NewCo comes to Town

On a rainy and gray Oakland morning, ICA Fund Good Jobs welcomed close to 40 curious and excited visitors as part of the NewCo Bay Area Festival! ICA Fund Good Jobs was one of dozens of local companies that welcomed visitors for a behind-the-scenes look at our work. 

NewCo attendees gather at ICA Fund Good Jobs headquarters in Downtown Oakland.

NewCo attendees gather at ICA Fund Good Jobs headquarters in Downtown Oakland.

Our morning kicked off with a welcome from our Accelerator Manager, Dianna Tate who led a round of introductions from the entire team and from our visitors. In true ICA Fund Good Jobs fashion we asked each visitor for a "Twitter-length" introduction as well as one word that comes to mind when thinking of a good job. The group obliged and came up with some inspiring descriptors for what makes a good job, including: positivity, meaning, impact, creativity and curiosity. 

Managing Director of Entrepreneur Services, Ingrid Jacobson, shares our work with NewCo attendees. 

Managing Director of Entrepreneur Services, Ingrid Jacobson, shares our work with NewCo attendees. 

After a brief overview of how we Educate, Accelerate and Invest in good job creating businesses, Nina Robinson, Senior Portfolio Manager, led a tour of three local ICA Fund Good Jobs Portfolio Companies.

Kori Chen of Red Bay Coffee shares the company's work with NewCo attendees. 

Kori Chen of Red Bay Coffee shares the company's work with NewCo attendees. 

The first stop: the Red Bay Coffee Box at the HIVE. Red Bay Coffee is an East Oakland based roastery that sells coffee beans to local restaurants, hotels, companies like Salesforce and Uber, as well as through Whole Foods and a worker cooperative cafe, The Coffee Box. At the Box we were welcomed by Kori Chen, a long time employee and manager of Red Bay's retail operations. Kori shared Red Bay's philosophy, its profit sharing model, and vision of scaling its worker-owned cafes. 

NewCo Bay attendees listen to Kori Chen of Red Bay Coffee. 

NewCo Bay attendees listen to Kori Chen of Red Bay Coffee. 

The next stop was Firebrand Artisan Breads where co-owner and founder, Matt Kreutz, described our partnership which has allowed Firebrand to effectively triple its workforce and his love for baking bread, telling everyone that his love for baking started at the young age of 12. "I've always know what I wanted to do", Matt said. 

Matt Kreutz co-owner of Firebrand Artisan Breads talks with NewCo attendees. 

Matt Kreutz co-owner of Firebrand Artisan Breads talks with NewCo attendees. 

After taking in the modern vibe of Firebrand's retail operation, the group continued down the street to Impact HUB Oakland. There Impact HUB co-founder, Konda Mason welcomed the group, and talked about a variety of topics ranging from the company's commitment to good jobs (a key tenet of our investment), its work with local startups, and how a sense of community fosters productivity and good work. 

Konda Mason, co-founder of Impact HUB Oakland shares the HUB's story. 

Konda Mason, co-founder of Impact HUB Oakland shares the HUB's story. 

Our NewCo session concluded at the Impact HUB. As the attendees left to continue on their NewCo tours of local companies, Growth Strategies flyers and Impact HUB day passes in hand, the ICA Fund Good Jobs team was left greatly impressed by the NewCo experience.

NewCo exemplifies not only a great opportunity for networking and idea-sharing, it's also a great way to connect business and community, and that is something we certainly stand behind. Needless to say, we look forward to next year's conference. 


Did you take part in NewCo today? Did you join us at our office? Share your impressions and tell us about your experience in the comments. And if you haven't already, check out this great list of special offers from NewCo participating companies. 

What does a good job mean to you?

In November 2016 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary with over a thousand of our friends, funders, and supporters from the local community. In 20 years we've worked with hundreds of small businesses and helped create more than 5,000 jobs for local residents. But in an effort to understand the real impact of good jobs, we asked Bay Area residents at our 20/20 event to tell us what a good job means to them. Here's what they said.

Growth Strategies is back for 2017! 

Last year, more than 60 entrepreneurs attended our signature Growth Strategies course taught by entrepreneur, mentor, and CEO, Michael C. Bush. Growth Strategies is not only a proven framework to grow your business, it is also the entry point to the ICA Fund Good Jobs network. And classes start on April 21st. 

Applications are open now! So if you're a business owner or know anyone who would like to think more strategically about their business, now is the time to apply: 


"A definition is good, but it’s not enough"

Our CEO, Sean Daniel Murphy recently sat down with to discuss how ICA Fund Good Jobs is leading the way on the good jobs creation front and what good jobs really mean in the Bay Area.

For the article, Sean and Jose Corona (ICA Fund Good Jobs CEO from 2005 to 2015) talked with Next City's Oscar Abello about our investments, our leadership in the CDFI community, and our work to go beyond a good jobs definition. Read the article over by clicking the link below. 
Read the article here.

Visit us next week as part of NewCo Bay Area!

Next week, join us as we open our doors, along with dozens of the most dynamic local companies, to celebrate the NewCo Bay Area festivalCompanies across the East Bay are welcoming visitors to showcase their work and there are a few spots left to join our session on February 7th!

When you join us, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at our work, a tour of three of Oakland’s most innovative start-ups, and the opportunity to see the inner workings of the nation's only investment fund explicitly dedicated to the creation of good jobs. Join us.
Get registered.

Donate to ICA Fund Good Jobs, make a fashion statement.

When you donate to ICA Fund Good Jobs at the link below you'll get a free Fund good jobs. statement hoodie or teeshirt as a gift for your support.

