Upon arrival our team was joined by four of our companies – Reem’s California, Mr. Sparkle Window Washers, Impact HUB Oakland, and PiikUp – and quickly staked out a self-proclaimed “Small Business Zone” (right next to the Oakland A’s booth). These four companies complemented the 16 large enterprises that were hiring on the spot or conditionally at the Summit.
Working with BAYEP was a great opportunity: we wanted to raise awareness around the small business ecosystem that thrives in Oakland, and which we know so well, and, at the same time, build a real bridge between job seekers and the good jobs that our small businesses provide.
While our always-busy entrepreneurs were knee-deep in work, they recognized the real value that working with BAYEP brought. A true win-win for both the entrepreneurs and job-seekers, after several hours of bak-to-back interviews, the job fair yielded 550 total interviews, and 278 conditional offers and invitations for second interviews. ICA Fund Good Jobs companies committed to 11 second interviews and conditional offers, based on 34 interviews.
Representing a new partnership for our organization the BAYEP Summit was a huge success in our eyes and for our companies. By building on this new relationship we can more directly connect good jobs to those who need them most, a mission-result we can truly get behind.
Michelle Scott is Education Manager at ICA Fund Good Jobs.