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5 Articles on good jobs and the local economy you may have missed over the holidays

3rd January

Happy New Year from all of us at ICA. We have big plans for this year and are looking forward to working together with you, our supporters, and our partners. In the meantime though here are a five articles you have missed over the holidays.

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Here’s the list again:

NY Times – “Another City by the Bay Comes Into Its Own” // The New York Times takes an intensive look at the exciting new business developments in Oakland, including profiling the future home of ICA company and Fund Good Jobs investment, Impact HUB Oakland. With all of these developments happening, all the more reason to talk about Good Jobs.
Business Forward Blog — “Business Leaders Discuss Priorities with White House Officials” // On December 20th, small business leaders, owners, investors, and entrepreneurs from around the country were invited to the White House to brief the President’s advisors on …


8 Great Gifts for Entrepreneurs on your Holiday list

10th December

At ICA we are all about two things: Good Job Creation and supporting entrepreneurs; if you haven’t done your Holiday shopping just yet, here’s your chance to do both of those. We’ve compiled a great list of local products and one or two services by local entrepreneurs committed to Good Job creation. So sometimes it can be that easy — you can find the perfect gift for the entrepreneur on your list and feel good knowing that you are supporting the Good Jobs economy.

And here is our more comprehensive and expanded Locally-Owned Business List



Jose Corona featured in SF Business Times

6th December

 

ICA CEO, Jose Corona is featured today in a San Francisco Business times article focuses on the potential benefits of increased rents, Jose talks about the reality that many entrepreneurs and small business owners face: it is really really hard to find good yet affordable office, work, and warehouse space in Oakland. Fortunately, by partnering together with business owners, property managers, and community organizations (hint: ICA), we can all do something about this. [ That's the TLDR summary, but read-on for the full article. ]

READ THE ARTICLE at SF Business Times [subscription required] (or read on below)

 

Scarcity of creative space holds back city’s startups

By Annie Sciacca, SF Business Times

For all that Oakland has to offer business owners, there are factors that may hold back a more thriving community of entrepreneurs, including lack of creative space. Class B creative space, characterized by brick …



ICA hosts Good Jobs, Good Health Happy Hour!

19th November

Tuesday, november 26th! Happy Hour at ICA.

We cordially invite you to JOIN US AT AN ENTREPRENEURIAL HAPPY HOUR, at the ICA / Fund good jobs office, to support Movember and Good Jobs.

This Tuesday at the ICA and Fund Good Jobs office (283 Fourth Street, Oakland), in partnership with Red Bay Coffee and Linden Street Brewery, we will host a happy hour celebration of Good Jobs and Good Health in honor of Movember. Join us to talk with like-minded entrepreneurs, sample the local beer and coffee, and celebrate good health. The even will be hosted by artist, entrepreneur, community leader, and the man behind Red Bay Coffee, Mr. Keba Konte. See you Tuesday!

Activities will include:

Sampling Red Bay Coffee — a new artisanal coffee brand bringing beautiful coffee to the people, by your host, Keba Konte,
Talking Good Jobs and networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and …



How ICA is building the Good Jobs economy

19th November

This is how we plan to innovate entrepreneurship and philanthropy to create good jobs. 

It has been nine years since I joined ICA, and I am as passionate and excited about our work now as when I was first given the opportunity to lead ICA almost a decade ago.

Over the years, we have built an ecosystem of public and private partners who are helping us fundamentally change the way communities invest in local economic development and revitalization. Most importantly, we have supported hundreds of small businesses in the Bay Area by providing them with access to practical entrepreneurship education, strategic advice, pro-bono management consulting, capital, networking and national visibility that has led to the creation and retention of over 2,600 good jobs in 2012, and over 10,000 jobs since our inception.

We are proud of all we’ve accomplished, but aspire to be …



2013 Expanded Locally-owned Business List

10th October

And here is our 2013 comprehensive guide of great locally-owned small businesses to support:
// Remember: put your dough ($) where the jobs grow. ICA companies are among the most diverse, innovative and responsible in the marketplace. 

FOOD

4505 Meats
http://www4505meats.com

 

AnDa Piroshki
http://www.andapiroshki.com

 

Casa De Chocolates
http://www.casadechocolates.com

 

CC Made
http://www.ccmade.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cholita Linda
http://cholitalinda.com/

 

Clairesquares
http://www.clairesquares.com

 

Coco Delice Fine Chocolates
http://www.cocodelice.com

 

Coracao Confections
http://www.coracaoconfections.com/

 

Dig Deep Farms & Produce
http://www.digdeepfarms.weebly.com

 

Double Dutch Sweets
http://www.doubledutchsweets.com

 

Endless Summer Sweets
http://www.endlesssummersweets.com

 

Fava USA
http://www.favausa.com/

 

Fearless Chocolate

http://www.fearlesschocolate.com/

 

Firebrand Artisan Breads
http://www.firebrandartisanbreads.com/ 

 

Five Mountains Heirloom Teas
http://www.five-mountains.com/

Gelateria Naia
http://gelaterianaia.com/

 

The Good Bean
http://www.thegoodbean.com/

 

Hapa San Francisco
http://www.hapasf.com

 

House Kombucha
http://www.housekombucha.com

 

i love blue sea
http://www.ilovebluesea.com

 

Kika’s Treats, LLC
http://www.kikastreats.com

 

The Love & Hummus Co.
http://www.loveandhummus.com

 

Lucina’s Kitchen LLC
http://www.lucinaskitchen.com/

 

Mamie & Makhi’s Sweet Potato Pie
http://www.mamieandmakhis.com

 

Mandela Marketplace / Mandela Foods Market
http://www.mandelafoods.com/

 

Neo Cocoa
http://www.neococoa.com

 

Neveria Abel 1950
http://www.abel1950.com

 

Nibnaks
http://nibnaks.com/

 

PieTisserie
http://www.pietisserie.com

 

Purple Plant Blends
http://purpleplantblends.com/

Socola Chocolatier LLC
http://www.socolachocolates.com
*ICA discount of 15% using the code: ICA15. Valid through December

 

Zella’s Soulful Kitchen
http://www.zellassoulfulkitchen.com

 

GIFTS FOR YOUR HOME

Metro Lighting
http://www.metrolighting.com

 

New Light Energy Design
http://www.newlighted.com

 

D-Unique Tools
http://www.duniquetools.com

 

B A Designlab
http://www.badesignlab.com/

 

Yellow Leaf Hammocks
http://www.yellowleafhammocks.com/ 

 

SERVICES

Advanced Home Energy
http://www.advancedhomeenergy.com/

 

Big Family Movers
http://www.bigfamilymovers.com

 

Charles Blades Barber Spa

http://www.charlesbladesbarberspa.com

 

Cuticles Nail Spa
http://www.cuticlesnailspa.com

 

Clever Girls Collective
http://clevergirlscollective.com/

 

Distill
http://www.wedistill.com

 

Eby Construction, Incorporated
http://www.ebycorp.com/

 

Home Green Home
http://www.homegreenhomesf.com

 

Home Health Care
http://www.myhha.com

 

Luminalt
http://www.luminalt.com/

 

Natural Home Cleaning
http://naturalhomecleaning.com/

 

Red Door Catering
http://reddoorcatering.com/

 

The Perfect  Sidekick
http://www.theperfectsidekick.com

 

Van Every Construction
http://www.vaneveryconstruction.com/

 

GIFTS

Feelmore510
http://www.feelmore510.com

 

Hieroglyphics Imperium
http://www.hieroglyphics.com/

 

Little Shop Artisan Box
http://www.littleshopartisanbox.com/ 

 

Modern-twist
https://www.modern-twist.com/

 

Robotics for Fun
http://www.roboticsforfun.com

 

See Plus Co
www.seeplus.co

 

Senda Athletics
http://www.sendathletics.com

 

APPAREL

Nneka
http://www.nneka.me

 

Oaklandish
http://www.oaklandish.com

 

OwlNWood
http://www.owlnwood.com/

 

Paragraph
http://www.shopparagraph.com

 

 

Nina Designs
http://www.ninadesigns.com

Saint Harridan
http://www.saintharridan.com/

 

Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel, LLC
http://www.sheilamoon.com

 

RESTAURANT/RETAIL

Modern Coffee
http://www.moderncoffeeoakland.com/

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Nature’s Bounty Cafe
http://www.naturesbountycafe.com

 

Souley Vegan LLC
http://www.souleyvegan.com

 

Cafe Gabriela
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-gabriela-oakland

 

The Bread Project
http://www.breadproject.org

 

Farley’s Cafe
http://www.farleyscoffee.com

 

Guerilla Café
http://www.guerillacafe.com/

 

Sobo Ramen
http://soboramen.com/



Three Branding Tips from Charles Schwab Advisors

9th October

Here are 3 great branding tips that every small business should adopt from challenger brands, created by our friends and advising partners at Charles Schwab.

Lisa Meares, Schwab Director of Brand Strategy, and Julian Aldridge, Schwab VP of Brand Evangelism and Activation, were advisors at our Path 2 Branding workshop this summer. Lisa worked with Heather Scott, CEO of Purple Plant Blends. Read all about the workshop from Lisa’s perspective here: Schwab Blog

Oh yeah, and here are Lisa and Julian’s three tips for every small business:

Challenge everything constantly. Successful businesses innovate in all sorts of ways. They rigorously look at every convention in their category – from price and service, to products and marketing – and ask: is there a better way?
Focus on your existing customers. Many companies spend all their time, budget and energy trying to capture new customers. Challengers tend to focus …



How the Affordable Care Act Will Affect Your CA Business

1st October

Did you watch the video above? It contains the simplest explanation of the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance changes coming your way.

This is important to understand, because today marks the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), which offers increased access to health insurance coverage for more people who don’t currently have it.

At ICA, we hold the belief that access to health benefits is a key measure of a good job, and the businesses we support work hard to raise the quality standard of the jobs the create. The entrepreneurs in our network understand the competitive advantages of providing quality health insurance to their employees. Offering health insurance helps businesses find and keep the best employees and keeps them healthier, happier and more productive.

The Affordable Care Act will affect employers differently, …



Cafe Conversation: Corey Rennell, Founder of CORE Foods

27th September

In this new series of conversations with entrepreneurs in the ICA network, we asked Corey Rennell, Founder of CORE Foods, an ICA Portfolio Company, to tell us about his experience running a small business.

Q: Why did you start your business? What is your passion?
I started CORE Foods with the belief that everyone deserves the right to live healthy–but that profit motives, coercive marketing, and lack of good information have gotten in the way. We designed CORE to refresh our food system as a vehicle for nourishment and to re-engineer business as a powerhouse for social progress. Our passion is to cultivate a healthier planet by empowering people with the most nourishing food and honest resources.

Q: How do you find balance living the hectic life of being an entrepreneur? Are there any rituals or routines you rely on?
There is nothing more …



ATTEND: Urban Manufacturing Alliance 2nd National Convening Kick-Off Party

27th September

Join ICA in celebrating a vibrant national urban manufacturing sector and come to the Urban Manufacturing Alliance 2nd National Convening Kick-Off Party and National Manufacturing Day celebration!

Tickets can be purchased here: https://umakickoffparty.eventbrite.com/

The Kick-Off Party will be held at The Crucible on October 2nd at 6:30PM and will feature exciting live demonstrations, networking, delicious local food and drink, and a chance to visit this unique space. Tickets are $10 for the public.

Click here for more event information



Through Diversification, One Company Brings Value to Inner City Oakland

26th September

“One thing we know about creativity is that it typically occurs when people who have mastered two or more quite different fields use the framework in one to think afresh about the other… But if you spend your life in one silo, you will never have either the knowledge or mental agility to do the synthesis, connect the dots, which is usually where the next great breakthrough is found.” – Marc Tucker, President and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy
As facets of our society continue to become more specialized, it is useful to remind ourselves that, for much of Western history, diversity of achievement was exalted as the truest testament of talent.

While the mention of Leonardo Da Vinci evokes images of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, less well known are his visionary sketches of …



10 Secrets Your Employees Aren’t Telling You…And How You Can Improve Morale And Retention

25th September

Robert Half invites you to network with fellow business professionals, and gain valuable information from a complimentary presentation about improving morale and retention within your organization.

About the Presentation:

Psst … Managers, did you know your employees may have concerns they’re not sharing with you? Even at small, tightly knit firms, secrets could exist. Some workers may be dissatisfied and looking to leave the firm, for instance. Others may privately wish they could advance into more significant roles. This presentation will help you uncover secrets your employers may be harboring and learn how to better gauge the pulse of the office environment. Knowing which issues are of greatest concern to your team will allow you to address them, leading to improved morale, motivation and retention rates.

When
September 26th, 2013
7:30am-10:00am

Where
Robert Half International
1999 Harrison Street Ste 1100
Oakland, CA 94612

RSVP to Mischa Litvack at mischa.litvack@rhi.com
Phone: 510-839-2100 …



Pitch Your Story Directly to KQED Journalists 10/1, 6PM

24th September

KQED Newrsoom host, Thuy Vu, and Senior Correspondent, Scott Shafer, in partnership with Impact Hub Oakland and ICA, will be embarking on a local listening tour called Open Newsrooms with events in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Marin.

We are inviting community leaders, newsmakers, local business owners and residents to an open dialogue with KQED News reporters and editorial staff to talk about the challenges and solutions in your communities.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6 – 8:30PM
HUB Oakland
1423 Broadway Street,
Oakland, CA 94612

What can KQED learn from our community? Pitch stories, meet journalists and build a relationship with your local public media station

To participate, please come prepared to give a two-minute overview of your key issue, possible solutions and names of movers and shakers that are making change in your city. We look forward to seeing you!

Free RSVP can be found here: …



All-In California: Equity and the Future of the Golden State

20th September

Join PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress on Monday, September 23rd from 9:30 am – 1 pm PT for a live webstream of All-In California: Equity and the Future of the Golden State, during which community and tech industry leaders will discuss how engaging the state’s rapidly growing communities of color in the political process and tech-driven economy can lead to a more prosperous California for all.

This event, which features PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and other distinguished speakers, will delve into California-specific issues related to the recent release All-In Nation: An America that Works for All, which argues that equity is an economic imperative and offers the policy blueprint to create an equitable economy for all.

To view the event and for more information on the …



ATTEND: TEDxExpressionCollege, Interactivity and Innovation October 19, 2013 1-5:30pm

17th September

TEDxExpressionCollege, Interactivity and Innovation
October 19, 2013 1-5:30pm
Click here to attend

More info: http://tedxexpression.tumblr.com/

About this event

TEDxExpressionCollege is bringing to the stage an inspirational group of speakers and performers who will all speak to the theme of Innovation and Interactivity. How do we bring a fresh perspective and authentic out-of-the box thinking in our efforts to transform our communities? How do we bring a deeper meaning to our interactions with each other and our environment? These are some of the questions that they will touch on throughout this afternoon of ideas worth sharing. They also endeavor to bring together an audience that is eager to connect and engage – and carry forward the creative energy ignited by our event.

Confirmed Speakers

Tamara Perkins
Tamara is an independent filmmaker, trauma counselor, and change maker based in Berkeley, CA. She co-founded Niroga, bringing yoga and meditation into juvenile …


New Oakland Restaurant and Beer Garden: The Dock at Linden Street

11th September

Adam Lamoreaux is a good friend of the organization, and his business, Linden Street Brewery, is one that ICA has supported over the years. Therefore, it bring us a lot of excitement to see his new venture unfold: a new restaurant and beer garden called The Dock at Linden Street.

James Syhabout and Adam Lamoreaux have long been linked together in Oakland’s continued rise as a food and drink destination. Syhabout’s Commis and Lamoreaux’s Linden Street Brewery opened within a month of each other in 2009, during the doldrums of the economy. The two first collaborated on Supafly, Linden Street’s custom-made rice lager brewed specially for Syhabout’s casual joint, Hawker Fare.

And now, the two are opening a beer garden and restaurant together.

Their new project will be located in the same historical West Oakland building at Linden Street Brewery (95 Linden St.). …



West Oakland Is For Startups

10th September

With unemployment as high as 50% in West Oakland, it’s time to deliver job creation solution to our neighbors.

What West Oakland small businesses, like Mandela Marketplace and Back to the Roots, can we help grow to create good jobs for the surrounding community members?

How can we foster more entrepreneurship among the people currently living in West Oakland?

How can we welcome new startups to the West Oakland community that are committed to creating equitable growth that benefits the surrounding community?

Read the story below.

West Oakland Is For Startups
What the hell

Written by Andrei Soroker, Founder at Katō

There is a gigantic poster of an infographic called Boulder Is For Startups at the Techstars Boulder office:

As I stared at that poster every day for three months, I gradually realized that Boulder really is for startups, even though it really shouldn’t be. A bunch of people …



Ed Support Services is Hiring

9th September

Ed Support Services, an ICA Portfolio Company, is hiring a Behavior Therapist. Please find the complete job description and apply button at link below:

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Founded in 2006, Ed Support Services’ mission is to utilize educational and behavioral best practices to support and educate our clients, staff and community in order to create and sustain access to a better quality of life in the least restrictive environment. We do this by providing clinical services that are grounded in applied behavior analysis (ABA), a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior of social significance. The implementation of best practices in applied behavior analysis results in individuals who are equipped to achieve to their fullest potential to lead lives of self-sufficiency and independence. We strive to provide behavior analytic services in a caring manner that stimulates, engages, and motivates our …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Eric Schiller, Partnership Capital Growth

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Eric Schiller is a Principal at PCGA who joined in 2008. He is involved in a variety of advisory transactions and assists in raising capital for a broad range of healthy, active and sustainable clients. Prior to joining PCGA, Eric worked at GESD Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund located in San Francisco and focused exclusively on consumer products and services companies. At GESD, Eric evaluated acquisition opportunities, performed due diligence, analyzed deal structures and lead the intern and analyst training programs. …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Chinwe Onyeagoro, FundWell

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Chinwe Onyeagoro is the CEO and cofounder of FundWell, a site that matches smallbusinesses to the right financing option and provides financial health coaching.

Previously, she co-founded O-H Community Partners, an economic development
consulting firm that raised over $120 million in financing for organizations across the country.

Chinwe’s consulting career began with two top global consulting firms, McKinsey and Monitor Group. After, Chinwe worked as one of four investment analysts overseeing the Pritzker Realty Group’s $3 billion in real estate assets.

Chinwe graduated with a joint …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: James King, J.P. King Advisors, Inc.

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Mr. King is the President and majority shareholder of J.P. King Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisory firm located in Walnut Creek, California. The firm, consisting of four professionals and three support staff, serves a clientele of approximately 200 executives, professionals and business owners. He is also a registered principal of Investment Architects, Inc., a FINRA broker-dealer with headquarters in Petaluma, California.

Jim King, born in 1946, has been involved in the financial planning industry since joining Equitec Securities Company as a branch sales …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Lorena Roman, Working Solutions

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Lorena Roman joined the Working Solutions team in September 2010. She previously worked at Women’s Initiative helping Bay Area microentrepreneurs obtain training to manage both new and existing businesses. Prior to Working Solutions, Lorena worked in the Community Planning and Development Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lorena is fluent in Spanish and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.

What motivates you to volunteer your time at ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop?

I want to demystify …


Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Eric King, Sociogramics

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Eric King is CEO and co-founder of Sociogramics, a next generation platform leveraging machine learning and holistic data to provide a real-time evaluation of an individual’s identity, employment status and current income. Sociogramics currently provides the SocioIDV API for prescreening online loan applications and is coming to market with its patented SocioVerify service in late Q4 2013. The company was founded in 2011 and its investors include Tugboat Ventures, QED Investors, Trinity Ventures, Greylock Discovery, Claremont Creek Ventures and Harmony Partners.

Eric cut his …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Jay Fife, FusePhase

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Jay Fife is the President & CEO of FusePhase, a virtual accounting and finance team for growing businesses, which offers entrepreneurs the financial tools and support to help them make informed decisions for the future.

Jay also fulfills the role of an Operational CFO with FusePhase, helping businesses to identify challenges and opportunities for growth based on an understanding of key business drivers.

Jay has more than 30 years of experience in financial management, operations, and system implementation within both small and large companies, with …



EVENT: All-In California, September 23, 2013

5th September

Please join PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress for a special event:

All-In California
Monday, September 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The California Endowment/Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA

As the rest of the nation begins to look more like California, racial and economic inclusion are more than just issues of fairness and justice—they are absolute economic imperatives.

PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress are working together to advance this idea and a set of policies to build an economy in which everyone can manifest their full potential—including communities of color. Our new book All-In Nation: An America that Works for All makes the case that equity is an economic imperative and provides the policy blueprint to create an equitable economy.

Please join us for a half-day convening to explore the book’s implications for California and discuss the policies, politics, and …


Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Jonathan Mi, Brightpath Capital Partners

5th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Jonathan Mi is a Senior Associate at Brightpath Capital Partners, LP and is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, and deal execution for the company. Prior to BCP, Jonathan was an Associate at Gryphon Investors, a middle-market private equity firm based in San Francisco with more than $900 million in assets under management.

While there, Jonathan was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing, and monitoring investments across the healthcare, business services, and education industries. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch, where he focused on …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Gary Groff, New Resource Bank

4th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

In addition to having more than 10 years of banking experience, Gary has a commitment to socially responsible banking and community service. He started his banking career at Union Bank, where he handled both commercial and community banking.

