2016: Growth Strategies, Path 2 Cash, Product Launches, and More!

It’s hard to believe it’s already March! We’ve been keeping busy and so we thought we’d share just some of what we’ve been up to so far this year. Read on to find out, and then see what we’re up to next.

This week we officially launched applications for our Growth Strategies series! Growth Strategies is an 8-week course taught by esteemed entrepreneur and CEO of The Great Place to Work Institute, Michael C. Bush and based on his 8 Factors Framework.

If you know entrepreneurs who are looking to increase profitability, tighten their operations, or just find the time to think strategically about their business, send them our way and show them our Growth Strategies site.

Path 2 Cash 2016 kicks off! 

Path 2 Cash 2016 kicks off! 

Last week, ICA Fund Good Jobs entrepreneurs attended a half-day session of one-on-one advising designed to get support them along the path to funding, our Path 2 Cash educational offering. Entrepreneurs, prepared in advance of the session, were paired with financing experts and the half-day event was split up into two sessions and hosted at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills college. 

Later that evening our team joined the Red Bay Coffee team at the company's headquarters in Oakland's Fruitvale District to celebrate its new contract with ride-sharing company (and our soon-to-be Oakland neighbor) Uber. That day, the ICA Fund Good Jobs team also attended the East Bay EDA’s Innovation Awards at the Fox Theater and were excited to see alums Core Foods win an Innovation award.

The Red Bay Coffee party.  Photo: Randolph Belle, Berkeleyside

The Red Bay Coffee party. Photo: Randolph Belle, Berkeleyside

The Back to the Roots product launch party at Impact HUB Oakland. 

The Back to the Roots product launch party at Impact HUB Oakland. 

Then, just this past Wednesday, ICA Fund Good Jobs investment portfolio company Back to the Roots held a product launch at Impact HUB Oakland (also an ICA Fund Good Jobs company!). They announced a two new products, and we were there to celebrate with them!


  • This very morning we’re at the Facebook Boost Your Business event San Francisco! And, yes, you can still join us – the event goes until 12:30PM and features practical tips on using social media to grow your customer-base.
  • Then, tomorrow, Saturday, our very own Nina Robinson and Monica Edwards are speaking at an event hosted by our friends Indie Food Hub and Slow Money Bay Area. If you own a small food business or know anyone looking for help financing their “food dream” you (or they) should be there! So, join us at Funding the Dream: Day-long Workshop on Financing for Small Food Businesses tomorrow.
  • On March 14th, (that’s a Monday), we will be at Impact HUB Oakland again, with Oakland Magazine for their issue launch party. It should be a lot of fun and you’ll get to hear from us directly as we'll be saying a few words about our work.
  • Last for now (but not least!), on March 16th we’re joining Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and other guests at the Kiva Oakland Launch Party. 

Hope to see you in March! And in the meantime, stay tuned, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!