Oakland Grown - Membership
Why should you join SBA?

Thank you for your interest in joining us!  We are an organization for East Bay businesses and artists interested in a better world, and a stronger, more just and sustainable local economy. 

Building relationships and developing strong networks are essential to the success of your business. Share your experiences and learn from other entrepreneurs. Practice pitching your business. Receive support and encouragement from other people who understand the joys and challenges of sustainable entrepreneurship. Be a part of the movement to develop healthy local economies!

What are the benefits of membership?

What We Do

Help socially-minded East Bay businesses and artists thrive, through

  • Promoting “shopping local” to the community
  • Connecting / networking among members and other small,social-responsible, and sustainable businesses
  • Workshops and Resources
  • Member Promotion
  • Building government support of independent business

1 Shop Local Initiatives
Inform, inspire, remind, and make it easy for the community to support local businesses and artists

  • Online directory of independent businesses and artists
  • Advertisements
  • East Bay Express (print, web, e-blast)
  • Oakland Local
  • Movie theater previews
  • Billboards
  • Bus shelters
  • Oakland Grown local spending and rewards card
  • e-Newsletters
  • T-shirts & Bags
  • Window posters
  • Tables at fairs, festivals and other events
  • Searchable online gift guide for the holidays – members can put several items in the guide
  • Hosting discussions & movies about the local economy
  • Plaid Friday campaign
  • National Shift Your Shopping campaign
  • Shop Local Pledge
  • Shop Local Holiday Concierge
  • Articles and interviews with local newspapers and radio
  • $70,000 worth of shop local advertising during the holidays

2 Member Networking and Connecting – Locally Inspired 
SBA hosts and partners with like-minded organizations to offer networking opportunities throughout the year. We strive to ensure that each mixer offers both inspiration and practical value. We offer events at different times of day to accommodate varying schedules. We also make a point of proactively connecting members to each other for specific partnerships.

Our 2013 evening mixer series is called Locally Inspired, and offers a Q&A session with a successful East Bay social business leader.  The first event is Thursday, January 24th, and the subsequent mixers will be on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Learn more and RSVP for the current month.

3 Member Workshops
Determined by member interest, we bring in experts or partner to provide discounts on workshops on topics such as

  • Social media and marketing
  • Business development
  • Professional development
  • Social responsibility and sustainability

4 Local Capital

We believe passionately that individuals should be able to invest in the businesses around them, and that socially-minded businesses should be able to get capital from mission-aligned lenders and investors. We are working to connect businesses who need capital with the people and institutions that want to support them financially.

5 Member Promotion

  • Promoting individual members to each other and the community
  • Ability to post announcements, coupons and deals in several places at once:
  • Oakland Grown and SBA Facebook and Twitter
  • Oakland Grown and SBA Websites and Directories
  • East Bay Express Indie Biz Directory
  • Listing in Oakland Grown and SBA online directories
  • Promote products or services in our Holiday Gift Guide (Online)
  • Opportunities for discounted ads in local media
  • Occasional member highlights in our e-newsletter (3000 subscribers)
  • Facebook (4000 fans) & Twitter (3000 followers)
  • Expo and vendor opportunities

6 Building government support
SBA works ad hoc with local government agencies to encourage support of independent business. We also support campaigns by the American independent Business Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council, of which we are members.

Membership Levels

Pay By Month or Annual
Business / Non-Profit
Under $499k Annual Revenue/Budget
Business / Non-Profit
$500k – $999k Annual Revenue/Budget
Business / Non-Profit
$1M - 4.9M Annual Revenue/Budget
Business / Non-Profit
$5M - 9.9M Annual Revenue/Budget
Business / Non-Profit
$10M+ Annual Revenue/Budget
Artist/Author/Musician $5
Individual Supporter $5
Limited Membership
(Directory Listing Only)
Free Free

Note that Oakland Grown is a program of the Sustainable Business Alliance. Oakland-based members get the benefits of being part of the SBA with additional Oakland Grown programs and campaigns.
Our Members

1714 Franklin St. #100-235 Oakland, CA 94612
Sustainable Business Alliance 2016
SBA members are a diverse community of over 400 local Bay Area businesses.