In Honor of Dr. King

On Monday our offices are closed in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King’s birthday is now a national day of service, and we look forward to joining our community in service and remembrance.   Dr. King’s legacy is important and informs our work of creating access to capital and opportunities for communities…

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Get Involved with Oakland Kids: Upward Roots

We believe in the power of small businesses to uplift neighborhoods because of how community-oriented our small business clients are.  If your small business is looking for a nonprofit to partner with to support Oakland, we want to introduce you to Upward Roots:   Upward Roots (UR) is on a mission to provide each and…

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Meet Our Clients: Taiwan Bento

When Willy Wang and Stacy Tang moved to the Bay Area, Willy had a job in San Francisco, and Stacy was trying to decide what career she wanted to pursue in the U.S.  They found a supportive landlord and their current space at 412 22nd Street in Oakland.  The space had previously been designed for…

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Get Involved in Policy: ASBC

Many of our small business clients have goals to grow their business’ profits and also operate sustainably and create good jobs for their employees.  The American Sustainable Business Council is a network of businesses and business associations that have committed themselves to the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit.  As a member, small…

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Meet Our Clients: Cafe Underwood

When Dominick Scala was working from home, he could never find that “quite right” place in his neighborhood where he could work, eat, drink, and play.  When he opened the doors to Cafe Underwood in August 2014 he realized his vision for a great neighborhood hang-out spot.   “Dominick used his loan from Main Street…

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