You're invited: the 2019 Summer Series

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Announcing the 2019 Summer Series

Join us all summer long to get hands-on, actionable tools for growing your business.

All summer long you can join us for our 2019 Summer Series. What is the Summer Series? It’s a month-long series of workshops designed to help Bay Area small business owners practical advice and hands-on support in key aspects of growing your business.

The sessions are hosted by the ICA Fund Good Jobs team in conjunction with expert special guests, Ryan Voeltz, Joshua Singh, and Stephanie Louie.

The first session – Best Practices for Starting Facebook Ads – has already occurred but there are three more workshops to take all month long. Best of all they are free! Sign up below.


The 2019 Summer Series sessions:

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7/12: Sales Pipeline Management: Join the ICA Fund Good Jobs with entrepreneur and founder Ryan Voeltz as we discuss Sales Pipeline Management!

This workshop is perfect for entrepreneurs or sales managers wanting to learn how to cultivate and effectively manage sales pipelines and relationships to help grow your business.

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7/19: Understanding Business Contracts: On July 19th, Start Small Think Big's Joshua Singh joins us to talk contracts. Join us and learn about tendering contracts, commonly-included language, and obligations of each party as it relates to business and business transactions.

Designed for entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to better navigate the world of contracts and agreements, this workshop is perfect for small business owners who want to be expert contract-writers. We'll touch on topics like negotiation techniques, non-compete and non-disclosure clauses, and contract enforcement.

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7/26: Mastering Market Research: for the last session of our Summer Series, you’re invited to join us and Stephanie Louie to talk Market Research. This informative and engaging session to walk through real-world examples of how to conduct consumer research prior to launching new products or services.

This session will help entrepreneurs understand the keys to market research that will save money and deliver results. Learn practical and actionable tips and tools to better understand who your customers are, and get invaluable insights into what you need to do before formulating and refining products and/or services.

Bonus session: ICA Fund Good Jobs is now building the next cohort of dynamic Good Jobs Accelerator companies. Are you a founder who wants to accelerate your growth?

Want to learn more about the Good Jobs Accelerator? Are you interested in being our next Accelerator company? If so, join our virtual info session to learn how our Accelerator can help propel your growth.

Lastly, if you’ve got questions, email us. We hope to see you soon!

Announcing our new CEO, Allison Kelly.

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We are pleased to announce our new Chief Executive Officer, Allison Kelly. Allison brings deep expertise in small business advising, lending, and economic development to the organization. She is passionately committed to equality and community empowerment. As CEO, Allison will be responsible for leading the growth and impact of the organization in order to meet the needs of the region’s small business community.

Kelly was selected by the ICA Fund Good Jobs Board of Directors after a nationwide search. With more than a decade of experience in community development finance and small business support and lending, Kelly has special expertise in developing innovative strategies and forging creative partnerships. The proven leader and community builder assumes the role today. 

I’m really excited about the flexibility and innovation of the ICA model, and the ability to test disruptive strategies.
— Allison Kelly

“The community development finance field has been really impactful in our history, but we still aren’t seeing the outcomes we need in terms of parity in access to capital. ICA is uniquely positioned as an accelerator and investment vehicle, and my vision is to prove out a model that is disruptive, has the true outcomes our community needs, and can be replicated by others across the country.”

Kelly will be assuming the role from outgoing CEO Sean Daniel Murphy, who has been a leader of the organization for 12 years and will be joining the Board of Directors as part of this transition. She looks forward to building off of ICA Fund Good Jobs’ 23-year legacy.

“Thank you to our board co-chair, Jack Russi and the board search committee for leading the hiring process with Korn Ferry. We look forward to Allison’s leadership as ICA continues working for economic freedom for those who need it most," Murphy said. 

On behalf of our entrepreneurs, community stakeholders, and funders, I am excited to welcome Allison to the ICA community, where she will lead a fiercely-committed team comprised of talented, values-driven individuals.

— Sean Daniel Murphy
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We are extremely excited to welcome Allison Kelly as CEO to ICA Fund Good Jobs, and know that she will bring great leadership, talents, and passion to the work of this organization,” said Jack Russi, Co-Chair of the ICA Fund Good Jobs Board of Directors.

“We are also grateful to Sean Murphy, who has done a tremendous job of positioning ICA Fund Good Jobs for the future. We are pleased that we will still be able to benefit from Sean’s considerable skills and experience as a Board member.”

