• "We Are The Heart of
    Oakland’s Commercial Ecosystem"

       Proper Fashions: 1200 Clay St, Downtown Oakland

  • "We Hope to Help Other Small Businesses
    Who Need Help to Succeed in Oakland."

       Athenian Deli & Cafe: 2125 Franklin St, Downtown Oakland

  • "We Have Limitless Potential.
    We Are Excited for Our Business."

       Queen Hippie Gypsy: 337 14th St, Downtown Oakland

  • "Helping Our Community Transition
    From a Mindset of Surviving to Thriving."

      Oakstop: 1721 Broadway, Downtown Oakland

Empowering Black Businesses With Capital, Technical Assistance, and Growth Strategy

Funds

Funding for Oakland Black Businesses

Assistance

Expert Support From Black Service Providers

Growth

Strategies for scaling Black businesses.

4 Easy steps to success –
The process is quite simple

1.) We talk about your business

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2.) I crunch the numbers

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3.) You get a list of improvements

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About the Oakland Black Business Fund

Overview

Oakland Black Business Fund is a Black-led grantmaking program, providing capital, technical assistance, and growth strategy to Black businesses in Oakland, California.

The program was incited by disproportionate rates of closure for Black businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, further demonstrating vulnerabilities caused by the historical lack of access to capital for Black businesses. Our goals are 1) to establish economic resilience for Black businesses and 2) to position these businesses to receive ongoing government, private, or institutional funding. By focusing specifically on Oakland, we aim to strengthen the local economy through the revitalization of Black owned businesses.

Our unique approach to technical assistance focuses on building relationships between Black businesses by pairing them with Black technical assistance providers, who add value to these businesses while earning income from the funds we provide for the work.

The technical assistance providers, who are also small local business owners, often apply to our program to further stabilize their businesses. The program therefore fosters a sustainable ecosystem of Black businesses.

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In The Press

Partners & Supporters

 
When we say, "black-owned businesses represent our main street," what does that mean?

It means that our spaces are community hubs. Black entrepreneurs serve their communities in a relevant, culturally compassionate manner and are driven by so much more than economic gain.

Kyrah and Lilly, the owners of @queenhippiegypsy are a shining example of our point. As Oakland's first crystal botanica on the historic 14th street business strip, they've made it their business to be a healing force and a light for our community over the very dark past 2 years. 

It is imperative that as a community we protect the people who fight to protect us. Queen Hippie Gypsy has been vandalized, impersonated and even burglarized over the past two years. Why? Because they are visible. Because they are present. Because they give a damn. 

OBBF works with Black-owned small businesses help them respond to business emergencies. However, we also work to strengthen their networks and grow their support base so they are better prepared for the next emergency. 

As always, please support the businesses we love! Extend Queen Hippie Gypsy a follow, attend one of their fabulous workshops or purchase a gift set for yourself or a loved one (in person or online!)
Have you told your loved ones you love them today? 

Can we talk about someone we love?

We love @beammeuptayleur and the whole @gold.beams team. They open up their homes, their schedules and their wallets to give young black artists safe spaces to be vulnerable and develop their craft. How fitting that today, before her "@secondmondays " showcase this evening, we get to love on her and all the phenomenal artists who grace her stage every month!

OBBF supports arts entrepreneurs like Tayleur because we have no doubt that these brilliant curators will lead Oakland into its next cultural revolution.

Artists lift our spirits when we are at our lowest. They express our rage and frustration when we can't find the words. They are also criminally under resourced in this country where access to healthcare is directly tied to your "9-5."

Your support of OBBF, helps us to support black excellence in our community. It helps us to empower full time arts entrepreneurs to create without compromise.

Do us a favor... skip the trip to Walgreens for that last minute V-Day gift. Bring your loved one to Tayleur's (free) event tonight (link in bio) and celebrate with some talented young artists in your community. 

Supporting Oakland artists without having to leave Oakland? What could be more romantic than that?
We want all the beef! We want all the smoke!

Okay, dad jokes aside…we are so honored that @finalsauce trusted us to tell their inspiring story of sisterhood, courage and community. It takes a tremendous amount of heart to share your gifts with the world. It takes so much more to double down on your dreams and make your passion your career. 

Every bottle of the Final Sauce is handmade, bottled hot at the peak of freshness and sold in small batches to ensure quality. They’ve got so many incredible flavors (Original, Hot, Bourbon, Mango, Coffee, Hennessey!...) and elevate whatever you eat (ask our vegan friends who have sampled the salad dressing and poured the sauce on their tofu rice bowls!)

We support Princess and Brownie Sims in their journey to establish their own manufacturing and distribution facility for their sauce. We know that black women-owned family businesses like the Final Sauce are absolutely imperative for Oakland to preserve its history and protect its future. 

We appreciate your support of OBBF in whatever form is right for you (donation, like, follow, share…) 
100% of every individual donation is reinvested into black-owned businesses in Oakland.

But please remember to prioritize supporting the business directly! A follow and a purchase from @finalsauce goes a very long way and is a (tasty) investment in Oakland’s current black-business ecosystem and our future food manufacturing industry!

(Sorry to post this at dinner time. Look at your plate…you know what to do!)
It's been an amazing journey for the Oakland Black Business Fund over the past 20 months! We've been able to serve over 150 Black-Owned businesses and are looking forward to serving hundreds more in the future!

This Black History Month we are going to use every Monday to highlight a Black-Owned business that is making a stand for the community. If you wish to donate to the fund (GiveButter link in the bio,) you can rest assured that 100% of all individual donations go to micro-grants or technical services costs for Black-Owned small businesses in your community.

Even if you cannot donate, we welcome you to take part in one of Oakstop's community events this month (link in bio), curated almost exclusively with businesses OBBF has had the pleasure of serving.

Thank you as always for your support and for patronizing Black-Owned businesses, artists and service providers in Oakland!
Congrats to Oakstop member, Sistah Sci-fi, being as Best Indie Bookstore of 2021!!

Vote for @sistahscifi NOW on @allwaysblack 

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Sistah Scifi nominated for Best Indie Bookstore of 2021 😍 along with @unclebobbies, @harrietts_bookshop, @mahoganybooks, and @baldwinandcompany. 

You can vote on @AllwaysBlack created by @penguinrandomhouse;
Curated by @creemyles

Get in touch

Do you have questions or contributions that you’d like to make towards this effort? Please get in touch with us here via email: