Last chance to apply and your opportunity to join us Friday!

Last Chance to Apply! 

As you know, we've been looking for companies to join our Growth Strategies course this summer for more than a month. Our Education team has been hard at work reaching out to the network to meet new entrepreneurs committed to our mission and looking to take the next steps in their business operations.

And it's been working! So far we've met companies from over a dozen Bay Area cities that are looking to create over 100 local jobs in 2016! 

This is the last chance to join us! Do you know business owners who believe good jobs are good business? Do you know companies looking to find the time to think strategically about their growth? If so, send them our way! You can download a flyer to share here, have them visit:, or email Michelle at

Two opportunities to join us this Friday! 

First, on Friday morning, join us at an event with Revolution Foods in East Oakland:

From 11am to 1pm we will be joining the Honorable Barbara Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and others at the Healthy Business, Healthy Communities event hosted by the SBA, City of Oakland, and alumni company Revolution Foods.

The event will be hosted at the Masonic Lodge and will recognize the healthy food industry as a crucial emerging job creator in Oakland and the greater Bay Area. Revolution Foods, a pioneer in the space, was an ICA Fund Good Jobs portfolio company from 2010 to 2013. With ICA Fund Good Jobs pro bono advising and education support expanded its revenues exponentially and now employs hundreds of workers. 

At the event the SBA will be recognizing Nona Lim, a graduate of ICA Fund Good Jobs' education program who makes "dairy and gluten-free soups and meals from local organic ingredients in their kitchen in West Oakland". 

Speakers will include the the Honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee, US Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Revolution Foods Founders Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey.

What: The Healthy Business, Healthy Communities event
When: Friday, May 6th, 11AM to 1PM
Where: the Masonic Lodge in Oakland
Register: HERE.

Start your First Friday celebrations with us! 

The ICA Fund Good Jobs team will have a table across from our office at the Hive at the First Friday Celebrations in front of Drake’s Dealership. It’ll be your chance to talk with us about our education offerings, talk about our plans for the rest of the year, and it’ll be the last chance to apply to our Growth Strategies course which starts in June. 

We’ll also have stickers, t-shirts, and some snacks + drinks. We'll be joined by our neighbors from Drake’s Dealership and others from The Hive, music, and it will be a great time to bring the family.

What: ICA Fund Good Jobs team at First Friday Celebrations
When: Friday, May 6th from 6PM to 8PM
Where: The HIVE Oakland – 2335 Broadway, Oakland, CA