He currently serves on the board of directors for San Francisco Baykeeper and SFMade, and he is an advisor for Pacific Community Ventures and Sustainable Surf. An active outdoorsman, Gary enjoys surfing the cold waters of Northern California. Gary came to New Resource because it …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Helen Bulwik, Newport Board Group

4th September

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Newport Board Group is a partnership of board directors and highly experienced senior executive leaders with deep knowledge of capital markets, strategy and operations. Helen helps emerging growth, middle market and private equity clients navigate transitions and improve their performance.

She has a long and distinguished career in successfully identifying, developing and executing strategies for top line growth, new business development and enhancing economic value for leading consumer companies. Helen has served as CEO of six middle market retail and consumer companies, successfully …



9 Financial Insights to Make Your Business More Bankable

4th September

From listening to the entrepreneurs in the ICA network, accessing capital is still the biggest barrier that they face to growing their businesses. To solve this growth challenge, small business owners not only need working capital, they need support to review the financial documents and pitch they are preparing to access capital, and get actionable feedback to help accelerate their success to secure funding.

In response to this need, this week we’re assembling a first-class team of financial advisors from outstanding organizations like FundWell, New Resource Bank, Sensiba San Filippo, Working Solutions, FusePhase, and Common Stock to volunteer their time at a one-day workshop called Path 2 Cash, where they will explain what capital providers look for and how entrepreneurs can improve their chances of securing either a loan or equity investment. All the advisors are donating their time and insight …


Cafe Conversation: Q&A with Rana Lehmer-Chang of House Kombucha

3rd September

In this new series of conversations with entrepreneurs in the ICA network, we asked Rana Lehmer-Chang, Founder of House Kombucha, an ICA Education Company, to tell us the deeper thoughts behind running a small business.

Q: Why did you start your business? What is your passion?
I started my business in 2009 just after I had graduated law school and the market crashed and jobs were scarce. I initially wanted to study environmental law and over time learned I was more interested in sustainable business than legal advocacy.

I started House Kombucha because I am passionate about promoting clean, healthy living. I believe that my wonderful non-alcoholic kombucha brews create fun, refreshing alternatives to the social drinking scene.  

I’ve been successfully running my business for four years now, and I realize that I am also pretty passionate about promoting sustainable business. I love exploring new business …



Give Something Back is Hiring

1st September

Give Something Back, an ICA Partner Company, is hiring for four new positions. Please find the job descriptions below, apply or pass this link on to all the candidates in your network.

ABOUT GPOGSB (good people of Give Something Back):
We are “do-gooders” and “go-getters” who sell paper, pens, and push pins, then give most of our profit away. We’re recyclers, conservationists, volunteers, and creative souls turned customer champions and sales specialists. We’re a group of tremendous, energetic, and creative people who think that “green” is the color our business ought to be because it’s a good thing. We’re unique, happy, winning people who make our living & enjoy great benefits while giving back to our own communities–it’s a karma thing!

COME and be part of our WINNING TEAM, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your local community. Give Something Back Office Supplies is …



Nona Lim is Hiring a Brand Ambassador / Demo Rep

29th August

ABOUT US
Nona Lim is an Oakland-based artisanal soup company. Our products are made from scratch using local, fresh ingredients, and our entire line is certified gluten-free, non-gmo and vegan. Most important, they taste amazing!

OPPORTUNITY
Our refrigerated soups can be found in Whole Foods markets in Northern California, and soon Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Midwest. We’re looking for passionate people to help introduce our food to these markets.

This is a great opportunity for someone who’s naturally energetic, cares about food, and enjoys giving out free samples. Jobs are mostly on the weekends, so it’s perfect for those looking for extra cash from a part-time job. Be part of a start-up clean food company and get paid doing it!

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Facilitate and perform in-store demos

• Educate the customers about the products, in addition to providing …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Dan Goldin, Meriwest

29th August

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Dan Goldin
Business Banking Officer

Dan Goldin joined Meriwest Credit Union in November 2007. As a member of the Business Banking Team, Dan’s role is to provide business loans and business deposit services to small-business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and Tucson, Arizona.

With 19 years of executive and management experience in local and national financial institutions, Dan possesses through knowledge of all business banking, lending, and credit union products and services. Throughout each year, Dan Goldin presents many seminars and classes on how …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Tom Low, East Meets West Foundation

27th August

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Tom Low
Chief Financial Officer
Based in Oakland, CA

Tom Low joined East Meets West in 2011, after serving on the EMW Board for five years. Before coming on staff, Tom was a partner with Bridges SF, LLC, an executive search firm specializing in the placement of senior financial executives. Tom was the founding Chief Financial Officer of Restoration Hardware, where he was a member of a three-man executive team that expanded the company from four stores to 100 stores with a direct mail and e-commerce …



Good Jobs, Great ROI: Equitable Growth for All by Jose Corona

27th August

“All-In Nation: An America That Works for All”, a collaborative book produced by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress, describes how strong communities of color are critical to America’s economic future and lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone, including fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.

Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and president of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity. Angela reached out to Jose Corona, ICA’s CEO, to contribute ICA’s perspective about why equity matters to all Americans and how to build a nation in which economic prosperity is truly shared by everyone.

Read Jose’s perspective below.

Good Jobs, Great ROI: Equitable Growth for All

The central thesis set forth in All-In Nation—that …



Path 2 Cash Advisor Profile: Karen Burns, Sensiba San Filippo

26th August

ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop on September 6th, at the offices of Wendel Rosen, LLP, is set to be a rich experience for entrepreneurs, thanks wholeheartedly to the wealth of expertise and experience that our selected advisors will be providing the participants about what capital providers look for and how they can improve their chances of securing either a loan or equity investment.

Now that the application process is complete, we’ve been preparing entrepreneurs and advisors to hit the ground running and dig into each small business brand to unearth how to accelerate their success to secure funding.

In the lead up to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is the first in a series of profiles we will …



NYT: Lunchables, the Lunchbox King, Faces a Rival Vowing Higher-Quality Fare

22nd August

Great news! Revolution Foods, an ICA Partner Company, was featured in the New York Times today. Rev Foods’ Meal Kits are directly competing with Lunchables, the Kraft Food Group’s Oscar Mayer brand, for market share in this $1.35 billion niche product category. Read below for the story.

By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: August 21, 2013

Until now, there have been Lunchables and, well, Lunchables.

Lunchables has long been a favorite target of food critics, who contend that the product has too much fat, sugar and preservatives. The Kraft Food Group’s Oscar Mayer brand created the concept of prepackaged lunch meals for children in 1988 and has effectively owned that business ever since, with sales accounting for 76 percent of the small but lucrative $1.35 billion niche product category, according to IRI, a market research firm in Chicago.

But starting this month, some grocery refrigerator cases will …



Best. Summer. Ever! 2-Year Anniversary Highlights from Yellow Leaf Hammocks

21st August

Written by Joe Demin // Chief Relaxation Officer, Yellow Leaf Hammocks // August 20, 2013

Holy smokes! Has it been two years already?

We launched Yellow Leaf Hammocks in August 2011 with a dream to transform the lives of our customers AND our artisan weavers and we never could have guessed how far the next two years would take us.

The mission of Yellow Leaf has always been empowerment through sustainable job creation. We believe deeply in that old saying… “teach a person to fish.” Through the purchase of insanely comfy handwoven hammocks, each Yellow Leaf customer directly contributes to long-term sustainable artisan job creation in our weaving communities. From the depths of extreme poverty and debt slavery, hundreds of weaving families now have the opportunity to permanently break the cycle of poverty, feel the dignity of self-determination and build brighter futures for …



BACK TO SCHOOL AT BACK TO THE ROOTS: A FUNDRAISER FOR DETROIT ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY

21st August

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Back to the Roots
424 2nd Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Back to School at Back to the Roots! Fund Good Jobs and ICA Portfolio Company Back to the Roots is hosting a fundraiser this Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 7:00pm as they celebrate the opening of Detroit Achievement Academy just a week before the very first day of school. We encourage you to attend!

Open Bar
Lots of Great Food
Live Music and Dancing
Special offers on AquaFarms and Mushroom Kits (all proceeds going to the school)
Amazing Raffle Opportunities
Meet Fun People!

Please RSVP as soon as possible. Look forward to seeing you there!

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope you can make it!



Crowdfunding 101: Craft and Run a Winning Campaign with Micah Daigle

19th August

Tuesday, August 20, 7pm-9pm
HUB Oakland
1423 Broadway, Oakland

$15 – HUB Oakland Members
$30 – Non-Members

Are you itching to create something meaningful?

An album, a film, a piece of software, a world-changing organization… whatever your dream, crowdfunding can help you make it a reality.

Forget jumping through the hoops of venture capitalists, record labels, and other financial gatekeepers. More and more people are going directly to their community and asking: “Do you want this to exist?”

When the answer is yes, dreams are transformed into movements.
…But it’s not exactly easy.

Winning a crowdfunding campaign is a lot of work. But if you’re well-prepared, you can ensure that your campaign reaches the people who will be your biggest supporters, and that you exceed your goal!

In this 2-hour workshop I’ll teach you how to:

• Determine if crowdfunding is right for you
• Decide your fundraising goal, …



Purple Plant is featured on sf.citi

15th August

Purple Plant, an ICA Education Company was recently profiled on sf.citi, a San Francisco initiative for technology and innovation!

Purple Plant serves fresh smoothie blends to employees in companies throughout the SF Bay Area, featuring seasonal produce from local, organic farmers. Since their blends are dairy-free, and primarily vegan, they can be enjoyed by all. For the extra healthy folks, they also offer to add in fresh, local spinach and kale (optional) for anyone.

This is a great healthy breakfast service offering or a healthy afternoon pick-me-up!

You can contact Purple Plant at: contact@purpleplantblends.com to express interest and to set up a tasting! You can also contact them through their website here: Get Healthy.

These are the ways they’re able to service local companies:

- On-site service; their smoothie blends are made fresh in your office or special event.
- Pre-made delivery service; their smoothie blends …



26 Branding Insights to Grow Early Stage Small Businesses

13th August

Would you like to know how your branding can have a bigger impact on your bottom line?

Translating a brand strategy into increased sales is a challenge that every entrepreneur faces, especially early-stage small businesses that are short on resources. Many of the entrepreneurs in our network expressed the need for support to turn a smart business strategy into an effective branding strategy, so we hustled to build a program that would deliver solutions.

Last week, we assembled an all-star team of branding advisors from world-class organizations like IDEO, MINE™, SPAN, Charles Schwab, InHouse, Majorminor and Distill, to volunteer their time at a one-day workshop called Path 2 Branding, where they uncovered the relationship between branding and business sales, and provided entrepreneurs with practical advice to implement brand initiatives that increase their revenue. All the advisors donated their time and insight for …



Investing in Good Local Jobs: An Interview with Jose Corona from Inner City Advisors and Sean Murphy from Fund Good Jobs (Part 3)

12th August

In part 2 of this interview, ICA CEO Jose Corona and Fund Good Jobs President & Managing Director Sean Murphy talked to Living Cities guest blogger Bets Edasery and Program Coordinator Juan Sebastian Arias about the structure of Fund Good Jobs, Inc. and how it plans to connect people with higher barriers to employment to good jobs. In part 3 of the interview, Jose and Sean share their takeaways about the creation of the Fund and discuss the role of philanthropy.

Posted by Bets Edasery, Juan Sebastian Arias on on Aug 12, 2013

What if we invested in small businesses committed to creating good local jobs with clear career pathways? And then we connected these job openings to workforce training graduates?

This alignment between small business growth, quality job creation, and workforce development is what Inner City Advisors (ICA) seeks to achieve. With …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Gary Sanchez, Brand, Retail & Trade Marketing Free Agent / Consultant

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

“My name is Gary “Cheese” Sanchez. I believe that everybody with an entrepreneurial dream can succeed. I inject enthusiasm into your business and combine proven strategic frameworks with the nimbleness of a guerrilla marketer to help you discover and create great marketing that grows sales.

I have worked in brand management on large familiar brands such as Kingsford Charcoal, Pine-Sol, Formula 409, Del Monte Foods and Peet’s Coffee & Tea. I’ve also led marketing at emerging growth companies in food, …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Ed Macias, Windsor Foods

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Ed Macias is a classically trained marketer with nearly 15 years of Consumer Packaged Goods and Services experience. I have been successful at developing business strategies, building brands andleading key company initiatives to drive growth at companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Gerber Products Company and Earthbound Farm to name a few. I am also an effective leader with extensive experience developing and inspiring both Domestic and International cross-functional teams to deliver winning results.

What …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Chris Robb, InHouse Creative

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Chris Robb is a leading conceptual brand designer and brand strategist in the North American natural food industry. His innovative design strategies are centered around building and sustaining customer loyalty by creating a memorable aesthetic and differentiated customer experience that complements the product quality and producers of the product. While serving as a partner, and director of brands at InHouse Creative over a five year period, Chris managed the accounts with leading organizations in the organic and natural food …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Carrie Holt, Chevron

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

I rarely talk about myself because I am usually more interested in what others have to say. I would like to share a few career highlights rather than provide a typical bio.

The first 20+ years of my career was in media planning. I was the first working mother at DMB&B and Ketchum Advertising to negotiate and receive a flexible work schedule (3-4 day/week) in the late 80’s and early 90’s respectively. The agencies opened the option to other …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Brady Mullin, Dean Rath

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Understanding and integrating business positioning is essential when establishing a
strong brand: this is Brady Mullin’s wheelhouse. Having launched over 100 new products across 13 different brands, Brady has established a strong foundation within brand management and marketing strategy.

What motivates you to volunteer your time at ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop?

We understand and can relate to the many challenges an entrepreneur faces when starting a business. In most cases, the entrepreneur is an expert within their particular …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Jon Hicks, Dean Rath

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

As Creative lead for DeanRath, Jon oversees the creative and branding design direction on each and every project. Jon is the idea man and has spearheaded hundreds of creative projects with both large and small companies ranging from Disney to local startups.

What motivates you to volunteer your time at ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop?

I enjoy a good branding challenge in any form at any time and am happy to offer advice and expertise to those who need …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Ryan Rigoli, Soulful Brand

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Ryan Rigoli is the co-founder of Soulful Brand, a consulting firm supporting entrepreneurs to stand out with a unique message in their market, while staying true to themselves. Their core belief is that the more entrepreneurs know the deeper purpose behind their work and the unique gifts they bring, the more naturally they can communicate the essence of their brand. This principle is integrated into a highly personalized brand process that bridges strategy with heart through three core services: …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Michael Llewellyn-Williams, Brand Mechanics

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Dr. Michael Llewellyn-Williams is the Founder and Principal of BrandMechanics Inc., specializing in brand strategy, planning, research and workshop facilitation. He is also CoFounder and Principal Brand Strategist at Chromium and VP, Research & Planning at Ketchum PR.

He is the author of Brand Mechanics – The Art and Science of Building Brands (Chromium Books, 2013). www.brandmechanics.com/book

A conference chair and speaker on three continents, Llewellyn-Williams has also twice been a judge for “The Effies” in New York.

Winner of …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Julie Palley, East Bay College Fund

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Julie Palley has served as the Board Vice President and Marketing Lead from 2004-present for East Bay College Fund, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that helps resilient public school students, underrepresented in higher education, access and succeed in college (www.eastbaycollegefund.org). In this role she created the organization’s brand identity, marketing materials including brochures, event promotional collateral, developed and launched the website. In addition she is a key member of the leadership team actively involved in strategic planning, research/analysis and program …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Judy Chen, Earthbound Farm

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Judy Chen is a seasoned brand marketer in the consumer products industry. She was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer at Earthbound Farm driving the
company’s transformation from an organic produce to a food company. Judy was the
Group Leader of Marketing and Business Development at Chiquita Brands International, finding new and innovative ways to bring fresh and healthier products to consumers and revitalizing the iconic Chiquita and growing Fresh Express brands. Judy began her marketing career with The Clorox Company …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Mashama Carter-Thompson, 510media

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

“In a world where brand is everything and nothing. We must build monstrous brands that have no shadow. Brand continues to be the invisible hand that moves consumers. Im here to help clients move their world. As a designer, painter, illustrator and photographer I have honed and developed a great sense of the grand picture, and I am dedicated to inspired creative design and building brands with a big B.” -M. Thompson

What motivates you to volunteer your time at …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Sherri Pittman, Metropolitan Group

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Sherri Pittman brings to Metropolitan Group over 25 years of experience defining vision, strategies, and communication plans that inspire action. Known for her strategic planning strengths, Sherri excels at leading complex projects and aligning diverse perspectives against a common goal. In her various VP Marketing and Strategic Planning roles, Sherri has developed long range planning processes, built business plans and developed winning marketing strategies for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Sherri recently joined Metropolitan Group as Executive …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Mary Jo Cook, Fair Trade USA

7th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

As Chief Impact Officer at Fair Trade USA, Mary Jo Cook is implementing “Fair Trade for All”, the organization’s vision to dramatically increase impact and better serve the needs of farmers, workers, industry and consumers. Prior to joining FTUSA, she was Vice President of Innovation & Sustainability at the Clorox Company, where she led teams in launching new products such as GreenWorks. She was named one of Progressive Grocer’s 2012 Top Women in Grocery for helping responsible companies develop …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Amadeo DeSouza, Distill

6th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Eduardo Amadeo DeSouza is a creative director specializing in Communication Design, Branding, and User Experience. Since graduating from California College of the Arts in 2005, he has worked for clients such as IDEO, MTV, SFMOMA and Adidas. In 2008 he left the freelance world to found Distill, a branding and experience design consultancy. His work has been featured in I.D. magazine, Print magazine, the Type Directors Annual, and The Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art.

What motivates you to volunteer your …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Alex Ryan, Distill

6th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Alexander Ryan is co-founder of Distill, a branding and experience design consultancy. His first branding project involved building the interior of a hotel, at full scale, out of foam core. Things have gotten a little easier since then. In 2008 he accidentally designed the Oakland Airport’s brand identity (ask him about it!).

Today Distill works with a range of clients including, technology startups, public agencies, and small businesses, helping them create delightful experiences and meaningful brands. A graduate of …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Rob Martin, Majorminor

6th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Well-versed in playing music, it’s no surprise that Rob carries over his natural knack of instrumentation into design—coordinating a beat with a texture to give message a platform. A product of the Bay Area, Rob was exposed to design at an early age by way of skate culture, album covers and magazines.

After receiving a BS in Graphic Design from Sacramento State University in 2007. He began his design career working for Chen Design Associates, Volume Inc., and Duarte Design, …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Jeffrey Tanhueco, Majorminor

6th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Jeffrey Tanhueco is a multidisciplinary designer living and working in San
Francisco. He focuses his energy on crafting clever work that balances the fine line of art and commerce. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeffrey brings a quirky personality and a devoted work ethic to Majorminor. He combines a design-nerd discipline with an imagination that remains childishly free.

Having worked with industry titans like Google, Workday, SanDisk and StubHub to local organizations and entrepreneurs like Inner …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Andrew Sather, SPAN Agency

5th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

A web and e-commerce pioneer, Andrew has spent nearly 20 years building businesses that enmesh and merge design and technology to revolutionize business and connect people with brands. Andrew is a fanatical builder of brands and harmonized, omni-channel consumer experience. He’s an acolyte of analytics-driven, user-centered design.

During his time as CEO and Creative Director of his first company, Adjacency, and during his time as SVP at Sapient, its acquirer, Andrew helped provide brands like Apple Computer, Caterpillar, Ferrari, Land …



Path 2 Branding Profile: Jason Turner, SPAN Agency

5th August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

Jason has over 20 years of experience (client and agency) in innovating, building, marketing and leading online and offline businesses. He has done so on a global scale (e.g. HP.com andNissan.com), a national scale (e.g. WalMart.com, SonyStyle.com) as well as start-ups (Lookmatic.com); with annual revenues from $500K to $1B.

Prior to SPAN Jason was a freelance consultant specializing in innovating, scaling and optimizing businesses through product/service innovation, integrated marketing, ecommerce, design, flawless
execution and core strategy crafting.

Prior to freelancing, Jason was …



Cafe Conversation: Q&A with Far I Shields of Green Carpet Clean and Housekeeping Services

3rd August

In this new series of conversations with entrepreneurs in the ICA network, we asked Far I, founder of Green Carpet Clean and Housekeeping Services, to go beyond steamers and spreadsheets to tell us the deeper thoughts behind running a small business.

Q: Why did you start your business? Why do you do what you do?

I was a Real Estate Agent from 2006-2008. In 2008 the economy went belly up and I was no longer able to make a living as a Real Estate Agent. I decided to have a music career since that is a true passion of mine. I hosted an open mic on Friday’s in the Oakland area entitled “The Freedom Road Show.” At the show I would ask the audience and fellow performers if anyone has an idea that they would like to share to generate income.

After …



CEO Corner with Jose Corona

3rd August

In a new series of stories and perspectives from Jose Corona, CEO of ICA, Jose charts the path of his growing investment in the ICA mission that begins with his father’s entrepreneurship.

Many people often ask me how and I why I came to ICA. Well, that is a lengthy conversation, with a lot of twists and turns. At the end, however, my path traces back to my father. My father’s example as a farming business owner in Watsonville, CA inspired me to take up ICA’s mission. Growing up with and around him gave me first hand experience with how great entrepreneurs can create good jobs for their community and increase prosperity for everyone around them. Not only did I learn that entrepreneurs live crazy lives, but it also exposed me to witness that some entrepreneurs, …



Back to the Roots’ AquaFarm is now in Whole Foods & Nordstrom (Petco coming soon)!

2nd August

We have some exciting news we wanted to share! Back to the Roots’ AquaFarm is now available at Whole Foods Market and Nordstrom on the West Coast! They’re expanding across the rest of the country quickly and will also be launching with Petco nationwide this Fall – so look out for the AquaFarm in a store near you just in time for the holidays.

