improve) Your Consulting Business
Jan 15 @ Cal State East Bay Oakland Center

How to Write a Compelling Business Plan
Jan 15 @ Cal State East Bay Oakland Center

Grow Your Food Business with Advanced FBETA
Jan 15 – Mar 18 @ Alameda County Training & Education Center

Finding Customers/Marketing Your Idea
Jan 16 @ Cal State East Bay Oakland Center

Good Jobs Accelerator Application Deadline
Jan 20 @ ICA Fund Good Jobs

The Franchise Round Table
Jan 23 @ SCORE East Bay Office


Brookfield Duece, a Son of East Oakland
Dec 13, KQED Public Radio

Campus Goodbye: California College of the Arts prepares to close its historic doors in Oakland
Dec 12, Oakland North

New Oakland apartments push rents higher than other Bay Area cities
Dec 11, East Bay Times

Google's next local news investment is in Oakland
Dec 10, Axios

Changing the Climate from the Streets of Oakland
Dec 9, Next City

Square axes employee cafeterias at upcoming Oakland office
Dec 6, San Francisco Business Times

At AfroTech, Black Tech Innovators Ban Together To Make Their Voices Heard
Dec 6, Vibe

The Culture is the Cure: Artists as First Responders
Dec 6, KQED Public Radio

Oakland's Brooklyn Basin megaproject finally starts to take shape
Dec 3, San Francisco Business Times

A New Kind of Cooperative in Oakland Fights Against Speculative Development
Dec 3, Next City

How Oakland has become a renter's market
Dec 2, San Francisco Business Times

Hot economy gives Oakland new luster
Dec 2, San Francisco Business Times

Why Downtown Oakland is booming
Dec 2, San Francisco Chronicle

Port of Oakland To Invest Millions In Upgrades
Dec 2, Bisnow

Shop Local Effort Is Launched To Boost City's Businesses And Economy
Nov 28, SFGate

A Force to Be Reckoned with in Food
Nov 21, James Beard Foundation

Corporate travel company is latest to move HQ to Oakland from San Francisco
Nov 20, San Francisco Business Times

Slow but steady change to design bike and walk friendly cities
Nov 20, Oakland North

Downtown Oakland office building is bought at a hefty profit for sellers
Nov 20, East Bay Times

Oakland’s biggest office building is for sale
Nov 19, San Francisco Chronicle

Preeti Mistry to Open Two New Concepts at Oakland Food Hall
Nov 18, Food & Wine

Ex-Uber Employees Launch Cloud Kitchen Startup
Nov 14,

Numi Organic Teas Working to Put People and the Environment First
Nov 12, Food Tank

Oakland dedicates MacArthur Boulevard Gateway Arches
Nov 11, SFBay

Oaktown Jazz Workshops, a Beacon of Youth Music Programs, Turns 25
Nov 7, KQED

Proposed Oakland Museum of Jazz and Art for City-Owned Site Moves Forward
Nov 6, KQED Public Radio

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Oakland, CA 94612


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