Sustainable Business Alliance

SBA Networking Lunch at Swan's Market in Oakland!

  • 02 Dec 2011
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Swans Cohousing, 930 Clay St. Oakland 94607 near 12th St. BART


  • Non members are welcome to join our lunch.
  • Current members of SBA.

Registration is closed

Join us at Swan's Cohousing Market in Oakland for business networking and lunch with sustainability-minded entrepreneurs. Lunch is from noon to 1:30 pm. Besides listening briefly to our speaker, in our new interactive format we will meet in small groups to discuss an interactive and stimulating question of mutual interest. There will also be time to visit informally with other attendees, to hear about who they are and what they are working on or would like to manifest.

Speaker: Erin Kilmer-Neel is one of the most dynamic, ebullient and inspiring Think Local First leaders in the East Bay. She has an MA in City Planning from MIT, and serves as a Program Officer for One PacificCoast Foundation. OPCF engages in charitable and educational activities that primarily support the goals of its sister institution, One PacificCoast Bank — one of Northern California's most highly regarded community development banks. OPCF's programs and initiatives include efforts to eliminate discrimination, alleviate economic distress, stimulate community development, encourage affordable housing and increase financial literacy.

Erin is also Co-Founder of three-year-old Oakland Grown, an exciting business association of indie and locally-owned businesses and artists committed to strengthening Oakland's local economy, social well being, and unique sense of place. Oakland Grown is currently unrolling a very exciting Think Local First program — the new Oakland Grown Indie Business Gift Card, to encourage people to shop locally in order to keep money in Oakland, supporting our local community. Related to this is the Oakland Holiday Gift Guide.

As part of her lunch presentation, Erin will engage in a dialogue with SBA Board President Jenny Kassan (Managing Director of Katovich & Kassan Law Group and C.E.O. of Cutting Edge Capital) about the new relationship between SBA and Oakland Grown. The two organizations have long been allies, and both have been networks of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). As of September, 2011, SBA officially adopted Oakland Grown, which is now a project of the SBA. Erin and Jenny will briefly discuss the ways in which this collaboration will help grow the Think Local First movement in the East Bay.

Swans Cohousing
930 Clay St. Oakland 94607
near 12th St. BART

$14 pre-registered SBA Members (Join Here)
$18 non members
$20 at door

Please help us out by pre-registering using our secure Pay-Pal, with one form for each person attending, so we know how much food to get. To get the pre-registration rate, sign up by Thursday, December 1st at 6 pm. Open to non-members.  Please help in our membership campaign by inviting friends and businesses so that the SBA can grow and be a more viable force in the region.  Thank you!

HOW TO FIND US: Come to the 930 Clay Street gate, located between 10th and 9th Streets. Walk towards the center of the courtyard (you will see MOCHA ahead of you), then through the short gate on your left and up to another gate which is the entrance to Swan's Market Cohousing. Closest BART station: 12 Street/City Center, 2 blocks away - take the 12 Street exit onto Broadway.
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