Most recently, Allison Kelly worked as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at CDC Small Business Finance (CDC), a leading U.S lender focused on supporting entrepreneurs. At CDC, she worked to forge creative partnerships and foster innovation in community development finance. Her successes at CDC include partnering with Prudential to create a $15M impact investment fund for small businesses, collaborating with the Oakland-based startup CNote to develop a community investment financial product, and organizing a first-of-its-kind Community Finance Challenge to spur innovation in the CDFI sector.

Prior to CDC, Kelly spent seven years in various leadership positions at Pacific Community Ventures, a nonprofit social enterprise focused on helping small businesses thrive through affordable capital and free business coaching. She increased company participation in the business advising program fivefold, to 250, and she started strategic partnerships with 30 community-based groups that help small businesses in the Bay Area and across the nation.

Allison started her professional career in the healthcare service industry and has worked on international campaigns to promote changes in public health behavior. Her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, shaped her passion for using small business as a force for social change.

Small business is an engine for people to fulfill their own potential. Small businesses bring true empowerment, which is the economic freedom to make choices.
— Allison Kelly



Allison Kelly lives in Oakland with her husband Todd, and their son Evan (9) and daughter Piper (6). The outdoor enthusiast enjoys backpacking in the wilderness and doing anything active. She serves on the Board of Donor Digital and is an active member of the national Opportunity Finance Network. Kelly holds a BA with honors from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

ICA Fund Good Jobs hosts Pitch Event!

Dianna Tremblay and Caron Gugssa-Howard of ICA Fund Good Jobs with the 2019 Pitch Event participants.

Dianna Tremblay and Caron Gugssa-Howard of ICA Fund Good Jobs with the 2019 Pitch Event participants.

On May 23rd, at the Kapor Center’s Lotus Theater in Oakland, ICA Fund Good Jobs hosted its first-ever pitch event. Over the course of an exciting evening, six companies, including all four current Accelerator companies, pitched to a packed audience of investors, community members, funders, and fellow entrepreneurs. 

The Pitch Event was an exciting opportunity for Accelerator and Alumni companies to showcase their stories and business models, as well as explain how they plan to scale their vision and strategy.

As a celebratory conclusion to the 2019 Accelerator cohort, the current Accelerator companies – Yoconut Dairy Free, Progeny Coffee, Beija Flor Naturals, and Courtsmith Basketball Industries, joined Accelerator alumni company Bread SRSLY and investment portfolio company Firebrand Artisan Breads on the pitch stage at the Kapor Center. Collectively, the six businesses are raising almost $16m in growth capital, ranging from $150k to $10.5m in debt and equity.

Pitch event judges Justina Lai of Wetherby Asset Management and an ICA Fund Good Jobs Board of Directors, Kirby Harris of Base Ventures, and outgoing ICA Fund Good Jobs CEO, Sean Daniel Murphy, provided actionable tactical and strategic feedback to all the pitchers. 

Thank you to everyone who attended. 

The power of our work starts with with you – our business support ecosystem. If you didn’t get a chance to connect with the companies, please let us know how we can help you get acquainted.  You can also download a PDF of the program, which features all of the company raises here.

Find photos from the event here:

The pitch event was a true celebration of our companies’ accomplishments to date. But we’re always looking ahead. And so the Good Jobs Accelerator is now building its next cohort of high-growth, high-potential companies. If you know of businesses that would be a fit for the Accelerator, or are an entrepreneur who would like to apply, you can do that (and learn more about the program) here.

The 2019 Pitch Event was made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and community partners – eBay, JP Morgan Chase, Donahue Fitzgerald, and J.P. King Advisors.

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A special thank you to our gracious hosts, the Kapor Center, our caterers (and Good Jobs Accelerator alumni) RedDoor Catering, and videographers, 510 Media

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Photos from the 2019 Pitch Event at the Kapor Center.

On May 23rd, at the Kapor Center’s Lotus Theater in Oakland, ICA Fund Good Jobs hosted its first-ever pitch event. Over the course of an exciting evening, six companies, including all four current Accelerator companies, pitched to a packed audience of investors, community members, funders, and fellow entrepreneurs. 

Thank you to Kola Shobo for capturing photos at the event.

Here are photos from the event:

The Good Jobs Accelerator is now accepting applications!

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Years of impact:

Over the past 23 years we have proven that with our support, businesses grow faster. The more than 600 companies that have worked with us have collectively:

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  • Secured over $300M in capital

  • Created over 5,500 jobs 

  • Paid over $105M in wages 

Since its launch in 2016, Good Jobs Accelerator companies have raised close to $10M in growth capital, created and retained over 400 jobs, and created millions of dollars in local wealth for their employees.