Also, Forbes just named Back to the Roots one of the 25 most innovative consumer and retail brands! Needless to say, it’s been a great week for the Back to the Roots team and we wanted to spread the good news.

Cheers to the BTTR team for their rising success!



Path 2 Branding Profile: Lisa Meares, Schwab

2nd August

In service to accelerating the growth of local small businesses, we’ve assembled a powerhouse team of experts to advise entrepreneurs how to improve the branding of their businesses to increase their bottom line. On August 8th, these advisors and entrepreneurs will gather at the San Francisco State Downtown Campus for ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop and dig in to improve branding strategies.

A few days ago we introduced you to Julian Aldridge, VP of Brand Evangelism and Activation for Schwab. Today, we’re proud to introduce you to Julian’s colleague and fellow brand expert, Lisa Meares.

Lisa Meares manages Brand Strategy, Naming, Brand Architecture and monitors the health of the Charles Schwab brand. She has spent the last five years at Schwab in this role and most recently she has been involved in managing the development and roll-out of the company’s new …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Christopher Simmons, MINE™

1st August

We are very proud to announce the inclusion of Christopher Simmons, principal and creative director of MINE™, as an expert advisor to entrepreneurs at our upcoming Path 2 Branding workshop. Simmons is widely respected as one of the greatest designers working today, and we are very fortunate that he’ll be volunteering to share his wisdom and skill to help push the ICA mission forward.

Christopher Simmons is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based designer, writer, design advocate, and educator. As principal/creative director of the San Francisco design office, MINE™, Simmons designs and directs brand and communication design projects for clients ranging from Facebook and Microsoft to the Edible Schoolyard Project and Obama for America. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions ranging from the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art to the Smithsonian Institution.

Simmons is the author of four books and infrequently writes …



Investing in Good Local Jobs: An Interview with Jose Corona from Inner City Advisors and Sean Murphy from Fund Good Jobs (Part 2)

1st August

In part 1 of this interview, ICA CEO Jose Corona and Fund Good Jobs President & Managing Director Sean Murphy talked to Living Cities guest blogger Bets Edasery and Program Coordinator Juan Sebastian Arias about how to invest in the creation of good jobs. In this second half of the interview, Jose and Sean talk about the structure of the fund and how it plans to connect people with higher barriers to employment to good jobs. Read the interview below to find out how.

Posted by Bets Edasery, Juan Sebastian Arias on on Aug 01, 2013

Despite national gains in some job sectors, individuals facing the highest barriers to employment are not benefitting from this job growth. The mismatch between workforce development and job creation efforts need to be addressed if we want to ensure that these hard-to-hire individuals (such as …



Back to the Roots is Hiring a Community Happyness Guru

1st August

Back to the Roots, an ICA Portfolio Company, is hiring a Community Happyness Guru. Read the job description below and find the instructions to apply at the bottom.

Job Title: Community Happyness Guru
We are looking for a passionate, hard working and motivated person to help Back to the Roots provide exceptional customer service support to our community. This is part time position with the opportunity to become full time and is based in Oakland, CA.

About the Position
This position is responsible for providing exceptional customer service over email, phone and across all our social media channels. You will assist customers by placing orders, providing accurate product information, and addressing questions or concerns in a helpful and professional manner. We are looking for someone who can work for approximately 20 hrs a week (ideally mornings Monday through Thursday). This position is at the …



Investing in Good Local Jobs: An Interview with Jose Corona from Inner City Advisors and Sean Murphy from Fund Good Jobs (Part 1)

31st July

Last week, ICA CEO Jose Corona and Fund Good Jobs President & Managing Director Sean Murphy were interviewed by Living Cities guest blogger Bets Edasery and Program Coordinator Juan Sebastian Arias to talk about how to invest in the creation of good jobs. Despite a gradual decrease in the national unemployment rate, people with high barriers to employment are still not gaining access to good jobs. Read the interview below to find out how ICA and Fund Good Jobs are effectively addressing this problem.

Posted by Bets Edasery, Juan Sebastian Arias on Jul 23, 2013

11.8 million working age Americans are currently unemployed, including 4.3 million who have been jobless for at least 27 weeks. From a different angle, this accounts for unemployment rates of 24% among youth, 13.7% among Black Americans and 9.1% among Latinos.

While the national unemployment rate has decreased …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Julian Aldridge, Schwab

30th July

Julian Aldridge is VP, Brand Evangelism and Activation for Schwab, and will be sharing his expertise on August 8th at ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop for entrepreneurs.

Julian joined Schwab in February 2013, after driving the Challenger Brand Identity project as a contractor in 2012. Prior to that, he founded and ran ENACT, the agency and consulting group that he formed to fill a clear void in the market place after Aegis folded Ammo Marketing into Isobar in 2010. Combining Influencer, Social and Digital expertise, ENACT is an Influencer-inspired agency that develops enacted marketing programs and undertakes consulting assignments for a select group of clients each year, from across every category and market sector.

Julian’s background covers nearly 30 years in the communications and branding industries. A native of London, he learned his trade at some of the biggest and …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Jason Lorentzen, IDEO

29th July

IDEO (pronounced “EYE-dee-oh”) has roots dating back to 1978. Today, IDEO is an award-winning global design and innovation consultancy. They create positive impact through design by taking a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate, grow, and bring to market new ideas.

Jason Lorentzen is a Business Designer in IDEO’s San Francisco office where he contributes to developing new product and service concepts, designing sustainable business models and solving complex system innovation problems.

Prior to joining IDEO, Jason was Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning at WRSCompass, an environmental services firm, where he led strategic planning, organization design efforts and various operational initiatives. Before WRSCompass, he was a part of the investment team at Equity Group Investments in Chicago and in Abu Dhabi, evaluating investments and working with executives at public and private companies across several industries …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Jill Levinsohn, IDEO

29th July

IDEO (pronounced “EYE-dee-oh”) has roots dating back to 1978. Today, IDEO is an award-winning global design and innovation consultancy. They create positive impact through design by taking a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate, grow, and bring to market new ideas.

Jill Levinsohn is a business lead at IDEO. Based in the Bay Area, she focuses on designing client engagements and strategies anchored in brand-relevant consumer experiences that create business growth and impact.

Jill’s passion lies in understanding and enabling the relationships that design seeks to create—whether it’s between a designer and a user, or a company and its consumers. She enjoys seeing them manifest in the reimagination of industries, the solution of knotty problems, and the ability to make people’s lives better or more interesting.

Prior to joining IDEO in 2011, Jill worked as a …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Nastasha Tan, IDEO

29th July

IDEO (pronounced “EYE-dee-oh”) has roots dating back to 1978. Today, IDEO is an award-winning global design and innovation consultancy. They create positive impact through design by taking a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate, grow, and bring to market new ideas.

Nastasha Tan is a Senior Interaction Designer at IDEO. She leverages her multidisciplinary background in user-centered design, cognitive science, and psychology to design next generation products and user experiences that are both technologically compelling and visually engaging. She has a passion for all things mobile that addresses future needs of the world by utilizing state-of-the-art technology. Her contributions in innovation come from her vision of a beautiful future of ubiquitous computing and pervasive technologies that improve quality of life. Her strengths are in visual communication, branding, strategy, problem solving at a systems level, …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Jessa Blades, IDEO

26th July

ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop on August 8th, at SF State’s Downtown Campus, is set to be a rich experience for entrepreneurs, thanks wholeheartedly to the wealth of expertise and experience that our selected advisors will be providing the participants.

Now that the application process is complete, we’ve been preparing entrepreneurs and advisors to hit the ground running and dig into each small business brand to unearth how better branding expressions can improve their bottom line.

In the lead up to the workshop, we’re highlighting the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local entrepreneurs and push the ICA mission forward.

We’ve been dancing like breakdancing bears with that expertise that will be in the room on August 8th, especially because we’ll have five representatives from IDEO!

IDEO (pronounced “EYE-dee-oh”) has roots dating back to 1978. Today, IDEO is an …



Path 2 Branding Advisor Profile: Heather Emerson, IDEO

25th July

ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop on August 8th, at SF State’s Downtown Campus, is set to be a rich experience for entrepreneurs, thanks wholeheartedly to the wealth of expertise and experience that our selected advisors will be providing the participants.

Now that the application process is complete, we’ve been preparing entrepreneurs and advisors to hit the ground running and dig into each small business brand to unearth how better branding expressions can improve their bottom line.

In the lead up to the workshop, we’d like to highlight the outstanding advisors who are volunteering their time to serve local businesses and push the ICA mission forward. This is the first in a series of profiles we will publish to shine a light on the great people that are coming together in support of mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Today, we’re doing a special Dwight Wilson office …



Prather Ranch Meat Co. is Hiring

25th July

Prather Ranch Meat Co., an ICA Portfolio Company, is hiring for two new positions. Please find the job descriptions and instructions to apply below.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

AMERICAN EATERY

Position: LINE COOK
Tired of working nights? Love to work with seasonal produce and sustainable meats?

The American Eatery is a busy downtown lunch restaurant specializing in seasonal sandwiches, burgers, sausages, soups and salads is searching for a strong line cook to work in our busy lunch establishment.

The right candidate will be trained in working the grill and fry station and have experience in high volume establishments.

We are open 7days a week for lunch with brunch on the weekends. This is a fun place to work with delicious, creative food and great hours.

You must be able to work weekends and holidays.

Please respond with your resume imbedded to our Executive Chef, Erica Holland-Toll, via email to erica@prmeatco.com.

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APPLY NOW: E2 Pitch Contest, Conducted by JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership with Keiretsu Forum and ICA

23rd July

WHO:
Entrepreneurs who have launched their business within the past two years

WHEN:
8/14/2013
5:30PM – 8:30PM

WHERE:
ICA Office, 283 4th Street, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94607

FORMAT:
• 2 minute pitches
• 4 minutes of Q&A
• 4 minutes of comments
• Free to participate
• Open to businesses that have launched within the last 2 years

Have you launched a business within the last two years? JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership, in cooperation with the Keiretsu Forum and ICA, has launched a new competition for entrepreneurs in the Bay Area: The E2 Pitch Contest. This event is sponsored by Chevron, and will connect emerging entrepreneurs with resources, feedback and mentoring from angel investors and community leaders. Participants pre-selected by the IEL will have 2 minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. The criteria to apply is: (1) the company is 2 years or less in business and …



Last Chance to Apply to the Path 2 Cash Workshop

19th July

We (ICA) are organizing an opportunity for capital-seeking entrepreneurs to get 1-on-1 financial advising and accelerate their success to obtain capital. This is a BIG event, in that we want to reach at least 100 entrepreneurs. If a financial expert taught you exactly what you need to know to get approved for growth capital, would you take that advice?

Our workshop is called Path 2 Cash. It will explain what capital providers look for and how you can improve your chances of securing either a loan or equity investment. You’ll be matched 1-on-1 with an expert advisor to review the financial documents and pitch you are preparing to access capital, identify where you are on the path, and get actionable feedback to help you accelerate your success to secure funding.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY 19th (this Friday)

In the last two years, the …



From Mushrooms To Aquaponics, How Back To The Roots Is Taking Over Home Growing

18th July

WRITTEN BY: BEN PAYNTER

The AquaFarm is a miniature aquaponics factory for your kitchen. It’s just the latest in the company’s plan to help you produce more things to eat in your own home.

For some inventors, the problem with creating a hit product is that you become pigeonholed by your own brand’s success. Take the so-called Mushroom Guys, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, two friends who started out growing mushrooms in recycled coffee grounds in the kitchen of a UC Berkeley frat house back in 2009. Their company, Back to the Roots, eventually sprouted into a smartly designed kit for grow-at-home oyster mushrooms, which pop out of a container about the size of a boxed-wine box. The kits were cool enough for a classroom and pretty enough to sit atop the kitchen counter, which led to deals with the likes of …



Vote for El Porteno in SF Street Food Festival’s Local Forager Contest

16th July

La Cocina and Whole Foods Market are thrilled to present this year’s Local Forager Contest as part of the San Francisco Street Food Festival. Whole Foods Market and La Cocina share a commitment to finding the best and the brightest of local cooks who are ready to formalize their business, and what better place to launch than this event?

We’re searching, together, high and low for those folks who are looking to take their next food step: informal vendors, launching food trucks, owner-operated, chef-driven restaurants, your next door neighbor or anyone whose food you think is the bee’s knees. We’ll probably agree. We invite you to help us find and select the best four Northern California has to offer to participate in the 2013 San Francisco Street Food Festival.

Click the image below and scroll down to vote for El …



5 days left to apply to ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop

15th July

We (ICA) are organizing an opportunity for capital-seeking entrepreneurs to get 1-on-1 financial advising and accelerate their success to obtain capital. This is a BIG event, in that we want to reach at least 100 entrepreneurs. If a financial expert taught you exactly what you need to know to get approved for growth capital, would you take that advice?

Our workshop is called Path 2 Cash. It will explain what capital providers look for and how you can improve your chances of securing either a loan or equity investment. You’ll be matched 1-on-1 with an expert advisor to review the financial documents and pitch you are preparing to access capital, identify where you are on the path, and get actionable feedback to help you accelerate your success to secure funding.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY 19th (this Friday)

In the last two years, the …



A Masculine Silhouette, Tailored for Her

11th July

Sophie Spinelle, via dapperQ

Left to right, an image from the style blog dapperQ; Mary Going, who started Saint Harridan, an online suit store; looks via dapperQ.

Mary Going is an awesome entrepreneur. She’s the founder of an unconventional fashion brand called Saint Harridan, earned her MBA at Mills College, and is a former intern of ICA. We’re so excited to see Saint Harridan featured in the New York Times! Read the beginning of the article, and then click the link to read the rest on the NYT site.

By BRIDGET HUBER
Published: July 10, 2013

Mary Going, 46, a former nonprofit consultant in Oakland, Calif., wanted to wear a suit to her same-sex wedding in 2008, but found the shopping process demoralizing.

Nothing fit. Sometimes there were no dressing rooms. And salesmen looked at her funny when they realized she wasn’t shopping for a son. …



Refer a Young Person to Hack the Hood

10th July

Oakland fam and friends! Please help us spread the word on this.

Do you know a young person between the ages 15-21 looking to make money this summer, learn new tech skills, go on awesome field trips to Facebook and help local business owners at the same time?

Have them apply to HACK THE HOOD today. They have positions starting immediately!

Hack the Hood trainers can teach you the stuff that happens behind the scenes in creating a good website, getting that website seen on the web, and driving and measuring web traffic, and other things that small businesses need to run successful businesses in the 21st century. We’ll also teach you skills and information you’d need to find and get a job, start your own business, and communicate productively with employers, co-workers, customers, and clients.

At our 6 week Summer Bootcamp, …



Social Media for Small Businesses

9th July

When:
Wednesday
July 17, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM PDT

Where:
Oakland City Hall, Council Chambers
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (3rd floor of City Hall)
Oakland, CA 94612

Presented by Oakland Digital (ODALC) and co-sponsored by the City of Oakland and the Office of the Mayor, Social Media for Small Businesses is an annual symposium held at Oakland City Hall, Council Chambers.

Now on its third year, SMfSB is an accelerated three-hour event that serves as a neutral, educational and learning platform for local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Let’s Talk About Social Media for Small Businesses

The event introduces practical and emerging social networking platforms to help educate and empower small businesses to succeed in the digital economy.

Register today to hear from the leaders of tech: Twitter, Google and Constant Contact. Break social media down into easy-to-understand parts to utilize digital tools and technology as a …



APPLY NOW: Path to Cash Workshop, September 6th

8th July

Path 2 Cash
Accelerate your access
to growth capital.
September 6th, 2013 // 8am-12pm

ICA’s Path 2 Cash workshop will explain what capital providers look for and how you can improve your chances of securing either a loan or equity investment. You’ll be matched 1-on-1 with an expert advisor to review the financial documents and pitch you are preparing to access capital, identify where you are on the path, and get actionable feedback to help you accelerate your success to secure funding.

Price: $99 (financial assistance is available)
Deadline for applications: Friday, July 19th



6 Key Features of an Effective Job Creation Model

2nd July

The do’s and don’ts of implementing a job creation model to build local economies that work for everybody.

Three years after the officially declared end of the recession, the jobs crisis continues. Unemployment and underemployment are still too high, and job seekers are increasingly frustrated searching for positions that match their skills, pay good wages and provide room for growth.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 11,742,000 working age Americans who are officially unemployed and 89,967,000 working age Americans who are “not in the labor force.” If that wasn’t bad enough, the percentage of working-age adults participating in the labor force fell to 63.3 percent in April. It’s the lowest such figure since May 1979.

We simply cannot continue down this path. The risks and costs to our nation, states and local communities are too high to bear.

A …



SAVE THE DATE: Whole Foods Market Local Vendor Fair, August 14, 2013

2nd July

On Wednesday, August 14th Whole Foods Market will be hosting its second Local Vendor Summit at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco from 8:00am- 5:00pm.

The purpose of the event is:

• To find great new unique items for our stores
• To introduce select local vendors to our Purchasing group and store • representatives
• To provide information to these vendors on how to grow their business and sell their items in our stores
• To provide these vendors access to resources and contacts they need to accomplish the above

For more information please contact Whole Foods at NCVendorSummit@wholefoods.com



CORE Foods is hiring an Accounting Manager

2nd July

POSITION
CORE is a dynamic, fast-growing company focused on excellence in everything we do. We’re looking for the next big addition to our team, to manage mission- critical daily accounting work and help keep the business running smoothly. Key responsibilities include:

• Be fluent in Quickbooks and manage all company bookkeeping including AR, AP, billing and reconciliations
• Produce, review, and correct key standard financial reports
• Manage budget/forecasting models to inform major decisions
• Coordinate and manage payroll and company taxes
• Develop project-focused tools to evaluate financial viability of various 
growth opportunities
• Coordinate with production and sales dept. to ensure resources are 
available and cashflow needs are met
• Assist with other office-based tasks as needed
• Be the backbone of an incredibly fast-growing team!

QUALIFICATIONS
An ideal candidate will have a college degree, minimum 3.5 GPA with an accounting major and/or 2 years of experience, quickbooks experience & a love for healthy food. Just …



20 of the Best Online Marketing Resources for Entrepreneurs

2nd July

Here are 20 of the best resources we believe you’ll love – a compilation of articles you must read, videos you want to watch, photos that inspire, and key updates on cool tools and social media that will help you improve your business.

In our lead up to the Path 2 Branding workshop, we’re bringing you marketing and branding resources so you can become more strategic with your online presence, content creation and promotions.

Enjoy!

Must Read Articles

Wondering why you’re not attracting your ideal customer? Elena from PR in Your Pajamas tells you the one question you can ask to change that in this article.

Want to know the one thing that’s incredibly dangerous for online marketers that you need to understand? Read it here on Copyblogger.

And then there’s this article from Michael Costigan of Young Entrepreneur about how to approach direct selling when …


Thank you for going ALL IN to create good jobs!

25th June

On behalf of the ICA team, Fund Good Jobs, our Advisors and our Board of Directors, we would like to extend the utmost gratitude to all of you for standing together in show of support for all of the people collaborating to create good jobs in the Bay Area. This is a great moment for the mission and the organization!

It is also the most urgent.

The imperative to create good jobs is more critical than ever, and so our impact must scale. You have an important role to play in the success of this mission. Here are 3 key ways you can help right now:

1) Visit http://innercityadvisors.org/2013 to learn more about how this impact is delivered and share the success stories with your network.

2) Refer an entrepreneur, advisor, funder or journalist to ICA. The more people that know about, …



LolaBee’s Online Farmers Market Launches Home Delivery

24th June

LolaBee’s Harvest, an online farmers market, is launching home delivery in Oakland and Berkeley! LolaBee’s sources produce, pasture-raised meat, dairy and eggs from local farmers and delivers to customers’ doorsteps. You can place custom orders and save yourself a lot of time with home delivery. Give LolaBee’s a try!

Sign up here: http://csa.farmigo.com/join/lolabees/csa



Apply Now to ICA’s Path 2 Branding Workshop

19th June

Would you like to know how your branding can have a bigger impact on your bottom line? ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop will uncover the relationship between your branding and business sales, and provide you with practical advice to implement brand initiatives that increase revenue. You’ll be paired 1-on-1 with an expert advisor to assess how your company’s brand is currently being experienced, as well as simple, actionable ways to measure and amplify that experience in order to increase company’s marketing presence and your sales.

Price: $99 (financial assistance is available)
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, June 26th



Saint Benoît Joins the ICA Portfolio!

18th June

We are very proud to announce that Saint Benoît Creamery has joined the ICA Portfolio! Saint Benoît Yogurt is a natural product from Sonoma county, California, whose organic yogurts are handcrafted in small batches. Their unique, smooth, creamy flavor begins with the wholesome Jersey milk they use.

Saint Benoît (French for Saint Benedict) founded several monastic communities across Europe. Through centuries – their commitment to a region and its people, their knowledge of the local environment and their concern for the land they farmed – these communities have crafted some of the best artisan food products (cheeses, wines, preserves, etc.) in the world.

The founders of Saint Benoît Creamery, Benoît and David de Korsak, grew up in France and brought with them to California the concept of terroir, or food of a place, which reflects the character of the land from which …



THANK YOU for going ALL IN with ICA!

