A volunteer organization of Oakland-based companies promoting a tech-friendly business environment in the East Bay.
Their networking and educational events are dedicated to fostering a “healthy tech ecosystem”, connecting Oakland’s tech businesses, and assisting companies hoping to relocate to the area. Founding member companies and organizations include Pandora, Skytide, Oakland Local, Techliminal, North Social, the Downtown & Lake Merritt Community Benefit District, IDotConnect and a variety of Oakland-based professionals.
Karen Wertman, Co-Chair
Technology consultation services for seniors, persons with special needs, health professionals and other service providers in the Bay Area. 21st Century Care Solutions provides expertise in Aging in Place, Care Management, and Fiduciary Services designed to maximize their clients’ independence and quality of life.
Jennifer Mc-Donald Peltier, Owner
A creative studio, a storefront gallery, wine bar, and venue for “slow-food and slow-fashion artisans” and their sustainable businesses, located in Oakland’s Uptown district.
25th Street Collective offers collective sewing space equipped with cutting tables and industrial sewing equipment, a storefront, access to marketing and business services to local designers. 5′x10’, 10′x10’, and 20′x10’ studios are available for rent.
Current members include Cole Coffee, 2 Mile Wines, Hiroko Kurihara Designs, Platinum Dirt, Bubbles & Boo, Kiki Bella, Desiree Salas Designs, Myrrhia Knitwear, Indie Urban Music, UT Gallery, Ginianfuta, Ester Bruijn and Sabrina Fair.
Hiroko Kurihara, Founder
2Locos is a bilingual lifestyle and shopping search engine designed to serve the diverse Latino community in the US.
Products and services are curated by a professional staff, providing shoppers with editorial content, user feedback, and vendor information.
Ali Ghafouri, Board Member
Employee-owned firm dedicated to helping clients manage hazardous materials and create healthy indoor environments.
ACC offers a range of management services and safety training related to asbestos, lead-based paint, indoor air quality, and mold, as well as environmental site assessments, soil and groundwater sampling and remediation. They also provide data hosting for clients to collect and access environmental information on their buildings.
ACC Environmental Consultants is a County of Alameda certified Green Business.
Jim Wilson, President
An East Bay “Hackerspace” dedicated to hacking, knowledge exchange, and DIY culture. Ace Monster Toys is a membership based group, but hosts a weekly free, public meeting on Thursdays at 7:30pm. Their periodic workshops and events encourage learning new skills using an immersive, hands- on approach.
Ace Monster Toys’ collaborative workspace is open to members and their guests, and offers several resources including 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, woodworking tools, and computers.
David Rorex, Board of Directors & Treasurer
A Fortune 500 environmental engineering and tech firm serving both public and private sector clients in over 140 countries, with offices in Oakland.
They are a global provider of professional technical and management support services, specializing in architecture, design and planning, building engineering, transportation, construction services, program management, water, energy, sustainability, government projects, oil and gas, mining, and economic development.
Luis Fraticelli, Vice President
AEKO Consulting is a “solutions integration” firm, combining the attributes of traditional management consulting with systems integration.
They specialize in the development, implementation, and maintenance of secure networks and information infrastructure, enhancing client productivity by integrating tech solutions with their underlying business processes.
Their component services include process design or reengineering, capacity planning, performance and security audits, and project and program management.
AEKO Consulting Solutions Integrators have been based in Bay Area since 1994.
Gboyega Aladegbami, CEO
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping Bay Area entrepreneurs by increasing access to capital assistance for low and moderate income (LMI) communities owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans.
The Alliance for Community Development provides startup founders and business owners with expert business knowledge, growth practices and connections to financial and other resources.
Since 2010, the Alliance has sponsored the Created in Oakland (CiO) program, which accelerates the growth of small firms with revenues from $100,000 – $700,000 to achieve over $1 million in revenue.
The organization also established the Double Bottom Line Fund, an equity fund launched with the Bay Area Council in 2003. The fund invests in local businesses whose median household incomes are 80% or less than their county’s median household income.
Darlene Crane, Executive Director
Founded in 2006, American Steel Studios provides affordable, industrial space for artists and entrepreneurs with a tech/maker focus.
They offer internships and free summer school in conjunction with local and national nonprofits for teens, teaching physical comedy and performing arts, basic metal working skills, art business, and developing computer and administrative skills.
American Steel hosts seasonal Open Studios, fundraisers and showcases for local non-profits and education programs, and a variety visual and performing art events, providing the local community and artists an opportunity interact.
Karen Cusolito, Founder
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