Oakland Makers + Artists Day 2017

Oakland Makers and Artists Day

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

 A day of community building, resource-sharing, business development strategizing and inspiration!

Who’s invited to this FREE event?  Any Artist or Maker (artisan producer or manufacturer) who wants to build or expand a successful and sustainable business in or near Oakland.

Come for some or all of the day’s free events.  Drop-ins welcome!

When and where?             Wednesday May 3rd from 8AM to 4:00PM in Hearing Room 4 in Oakland City Hall.  The City of Oakland Arts Funding session is in Room 2

What you will learn?   How to develop authentic customer relationships; participate in creative solutions to the real estate crunch in Oakland; Learn about the Cultural Arts Grants Programs and availability of funding; see presenting Oakland Makers and meet building industry professional during the MIO: Made in Oakland EXPO


More info?                           email Oakland Makers at hello@oaklandmakers.org

follow us on FB     https://www.facebook.com/OklndMkrs/

Register for this FREE event at the City’s website: http://bit.ly/1XrXFtW


Schedule for the Day

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM         Complimentary Breakfast / Community Building
Networking opportunity for Artists and Makers to meet other local business owners and professionals as well as City staff that understand the modern challenges of starting and operating a sustainable manufacturing business.

                                                  Sponsored by:  Community Bank of the Bay


9:30 AM to Noon               How to Approach, Cultivate & Convert Customers into Lifetime Business Partners

You’ve received the name and contact information of someone who could be a potential customer. Now, how do you convert that into a sale?  As a creative, some of the traditional processes of converting leads into customers might feel out of alignment with your values. In this interactive workshop, you will gain an understanding of how important it is to create relationships, not just transactions. You will learn tips on how to authentically follow up, initiate conversations, engage them with your business, and nurture relationships.


Trainer: Rani Langer-Croager, Founder of Uptima Business Bootcamp

Uptima Business Bootcamp is an innovative member-owned business accelerator dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with greater access to hands-on education, resources and community to create thriving businesses on the leading edge of “next economy” business development. http://oakland.uptimabootcamp.com



9:30 AM to Noon               City of Oakland Cultural Funding Grants & Public Art Programs (Hearing Rm 2)

Advice and assistance for artists and organizations who wish to apply for the City’s 2017-18 Cultural Funding Grants totaling nearly $1 Million.  Applications will be due Monday, May 15, 2017; 5pm. Attendees will review the grant application, sample proposal narratives, best practices, learn more about the process and the minimum requirements needed to apply. The session will close with a presentation on the Public Art Program and how to prepare your portfolio for upcoming opportunities. Previous recipients will be invited to share their experiences. Cultural Affairs staff will also provide advice on the Philanthropic Landscape: public, local, state and federal opportunities; and private funders – including family, community and national foundations.



12:15 – 1:30 PM                 Complimentary Working Fun Lunch: Marketing Resources for Artists & Makers

An interactive discussion of existing and planned marketing opportunities for artists and makers in Oakland – come learn marketing tips and opportunities available for creative businesses, weigh in on how the City can engage the creative community in its co-beneficial marketing and share your vision of best practices and advice with others. Be prepared to share events/opportunities you know about.  Bring Swag and info to share.


Participants: Townsquared, East Bay Express, and other marketing experts

Facilitator:  Helen Wyman, Marketing Specialist for Community Bank of the Bay

Local Lunch Provider: TBD

Sponsored by: The City of Oakland

1:30 – 4:00 PM                   Real Estate for Makers and Artists: Creative Solutions
What does it take to lease or buy a space for your Maker business or studio? What about shared leases or purchases? The Oakland Makers Real Estate working group will present creative solutions to co-investing and co-leasing work spaces that are industry specific, safe and more affordable. Small discussion groups will outline other solutions by industry and by financial readiness.  Info about tenant leasing requirements, anticipating infrastructure and utilities needs for your maker activities, and reviewing alternative financing and investment structures will be covered.

Presenters:   Paul Valva from Valva Realty and the Oakland Makers Real Estate Working Group

Facilitators: Hiroko Kurihara, Co-Founder Oakland Makers, Susana Morales from Communities in Collaboration.

Special Guests: m0xy, 23rd Ave collaborators, maker and artist friendly property owners

City Representatives: Staff and officials from the City of Oakland’s Economic Development, planning and Building Departments, and the Mayors Policy Director, Kelley Kahn will be attending.


4:30 –  6:30 PM                          Maker Mixer !!

Kindly Sponsored By:            TMC Financing at 1720 Broadway Oakland, CA

(Punchdown Wine will migrate from across the street along with some ALE INDUSTRIES )