13th June

THANK YOU SO MUCH to the 1,200 people that came out last night to the Fox Theater – Oakland in support of the ICA mission, and in support of local entrepreneurs. We did it TOGETHER!! As one big team, as one passionate, mission-driven community putting everything we’ve got into lifting this region up! We are SO GRATEFUL for your energy, commitment and HUSTLE to build a Bay Area economy that works for everybody. If last night is evidence of anything, it’s that when we rally together around a common goal, we will make it happen! THANK YOU again!! With so much love, hugs and high fives

-The ICA Staff



Important things to know for tonight’s All In event

12th June

ICA ALL IN 2013
JUNE 12, 2013 @ 6PM
OAKLAND FOX THEATER

Greetings ALL IN 2013 Attendees,

Here are the important things to know for ICA’s ALL IN 2013 celebration tonight:

TICKETS:
Tickets are required for entry. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PRINT YOUR TICKET. If you have not purchased a ticket, they will be available at the door and we will not turn anybody away.

TONIGHT:
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 @ 6PM

6:00 — Doors Open, Food & Beverage, Networking

7:00 — Live Event

8:30 — Dessert & Drinks, Networking

WHERE:
FOX THEATER – OAKLAND
1807 Telegraph Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94612

Click the image below to find directions to the event.

PARKING:
Please use one of at least 4 parking lots that are within a 1-2 block radius of the Oakland Fox Theater.

TRANSPORTATION:
USE BART: We encourage you to use the BART train, as the 19th Street …



ICA Companies are Hiring!

2nd June

ICA companies are hiring! Please find the job descriptions below.

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Prather Ranch Meat Co Job Posting

Title:

Delivery Driver

Reports to:

Warehouse Manager

Location:

Oakland, CA

Work Experience:
1-2 years professional experience delivery driving for a recognized company.

Education:

High school

Hourly Wage:

Based on experience

Who We Are:
Prather Ranch Meat Company[PRMC] is a small meat warehousing, distribution and production operation that serves as the link between sustainable farmers and high-end meat consumers in the SF Bay Area. Our mission is to sell the best quality, sustainable raised, great tasting meat-products while building community around business and farming practices that respect the people, animals and land involved.

About the Job:
As a key team-member of the Warehouse Crew, this position requires both a strong distribution/logistics skill-set, as well as a high-level of customer service. We are looking for someone who values efficiency, accountability and teamwork on the job, as well as someone …


ICA Companies Top Fortune Magazine’s Inner City 100 List

30th May

The 2013 Inner City 100, a list of the 100 fastest-growing urban businesses in America, was published today in FORTUNE, and ICA Companies are well represented. These 100 inspiring businesses, ranging from a pet relocation service, a wine lifestyle marketer, to a scrap metal regenerator, are creating jobs in America’s urban cores.

For the past 15 years, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) has compiled its Inner City 100 list, highlighting the fastest-growing urban small businesses in America. This year’s list includes 28 women-owned businesses, a double in percentage since 1999, the list’s inaugural year. While many of these businesses are taking advantage of the burgeoning “mommy market,” several are breaking into industries heavily dominated by men, including construction.

In addition to an interactive interface highlighting all 100 winners, FORTUNE published several articles about the winners’ unique growth stories. …



Putting People First

29th May

Early last year ICA was excited to announce the addition of Ed Support Services (ESS) to the Portfolio. ESS provides education and behavior services to people with disabilities. As a professional service provider that serves a social need, ESS decided to build an entire framework around their core value of “Putting People First.” They developed this framework using their expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis, a science that involves using modern behavioral learning theory to modify behaviors. In essence, co-founders, Tanya Scott and Meredith Akers, applied the same set of skills they use in helping children and families, to running their business.

Their values-based approach is especially vital, considering the scale and pace at which ESS is growing. Last year their revenue increased by 40%, they added key members to their executive team — including a director of operations and director of …



What’s the best way to make Oakland safe?

28th May

Earlier this month, the Oakland Tribune reported new FBI statistics showing that Oakland has more robberies than any other city in America. This is disheartening news, but there’s one glaring omission from this kind of reporting – property crime has something to do with economic conditions.

So while strengthening Oakland’s police force is an important way to ensure that we all live in a safe environment, how can we improve local economic conditions so that every resident can make healthy choices?

Read more on the Oakland Local site: http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/05/whats-the-best-way-to-make-oakland-safe-community-voices/



FREE WEBINAR: Becoming The Leader You Need To Be

28th May

Michael C. Bush, Founder of The 8 Factors, has been delivering a series of business management webinars on Friday mornings for the past couple of months and wanted to extend you an invitation to join him this Friday for the session on LEADERSHIP.

We know you’re busy so his team has set it up so you can attend via a free live stream on your computer or mobile device of choice. As the saying goes, “Nothing changes if nothing changes”, and since leadership development is “an inside job”, this change starts with YOU.

Through this free, live streamed leadership webinar, you will learn how to make the transition from being the leader you feel you have to be, to the leader your business needs you to be. Not everyone is ready to make the transition, are you?

All you have to …



Apply for Code for America’s Accelerator Program

24th May

The Code for America Accelerator “turbo-charges” select civic startups by providing them an opportunity to amplify market awareness of their product, to access a wealth of business training and advice, and to be introduced to a broad network of potential investors and civic leaders.

The past few decades have seen staggering advances in technology, but government has been left behind, saddled with outdated and inefficient software, while costs have exploded into the hundreds of billions. That means there’s both the imperative and the market for new, disruptive startups.

Applications for the 2013 class of the Accelerator are open until May 31st.



It’s time to double down our investments in job creation initiatives

22nd May

On May 23, 2012 1200+ people gathered at the historic Oakland Fox Theater for the Bay Area’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship and job creation. It was a vibrant and inspiring experience, and we are so grateful for all the wonderful people that attended ICA’s ALL IN 2012 event in support of local entrepreneurs.

Watch the highlights above to relive the experience.

On June 12th at 6pm, we’re hosting ALL IN 2013 at the Fox Theater again to double down their job-creation investments. The event is designed to raise funds that will scale the growth of more local small businesses in order to create good jobs. Our intent is to show how our collective work is improving the vibrance of the region and the quality of life for the people who live here.

We believe that creating targeted employment opportunities is a …



Back to the Roots Will Headline a Historic Evening on June 12th

21st May

All In Keynote Speakers: Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, Founders, Back to the Roots

Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, Co-Founders of ICA portfolio company Back to the Roots, will be the keynote speakers for our ALL IN 2013 celebration and we could not be more proud of this moment! This symbolizes a milestone in the history of our organization, considering the humble origins we’ve started from and the people who’ve gone “all in” to make ICA and Back to the Roots grow.

On the evening of June 12th, Velez and Arora will leave you wholeheartedly inspired by their enchanting stories and insightful lessons about what it means to go ALL IN in business, and we encourage you to come share this historic night with us. Click here to purchase your tickets today.



Watch Session 5 of ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series: Processes & Structure

17th May

Video streaming by Ustream

ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series featuring the 8 Factors is streaming LIVE! Tune in to Session 5, covering Factors 6 and 7, Process and Structure. Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, talks about documenting, measuring and improving the way work gets done at your business. Ensure your team is empowered and engaged and that you know how things happen before “know how” walks out the door. Michael also explains how to scale your company structure beyond the founder. Learn when to “chart” the evolution of your company, what your organizational structure communicates and how to ensure that “form follows function.” Click play on the video above.



Tomorrow: Session 5 of ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series, Processes & Structure

16th May

ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series featuring the 8 Factors is streaming LIVE tomorrow morning at 8AM! Tune in to Session 5, covering Factors 6 and 7, Process and Structure.

Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, will talk about documenting, measuring and improving the way work gets done at your business. Ensure your team is empowered and engaged and that you know how things happen before “know how” walks out the door. Michael will also explain how to scale your company structure beyond the founder. Learn when to “chart” the evolution of your company, what your organizational structure communicates and how to ensure that “form follows function.”

Check back tomorrow to watch the live stream of Session 5.



APPLY NOW: Path 2 Branding, Path 2 Cash Workshops

14th May

ICA’s Entrepreneurship Education Institute is now accepting applications for two workshops: Path 2 Branding and Path 2 Cash. If you are an entrepreneur operating your own business, growing the business, committed to creating good jobs and seeking resources to scale your business, we encourage you to take advantage of these offerings. Find the details below and apply.

PATH 2 BRANDING

Would you like to know how your branding can have a bigger impact on your bottom line? ICA’s Path 2 Branding workshop will uncover the relationship between your branding and business sales, and provide you with practical advice to implement brand initiatives that increase revenue. You’ll be paired 1-on-1 with an expert advisor to assess how your company’s brand is currently being experienced, as well as simple, actionable ways to measure and amplify that experience in order to increase company’s marketing presence …



Entrepreneurs In Action: CORE Foods creates organic, raw meal bar

13th May

CORE Foods, an ICA Portfolio Company, just received a great profile in the San Francisco Business Times. Read on to find out how they’re innovating with a healthier alternative to on-the-go meal bars.

By Josh Cain
San Francisco Business Times

CORE Foods is a company on the go. In three years, Corey Rennell, a Harvard University alum who founded the startup that slings packaged, ready-to-go, organic meal bars, has moved his headquarters three times, from San Francisco to Berkeley to its current location in Oakland.

In that way, CORE is a lot like the customers it markets to — active people looking for healthy ways to grab meals.

Rennell is one himself. He formed the idea of creating a new type of meal bar while communing with tribes around the globe on a project with the Discovery Channel. Despite days spent hiking through mountain terrain, …



Watch ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series, Session 4: People & Culture

10th May

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Tune in LIVE to watch Session 4 of ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series: People & Culture. Click play on the video above.

Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, talks about the most important part of your business — your people. Learn effective interviewing, evaluating and hiring techniques, how to recognize, develop and hold on to your valuable employees and how to let go of those that are hurting your team and your business. Michael also talks about assessing, creating, cultivating and changing your company culture to ensure it attracts, retains and supports people who execute your strategy in ways that your customers and competitors will “feel.”



Invitation from Michael C. Bush to Attend May 10th’s Free Live Stream “People and Culture”

9th May

Hello Everyone,

I have been delivering a series of business management sessions on Friday mornings for the past few weeks and wanted to extend an invitation to join us for tomorrow ‘s session “People and Culture”. We know you are busy so we’ve set it up so you can attend via a free live stream on your computer or mobile device of choice. In my experience, people and culture are two of the most important contributors to a businesses on-going success, but too often are also the two that go overlooked or de-prioritized for many business owners. It’s like I always say, the “soft” stuff is the “hard” stuff, so tomorrow will be about learning how to leverage these Factors to unlock the full potential in your business. You can find a copy of the slide deck …



Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business

7th May

Good news! Deborah Ale Flint, Director of the Oakland International Airport and Secretary/Treasurer of ICA’s Board of Directors, has been named one of the most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT).

Also, Karen Burns, Partner at Sensiba San Filippo and a great ally to ICA, has also been named to this esteemed list. Read the article below from Krystal Peak, Social Engagement Manager for SFBT.

Krystal Peak
Social Engagement Manager
San Francisco Business Times

Sitting in a C-suite often has its perks, but much of the time, when an executive joins a meeting or is speaking at a conference, their title walks into the room, not their personality.

When the Business Times approached me to gather bios on the influential women who would be honored in our annual Most Influential Women of the Bay Area publication, I wanted …



Find ICA at SF Small Business Week 2013

6th May

Join ICA for this inspiring free annual event that honors small business’ contribution to San Francisco’s prosperity.

• Celebrate the contributions of San Francisco small businesses.
• Connect with more than 4,000 members of the small business community
• Focus on making your business soar
• Learn about best practices and innovative technology.

ICA will be present at a gala on May 13th.

This event sells out – buy your tickets now. There will be NO onsite registration and tickets will be mandatory at the door. Discount codes do not guarantee you a ticket to the event. You must still register in advance. San Francisco Small Business Week does not offer refunds for Flavors of San Francisco ticket purchases. Your ticket sale goes to support the free events we host during San Francisco Small Business Week.

ICA will also be present on Friday May 17th for …



Last Chance to Change Oakland’s Entrepreneurial Future

3rd May

Here’s a letter from Michael C. Bush–a highly successful entrepreneur from Oakland, CA, the Founder of the8factors.com and the teacher of ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series–asking you to pledge your support to change Oakland’s entrepreneurial future.

Hello Everyone,

The world of Oakland not being a start-up HUB will be over. In 5 days HUB Oakland will meet its Kickstarter goal if you want it too.

If you want to change this city, and many others like it, this is the chance. Click here to make it happen!

I have worked to help Oakland entrepreneurs and small business in other cities like Oakland for 20 years. This is the missing link, a place where people can physically office together, work together, ideate together, share short cuts together, and do it themselves.

As James Brown said, “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Just open …



An ALL IN Invitation from ICA CEO Jose Corona

2nd May



Back to the Roots is Hiring!

30th April

COMMUNITY HAPPYNESS GURU & CUSTOMER SERVICE

Back to the Roots, an ICA Portfolio Company, is looking for a PT Community Happynness Guru to be the front line of customer service – answering phones and responding to our community’s emails and social media inquiries. Most importantly – you’ll be spreading passion and love to all our customers!

Click here for the full job description and apply



Attend the 2013 Small Business Summit

29th April

We encourage you to attend the San Francisco Business Times 2013 Small Business Summit. This event will include a fascinating presentation of the national SMB market findings by American City Business Journals’s VP of research, Godfrey Phillips, followed by a panel discussion with three successful small business owners. Click here to register: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/event/78371

When: Friday, May 10, 2013,
7:30am-10:00am Add to my calendar

Where: Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street San Francisco CA 94103

Event Information

Small to mid-sized businesses are the growth engine of a strong economy. What are the top issues of SMB owners, how do they view the future, and what is influencing their decisions?

Join us as we present the latest research on the small to mid-sized business marketplace, followed by an enlightening panel discussion with successful Bay Area SMB business owners.

SMB Insights Presentation given by Godfrey Phillips, American City Business Journals …



sf.citi Hosts the Women & Girls Leadership Summit

25th April

Join sf.citi and Silicon Valley Leadership Group at the 9th Women & Girls Leadership Summit

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
8:00AM – 12:45PM
Bessie Carmichael FEC Middle School – 824 Harrison Street

REGISTER HERE: http://sfwomenandgirls2013.eventbrite.com

This year sf.citi is partnering up with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for the Women and Girls Leadership Summit at Bessie Carmichael Middle School here in San Francisco! The purpose of this summit is to empower young girls from our neediest urban schools by introducing them to private and public sector women role models and to energize these students about their education.

By registering and participating in this event, you have the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with the young girls, and to meet and network with other women executives. Registration fees go towards helping to fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) programming at the school which will lead to …



Apply Now for the Mayor’s Innovation Fellows Program

24th April

The Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and City Hall Fellows are now accepting applications for the Mayor’s Innovation Fellows Program.

Mayor’s Innovation Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds but share several common characteristics:

• Experience working across sectors, with multiple stakeholders
• Passion and propensity for innovation
• Impeccable communication and presentation skills
• Unshakable belief in the power of technology

The Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation will host three Mayor’s Innovation Fellows for twelve-month terms beginning approximately August 1st, 2013.

Fellows will be matched based on their interests and skills with one of impact areas: Open Data, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and/or Technology Policy.

To apply, please visit innovatesf.com – Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, May 30th, 2013



How to Create Good, Local Jobs by Scaling Business Enterprises

23rd April

“With domestic unemployment and poverty on the rise, it’s evident that traditional strategies for building thriving communities and economies are no longer sufficient. New forms of financing, such as mission-driven venture capital, social impact investing, or innovative nonprofit enterprises, are increasingly part of the solution. Offering another alternative path forward, Inner City Advisors (ICA) has developed an equity-driven growth model for businesses that is creating economic and social value in low-income communities.” – Carmen Rojas, Acting Director of Program Strategies, Living Cities

Living Cities invites you to join a webinar about ICA’s growth model for business enterprises. The webinar will discuss how ICA is forging a new path for economic growth, proving that racial, gender and economic inclusion foster stronger economies. In this webinar, you will also learn about how ICA’s equity-driven model expands entrepreneurship among people of color and women …



Concreteworks Is Hiring

22nd April

Concreteworks, an ICA Education Company, is a full-service design and fabrication studio specializing in innovative solutions using cast concrete and other cement based materials. Their pieces combine the newest technologies in their field with cutting-edge design, and sustainable building materials. At the same time, they acknowledge the needs of their community and environment by handcrafting their products locally and incorporating 80% recycled content.

Now they’re hiring an Admin/Bookkeeper and a Color Coordinator. Please find the job descriptions below and apply.

Concreteworks Admin / Bookkeeper Position

Basic experience required:
• AR and AP
• 3+ years small business office management / College degree or equivalent
• Competent with Quickbooks, Microsoft Word and Excel or Apple Numbers, Pages.
• Customer service/Phone/sales experience.

Office manager role:
• Reception support: Answer phones, greet customers, signing for deliveries
• Help with showroom and office organization
• Ordering Office Supplies
• Support with office equipment: phones, printers, computers
• …



Building A Bay Area Economy That Works For Everybody

19th April

Guest post written by Kate Worteck for Inner City Advisors

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on lately, it’s that the East Bay needs more jobs. But there’s a huge difference between a regular job and a “good” job.

A regular job might pay a little more than minimum wage, with no benefits or paid time off. Employees live from paycheck to paycheck with no financial cushion – just one medical bill or car repair away from financial disaster.

And for thousands of people in the East Bay, even these jobs are out of reach. There’s a ton of discussion about Oakland’s revitalization lately, but we need to make sure that we’re building an economy that works for everyone.

Read the rest of the Oakland Local story here.



LGBTQ Gym Hiring Personal Trainer and Personal Assistant to Owner

18th April

The Perfect Sidekick is Oakland’s only LGBTQ Gym (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender, Queer) and currently has two positions available: PERSONAL TRAINER & PERSONAL ASSISTANT.

CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
Requirements:
- Must have certification
- At least (1) year experience
- CPR Certified
- Able to work with clients ranging from 20 to 80+ years of age
- Willing to work evenings and Saturday mornings
- Must be personable, energetic and motivating

We have a positive atmosphere and we are looking for a reliable TEAM PLAYER interested in growing with the company.

This is currently a part-time position with potential to full-time. No sales involved.

Requirements:
• Must be highly organized with an almost OCD level of attention to detail.
• Must be intelligent, with strong analytic and problem solving abilities.
• Have good communication abilities, both written and verbal.
• Be not afraid or “above” doing any sort of task, however basic, menial or personal.
• Live …



El Porteno is Hiring a Farmer’s Market Retail Staff Person

17th April

El Porteno Ferry Building / Farmer’s Market Retail Staff (SOMA / South Beach)

Do you enjoy celebrating the culture & food of Argentina and South America? Would you like to be part of an exciting growing company that is committed to community involvement and the importance of sustainability? Are you someone who enjoys working independently?

El Porteño Empanadas, a local Argentine Bakery, is currently looking for help for our Farmer’s Markets stands and at our prestigious Ferry building location. You will need to use your own vehicle (truck, van or wagon) and be comfortable setting up farmers markets on your own. You may also be required to deliver catering orders.

By joining our team you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the rewards of taking a small company to the next level. There is growth in the future and we need a good person …



Entrepreneurs: Call for Portfolio Company Applications

16th April

Apply now to the ICA Portfolio and gain access to pro bono resources that scale your business to success.

* The deadline to apply is April 30,2013. *

Apply here: http://innercityadvisors.org/portfolio-company-application/

We are looking to support high-impact entrepreneurs who are operating a business, growing the business, are committed to creating good jobs for people with high barriers to employment and are seeking strategic growth resources.

We specifically target companies with the following profile. If you don’t think you qualify, apply anyway. We are open to accepting companies outside of this range and we’d like to learn how we can support your business.

▪ Committed to creating good jobs for people with high barriers to employment
▪ In business at least 2 years with defensible business and financial models
▪ Approximately at 1M-5M in annual revenue with the ability and desire to scale beyond $5M …


How to Create Good Jobs for Youth This Summer

15th April

We need your help to create more jobs for San Francisco youth this summer! Join Mayor Edwin Lee, public and private employers and United Way of the Bay Area as we come together to launch this year’s Summer Jobs+ challenge.

Last year, the Mayor’s partners created job opportunities for over 5,200 young people and this year we’re reaching even higher.

The success of the inaugural year of Summer Jobs+ was due to the commitment and imagination of the cross-sector partnerships the Mayor created. And so they invite all San Francisco business leaders to rise to the challenge by pledging jobs or sponsoring summer internships to infuse our economy with new skills and leadership.

SF Summer Jobs + is the local response to President Obama’s national call to action to create pathways to employment for youth this summer. Preparing youth …



Join ICA at the ACG San Francisco 2013 CSR Forum

11th April

Here is a new way you can help ICA advance our mission while you build your professional network. Join ICA and the business professionals of ACG San Francisco at the 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Forum at the Bechtel Center in San Francisco.

Meet key supporters of other Bay Area social entrepreneurship organizations, as well as the entrepreneurs they are sponsoring, at this vital event. Be there to hear ICA’s Nina Robinson, our Portfolio Manager, as she introduces ICA to this influential group of business leaders.

By joining in this event, you’ll help our organization and our entrepreneurs meet a whole new group of people who can make their efforts grow even more successful. It’s a rare opportunity to build interconnectedness between the business community and our sister organizations, and we hope you can attend. Please click on the link …


The Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation is Looking for a Rockstar Innovation Analyst

10th April

The Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation is looking for a Rockstar Innovation Analyst to support TechSF, a pioneering workforce training initiative to train & place 2,500 San Francisco residents in high technology jobs.

Position Description

The Innovation Analyst will evaluate, develop, and implement sustainable innovation strategy and programs in general, and workforce development programs specifically. This position is funded through a Department of Labor Grant. You will sit within the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) and report directly to the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath, while acting as a liaison between MOCI and the Office of Economic Development & Workforce Development (OEWD) where you will evaluate, develop and implement programs that apply innovation methods (such as OpenGov, agile and user-centered design) to workforce development challenges.

Essential functions

• Create and provide support for MOCI and OEWD programs
• Apply innovation practices to economic …



Save the date: June 12th — ALL IN 2013

9th April

In 2012, 1200+ people packed the Historic Fox Theater in Oakland to go ALL IN for Bay Area entrepreneurs.
This year, on June 12th, we’re rallying everyone to double down on their investments. Stay tuned for Tickets and more information.

For ALL IN 2013 sponsorship opportunities, download the 2013 Sponsorship Packet or contact Jose Corona: jose@innercityadvisors.org.



Contribute to Kingston 11 Cuisine’s Indiegogo Campaign

8th April

Join us in building a permanent home for Kingston 11 Cuisine and become a part of the Bay Area’s premier organic Jamaican dining experience! Click below and contribute to the Kingston 11 Indiegogo campaign.

About Kingston 11 Cuisine

Kingston11 Cuisine was initially conceived by head chef Nigel Jones. With the help of his business partner Adrian Henderson, a dream turned into reality and over night Kingston11 grew into a thriving pop-up restaurant in Berkeley, CA and instantaneously became a hit throughout the Bay Area.

The foundation of Kingston11 began in a living room during monthly communal dinners, amongst the casual banter between friends and family over the possibility of one day opening a restaurant with our tasty home-style Caribbean cuisine. With the chemistry amongst the group being palatable (pardon the pun), the team managed to transpose the good vibes and love …



WATCH: ICA Business Growth Strategy, Session 1 (Archived Ustream)

5th April

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ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series started today, and in case you missed the live stream to Session 1 of the series, you can watch it here.

This is MBA knowledge without the price tag! Be sure to share this with anybody you think can benefit, especially people who are growing their business, starting a business, or thinking about starting one.

Check back to our Action Blog next Friday for Session 2 in the series.



Vote for Cook! SF to Win a Expo West NEXTY Award

4th April

Cook! SF was nominated for a NEXTY Award at Expo West and they need your votes to win!

Click here to vote for Cook! SF (nonalim soups) in the left column under Natural, Organic and Functional Foods and Beverages:

NEXTY award nominees were recognized as thought leaders and innovators at the Expo West 2013 Show. These industry provocateurs are helping to shape the landscape of the natural products world, and now you get to weigh in and vote for your favorite. Vote for one nominee from each of the three categories

Voting closes on Friday, May 3. The winners will be announced in a report in June and will consist of one poll leader and one editor’s choice per category. Please vote and spread the news!



Come to BTTR’s New Office Grand Opening Party Friday, April 5th

3rd April

As a quick reminder, Back to the Roots’ Grand Opening Party is this Friday evening – we really hope to see you here. Back to the Roots has moved into a gorgeous new space in the middle of the Oakland produce area in Jack London Square and they can’t wait to show it to you, thank you for your support and share their excitement.

5 – 6pm: Community Discussion to ask any questions, meet the team, and talk about the future of Back to the Roots

6 – 10pm: Grand Opening Party

Back to the Roots
424 2nd Street
Oakland, CA 94607

For more info and to RSVP: http://bttrcelebration.eventbrite.com/

Join us on Friday, April 5th at their new space in Oakland for:

- Tons of music and dancing
- DJ, flute performane and other musical guests
- Food courtesy of Whole Foods, Boston Market, Kaia Foods, Hodo Soy, …



CORE Foods is Hiring Again!

2nd April

Want to join an awesome team that’s on a mission to change the food industry?

You’re in luck!

CORE Foods is looking for super-smart people that care about food, nutrition, and changing the way the food industry works. Our mission is to get fresher, healthier food to more people, period.

SOUTHERN PACIFIC REGION CHIEF (Los Angeles):
CORE is looking for the next big addition to our team! Key responsibilities include:

• Manage growth in current and future accounts
• Pursue new accounts aggressively
• Organize local marketing/promotions/events
• Be the face of CORE to stores, customers, & suppliers
• Perform regular in-store samplings of our food
• Build relationships with buyers and coordinate with accounts through in-store visits, phone calls, and emails
• Test new sales channels
• Travel extensively within the region by personal vehicle and travel to other regions of the …



Hub Oakland Kickstarter Launch Party: The JumpOff! April 8th

1st April

** RSVP FOR FREE BY CLICKING HERE **

HUB Oakland is the newest in a global network of coworking spaces for mission-driven entrepreneurs and changemakers.

HUB Oakland planted the seeds over a year ago, watered the soil, and worked the land, and now it’s spring time. They’re in full bloom!

Come share in the launch of HUB Oakland’s crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign and check out their new “pop-up” digs in Downtown Oakland. They are ready to turn the Town upside down with innovation, but they can’t do it without you. Join us!

On Monday, April 8th from 6:00 – 9:00PM
You Can:

Mingle & Mix
Meet the Founders
Have a Cocktail
Peep the Floorplan
Munch & Laugh
Find Out More
and Become A Member!

We’re JumpingOFF! You coming?

Cordially,
Ashara, Ahmed, Zakiya, Edward, Lisa, Kristin, Konda, Roe and Jeff

Be Sure to LIKE HUB Oakland’s Page: www.facebook.com/huboak
Check out their blog at http://HubOakland.net/



6 Ways To Maximize Your Marketing Effectiveness

29th March

Startup marketing often involves an “all of the above” or “by any means necessary” approach, and rightfully so. To meet short-term goals, the strategy, or means, becomes far less important than the outcome.

Logically, the starting point for most startups is to drive traffic to the website (i.e., fill the top of the sales/conversion funnel). You don’t need to be a technical marketer to know that Google Analytics makes measuring traffic extremely easy. Similarly, measuring what’s happening at the end of the process (number of users/customers) is also pretty straightforward. With these two inputs – traffic and conversions – you now have a top-to-bottom conversion ratio.

This ratio is nice to have, but it’s far less valuable than you might be tempted to believe, particularly as you’re just starting up. Ultimately, there are a number of variables that can skew this ratio …



BTTR Relaunched Their Mushroom Kits with New Packaging

28th March

We love the video of the 2 year old using the iPad. With that in mind, Back to the Roots realized that to really scale up their movement of making food personal again, they’d have to design their Mushroom Kits so that every kid understands what they are and how to grow them with just a glance.

What do you think of the new design? We would love your feedback. See the evolution of the packaging design below.

Back to the Roots has also made some office changes and moved into a gorgeous new space in the middle of the Oakland produce area in Jack London Square. They can’t wait to show it to you, thank you for your support and share their excitement! Join us on Friday, April 5th at their new space in Oakland …



LAST CHANCE: FREE Growth Strategy Webinar Needs 50 More Registrants by This Saturday

27th March

We’re offering you a FREE live stream of each class in the entire Business Growth Strategy Series, but in order for it to happen, 50 more people must register by this Saturday, March 30th. We’re so close!

If 400 people don’t register, we’ll have to pull the plug on the live stream. So get yourself registered and share this with everyone in your network that is running a business, thinking about starting a business, or just wants to improve his or her ability to speak the language of business.

You should register for this webinar series if you are interested in:
- Launching a business
- Growing your business
- Working on your business, not just in your business
- Learning proven strategies that keep your cash in your pocket
- Improving your business leadership skills
- Learning how to increase profits by ridding waste from your …



Mills CSRB Conference Review: 5 Lessons for Impact

25th March

The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Annual CSRB Conference: Creating Shared Value and Evaluating Social Impact was a huge success thanks to the Center For Socially Responsible Business staff, Net Impact leadership team and members, speakers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, including Nina Robinson, ICA’s Portfolio Manager, and attendees from the Mills community and beyond.

If you value what you experienced at this conference or other CSRB events and you know someone who is considering an MBA, tell them about our program. They can register here for our next Information Session.

Here are a few lessons learned from our March conference that will help you make an impact in your work and life:

1. Do good for goodness’s sake: The first panel at the conference dealt with the questions of shared value. Speakers from Cisco, Gap Inc., …



Meet the Prequalified Prime Subcontractors

22nd March

OAKLAND ARMY BASE
TURNER/TOP GRADE/FLATIRON A JOINT VENTURE (TTGF)

Notice to LOWER TIER SUBCONTRACTORS

Here is an invitation to a Meet the Primes event that will take place on April 4th from 2 to 4 PM in the ground floor of the Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. The purpose of this event is to provide a networking opportunity for lower tier subcontractors to meet the Prime Contractors prequalified to bid on the Oakland Army Base Project. This will assist those Prime Contractors in forging new relationships and meet their goals on this project. Any local construction companies should consider this opportunity.

MEET THE PREQUALIFIED PRIME SUBCONTRACTORS
When: Thursday April 4, 2013 from 2PM to 4PM
Where: Rotunda Building, Ground Floor
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612

TTGF is seeking to facilitate a relationship between local City of Oakland Subcontractors and the prequalified Prime …



Study Says Airbnb Had $56 Million Impact On San Francisco Economy

21st March

Airbnb, the San Francisco based company that enables people to monetize their homes or apartments by renting them to travelers, has released a study showing that $56 Million dollars was spent in San Francisco by Airbnb travelers over the course of a year. Airbnb is proving to be an effective way for hosts to generate income and retain their housing, plus brings travelers and their economic activity to parts of a region where they’re less likely to go if they stayed in hotels. This kind of tourism keeps more money in a local economy, with a larger portion of dollars going to small business and local residents rather than chain hotels and their parent corporations.

The study says that $56 million in total was spent by Airbnb travelers over the course of a year in San Francisco. That includes $12.7 million …



New: Business Growth Strategy Class Now Also Online

19th March

The in-person class registration is closed and the participants of the class at Mills College have been chosen. Read below to  find out how you can still access the content.

ICA has received far more applications for our 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series than there are seats available, and as a result of this uptick in demand, we want to create a way for more entrepreneurs to access these proven, practical resources.

So this year, we’d like to offer everyone a FREE live stream of each class in the entire series!

You should join this webinar series if you are interested in:

• Launching a business
• Growing your business
• Working on your business, not just in your business
• Learning proven strategies that keep your cash in your pocket
• Improving your business leadership skills
• Learning how to increase profits by ridding waste from your operations …



The Top 10 Crowdfunding Campaign Mistakes

18th March

Raising money to grow your business is tough. Banks deny your loan applications, venture vultures want too big a piece of the equity pie and relatives are ducking your phone calls. So you turn to crowdfunding, and this can prove to be a highly effective fundraising tool. But when campaigns are run ineffectively, boy, they can be a miserable failure. Bottom line, successful campaigns require smart planning, concise and creative storytelling, consistent execution, plus valuing your supporters.

Karen Gould, the communications manager at StartSomeGood, highlighted 10 crowdfunding campaign mistakes that you should avoid:

1. Forgetting the “why”

As social entrepreneurs we’re focused on doing, and so we should be. But when it comes to sharing our story with potential supporters, we can’t afford to just tell them how we’ll get things done. We need to tell them why. Why do …



Assessing Risk and Funding Good Jobs

15th March

We know from experience that entrepreneurs’ biggest barrier to growth is getting the capital they need to scale up. More specifically, a gap exists for small business owners needing $100k to $2m, and unless you’re a hot tech startup, it has become increasingly difficult for small businesses to get capital in this range. Among several factors, lenders’ current entrepreneur risk assessment methods are making it difficult for entrepreneurs to access capital and restraining job creation. If an entrepreneur speaks the lender’s financial language, they are more inclined to pass traditional models for assessing risk. But these old models don’t adequately consider an entrepreneur’s qualitative factors that would never show up on a balance sheet, but would mitigate risk. We’re talking about things like passion, drive, commitment and character. A small business owner may not have the collateral that a bank …



PolicyLink: Charting the Course Toward an Equitable Economy

14th March

A growing chorus of advocates, policymakers, and economists believe that the nation’s spiking racial and income inequality puts our economy at risk, and that equity is now an economic imperative in addition to a moral one. The conversation must now shift to policy.

On February 4th, PolicyLink and SEIU hosted a half-day convening that explored on-the-ground solutions, policy strategies, and the movement building that is needed for an equitable economy.

Drawing on the emerging consensus that inequality hurts growth, PolicyLink and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) held a spirited half day forum in Washington D.C. last month. Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink founder and CEO, boldly stated the nation’s challenge: “Growing inequality is the most pressing issue of our time. And equity is the antidote to inequality”.

As the nation becomes increasingly diverse, the country cannot address inequality without confronting its racial and …



Nominations for the 2013 Oakland Indie Awards Now Open!

13th March

One PacificCoast Foundation & East Bay Express invite you to
*Save the Date *Nominate your favorite businesses *Come celebrate!

Nominate your favorites by March 31, 2013!

Winners will be announced at the Indie Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30th at Oakland’s Kaiser Auditorium, with a party on the rooftop following the ceremony.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door

Oakland Soul :: Represents the soul, essence and spirit of Oakland. This business or artist appreciates diversity and creativity, is confident in their individuality and humbly supports their brothers and sisters.

Ripple Effect :: A business that supports the local economy by buying their supplies and services from other local vendors, creating a “ripple effect” as money circulates within the community.

Innovative Newcomer :: A business or artist that started in the last three years that excites and inspires with …



99U is Hiring Freelance Writers for Their New Blog

12th March

Would any local freelance writers like to pick up some new work? 99U’s editorial team is looking to hire several freelance writers for their new blog titled “Workbook”, which launches this month. Writers will get paid for all published posts.

See 99u’s job description below:

About 99u

99U is a Webby-award winning publication with over a million monthly readers. We also produce the yearly sold-out 99U conference. The mission of 99U is to share pragmatic insights on how to push bold ideas forward — and in many ways, “demystify the creative process.”

About You

You crank through several books monthly and your RSS feed reader is loaded. You’re familiar with Behance and 99U and share our mission of empowering the creative world with insights to help make ideas happen. You enjoy thinking and writing about the creative process: whether it’s through art, entrepreneurship, or …



Apply to the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur Program

11th March

The Hitachi Foundation recently launched its search for young entrepreneurs across the country who are intent on building a sustainable business and making a difference – and we’re hoping you can help us spread the word.

In its fourth year, the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur Program provides financial and business support for up to five entrepreneurs whose businesses improve the lives of low-wealth individuals. This could result in anything from creating quality jobs, producing new products and services or devising management strategies that propel the business and people forward. The selected entrepreneurs receive $40,000 over two years, along with leadership development, business mentoring, technical assistance and access to a network of peers and advisers.

APPLY NOW: http://www.hitachifoundation.org/our-work/yoshiyama-young-entrepreneurs-program/application/apply-now

The first round application deadline is March 28, 2013.

Previous winning entrepreneurs, including ICA Company Back to the Roots, are running businesses that support and place welfare-to-work …



Last Chance to Apply For ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series

8th March

Entrepreneurs: today is the last day to apply for ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series. The deadline is 11:59PM PST tonight. Take advantage of the most powerful business management tool available to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Financial assistance is available.

Apply Now Ready to grow your business?



Using The 8 Factors to Double Your Net Profit

7th March

8 Factors Success Stories: Nathalie Huerta, The Perfect Sidekick from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Nathalie Huerta, founder of The Perfect Sidekick personal gym, doubled her net profit after just 1 month of using The 8 Factors business framework. Here, she describes the immediate return her business has gained as a result of implementing the lessons she’s learned from ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series. The 8 Factors Business Framework is the most powerful business management tool available for today’s entrepreneurs and small business owners, and it is the centerpiece of our entrepreneurship education offering.

“Before I did the 8 Factors Program, I didn’t know I would need cash as soon as we started growing. In 3 months, I increased my cash on hand by 30%. Now I can focus on strategies to grow my business and look for a larger space instead of …



How Premier Organics Succeeds with The 8 Factors

6th March

8 Factors Success Stories: Santi Romero, Premier Organics from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

8 Factors Success Stories: Santi Romero, Premier Organics

Premier Organics exemplifies every aspect of ICA’s mission, joining the ICA Portfolio in 2005 as a fast-growing, small organic food company needing strategic direction after expanding their operations into East Oakland. During the initial stages of the advising process, we became most excited that Premier Organics had built a larger vision into their business model, which demonstrated a commitment to create good jobs for the people living in the local community where they operate. Combining all of these qualities, Premier Organics captures the essence of the responsible, sustainable, job-creating business ICA seeks to assist.

Santi Cuenca-Romera, one of the Premier Organics founders, graduated from ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series and describes how he uses the The 8 Factors Framework over and over, …



Business Growth Strategy Series, Preview Factor 6: PROCESSES

6th March

PREVIEW Factor 6: Processes from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, talks about documenting, measuring and improving the way work gets done at your business. Ensure your team is empowered and engaged and that you know how things happen before “know how” walks out the door.

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



Attend Creating Shared Value & Evaluating Social Impact March 15th

5th March

Creating Shared Value & Evaluating Social Impact

Attend Creating Shared Value & Evaluating Social Impact, an annual conference put on by our partners at the Center for Socially Responsible Business, Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. Join us as ICA, Mills faculty, students, ICA entrepreneurs and industry experts discuss how organizations of any size and profit orientation can find new growth by adopting the idea of shared values and evaluating social impact in innovative ways.

The Center for Socially Responsible Business & the Lokey GSB Net Impact Chapter Present…

Creating Shared Value and Evaluating Social Impact
Friday, March 15, 2013
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This one-day event will explore how more and more organizations are strategically and profitably reframing products, markets and supply chains to meet social challenges, and rethinking how they demonstrate social impacts.

The keynote speaker will be Leila …



Four ICA Companies Are Hiring!

4th March

Great news! Four ICA Companies are hiring to fill 15 new jobs that they collectively created. Luminalt Energy Corporation is hiring for a Residential Solar Sales position. El Porteño Empanadas is hiring a Delivery Driver and a Junior Baker. Cook! SF is hiring a Business Development/Account Lead. And Ed Support Services is hiring a Director of Operations and 10 Behavior Therapists. Please use the “Get Started” buttons adjacent to each position to find the job description.

Get Started Residential Solar Sales

 

Get Started Director of Operations
Get Started Behavior Therapist

 

Get Started Delivery Driver
Get Started Junior Baker

 

Get Started Business Development/Account Lead



SFBT 40 Under 40: Jose Corona CEO, Inner City Advisors

1st March

Jose Corona, CEO of ICA, was recently selected as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ 2013 Forty Under 40 emerging leaders of the Bay Area and today they’ve published his Executive Profile! Can you guess what Jose’s first job was? Read on to find out.

In 40 words: An economic development leader, Corona helps improve business growth, quality job creation and equitable wealth distribution across the Bay Area. Corona has overseen millions in pro bono investments supporting over 150 local small businesses and 2,445 jobs.

Age: 39.

About the business: Create good jobs by offering management consulting and advisory services, entrepreneurship education and capital investment to small businesses.

Hometown: La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico.

Education: B.S., University of California, Davis.

First job: Picking strawberries at our family ranch.

Word that best describes you: Poised.

Second office: In a local coffee shop, Farley’s or Awaken.

For which organizations do …



Business Growth Strategy Series, Preview Factor 5: CULTURE

28th February

PREVIEW Factor 5: Culture from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, talks about assessing, creating, cultivating and changing your company culture to ensure it attracts, retains and supports people who execute your strategy in ways that your customers and competitors will “feel.”

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



8 Factors Success Stories: Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots

27th February

8 Factors Success Stories: Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Nikhil Arora, Co-founder of Back to the Roots, explains how the 8 Factors Framework, taught in ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series, helped accelerate the growth of his business.

“When we found The 8 Factors we were just in a couple of stores and still unfocused on our business strategy. It’s been really cool to see the effect of the Framework in helping our business grow from selling at just a couple Whole Foods in Berkeley, to now a national rollout with Whole Foods, Home Depot, and Safeway.” – Nikhil Arora, Co-Founder of Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots is one of ICA’s fastest growing portfolio companies, earning an array of awards and well-deserved media attention. Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora have developed a thriving inner city …



Business Growth Strategy Series, Preview Factor 4: PEOPLE

26th February

PREVIEW Factor 4: People from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors and instructor for ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series, talks about the most important part of your business — your people. Learn effective interviewing, evaluating and hiring techniques, how to recognize, develop and hold on to your valuable employees and how to let go of those that are hurting your team and your business.

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



Cook! Real Simple Delicious is Hiring a Business Development & Account Lead

26th February

Cook! Real Simple Delicious, is hiring a Business Development/Account Lead to join their team. Find the job description below and apply.

ABOUT COOK!
Cook! is the nation’s first gluten and dairy-free ready-to-cook meal delivery service. Headquartered in Oakland, we have been bringing healthy meals to customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006. While still a young organization, we are already recognized as a leader in the organic home-delivery genre as well as a pioneering enterprise in the ‘Food As Medicine’ revolution. Cook!’s goal is to educate our customers while showing them how delicious & easy healthy eating can be. Besides our direct-to-consumer meal plans, Cook! also has a line of retail products (Real Simple Delicious) now being sold regionally by Whole Foods and other natural grocers. We are rapidly expanding to other geographies including the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and …



Business Growth Strategy Series: Student Testimonials

25th February

8 Factors – Student Testimonials from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

A collection of small business owners who attended 2011′s Business Growth Strategies Series, share their perspective on Michael C. Bush and how The 8 Factors helped them and their business.

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



Business Growth Strategy Series, Preview Factor 3: STRATEGY

22nd February

PREVIEW Factor 3: Strategy (Part One: Choosing an Operating Discipline) from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

The 8 Factors is the most powerful education tool available for busy small business owners who want to improve their business while they run it, and will be taught at ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series. Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, explains the importance and benefits of choosing an operating discipline and talks about how this one decision simplifies so many others.

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



TONIGHT: Thank You Small Business Oakland Event

21st February

Calling ALL Oakland small business owners!

Please join Back to the Roots, an ICA Portfolio Company, for an evening of learning, networking and celebration.

When:
February 21, 2013 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where:
Back To The Roots
2935 Adeline St
Oakland, CA

Register at:
http://thankyousmallbusiness.com/events/oakland-ca/

 

We’d like to invite you to attend Thank You Small Business Oakland! A FREE event for small business owners in Oakland. Each attendee will:

• Get amazing words of encouragement and tips from a successful entrepreneur who knows what you’re going through.

• Learn the best way to evaluate your business model, set achievable financial goals and build out an action plan to actually hit those goals.

• Have the opportunity to network with both local and national small business owners to share tips, tools, war stories and success stories.

• Receive tons of free gifts and resources to help them grow their businesses.

 

This event is part of a national …



Putting People First and Accelerating Business Growth

20th February

8 Factors Success Stories: Tanya Scott, Ed Support Services from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Early last year ICA was excited to announce the addition of Ed Support Services to our Portfolio. ESS provides educational and behavioral services to people with disabilities. What we admire about Meredith Akers and Tanya Scott, the founders, is that they have transformed themselves from former teachers and educators to becoming true entrepreneurs. They completed ICA’s 2011 Business Growth Strategy Series, and have implemented the 8 Factors Framework with great business growth acceleration results. In less than one year with ICA, they grew from 35 employees to over 90 and are projecting to create many more good jobs over the next year. We highlight Ed Support Services today because they exemplify every aspect of the ICA mission. ESS is a high-growth, high-impact company, whose founders are humble …



Utilizing Your Most Valuable Assets: The Case for Workforce Development

19th February

EBMG invites you to a panel discussion on Utilizing Your Most Valuable Assets: The case for workforce development — February 27

DATE: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

TIME: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

PLACE: Laney College
The Bistro
900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(Directions)

Join EBMG for a panel discussion addressing the concerns of workforce development in the East Bay Area. This interactive, executive focused discussion will provide attendees with the analysis of successful real-life workforce development projects and the impacts of cost reduction, quality improvements and increased customer satisfaction. Our industry and technical experts will also address your top questions and provide insight on the programs that are available to California Manufacturers to train their workforces. They will cover assistance from federal, state and local levels as well as how Community Colleges in particular can be a valuable resource to manufacturers.

MODERATOR
Bill Browne — Director of Client Services, …



Business Growth Strategy Series, Preview Factor 2: CASH

19th February

PREVIEW Factor 2: Cash (Part One: Facing the Income Statement) from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

The 8 Factors is the most powerful education tool available for busy small business owners who want to improve their business while they run it, and will be taught at ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series. Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, explains how to use the income statement to understand your current financial situation, assess future scenarios, and manage through changing market conditions.

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



Locally Inspired: Local, Social, & Sustainable Business Mixer, February 26

15th February

Locally Inspired is a business mixer series to connect independent East Bay businesses and artisans who are passionate about our community and environment, hosted by Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown with One PacificCoast Bank and East Bay Express.

Together you’ll learn, meet, greet, and eat together to build each other’s businesses and strengthen our economic eco-system – from artisans, producers, and manufacturers to wholesalers, retailers, restaurateurs, professionals, and service providers.

EVENT DETAILS:
February 26, 2013 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Speaker: Danny Kennedy, Founder, President of Sungevity, Inc.

Member location+ tour: Metro Lighting and Crafts

Member advice stand: To be announced

Cost: FREE for current dues-paying SBA / Oakland Grown members,
$15 for ICA partners and friends with discount code ica13en, $20 general public

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKETS

MORE DETAILS:
Local, Social & Sustainable Business Mixer Series
by Sustainable Business Alliance /Oakland Grown with One PacificCoast Bank

4th …



Join Us For The Thank You Small Business Oakland Event

14th February

Calling ALL Oakland small business owners!

Please join Back to the Roots, an ICA Portfolio Company, for an evening of learning, networking and celebration.

When:
February 21, 2013 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where:
Back To The Roots
2935 Adeline St
Oakland, CA

Register at:
http://thankyousmallbusiness.com/events/oakland-ca/

 

We’d like to invite you to attend Thank You Small Business Oakland! A FREE event for small business owners in Oakland. Each attendee will:

• Get amazing words of encouragement and tips from a successful entrepreneur who knows what you’re going through.

• Learn the best way to evaluate your business model, set achievable financial goals and build out an action plan to actually hit those goals.

• Have the opportunity to network with both local and national small business owners to share tips, tools, war stories and success stories.

• Receive tons of free gifts and resources to help them grow their businesses.

 

This event is part of a national …



Deborah Ale Flint To Be Honored at the Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon

13th February

Deborah Ale Flint, the Interim Executive Director of the Port of Oakland and ICA Board Member, will be honored for the Pioneer Award at the Madam C.J. Walker Business Community and Recognition Awards luncheon, the 15th Annual Fundraiser put on by the Oakland/Bay Area Chapter of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

The Oakland-Bay Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is committed to providing programs that increase the participation of African American women in economic, civic, entrepreneurial, and human service arenas of their respective communities through education, scholarship, and collaboration. They are here to support the next generation of successful African American women, and we encourage you to contribute to their mission.

15th Annual Madam CJ Walker Business & Community Awards Luncheon
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland/Bay Area Chapter
Friday, March 22, 2013 from 11:00 …



Jose Corona Selected for SF Business Times Forty Under 40 Award

12th February

We are pleased to announce that Jose Corona, ICA’s CEO, has been selected as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ 2013 Forty Under 40 emerging leaders of the Bay Area! As Chief Executive Officer, Jose leads the ICA team by providing strategic leadership, management and direction to the organization. Since joining ICA in 2004, Jose has led the organization in helping local entrepreneurs achieve success by assembling an unparalleled network of the Bay Area’s foremost business leaders and is often sought out for his ability to understand inner city business trends. Hip hip hooray for Jose!

Join the San Francisco Business Times for their 2nd annual 40 Under 40 awards event as they honor the 2013 class of honorees! These outstanding CEOs, entrepreneurs and top executives are making a difference in the local business community and will continue to do …



ICA is Seeking Companies Committed to Creating Good Jobs

12th February

ICA selects, manages and invests in a group of exceptional entrepreneurs who have high potential to create good jobs for people with high barriers to employment. ICA screens hundreds of entrepreneurs each year and selects those with high-impact, quality job-creating potential.

We select individuals of all ages, ethnicities and educational backgrounds, delivering an equity-driven message to every corner of this country: through values-driven leadership, innovation, and an intentional investment in people, you can turn an entrepreneurial venture into a life-improving vehicle.

ICA is recruiting small businesses for its 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series with the following profile:

▪ Approximately 100K-3M in annual revenue **
▪ 3+ employees
▪ Established companies (2-5 years old) **
▪ San Francisco Bay Area based companies
▪ Demonstrated growth path
▪ Commitment to creating good jobs for people with high barriers to employment

** (ICA has the discretion to accept companies outside of …


TONIGHT: Evaluating Social Impact with Kat Taylor & Penelope Douglas

11th February

When it comes to social impact investing, we consider Kat Taylor and Penelope Douglas to be two of the pioneers and outstanding leaders in the space, whom we’ve been honored to work with at ICA over the years.

We are thrilled that our partner, Mills College, is hosting this great talk tonight: How Do Financial Organizations Evaluate Social Ventures?

When: February 11, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613

Click here for your complimentary ticket

Assessing the impact of social investing has always been a key component of our work at ICA, but we are especially excited to be applying the insights of Kat and Penelope as we launch Fund Good Jobs, our new philanthropic investment vehicle.

“Now that we are making investments in high growth small businesses, it is critical that …



Business Growth Strategy Series, Preview Factor 1: MISSION

11th February

PREVIEW Factor 1: Mission from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

The 8 Factors is the most powerful education tool available for busy small business owners who want to improve their business while they run it, and will be taught at ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series. Michael C. Bush, founder of 8 Factors, explains the importance of defining your future vision, business mission and core values. Learn how they interrelate, drive your business and improve your decision making.

To learn more about this year’s Business Growth Strategy Series and apply, click here: http://innercityadvisors.org/bgss/. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 8,2013.



Meet Michael C. Bush, Founder of The 8 Factors Business Framework

8th February

8 Factors – Meet Michael C. Bush from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Michael C. Bush is a man of exceptional character, world-class business acumen and has been pivotal to the progress of ICA. He is the Founder of The 8 Factors, an action-oriented business framework that has been taught for over a decade and utilized by thousands of successful entrepreneurs. Michael developed the framework to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge and tools to successfully launch, gain control and scale their businesses. We are fortunate that he will be teaching this framework again at ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series.

Michael developed The 8 Factors Business Framework while struggling with the rapid growth of his own company. Fighting fires and running from one crisis to the other was the norm, until he started looking at the roots of his …



How to Get MBA Knowledge for the Price of a GED

7th February

Each spring, ICA’s Entrepreneurship Institute presents the Business Growth Strategy Series, featuring The 8 Factors Business Framework, a powerful and proven system to help you stabilize, lead and scale your business.

The 8 Factors distills the best content from business books, MBA theory, and personal experience into a practical and powerfully simple business framework to help people running or starting a business. Get all the business knowledge you want, without making the huge time and money commitment you don’t.

8 Factors – The Framework from 8 Factors on Vimeo.

Here’s how The 8 Factors describes their vision:

Our vision is that millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world will achieve their vision; by starting a small business or learning to run their existing businesses better. We are dedicated to doing everything necessary to dramatically improve the success rate of small …



Apply Now: ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series Featuring The 8 Factors

6th February

Entrepreneurs and small business owners have a tough time finding the right training, tools, and funding necessary to grow their business.

Now there’s a clear solution. ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series features The 8 Factors Business Framework, developed and taught by Michael C. Bush, providing entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools to successfully launch, gain control and scale their businesses. This entrepreneurship education offering is delivered in partnership with the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. Graduating students will earn a certificate and 3 continuing education credits from Mills. Classes begin on April 5th, 2013.

Specifically targeting companies and entrepreneurs with the following profile:

▪ Approximately 100K-3M in annual revenue **
▪ 3+ employees
▪ Established companies (2-5 years old) **
▪ San Francisco Bay Area based companies
▪ Demonstrated growth path
▪ Commitment to creating good jobs for …



How to Write Magnetic Headlines via Copyblogger

5th February

The time you have to make an impression on a prospective reader in your target audience is tiny. A great headline makes a world of difference to turn a casual browser into a reader, especially when you’re competing with a river of news in social media feeds and cluttered email boxes.

Consider these statistics about the value of great headlines.

On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest.

Brian Clark, Founder and CEO of Copyblogger, succinctly captured how important great headlines are when he said:

“This is the secret to the power of your title, and why it so highly determines the effectiveness of the entire piece. Remember, every element of compelling copy has just one purpose — to get the next sentence read. And then the sentence after …



Unrecruitment: How to Give Every Job Applicant Powerful Development Opportunities

4th February

In the duration of time between being unemployed and hired, there is a gap. A job-seeker’s gap is underlined by rejection and the stress that compounds from the lack of progress made after each successive rejection. In our stratified economy, where the number of unemployed people vastly outnumbers the amount of good jobs available, each employer has to distribute a whole lot of rejection. Sometimes an HR lead says no without saying anything at all. Ouch. For unemployed youth, the high volume of rejections is especially devastating because it delays the start of their careers and prolongs their inability to meet basic needs and build long-term resources.

We can alter this “cycle of rejection” right now by flipping traditional recruitment logic on its head.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum on the 21st of January, Rajeeb Dey, the Young Global …



ICA Will Attend Whole Foods Market’s Next Entrepreneur Showcase Feb 6th

1st February

ICA will be in attendance for Whole Foods Market’s 2013 Next Entrepreneur Showcase on Wednesday, February 6th. We look forward to meeting new entrepreneurs and sharing information about how ICA can assist the acceleration of small business growth. We are looking to support high-impact entrepreneurs who are operating a business, growing the business, are committed to creating good jobs for people with high barriers to employment and are seeking strategic growth resources.

ICA assists our Portfolio Companies, Education Companies and local entrepreneurs by providing pro-bono education, hands-on management consulting, expert strategic advice and capital. We have a model that has proven to accelerate small business growth and you can see the evidence here: http://innercityadvisors.org/our-impact/

Here is what we look for in an ideal company for ICA’s Entrepreneurship Institute:

▪ ~100K-3M in annual revenue **
▪ 3+ employees
▪ Established companies (2-5 years old)
▪ San …



Entrepreneurs Seeking Capital: Apply Now to Investors’ Circle 2013 Venture Fair

31st January

Entrepreneur Invitation – Applications to Raise Capital Due Feb 1st:

Investors’ Circle Spring 2013 Venture Fair & Forum:

Application deadline: Friday, Feb 1st 5pm PST | 8pm EST

Investors’ Circle is the oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices, they have propelled $166 million plus $4 billion in follow on investment into 265 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community. They aim to move $100 million more by 2020. Impact investing happens here.

Seeking Entrepreneurs that are Raising Capital

Investors’ Circle is dedicated to the growth of businesses with high social and environmental impact. They invite early-stage entrepreneurs to apply to present to their network of socially responsible angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices at their Spring 2013 Venture Fair & Forum scheduled for May 8-9 in …



ICA Receives $50,000 Grant from Wells Fargo to Support Workforce Development

30th January

We are pleased to announce that ICA has been selected to receive one of six grants from Wells Fargo for $50,000 that supports workforce development and job creation in the Bay Area. We are grateful to Wells Fargo for their investment, and the increased access it will provide local entrepreneurs to the resources that will scale their innovative businesses and create new employment opportunities for the people who need them most. Please read the press release below.

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 29, 2013) – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) announced it will donate $300,000 to six non-profit organizations in the Bay Area as part of a $1.5 million in grants awarded across the west coast to nonprofits and programs that support workforce development and job creation. Award recipients were selected in both urban and rural locations within each state based on their …



Vote for Senda Athletics in the MillerCoors Business Competition

29th January

Senda Athletics is a finalist in the competition to win the $10K Consumer’s Choice Award for the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur Competition and we encourage you to vote for them!

Senda, an ICA Education Company, makes Fair Trade soccer balls, and supports local nonprofits using soccer to improve our communities.

Please vote for Senda by clicking this link, and share with your networks. You can vote once per day until Feb 11th. http://apps.facebook.com/millercoors-ues



How to Get Your Team Emotionally Engaged

28th January

Two weeks ago we highlighted why leaders should constantly reiterate what’s important and how effective leaders reinforce the organizational mission as way to unify and motivate a team towards a set of goals. Diving deeper into this subject of leadership, we find that getting your team to engage emotionally in the company’s mission is a powerful way to yield better results and build a great organization.

At ICA, we start with the belief that business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield, that a company is a community, not a machine, and that employees are peers, not children. We see management as service, not control, and believe that management is best when it comes from vision, not tyrannical fear. This means being tough on problems and soft on people.

To create emotional engagement, great leaders set a clear direction and then obtain the …



CORE Foods is Hiring a Financial Analyst and Office Manager

25th January

A few weeks ago we profiled CORE Foods as a result of their acceptance into the ICA Portfolio. Today we’re pleased to sound the trumpets that CORE Foods is hiring a Financial Analyst and Office Manager.

Click the image below to enlarge the job description. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to jointheteam@corefoods.com.

We encourage you to use the social media buttons below to share this with the candidates in your network. Thanks so much for helping to spread the good news!



Free Legal Aid Services for Small Business Owners

24th January

Are you in need of business law resources but can’t afford a lawyer? Here is an opportunity for San Francisco’s small business owners to receive free legal aid services.

The San Francisco Community Business Law Center (“BLC”) is providing pro bono legal resources to low-income microbusiness owners who cannot afford lawyers, by merging the spirit and ideals of old-fashioned grassroots legal aid with innovative new service delivery models. The BLC will especially focus on empowering local women and minority-owned microbusiness owners with the preventive legal knowledge and support necessary for sustainable business growth and success. The BLC has no affiliation with any for-profit law firm or legal service company.

Who is eligible for the BLC’s services?
The BLC serves only low-income microbusiness owners in the City and County of San Francisco who cannot afford a lawyer and who have a legitimate need for …



Leading Indie Perfume Blogger Gives High Marks to Juniper Ridge Backpacker’s Cologne

23rd January

Lucy Raubertas of Indieperfumes recently wrote a glowing review about three of Juniper Ridge’s wild-crafted products for their authentic, natural fragrance and the way their “exceptionally beautiful” scents immediately give you an experiential connection to the great outdoors of the West. Read Raubertas’ excerpts below, but we encourage you to read the full review on the Indieperfumes site.

Certain natural perfumes are what I think of as hyper-real, because they usher you straight into a one to one relationship with a specific and exceptionally beautiful scent experience that already exists in nature. I have found them to be among some of the most exciting perfume experiences I have had recently, after a first impression of simplicity.

They are perfumes and not simply blended essential oils because they take an iconic aromatic theme and distill and heighten the recognizable elements within to …



Metro Lighting Kickstarter Update

22nd January

PLEASE ACT NOW.

Metro Lighting must reach their goal by January 31st so they can fund their project and everyone can enjoy their rewards. We appreciate the generous support you’ve given to them to date, but they still have a way to go.

To give extra incentives as they reach the home stretch, they’ve added new rewards everyone can use: recycled glass beverage tumblers and a 13.5w LED lightbulb.

FREE TUMBLERS! Metro Lighting has sweetened the deal for backers who pledge over $250. You’ll receive two free tumblers with your pendant or table lamp, ($60 value) or four free tumblers with multi-pendants ($120 value.) What a deal! Please back their kickstarter project and/or help spread the word on facebook.

Tumblers are available as separate rewards also, in sets of two or four. Simple and sturdy, these beautiful 12 oz. glasses are hand-poured by the …



How To Reframe the RFP & Charge For Your Expertise via 99u

18th January

Responding to RFPs can conjure excitement for a new opportunity, but doubt and frustration may also be provoked by the uncertainty of a client and the risk of losing a bid after investing valuable resources into a quality proposal. How many times have you encountered a client that wants a lot for a little or rejects your bid but ends up using your ideas? You’ve likely learned this lesson one too many times.

So how about charging for a “discovery process” instead of giving away a proposal full of great ideas?

Jake Cook penned a good article on 99u.com about why this “discovery option” works, plus how to use it to guide clients from the outset of the project, eliminate risk, save both parties time and money, plus get paid sooner for your expertise.

1. Clearly outline what deliverables the client will get …



How to Out-teach Your Competition

17th January

If you can’t out-spend your competitors, you can still out-teach them. All companies have a vested interest in growing their audience, as a distinct objective from attracting new customers or keeping current customers coming back. To out-teach your competition, focus on other people’s self-interest and restrain your inclination to sell your products. People may not want or need your product today, but they may be interested in learning from your experiences and expertise. Humbly sharing knowledge fosters deeper and more mutually beneficial relationships, plus if you do it well, it increases the chance that a person will become a customer in the future or recommend you to a friend because they learned something interesting from you.

Juniper Ridge’s Field Lab is a great example of how educating people can grow the company audience and attract new customers. Field Lab is live, …



Why Leaders Should Constantly Reiterate What’s Important

16th January

We hear Gary Weatherford, Partner & Chief Strategy Officer of InHouse Creative Studios and ICA Advisor, repeat one leadership principle quite often: never assume that your team understands what’s important and how their individual and collective work is critical to the overall success of the company’s mission. In other words, effective leaders reinforce the organizational mission as way to unify and motivate a team towards a set of goals, clarify the path to reaching those goals, and then show–not just tell–how each team member’s work contributes to the success of the mission. Like an orchestra, each musician must know their part and how it affects the harmony of the ensemble. This is especially important as you add new members to your team. Setting the rhythm for how you communicate what’s important to your team is subjective and will require some …



Entrepreneurship Ideas for Teenagers Part 2: Selling Services via 8 Factors

15th January

Yesterday we reposted some quality entrepreneurial ideas from 8 Factors about how young people can start working for themselves by selling products. Today we share the second half: Entrepreneurship Ideas for Teenagers: Selling Services.

It’s important to start with what’s close to you and ask yourself some basic questions. What skills do I naturally possess that other people would pay for? Are there family-friends nearby that need assistance I can provide? Before Chris Mueller became ICA’s Communications Manager, he got his entrepreneurial start in 8th grade giving tennis lessons to junior beginners and landscaping with his master-gardening neighbor. Chris’s tennis coach, Carl Jones, had so many kids attending his weekend clinics that he needed an assistant coach. And Chris’s neighbor, Laura-Beth Nelson, needed help with the heavy lifting that comes with taking care of a big yard.

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Entrepreneurship Ideas for Teenagers Part 1: Selling Products via 8 Factors

14th January

A few weeks ago we asked you how we can create more good jobs for young people (18-24) and we received some good suggestions on our Facebook post. This past Friday, the 8 Factors took a more self-reliant perspective on this question and created a good set of ideas for young people to think about how to start working for themselves. In the face of Bay Area’s deficit of good jobs, there is always an opportunity to think resourcefully about what you can do for yourself while you search for employment.

The good news is that teenagers are in a great position to make money from their own initiatives. In most cases, someone else (parents) pay their basic living expenses. Teenagers also have more freedom to leave the house than younger children, and some teens even drive and have their …



Back to the Roots is Hiring a VP of Sales

11th January

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez have a really fun and exciting 2013 planned for Back to the Roots, and the first thing they’re doing is hiring someone who can help them scale up the BTTR movement: a VP of Sales.

Find the job description and submission email below. Please forward this post to anyone you know who might be interested in the position or share it on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter by clicking the share buttons at the bottom of the post.

VICE PRESIDENT – SALES
Back to the Roots is currently searching for an VP of Sales to leverage the company’s current momentum & scale faster. We are looking for someone excited to join our passionate & energetic team to fulfill our vision of making food personal again.

WHAT IS BACK TO THE ROOTS?
Back to the Roots’ vision is to make food personal …



Metro Lighting Launches Recycled Glass Line Through Kickstarter

10th January

Metro Lighting, an ICA Education Company and sustainable business leader, is launching a line of recycled glass lamps and fixtures through Kickstarter.com and we encourage you to support them. The shades are made from clear bottle glass that is crushed, melted, and poured into molds. Metro Lighting builds the lamps and fixtures in their workshop in Berkeley, California.

“We designed a custom mold for lighting after we found a studio that could cast recycled glass,” says Lawrence Grown, who owns Metro Lighting with his wife and business partner Christa Rybczynski. Both hold degrees in architecture. “The glass has a wonderful texture that is evidence of the casting process,” says Rybczynski, “Each shade is a beautiful work of illuminated art.” The shades are offered in seven colors, each available clear or sandblasted. LED light engines pair well with the sandblasted shades.

Metro Lighting …



CORE Foods Accepted Into the ICA Portfolio

9th January

After completing ICA’s 2012 Business Growth Strategy Series and our 2012 Summer Cohort, we are very pleased to announce that CORE Foods has been accepted into the ICA Portfolio! CORE Foods is a certified B Corporation on a mission to cultivate a healthier planet by empowering people with fresh food and resources.

CORE’s founder, Corey, went on a quest to get to the bottom of nutrition. He trained with elite athletes, researched the biology of food, and lived intimately with twelve tribes around the world. Remarkably, he discovered the most profound and consistent things we know about nutrition are really simple. At CORE, they apply this enduring wisdom to make convenient, healthy, food.

They treat other people the way we want to be treated. They are inspired by the inherent reciprocity in human history and community culture. And CORE believes they can …



El Porteño Accepted Into ICA Portfolio

8th January

After completing ICA’s 2012 Business Growth Strategy Series, featuring The 8 Factors framework taught by Michael C. Bush, our 2012 Summer Cohort and Path 2 Cash workshop, we are very pleased to announce that El Porteño has been accepted into the ICA Portfolio.

Joseph and Teresa Ahearne founded El Porteño in 2008 on a mission to bring an authentic, quality Argentine experience to their customers while making valuable contributions to both their internal and external communities.

The origin of El Porteño is heavily influenced by Joseph’s mother, who emigrated to Napa valley from Argentina and ran a successful farm and restaurant near St. Helena many years ago. Watching his mother’s sustainable lifestyle on the farm and experiencing her great Argentine cooking gave him the idea to start making Argentine food with an emphasis on locally sourced, high quality ingredients. Joseph cut his …



Next Entrepreneur: Whole Foods Market’s Showcase For Aspiring Local Vendors

7th January

Entrepreneurs: if you or someone you know has a unique product that would be perfect for Whole Foods Market’s shelves, apply to become a new vendor for Whole Foods’ Next Entrepreneur showcase.

Selected vendors will be invited to attend a showcase for new and aspiring vendors on February 6th, 2013.

Apply online at: http://nc.wholefoods.com/localvendor/

Submissions are due by January 14th, 2013.



Fiscal Curb: A 2% Decrease In Employee Take Home Pay

4th January

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8). The bill raises tax rates on income above $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.

In addition, the temporary Social Security payroll tax reduction that was in effect for tax years 2011 and 2012 has expired. For paychecks dated in 2013, the employee Social Security rate returns to 6.2% from 4.2%. All employees will see a 2% decrease in their take home pay.

The “cliff” was nothing but a curb.



How Can We Help Businesses Create Good Jobs?

3rd January

To create an economy that works for all, each of us has a role to play and responsibility to uphold. How can we help small businesses create good jobs? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


How Can We Connect Employers With the Right Workforce?

2nd January

A successful enterprise needs a great team. How can we connect employers with the right workforce? Our local economies need to solve this workforce gap. Share your ideas in the comments section.

You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


How Can We Help Small Businesses Share Resources?

1st January

Collaboration is key to yielding more impact. How can we help small businesses share resources? We’d love to hear your ideas.

You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


How Can Big Businesses Help Small Businesses Grow?

31st December

An economy is an interconnected ecosystem. How can big businesses help small businesses grow? Share your ideas in the comments section.

You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


Entrepreneurs: What Are Your Barriers to Growth?

28th December

What are the barriers to small business growth? Entrepreneurs, we’d like to hear what challenges you’re facing so that we can assist you with solutions in real time.

You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


How Can We Help Small Businesses Get More Visibility?

27th December

In order for our local small businesses to grow, they must attract new customers. How can we help small businesses get more visibility? We started this brainstorm at our All Out event. Let’s keep it going. Share your ideas in the comments section.

You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


How Can We Create Good Jobs For Young People?

26th December

Youth face added risks in this depressed economy because when they can’t start careers, it stalls their ability to build long-term assets. How can we create good jobs for young people (18-24)? Share your ideas in the comments. You can also join the conversation on ICA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

25th December

The ICA Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! We really hope you enjoy the time with your family and loved ones. Happy Holidays from Sean, Jose, Ingrid, Nina, Chris and Kot. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year. Cheers!



CORE Defender Meals: 4 Hours of Stable, Balanced Energy

24th December

Most on-the-go stuff is candy. CORE Defender Meals are fresh, portable food. Each pack is one full bowl of raw oatmeal-to go, giving you 4 hours of stable, balanced energy. That’s it. Grab instead of breakfast when you’re in a rush, or after a workout for a solid recovery. Buy them here: http://www.corefoods.com/collections/products/products/defender

Save $5 on any order of fresh portable food by entering the code “ICAholidays” AFTER checkout.

Here are 10 more gifts you can feel good about giving this holiday season: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/10



Jammy Sammy Snack Bars Help Kids Have Sustained Energy

21st December

Revolution Foods apple cinnamon & oatmeal Jammy Sammy sandwich bars help kids have healthy, sustained energy. They also help adults curb afternoon hunger pangs. And by adults, we mean that we scarfed the boxes that Rev Foods donated to us. Snacks don’t last long in our office. Buy them here: http://www.plumorganics.com/products/jammy-sammy-apple-cinnamon-oatmeal

Here are 10 more gifts you can feel good about giving this holiday season: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/9



Jose Corona Previews What to Expect from ICA in 2013

21st December

We’ve reached the end of a historic year for this organization, having produced more impact than any previous year in ICA’s existence. This is normally the time to look back and reflect upon our achievements, but the difficulties our communities face are too urgent, so we’d prefer to look forward. To close out the year 2012, Chris Mueller sat down with Jose Corona to preview what we can expect from ICA in the new year. Read this Q & A below.

CM: What can we look forward to from ICA in 2013? Give us a snapshot of what to expect in the new year.

JC: As we look ahead to next year, we plan to build on the momentum after having ICA’s most impactful year ever – more good jobs created, increased organizational funding, improved leadership, launched an investment fund …



Add Essential Nutrients to Your Diet With Artisana Nut Butters

20th December

Eating Artisana Foods gourmet nut butters is a great way to add essential vitamins and minerals to your diet. Artisana is the premier manufacturer of raw and organic nut butters in the US. They use only the finest nuts and seeds and meticulously prepare each batch by hand. They are committed to providing peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, and GMO free food for your health and that of the planet. Everything they make is always 100% vegan. Purchasing Artisana gourmet nut butters is an excellent way to support the creation of good jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Buy them here: http://covitality.com/



Prather Ranch Makes the Highest Quality Meat Available

19th December

Prather Ranch Meat Company makes the highest quality, most sustainably raised meat available. Period. Stick a fork in it. And then carve off a slice with your knife and devour it. Mmmmmm. Visit their Meat Shop at the San Francisco Ferry Building:

One Ferry Building // Shop 33
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 391-0420

Meat Shop
Features all of our meats and dry goods as well as cooked hot dogs at our fancy cart.
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Here are 10 more gifts you can feel good about giving this holiday season: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/7



Best of the Bay: El Porteño Empanadas

18th December

Joseph Ahearne, Co-founder of El Porteño Empanadas, celebrates the food and culture of Argentina by making some of the very best empanadas in the entire Bay Area. We encourage you to support him this holiday season. Here’s how you can do that: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/6



The CookSF Delicious Detox Will Help You Reach Your New Year’s Resolution Goals

17th December

Give the gift of health with the whole foods-based Cook! SF Delicious Detox (1, 2, 3 week programs). Buy it, and you’ll actually reach your New Year’s resolution goals this time. Scouts honor.

Here are 10 more great gifts that will impact good jobs in the Bay Area: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/5



Luminalt Energy Corporation Accepted Into the ICA Portfolio

14th December

After a rigorous selection process, we are pleased to welcomed Luminalt into the 2012 ICA Portfolio.

Luminalt is a locally owned and operated solar design and installation firm based in San Francisco’s Mission District. Luminalt designs and builds solar electric and solar hot water systems for single and multi-family homes, businesses and non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. The only woman-­owned solar contractor in the Bay Area, Luminalt is known for its excellent work and for hiring from the community. Luminalt has designed and installed advanced energy systems at the Crissy Field Center, Mission Pie and hundreds of homes and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the California Solar Initiative, Luminalt has installed more solar systems in San Francisco than any other Bay Area solar company.

Luminalt was co-founded in 2004 by Jeanine Cotter and Noel Cotter. …



Discerning Coffee Drinkers Will Love Blue Bottle’s Dipper Tote Set

14th December

For the discerning coffee drinkers, this Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Dipper Tote set is simple, practical and affordable. It includes the fundamentals of excellent home brewing: a ceramic Bonmac dripper, a package of 50 compostable bamboo filters and a tough-as-nails, pretty-as-pie tote. Hi-hat and sense of rhythm sold separately. Give this great gift and support the creation of good jobs here in the Bay Area.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Visit any California retail location for more details: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.com/products/-Dripper-Set.html

Here are 10 more local small businesses that you should support this holiday season: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/4



The Back to the Roots Home Aquaponics Kit Makes a Great Green Gift

13th December

Home Aquaponics Kit: Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez are two recent college graduates on a mission to help people grow their own food at home. As Co-founders of Back to the Roots, are well known for their grow-at-home mushroom kit that lets you grow up to 1 1/2 lbs of gourmet, tasty oyster mushrooms per box in as little as 10 days. Now they’re crowd-funding to launch their next great product, the Home Aquaponics Kit. Grow fresh produce right in the comfort of your own home – beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach and so many other delicious foods!

Here are 10 more local small businesses that you should support this holiday season: http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/3



Ancient Organics Ghee Will Improve Your Recipes

12th December

Are you shopping for a foodie friend? Ancient Organics Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its wonderful taste, nutritional benefits and medicinal qualities.

Ancient Organics seeks to restore the health of the body, mind and earth through connecting communities with their local food systems.

Founded in 2003 by two Ayurvedic practitioners while studying in India, they were taught the wide praises and benefits bestowed upon ghee by Ayurveda. Upon returning to the Bay area, they started making their own ghee. Using the tradtional methods they were taught in India combined with the supreme quality of butter from their local creamery, Ancient Organics Ghee was born.

As requests increased from friends and family, it became clear Ancient Organics Ghee had particularly exquisite qualities. They knew much of this had to do with the source of their organic pastured butter, Straus Family Creamery, …



Buy 479° Popcorn’s International Collection

11th December

479° Popcorn began with Jean Arnold’s fond childhood memory of cozy evenings spent playing cards and devouring fresh popcorn with her family. Her mom refused to serve anything other than organic popcorn cooked in a sturdy stovetop popper that she’d hand crank until the kernels turned into a delightful fluffy treat. Then, as now, a bowl of popcorn could turn an ordinary moment into a special occasion.

Over the years, Jean experimented with making her own organic popcorn and flavoring it with exotic seasonings inspired by my international upbringing and training at Le Cordon Bleu in London. In the process, she came upon the discovery that 479 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature for popping corn. She knew immediately that this would be the name of my popcorn company, because it reflects the careful attention to detail that she works …



Juniper Ridge Trail Crew Soap Makes A Great Gift and Impacts Good Jobs

10th December

Juniper Ridge is an ICA Portfolio Company on a mission to create unique wildcrafted products from the mountains and deserts of the west that connect you with the sustaining experience of the outdoors. Juniper Ridge always harvests with permission and in a sustainable, responsible manner. The plants harvested respond to the pruning by putting on new growth which creates fuller wildlife and healthier forests.

Juniper Ridge Big Sur Trail Crew Soap contains authentic, natural fragrance sustainably harvested in the mountains above Big Sur using pre-industrial perfume techniques – juice presses, converted whiskey stills, steam, and crazy copper pipes. It makes a great gift for the holiday season!

Here are 10 more great gifts you can give to impact the creation of good jobs http://www.7×7.com/style-design/eleven-local-gifts-you-can-feel-good-about-giving#/0



Inc. Ranks ICA Company Revolution Foods #24 on 2012 Hire Power List

10th December

Inc. Magazine just ranked Revolution Foods #24 on its 2012 Hire Power List honoring private companies creating the most jobs in the country! We’re proud to say that Rev Foods (an ICA Portfolio Company) is turning around the economy, proving that you can do well by doing good.

Click here to see the Top 100 list of ranked companies



Photo Recap from ICA Day at the Raiders v. Broncos Game

7th December

It’s Friday morning and we’re still buzzing from how much fun we had at the Raiders vs. Broncos game last night! We’d like to send one more big thank you to the outstanding Raiders Staff Raymond Tioseco, Haja Bangs, and Qiava Harper, Michael Sebree of FAB Law, Miguel Galarza of Yerba Buena Construction, all the entrepreneurs and workers that joined us in attendance, and a very special thank you to Raiders CEO Amy Trask for her swift responsiveness in making “ICA Day” possible. THANK YOU!

Check out these camera phone pictures from last night’s event.



ICA Has Moved to a New Home

6th December

The ICA office has relocated. We’re no longer in the space at 1999 Harrison Street. Our new home is located at 55 Harrison Street, on the 3rd Floor. This is a welcomed change to a more open space, with many more entrepreneurs as neighbors. We hope to contribute to the growing vitality of Jack London Square.

Drop by and pay us a visit. You are always welcomed. Oh, and we just ordered a new office mini-golf set. So much for productivity.



Eleven Local Gifts You Can Feel Good About Giving

5th December

7×7 Magazine just highlighted ICA and 11 of our companies’ products. Buying these great gifts directly impacts the creation of good jobs. Do your part to support the hard-working small business owners in the Bay Area by using our gift guide featuring local products that you’ve surely spotted around town, from snacks to beauty products. Click here for full details.

Sometimes finding all your holiday gifts in big-box stores can leave you feeling a little empty inside, which is why we prefer to buy local products whenever possible! That’s where Inner City Advisors (ICA) comes in. It’s a wonderful nonprofit that grows locally owned small businesses in order to create good jobs, which in turn positively impacts the Bay Area community. In fact, last year, ICA helped over 150 Bay Area small businesses, which collectively created and retained 2,445 stable …



2012 ICA Gift Guide: Support These Small Businesses

4th December

Here is a comprehensive list of locally-owned small businesses to support that were not highlighted in the 7×7 Gift Guide. Remember: put your dough ($) where the jobs grow. ICA companies are among the most diverse, innovative and responsible in the marketplace.



3 Ways You Can Help ICA This Holiday Season

3rd December

Seasons Greetings ICA Friends & Family,

As we approach the end of the year, we want to thank all of you – our friends, colleagues, partners, funders, entrepreneurs and over–all ICA ambassadors–for helping us advance the ICA mission. It has been a productive year filled with more good jobs created, new partnerships forged and, most importantly, a more robust ecosystem of support for the small businesses we all support. We wish you all a happy holiday season with your friends and family and a very prosperous 2013!

Now is the time to lead and scale ICA’s job creation model, and it requires an all in investment. Here’s what we need you to do to accelerate the solution:

BUY PRODUCTS/SERVICES FROM ICA COMPANIES
Put your dough ($) where the jobs grow. ICA companies are among the most diverse, innovative and responsible in the marketplace. Patronizing …



SFUSD Shares Intent to Offer New Meals Contract to Revolution Foods, Inc.

30th November

November 30, 2012 (San Francisco) – Today the San Francisco Unified School District notified Revolution Foods, Inc. of its intent to award the company a contract to begin providing school meals at 114 schools starting on January 7, 2013 – the first day of the second semester.

Revolution Foods was selected because it was the lowest bidder to meet the guidelines set forth in the invitation for bid, which included meeting or exceeding USDA nutrition requirements and supporting SFUSD’s sustainability and waste-reduction goals. The award of the bid and contract to Revolution Foods, Inc. will come before the Board of Education on December 11, 2012.

“Serving fresh healthy food every day that students will enjoy eating is a priority for us. It is hard for students to learn if they are undernourished. To strengthen academic performance we must promote good eating habits …



Back to the Roots Meets With President Obama

30th November

This past Tuesday, Back to the Roots Co-Founder Nikhil Arora had the honor of being invited to the White House by President Obama to meet with him, Vice President Biden, and 15 other small business owners to discuss the economy and share their ideas for growing it!

Check out some fun recaps from the meeting in Nikhil’s segment on Fox News below or this BusinessWeek article.



SF Chamber of Commerce Highlights Luminalt, ICA

29th November

ICA’s new Portfolio Company Luminalt was highlighted in this week’s edition of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. See the snippet below:

MEMBERS MAKING NEWS

Luminalt plans to create 25 sustainable jobs in San Francisco, doubling its workforce in three years, with the help of Inner City Advisors (ICA), which recently selected Luminalt as a Portfolio Company. “Luminalt has already been providing good jobs and clean energy to the community with inclusive hiring practices,” said Luminalt CEO Jeanine Cotter. “With the help of ICA, we will accelerate our growth and more than double the number of good jobs we provide.” Peninsula Beauty opened two new locations at 100 Drumm Street and 3535 California Street in San Francisco. The Regus Group opened its newest location at 201 Mission Street in San Francisco. Safeway Inc. announced plans to hire at least 1,000 military …



Building An Economy That Works For All Workers

28th November

We read an article in The Nation earlier this week that opened with a vague, yet important question: “What kind of economy do we want in this country?”

ICA’s answer to this question is simple: we want an economy that works for all workers. Our mission focuses squarely on growing locally owned small businesses in order to create good jobs. But what is a “good” job? Speaking with employees from our portfolio companies, it became clear that the quality of a job is determined by more than just how much it pays. Here is what we learned to be a “good” job:

1. Full-time hours, health benefits and family-sustaining wages that enable savings, not subsistence.

2. Dignified, fulfilling, purposeful work that impacts the organization’s mission and the world at large.

3. Healthy, respect-filled relationships between employee and employer.

4. Career advancement opportunities to grow and …



Dec. 9th: SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

21st November

RSVP on Facebook!
Free Admission

Here’s a great way to support locally owned small businesses this holiday season. Find over 75 vendors selling coffee, chocolate, body products, men’s and women’s apparel, gourmet gifts, children’s wear, pet gear and more— all made in San Francisco!

Event:
SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

Start:
December 9, 2012 10:00 am

End:
December 9, 2012 6:00 pm

Cost:
Free

Venue:
Herbst Pavilion

Address:
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, 94123, United States

SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

SFMade is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.

www.sfmade.org



DEC 6TH, 2012 Is ICA Day at the Raiders vs. Broncos Game!

15th November

We are very pleased to announce that the Oakland Raiders organization has partnered with ICA to bring you ICA Day at the Raiders vs. Broncos game on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 5:20PM!

The Raiders have generously reserved a block of 45 seats in section 135 for ICA supporters at this very popular game. Tickets in this section are normally $99.07, but are being offered at a discounted rate of $76.00 to ICA supporters. The first 45 people to order tickets will be recognized on the field before the game with ICA’s Staff and Board of Directors. This is a really exciting opportunity to join the celebration of ICA’s work!

Discounted tickets are also available throughout the rest of the stadium. Please see the map below.

Everyone can purchase their tickets directly from Raymond Tioseco, Raiders Group Sales Department, at 510-780-3225 or …


Here’s What to Expect at ICA’s ALL OUT 2012 Event On Nov. 8th

2nd November

All Out 2012 is a networking event, but not the kind where we pat each other on the back and clink wine glasses. There will be no panels and no speakers, just meaningful interactions designed to build a stronger ecosystem of support around locally owned small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Think of it like a “hack-a-thon” to address community-level economics. We used to call this event ICA’s Annual Business Reception, but we renamed it and innovated the concept to capture the spirit of how we approach this work and reflect the economic imperative of the moment.

ICA is a nonprofit organization and a donation will grant your entry into the event. Make your donation today using the button below.

SCROLL DOWN FOR ALL EVENT DETAILS

WE’RE GOING ALL OUT TO GROW LOCALLY OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES AND CREATE 25,000 GOOD JOBS
On Thursday, November 8th …


Accelerating Job Creation Results via Stanford Social Innovation Review

24th October

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently highlighted the way ICA is accelerating job creation results. Click the image above or the link below to read the full article.

