Our Pop-up Market with Whole Foods Market in Oakland gives us chance to shine a light on the talent in the Town, and invites you to get your hands dirty at two interactive engagements.
Sanctuary City Print Shop
We have known artist Sergio De La Torre from our founder's art school days, so when they reached out to partner with us it was a very enthusiastic yes. The message is the mission and we have a fondness for anything mobile and interactive which engages the community in larger social issues. Here is more info about their great work.
"Print your own poster at a workshop with founders Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, who aim to raise awareness about the concept of being a “sanctuary city” as well as disseminate information on the recently enacted immigration policies and how they impact our community. Sharing art and infographics, leading silkscreen workshops, and distributing printed material throughout the city, Sanctuary Print Shop serves as a resource center and catalyst for the movement to uphold immigrants’ rights." - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Website project page
"Through silkscreen community workshops (taught via their mobile tricycle silkscreen cart), and other participatory activities, Sanctuary Print Shop educates participants on the history of the sanctuary ordinance within San Francisco, and serves as a resource center and catalyst for public engagement in the movement to uphold immigrants’ rights." - ForeSight Foundation Website project page
Dragon School already had a great relationship with Whole Foods Market, so when they wanted to bring a 16' wall to the Pop-up Market for folx to paint as a live mural, well, we thought what better way to connect to the celebration of the "Authentically Oakland" mural than to have folx paint one themselves as a community activity.
To learn more about their work about town read on! "Dragon School uses art and design as a vehicle to make communities more cohesive, more interesting and creates a respect for these areas by residents and visitors alike...We provide youth and the general public a unique place to experiment, collaborate and develop community ownership via artistic avenues. Dragon School's method re-imagines the neighborhood as a shared culture of art, where unity is strengthened through diversity." - Dragon School website
The City of Hayward and Popuphood present Hayward's first Small Business Week in partnership with Working Solutions to launch Popuphood's Pop-up to Permanent Program.
Panelists include the Small Business Administration (SBA), Kiva, Working Solutions, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC), and Nav. Additionally, Square will be on hand with goody bags and information about their tools to help small businesses grow. We are excited to showcase our partners to provide technical business and financial resources for small businesses retail to celebrate the business-friendly ecosystem in Hayward, a city on the rise!
Complimentary light fare and beverages will be offered to enjoy before and after our Panel in Hayward's charming historic downtown.
Our event co-sponsor, Working Solutions, provides affordable microloans, customized business consulting, and community connections for entrepreneurs in the Bay Area to start and grow thriving local businesses. They offer both capital (loans from $5,000-$50,000) and free comprehensive business consulting to their borrowers. Working Solutions does not require a minimum credit score and is committed to serving early-stage businesses, including start-ups.
As part of the Northern California SBDC network, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) works hands-on with entrepreneurs to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our clients’ bottom line. The staff of 18 business advisors assists clients with specialties including raising capital, marketing, operations, business planning, strategy and many other areas. Our services are provided at no cost to our clients.Our SBDC was awarded “Top Center” in the NorCal Region in 2016. We assisted 550 entrepreneurs to raise over $30 million for their companies, and create or save 437 jobs.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses since 1953. The agency was created by the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world and connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. More than 2 million people have raised nearly $1 billion on Kiva. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business.
Square creates tools that help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their businesses. Square's point-of-sale service offers tools for every part of running a business, from accepting credit cards and tracking inventory, to analytics and invoicing. Square also offers sellers financial and marketing services, including small business financing and customer engagement tools.