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Locally Inspired: Learn How A Coop Business Model Could Work For You!

Sustainable Business Alliance + Oakland Grown

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Locally Inspired: Learn How A Coop Business Model...

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Sustainable Business Alliance / Oakland Grown

 Project Equity

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 6:00 - 8:30 pm 

Our panel will share stories that highlight the journey to becoming a cooperatively owned business.  Hear about some challenges, how to overcome them and how being a coop might be the best decision you could make for your organization or business!


Adrionna Fike. Mandela Food Coop

Adrionna Fike

Adrionna Fike, Mandela Foods Cooperative

Adrionna is a co-owner of Mandela Foods Cooperative, a worker-owned grocery store in West Oakland. She is a member of the Freedom Farmers’ Market Cooperative, a marketing cooperative connecting California’s Black Farmers to Oakland communities.


Andrea Hurd

Andrea Hurd, Co-founder, Mariposa Gardening & Design

Mariposa Gardening & Design is a privately-owned a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design company that is in the process of converting to a worker-owned cooperatives. They create beautiful, ecologically conscious living spaces for people to relax, entertain and come together in a thriving native habitat.


Kori Saika Chen, Chief Operating Officer, Red Bay CoffeeKori Chen

Red Bay Coffee In Fall of 2015, Red Bay Coffee will launch their first retail coffee bar space in a repurposed shipping container at the Hive in Downtown Oakland. The coffee bar will utilize a profit sharing model in which all the workers will evenly split the profits generated there amongst themselves. In this way, Red Bay hopes to raise wages for the historically low-wage coffee service industry.


Hilary Abell

Facilitator, Hilary Abell, Project Equity

Hilary is a co-founder of Project Equity. She has worked in nonprofits and cooperative businesses for more than twenty years and was a worker-owner at Equal Exchange in the 1990s, Executive Director of WAGES from 2003-11, and a consultant with coop initiatives around the country, before Project Equity’s launch in 2014. Hilary’s white paper called Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale is a key field building and practitioners’ resource.


Project Equity is a nonprofit whose mission is to foster economic resiliency with low-income communities by demonstrating and replicating strategies to increase worker ownership. We recently released a set of a dozen case studies to demonstrate the nuts and bolts of how worker coop conversions work, and a companion, downloadable PDF CASE STUDIES: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, Insights and Readiness Factors for owners and employeesProject Equity is launching a Cooperative Business Incubator in the Fall of 2015 to support businesses owners and their workers to transition to worker ownership.


Lucy Stand   'Lucy' Advisor Stand: Charlie Lenk Designs

Come to the Lucy Advice Stand this month for up-to-the-minute info on website design standards and practices 

and always Networking time with like-minded folks!

FREE for current dues-paying SBA / Oakland Grown members
General public: $10.00 (plus online fee) suggested contribution. No one turned away at door for lack of funds


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Mandela Gateway Apts. Community Room
1350 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Sustainable Business Alliance + Oakland Grown

The Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA) is a business association committed to building a vibrant community of locally-owned, sustainably-minded businesses in the East Bay.

SBA’s vision is for an East Bay network of business, community residents, and government engaged in actions that benefit the local economy, social equity, the environment, and quality of life for current and future generations. We do this through:

 - Providing our members with opportunities for networking, business development, and learning best practices for operating sustainably.

 - Educating the public on the benefits of local living economies and encouraging residents and businesses to spend locally.

 - Supporting public policy changes that advance sustainable economic development, through our affiliation with the American Sustainable Business Council.


Oakland Grown is a program of the Sustainable Business Alliance.

Oakland Grown's mission is to build an economy by the people, of the people and for the people of Oakland.

Our Members are a diverse community of over 700 local businesses, social enterprises, artisans, and service providers.

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