All the talk about job creation has become cheap, and in an election year we don’t expect the posturing around “job creators” to stop anytime soon. Delivering results, not rhetoric, on matters of small business growth and job creation requires a new model based on equity to ensure that all residents co-create and prosper from that growth.

Read the rest of the article on the SSIR site here: http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/accelerating_job_creation_results



ICA Expands to San Francisco via SF Business Times

19th October

Inner City Advisors Expands to San Francisco
By Renée Frojo
Reporter- San Francisco Business Times
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012

Promising San Francisco entrepreneurs are about to get a boost. Inner City Advisors, an Oakland-based nonprofit with a proven track record of helping small businesses grow, is expanding into the city.

The nonprofit has been credited with helping turn a handful of small and medium-sized companies — such as Blue Bottle Coffee Co., Numi Organic Teas and Revolution Foods — into successful ventures. Collectively these companies generated $163 million in revenue and created 2,445 jobs last year. By the end of next year, ICA expects to have the same success rate in San Francisco.

“ICA is part of the reason for where we are today,” said Katie Booser, director of operations for Blue Bottle Coffee, which has expanded to New York and opened four more Bay …



3 Key Things Small Business Leaders Can Learn From Oakland A’s Management

18th October

By Sean Murphy
Chief Operating Officer
sean@innercityadvisors.org

We’re biased of course, but the ALCS would be much more interesting if the Oakland A’s, instead of the Detroit Tigers, were taking down the New York Goliath. We’d prefer the story line of an unheralded “green collar” underdog defying the odds against one of Major League Baseball’s financial juggernauts. Payroll envy aside, the A’s management success this season taught us a lot about maximizing your team, especially in light of this interview with Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, his book about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. This got me thinking about how the A’s success could help small business leaders bring the best out of their teams.

Here are 3 key things that small business leaders can learn from the A’s season:

1. Finding …



KQED Recognizes the Leadership of ICA CEO Jose Corona

12th October

October 9, 2012
By Lisa Hewitt

“If we can expose more young people to the business sector, we can inspire more people to be entrepreneurs.”-Jose Corona

Jose Corona, the CEO of Inner City Advisors (ICA), a non-profit serving the entire Bay Area, strives to create locally-based jobs. From an early age Jose had a passion for entrepreneurship. His father, a strawberry grower in Watsonville, CA, demonstrated the importance of community-based businesses as a tool to aid the local economy. Before venturing into non-profit work, Jose worked in the corporate world for several years, learning operation and management skills. Marrying practical business skills and a passion for community development, Jose joined Inner City Advisors in 2004.

By providing entrepreneurship education, management consulting and advisory services, and capital investment into socially responsible entrepreneurs, ICA seeks to aid companies in their efforts to employ populations with …



Donate to Attend ICA’s ALL OUT 2012 Event

4th October

All Out 2012 will convene 1000 of the Bay Area’s brightest minds to accelerate us down the path to creating 25,000 good jobs. The goal is to solve the challenges that help Bay Area small businesses scale up, because their growth is the key vehicle to create the kinds of jobs that improve people’s lives. We’re obsessive about this mission, and are ready to do whatever it takes in order to drive solutions. So on November 8th, we’ll merge networking with problem-solving to inspire big thinking, cross-sector collaboration and deliver results, not rhetoric, on job creation. Think of it as a small business solutions drive. Come ready to contribute, connect and celebrate.

ALL OUT 2012 is presented by Inner City Advisors (ICA), a nationally recognized nonprofit leading the charge to create good jobs for inner city residents by selecting, managing and …


Young Workers At Risk

28th September

We were pleased to hear that there was an intentional focus on young people at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative. And it got us thinking. Because they will form the backbone of the evolving economy, it’s critical to include youth in all efforts to create good jobs. Roughly 6 million young people aged 16 to 24 are disconnected from the workforce and this is not just a short-term setback.

PolicyLink reported some very troubling information in their recent report America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model:

Recent college graduates—particularly young blacks and Latinos—are struggling to find their footing in the workplace. Among college graduates under age 25, unemployment rates are 15 percent for African Americans, 14 percent for Latinos, and 9 percent for whites. Many of today’s college graduates are starting further behind than they ought to because they …


Rooftop Revolution: A Bright Spot In A Dim Economy

27th September

 

Some of the most exciting opportunities to create jobs in the energy economy are in the solar sector. Consider this:

Over the past year, U.S. solar jobs increased at nearly ten times the job growth rate of the rest of the economy.
As of August 2011, the U.S. solar industry employed an estimated 100,237 solar workers and solar businesses added 6,735 workers since August 2010, which represents industry-wide job growth of 6.8 percent.
During the same 12-month period, jobs in the overall economy grew by a mere 0.7 percent, while fossil fuel electric generation lost 2 percent of its workforce.

Numbers like these represent a bright spot in a dim economy, and a great investment opportunity to accelerate our local economies toward a surplus.

ICA sees the opportunity for the solar sector to transform our energy economy to one that will create jobs for millions …



Mission-First Collaboration Yields More Impact

10th September

Leading with a network mindset is critical to maximizing the creation of good jobs and creating an economy that works for all. We know this to be true because no single organization, however innovative or powerful, can solve the Bay Area’s economic challenges alone. A network mindset focuses on the ecosystem we are embedded in, nurturing cross-sector relationships and leveraging them to scale impact. This means leadership is exercised by putting the mission first, being open, sharing, making decentralized decisions and coordinating collective action.

The Bay Area is filled with the nation’s most effective social innovators, and ICA is fortunate to be connected to several great organizations that are nurturing entrepreneurs, accelerating the growth of local businesses and creating good jobs. ICA CEO Jose Corona says, “In order to maximize job creation in our communities, we know that we can accomplish …



Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career via the8factors.com

6th September

In fifteen minutes, Larry Smith explains why so many people will never have a great career. Most of it has to do with excuses that stem from a number of fears.

The Excuses & Fears
Great careers are just a matter of luck.
Only special geniuses have great careers, and I’m not special or a genius.
I’m not weird enough.
I’m already completely competent.
All it takes is really hard work.
I don’t want to look like an idiot.
I might fail.
I’m interested in too many things.
I value human relationships more than accomplishments.

Answer to the excuses? Click here to visit the8factors.com blog and find out.



479° Popcorn is Hiring for Two New Positions!

4th September

Not only do they make delicious snacks, 479° Popcorn is also hiring for two Operations positions.

Company Background
479° Popcorn is a dynamic, start-up based in San Francisco. The Company’s popcorn is crafted by hand using the finest organic, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients, many of which are sourced locally in Northern California. 479° Popcorn is a premium brand that caters to sophisticated consumers with emphasis on “better for you” snacks. The Company’s strong brand, high quality product, and unique global flavors generated national media recognition on New York Times, Oprah, Today’s Show, WSJ, Good Morning America, and Food & Wine.

The Company distributes its product in two channels: wholesale (retailers) and direct (online/corporate gifts). 479° Popcorn is rapidly gaining brand recognition in both channels, highlighted by its continued sales growth and rapidly expanding customer base.

Director of Operations More information
The company is looking for a hands-on, …



NOV. 8TH We’re Going ALL OUT for Local #Entrepreneurs at @ybca #AllOut2012

30th August

Thank you for your interest in ICA’s 12th Annual Business Reception, named ALL OUT 2012. We’ve heard enough talk about “job creators,” and now is the time to deliver results, not rhetoric, for the people who actually create good jobs. And most importantly, it’s time to provide full employment and livable wages for all people in our community, to increase the purchasing power that lifts local economies to a surplus. The future success of the Bay Area depends on scaling our local small businesses and we look forward to going all out for local entrepreneurs with you on November 8th.

For ALL OUT 2012 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jose Corona: jose@innercityadvisors.org.


Path 2 Cash: Improve Your Ability to Access Capital

28th August

In partnership with:

After listening to hundreds of entrepreneurs voice their needs, along with the stakeholders that serve them, the fact remains that accessing capital remains entrepreneurs’ biggest and most critical barrier to growth. We’ve turned that challenge into a new opportunity.

ICA’s Path 2 Cash event provides 1-on-1 advising with a financial expert to review the financials and supporting documents that you are preparing to access capital, identify where on the path you are and provide actionable feedback to help you accelerate your success to obtain cash.

This event isn’t about ICA, because we can’t solve this problem alone. This is about harnessing the power of a network to accelerate a collaborative solution, convening people with expertise and experience to deliver powerful results for entrepreneurs. We know this works because we’ve researched and tested our methodology. This was exemplified in the success of …



We’re Hiring a New Senior Portfolio Manager

28th August

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER POSITION OVERVIEW:

Key responsibilities will include the recruitment of Portfolio Companies, taking these companies through the ICA due diligence assessment, and managing the relationship and coordination of ICA’s Portfolio Companies and the respective advising and consulting activities for each company.

In addition to performing the typical tasks and duties outlined below, the Senior Portfolio Manager is expected to work closely with the Director of Operations on identifying and developing operational efficiencies for ICA’s service-quality delivery model – particularly in the area of management consulting and small business capital readiness.

ICA’s Top Priority in 2012

In 2012, the ICA Portfolio will continue to focus its effort, build internal capacity, and prepare to widen our impact by expanding from one portfolio, to three portfolios. Each portfolio will remain focused on directly managing approximately 8-10 companies, while leveraging the education programs and …



7 Frugal Startup Tips from Millionaire Entrepreneurs via Entrepreneur.com

23rd August

In this sluggish economy, cost-cutting tips aren’t just for startups. Bootstrapping habits help every entrepreneur protect their investment. Gwen Moran of Entrepreneur.com cites seven common sense tips that can benefit every small business owner.

You don’t win in business by wasting money. Even the most successful entrepreneurs pinched pennies in the early days–and many still do. Here, several multimillionaires share their best cost-cutting tips when you’re trying to get your startup off the ground.

1. Cash in credit card rewards. Before the success of the George Forman grill super-charged sales at his direct-response television marketing firm, Rick Cesari became resourceful in using his credit card points to buy event tickets or thank high-performing employees by sending them on weekend getaways. Today, the founder of Seattle, Wash.-based Cesari Direct, charges between $125,000 to $200,000 on an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card, and …



Entrepreneur At Work: A Recipe for Success via The8factors.com blog

22nd August

By: Michael C. Bush

This month’s superstar entrepreneur literally delivers an innovative way to meet one of the most basic, human needs. Her recipe for success has a key ingredient that just may surprise you.

What if you always had time to prepare super healthy, affordable, and delicious food at home? Nona Lim has made that possible with Cook!, the company that delivers convenient meal kits to countless homes in the Bay Area. Not only are these meals convenient and easy to make, they’re also gluten free, dairy-free, natural, fresh, low glycemic, tasty, sustainable, and fun to prepare. These meals might lack fat but they don’t lack flavor.

Read the rest of the post on the8factors.com blog here: http://www.the8factors.com/blog/2012/08/17/entrepreneur-at-work-a-recipe-for-success/



Attend Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s Food Panel

21st August

Buy Tickets here

 

Save the date: October 2, 2012 6pm-9pm | Bently Reserve, San Francisco

The Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is hosting a food panel with some great brick and motor businesses – Heidi Gibson co-founder of American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, Gillian Shaw of Black Jet Baking Company and Cheryl Burr from Pinkie’s Bakery. Click here for details and to purchase tickets: http://www.rencenter.org/support-us/annual-event

Please join Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center as they celebrate the impact of small business on the Bay Area economy.

Live Music & Dancing
Cocktails
Hors d’oeuvres by Renaissance grads
Marketplace of Renaissance businesses
Award presentations to Renaissance Entrepreneurs of the Year

Click here to see photos from the 2011 Annual Gala.



Attend La Cocina’s SF Street Food Festival to Support Local Entrepreneurs

17th August

La Cocina’s 4th annual San Francisco Street Food Festival is a celebration of the heart, commitment and talent of our vendors -­‐ the small business owners in San Francisco who have created a vibrant culinary community. These individuals cook or bake out of food trucks, carts, trailers, pop-­‐up restaurants and brick and mortar storefronts and add to the culinary landscape that contributes to making San Francisco one of the best food cities in the world.

La Cocina Presents Mission: Street Food from Amanda Huelse on Vimeo.

In addition to enjoying mouth-­‐watering eats from over 75 vendors, participants will help support the festival’s mission to work with low-­‐income women and immigrant entrepreneurs to break down the barriers to market entry they face in joining the food industry by providing access to affordable commercial kitchen space and technical assistance to launch food businesses. Our …



Senda: Soccer’s Path to Fair Trade Documentary

15th August

Help Senda Athletics bring to life the story of a player’s journey to use Fair Trade and soccer as a tool to change lives, on and off the field!

Santiago Halty of Senda Athletics is pictured above learning how to stitch a soccer ball with the workers who make his fair trade products in Pakistan. He feels the importance of meeting the people who produce his fair trade soccer balls, listening to their stories, learning how quality soccer balls are made, viewing the positive impacts of fair trade standards in action and finding out what soccer can do to create positive change, both on and off the field. We encourage you to support his effort to use the passion for the beautiful game to make a positive impact on the lives of people across the world.

Here’s a simple way to support …



Empact 100: Vote for Back to the Roots!

14th August

Brought to you by Empact, the Startup America Partnership, and a number of other partners, the Empact Showcase is a compilation of the top entrepreneurs in the US age 30 and under with revenues over $100,000. The Empact100 List recognizes the top 100 of those companies.

Back to the Roots, an ICA Portfolio Company that produces gourmet mushroom kits grown from 100% recycled coffee grounds, has been nominated to the final list of entrepreneur candidates. Vote for them now by visiting this link and clicking the ‘Like’ button.

http://empact100.com/company/664-back-to-the-roots



THREE PILLARS OF PERSUASION: How To Get People To Buy Your Products & Services

9th August

By Michael C. Bush (reposted from The 8 Factors blog)

Business owners want people to buy their products or services. Marketing plays a huge role in getting people to buy, but how can small business owners make sure their marketing is effective? Small businesses don’t have the marketing budget or resources that global corporations have which means they must be more strategic in making sure every marketing effort counts.

Maybe you’ve been hustling to market your own business, but you just aren’t seeing the sales increase you want. Click the link below for some tips to help you assess and improve your marketing strategy to persuade customers to spend their money on your business.

CLICK HERE



Cook! Real Simple Delicious is Hiring 3 New Positions

8th August

ICA Portfolio Company, Cook! Real Simple Delicious, is hiring! They’re looking for an awesome new Brand Ambassador, a Marketing and PR Intern, and a Business Development/Account Lead to join their team. Find the job postings below and apply.

BRAND AMBASSADOR

ABOUT US
Cook! Real Simple Delicious is the nation’s first gluten- and dairy-free ready-to-cook meal delivery service. Headquartered in Oakland, we have been bringing healthy meals to customers throughout the SF Bay Area since 2006. While still a young organization, we are already recognized as a leader in the organic home-delivery genre as well as a pioneering enterprise in the ‘Food As Medicine’ revolution. Our goal is to educate our customers while showing them how outrageously delicious & easy healthy eating can be! Cook! also has a line of retail products now being sold regionally by Whole Foods and other natural …



Five Dynamic Interns Begin Summer Work with ICA

1st August

We are pleased to announce that the One PacificCoast Foundation has partnered with ICA to support the employment of five interns that have started working with our organization this week. These five dynamic women, who are joining the ICA team from a number of esteemed graduate and undergraduate collegiate programs, will receive a crash course in day-to-day entrepreneurial and organizational practice through their experience at ICA. Their three-week intensive program will drill down into entrepreneurship subjects like product costing, cash flow management, social strategy and accessing capital.

We welcome these outstanding people to the ICA team:

Emily Adams
M.B.A., Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College

Brianna Boles
Masters of Science in Social Work, Columbia University

Kaitlyn Evans
M.B.A., Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College

Rosanna Rosso
M.B.A., University of San Francisco

Hillary Wallach
B.A., Communications Studies, Loyola Marymount University



East Bay EDA Symposium Connects Entrepreneurs to Key Resources

31st July

To better support small businesses in the East Bay, East Bay EDA and its partners launched an East Bay Small Business Initiative to improve the connection between entrepreneurs, small businesses and available resources.

Yesterday, the Crystal Ballroom at the Hotel Shattuck was filled to capacity with small business owners and service providers, who joined together to deliver more impact to the local economy of the East Bay. ICA’s COO Sean Murphy moderated a breakout panel discussion and Q&A session to call out the nuanced needs of entrepreneurs in the room, and forge connections to the resource providers that can help these business leaders overcome their challenges. Cash flow management, accessing capital, and capital readiness were common themes that arose from the discussion.

The Initiative hopes to engage as many business owners and business resource providers as possible, and is being …



ICA Specializes In Town Business

30th July

Oaklandish, an anchor institution that bursts with local love for the Oakland community, recently interviewed ICA’s Education Manager Ingrid Jacobson for a perspective about growing businesses in the Town.

The history books tell us over and over: ever since its days as a frontier town, Oakland has always been on the edge of the next new thing. These days, the city is home to dozens of up-and-coming businesses — they’re even popping up in shipping crates, RVs, and abandoned warehouses. In this town, people don’t wait around for change — they dust off their shoulders and make it happen. Inner City Advisors helps take these businesses to the next level by offering investment money, advice and training for their owners.

They believe that the best way to lift our city up is to invest in the entrepreneurs who have been here from …



Innovative Leaders in Oakland’s Food Manufacturing Sector

26th July

Back to the Roots was recently highlighted in the San Francisco Business Times as an innovative manufacturer in the Oakland food production sector, “which has transformed from a large-scale mass-produced foods center starting early last century to today’s producers of specialty and premium foods. Oakland has more than 110 food production companies that employ more than 3,500 people, according to an analysis by the City of Oakland.”

Read the rest of the SF Business Times article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/07/20/oakland-updates-its-past-as-food.html

Before their process began with ICA, BTTR Ventures was operating in a 1,200 square foot facility, employing 4 inner city residents, with distribution in 1 Whole Foods store. By establishing a strong relationship with Velez and Arora in the early stages of their growth, ICA has been able to provide comprehensive advising to BTTR Ventures and make a significant contribution to their development. ICA …



Create a Culture of Trust

25th July

“Create a culture of trust and empathy by sharing open information so that employees understand the implications of their actions. Serving the customer is the rallying point.” –Gary Weatherford, Chief Strategy Officer, InHouse


ICA Advisor Trades Six-figure Pay Cut for Purpose

24th July

The ICA Portfolio delivers high-caliber, pro bono management consulting and strategic advice to maximize small business growth. Tom Low, one of ICA’s outstanding Advisors, brings a powerful combination of CFO expertise and an empathetic touch. Low served as a Due Diligence Advisor & Pitch Panelist and has provided financial and strategic advice for ICA Portfolio Companies such as 479º Popcorn and Juniper Ridge, as well as being a valuable ICA ambassador.

So what would lead this high-powered executive to leave the corporate world and its dizzyingly high salaries to join an Oakland nonprofit that brings education, clean water and health care to impoverished villages in Vietnam?

Low recently answered this question in an Oakland Tribune interview:

“The first time I visited Vietnam, in 2006, I saw sick children with swollen bellies and skinny arms at a clinic in the village of Phu Quoc. …



Walking the Talk on Job Creation

19th July

BUY ICA CO-BRANDED PRODUCTS TO CREATE JOBS NOW

Two local small businesses recently stepped up to partner with Inner City Advisors–Oaklandish and Senda Athletics–to create co-branded products that can generate a self-sustaining stream of revenue to fuel ICA’s mission. Now we need you to put your dough ($) where the jobs grow. We have 70 custom, Oaklandish designed t-shirts and 10 hand-stitched, certified fair trade Senda soccer balls to sell and forge a new path to self-sufficiency. And we have 10 days to prove this concept. Click this link and donate to stamp your approval on this new strategy: http://innercityadvisors.org/cobranded



Be True to the One Thing

18th July

Be true to the ‘one thing’ you think drives your business and delivers your business aspiration.  Don’t pick too many things to do or execute; make your decisions revolve around the ‘one thing’. –Greg Ginsburg


5 Key Takeaways from the We Own It Summit

17th July

Editor’s note: this guest post is written by Nina Robinson, ICA Portfolio Manager.

Last month, I had the opportunity to represent ICA at the We Own It Summit in New York City. Founded in 2010, We Own It is a ten-year project and convening of entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders of organizations that are solving towards solutions to increase the participation of women in high-growth entrepreneurship.

I was surrounded by so many accomplished and inspiring women, and in hearing such similar stories, these were my five key takeaways:

1. Just Do It. Female entrepreneurs often outdo male counterparts when it comes to researching, planning and vetting business ventures—so much so that they forget to execute! Just do it, fall down, get back up, and do it again.

2. Money Talks. Investors will invest in people and businesses that they like and understand. Without female representation …



ICA Launches New Cohort Workshop Series

12th July

ICA’s Entrepreneurship Institute maximizes quality job creation by providing local entrepreneurs proven, action-oriented education to lead, stabilize and grow their businesses. On June 28th, 2012 ICA launched its 2012 Cohort, a new workshop series designed to help a select group of high-impact entrepreneurs overcome critical business challenges.

The objective of the Cohort is to instill entrepreneurs with “pracademic” knowledge that will empower them to gain full control of their business and make more informed decisions that lead growth. As Ingrid Jacobson, ICA’s Entrepreneurship Education Manager explains, “We want more entrepreneurs to have access to our best advisors–typically available only to ICA Portfolio Companies–and build strong relationships to each other. A cohort that combines structured access to good advice and network-building opportunities will enable small business leaders to arm themselves with more resources than if acting alone.”

As a smaller, more intensive offshoot …