EVENT: 5/5/16 Oakland Makers Day during Small Business Week


Oakland Makers Day

Thursday, May 5, 2016

8:00am to 6:30

Register HERE

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

Who’s invited to this FREE event?  Artists and Makers (artisan producer or manufacturer) that want to build or expand a successful and sustainable business in or near Oakland.  There are a couple of concurrent workshops specifically for artists.  Come for some or all of the day’s free events.  Drop-ins welcome!

When and where?    

Thursday, May 5th from 8AM to 4:15PM
Hearing Room 4 in Oakland City Hall.

Then Mixer Reception at 4:30PM to 6:00PM
at Codeshelf 456 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

More info? hello@oaklandmakers.org

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


Schedule of Events

8 – 8:30 a.m.                      
Complimentary Breakfast / Community Building
Networking opportunity for 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

8:45 a.m. – Noon             
Sustainable Business Practices, Business Model Generation and Financial Forecasting
In this interactive workshop, you will learn about sustainable business models for creating, delivering and receiving value as a local maker or small manufacturer. We will take you through a hands-on process to clarify your business model and discuss how to translate your business model into a basic financial forecast.
Trainer:  Rani Croager, CEO Uptima Bootcamp


12:15 – 1:30 p.m.             
Complimentary Working 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.

Panelists:Jody Colley, Marketing Guru, founder of Oakland Grown and publisher at East Bay Express & Lucy Barltlett, Marketing guru from Townsquared

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

Committed Local Provider: Penny Baldado from Café Gabriela, 988 Broadway

Sponsored by: The City of Oakland


1:45 – 3:00 p.m.             
Real Estate for Makers: Finding and Keeping Your Workspaces
What does it take to lease a space for your Maker business? Panelists will present information about where your business can locate based on existing City zoning and permitting requirements and ; info about tenant leasing requirements and learn more about anticipating infrastructure and utilities needs for your maker activities.  We’ll also discuss opportunities to increase the number of creative enterprises spaces and hear perspectives from visionary developers seeking to build more affordable maker spaces

Panelists:  Paul Valva, Valva Realty; Regina Davis, Sustainable Urban Development Alliance; Walter Craven, Blank+Cable / Norton Factory Studios; Kevin Skipper, Bay Properties; Margot Lederer Prado, City of Oakland Senior Planner Economic Development Specialist; Ed Manassee, City of Oakland Strategic Planner, Planning and Building Bureau;  and Hiroko Kurihara, founder of Oakland Makers and Mayor’s Artist Workspace & Housing Task Force member.


3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Good Local Money: Traditional and Alternative Sources of Financing

Facilitated discussion with local community lenders and experienced Makers who can share strategies and resources for accessing conventional and alternative sources for financing, from loans to crowd sourcing to impact investment models.

Panelists:  Bryen Alperin, Credit Analyst at Beneficial Bank; Winter Williams, Community Bank of the Bay; Jenny Kassan, founder of Cutting Edge Capital, CEO of Jenny Kassan, Resources for Mission Driven Entrepreneurs; Oakland Maker Jeanne Henzel, Founder of The Co-Sew a recently funded Kiva Zip business

Facilitator:  Susana Morales Konishi, Principal and Co-Founder of Communities in Collaboration and Sustainable Business Alliance Board President


4:30 – 6 p.m.                    Oakland Creative Industry Mixer at Codeshelf  in Old Oakland,
a 7-minute walk to 456 8th St, Oakland, CA

Join Artists and Makers and our panelists in a “coded” mixer that allows for effective networking and easy community building! Codeshelf is a manufacturing support company that has developed a revolutionary approach to affordable automated order fulfillment, restocking and inventory monitoring.

Want to share your maker-related thoughts with us ahead of time? Drop us an email anytime! Hello@OaklandMakers.org