It's a win-win: with your donation we create more good jobs while you look good in your USA-made, super comfortable, statement teeshirt or hoodie. Give today, and we'll send you yours tomorrow! 
Make a donation.

A Special Offer from Revolution Foods!

Our friends at alumni company Revolution Foods have a great offer for local small businesses. You can read the details below but we can tell you that, in short, it involves, lots of delicious snacks, and free breakfast for your entire team! 

Here’s the offer, directly from Revolution Foods:


Buy Lunch Bundles at Costco to power up your office and we’ll come serve you a hot pancake breakfast! 

We are excited to announce that our Lunch Bundle Superfood 3-pack is available now for a limited time at select Costcos across the Bay Area. Lunch Bundles are a ready-to-eat snack (for adults) or lunch (for kids).

Find your closest store here. 

The particular one sold at Costco right now is our Lunch Bundle Superfood, a tasty mix of crunchy, sweet and savory, designed to power you through the day:

  • gluten free
  • 10g of protein
  • 9g of fiber
  • no artificial flavors or preservatives!

Details of the offer:

Your organization:

  1. Purchase a minimum of 20 “3 packs” at your nearby Costco to share with your office, friends and family (20 units = 66 Lunch Bundles) by the end of Jan. Each 3-pack costs $6.99
  2. send us a pic of your receipt(s)
  3. or, save a trip to Costco and purchase these via Instacart and have them delivered directly to your office!

Revolution Foods:

  1. We will come to your office on a morning of your choosing (starting in February) and prepare fresh pancakes for breakfast for the whole office!
  2. Pancakes will be made with our Breakfast Hero Pancake Batter, made with real eggs and milk, no artificial colors or flavors and comes in 3 delicious flavors (Original, Multigrain and Chocolate Multigrain).
  3. Bring some healthy snacks to your office + a healthy freshly prepared pancake breakfast AND help a healthy food company succeed at their first Costco launch!
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A bit about Revolution Foods:
Started by 2 Moms, 10 years ago, Revolution Foods’ mission is to transform the way America eats by providing access to healthy affordable meals in schools. We believe that proper nutrition is a cornerstone of providing our youth the nourishment they need to lead successful lives. A few years ago we also launched into grocery stores with a line of healthy products for families to fuel them throughout the day.

Please email with any questions.

Celebrating our wins; preparing for 2017.

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Since 1996 we have created millions of dollars in small business impact. 

Since 1996 we have created millions of dollars in small business impact. 

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your support of our mission this past year and over our 20 year history. We look forward to building our momentum in the New Year. 

Our investment in Red Bay Coffee was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Our investment in Red Bay Coffee was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine. 

We started 2016 by formally recombining Inner City Advisors and Fund Good Jobs. As one organization, ICA Fund Good Jobs has a unified model to educate, accelerate and invest in local small businesses so they can create accessible good jobs.

Over the course of the year, we recorded a number of “firsts.” We launched our Good Jobs Accelerator and were certified as aCommunity Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Today, we are the first CDFI and the first accelerator explicitly dedicated to the creation of good jobs.

We received our largest grant ever from The James Irvine Foundation, marking a new era of growth for ICA Fund Good Jobs. Our work is gaining recognition and was featured in several publications throughout the year, including Entrepreneur Magazine, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Magazine, and a white paper created in partnership with theOpportunity Finance Network about the ability of CDFIs to create quality jobs.

Last but not least, we brought our community of supporters together to celebrate our 20th Anniversary at the historic 16th Street Station in West Oakland. The night was an amazing success and a testament to our passionate advisors, to our committed board, our funders, our staff, and of course, our entrepreneurs.

This holiday season, you can help build an equitable community by purchasing gifts and services from local good job creators. I encourage you to check out our 2016 Good Goods local Gift Guide. 

If we stick together, we can build a world where everyone has access to a good job.

There is much work to be done, and we look forward to carrying this mission forward in 2017 and over the next 20 years.

Thank you for celebrating!

Dear ICA Fund Good Jobs extended family: 

What a night! Thank you so much for demonstrating the power of our small business community and our collective commitment to creating good jobs in the Bay Area. We are proud that more than 1,000 community supporters attended our 20/20 celebration. 

When we come together, we make magic happen. Now it’s time for us to stick together.

We need you to carry this forward, and propel our mission through the next 20 years. Together, we can build an equitable community. 

Support our good job creating businesses.

Tell a values-driven entrepreneur who wants to grow their business about ICA Fund Good Jobs. Practice cultivating a good jobs culture in your own workplace. 

We could not do the work that we do without our amazing ecosystem of support. We are especially grateful for our Mission Champions who have shaped our approaches over the past 20 years, and will accelerate our progress over the next 20. 

A big thank you to our sponsors, Board of Directors, Advisors, Entrepreneurs, event crew, volunteers and staff. And once again, thank YOU, our community, for supporting us and believing that everyone should have access to a good job. 



Sean Daniel Murphy

& the ICA Fund Good Jobs Team

It's time to come together.

In one week, we celebrate our 20th year of educating, accelerating and investing in small businesses so they can grow and create good, local jobs

Now more than ever, it is time to come together to celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and good jobs. We know that real progress happens in our businesses, our neighborhoods, and our homes.

Together with our good job creating small businesses, our committed business support network, and you, our supporters, we can create meaningful change in our community. 
We can do this if we all stick together. 

We are celebrating our 20/20 event in exactly one week on November 17th at the historic 16th Street Train Station in West Oakland. We want you to be there to celebrate our history and to help write our future.

That's why, for today only, we are offering a special 20/20 promo on ticket sales: $20 for your ticket and $20 to bring a friend – the code is LetsStickTogether and you can get tickets here

We will see you on the 17th!