We are incredibly proud of this group and invite you to apply for the next cohort or share this email with an entrepreneur you think might be a good fit. More details are below.

The details:

Over 3 months, cohort companies are holistically supported through group learning, peer-to-peer support, and individualized advising sessions to support their growth ambitions and to access the right growth capital. 

Areas of Focus: Growth Strategy, People Strategy, and Capital Strategy
Program Dates: September 2019 - November 2019
Deadline to Apply: July 12th (Interviews will take place in August)
Your company is a good fit when you have: 

  • An established business model that supports good job creation

  • The capacity and commitment to fully participate

  • Demonstrated product/market fit and traction 

  • A scaleable business model with tangible expansion opportunities

Cost: $1,000 initial payment, 3 year revenue share, 1% equity via assignable warrant

To learn more about the program and the alumni, click here. And if you have questions before applying, you can reach us at services@icafundgoodjobs.org.

Apply: https://icafundgoodjobs.org/accelerator

RSVP now: May 23rd – our first ever Good Jobs Accelerator Pitch Event.

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On May 23rd, at the Kapor Center’s Lotus Theater, the ICA Fund Good Jobs Accelerator will host our first ever Pitch Event. Current Accelerator companies as well as a few special guests will make their best pitches in front of a live audience of fellow entrepreneurs, capital providers, and investors. The pitches will be followed by investor feedback and plenty of networking time. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided by Accelerator alumni company, The Red Door Catering.

When: May 23rd, 2019; 530pm – 8pm
Where: Lotus Theater, Kapor Center –
2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA
What: ICA Fund Good Jobs will host our first annual Accelerator Pitch Event. The Pitch Event is a chance to showcase our Good Jobs Accelerator companies and to celebrate over 23 years of good job creation in the Bay Area.

The Pitch Event:

The first annual Good Jobs Accelerator Pitch Event is a special opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and get connected to investors. On the day of the event, Accelerator companies looking for capital will make their pitches to a vetted audience of investors, strategic service advisors, and mission-aligned capital providers. The event will be followed by a networking reception, to connect entrepreneurs to potential capital providers and investors, and allow everyone in attendance to engage with our entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners.

About the pitching companies:

The pitch event is also the culmination for the third Good Jobs Accelerator cohort. Four of the Good Jobs Accelerator companies will be pitching as well as some special alumni guests. Pitching companies are: Courtsmith, Beija Flor Naturals, Yoconut Dairy Free, Progeny Coffee and more!

Coffee company with a mission to elevate poverty of Colombian coffee farmers


Reimagined coconut yogurt product company, creating indulgent super snacks. 

 
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Custom basketball team uniform and lifestyle apparel manufacturer with a mission to create job opportunities for underserved communities

Natural skin and hair care product company making waves in the Green Beauty industry


Who is eligible to attend this pitch event?

This event is explicitly designed to foster connections between capital providers and presenting entrepreneurs.  Therefore, due to space, priority will be given to individuals who best align with the mission of the event.  While we do have limited spots reserved for our network-at-large, your event confirmation will be sent after reviewing your RSVP. 

Are you an investor or capital provider? This event will bring together a powerful group of investors, entrepreneurs, ICA Fund Good Jobs alumni, community leaders, and supporters of our work, who all believe in the power of capital to effect lasting change in the Bay Area small business community. And we hope to see you there.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Your participation and support are instrumental to the success of the Pitch Event as well as to ensuring the success of our mission, investing in high potential businesses to create economic freedom for those who need it most. If you or your organization would like to sponsor the pitch event, just contact us! Email Roohi Singh to talk sponsorship: roohi@icafundgoodjobs.org. You can also download a sponsor packet and get all of the details here.

About the Good Jobs Accelerator:

The Good Jobs Accelerator is a tailored, holistic business acceleration program designed for growth-stage, good job-creating companies looking to scale their operations. Over the past three years, we have been working with local high-potential businesses that are poised to scale. Over a six-month engagement, we focus on getting each company ready to raise capital and helping each company to articulate its growth, people, and investment strategies.  

While the financial success of our companies is top of mind, the businesses in the Accelerator are committed to creating good jobs and building economic freedom those who need it most. In just over three years, the Good Jobs Accelerator companies have raised almost $10M, created and retained over 400 jobs, and created millions of dollars in local wealth for their employees.

Companies we’ve worked with: