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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Women’s Initiative for Self Employment closes its doors

After more than 25 years of helping low-income women find success as small business owners, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (WI) ceased operations on April 7, 2014. The move came without notice and caught students and graduates of the program, which had just unveiled a new website, by surprise. It is not clear whether the

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Seizing the economic opportunity of First Friday

It’s been nearly a year since the shooting that took the life of young Kiante Campbell and sent shockwaves through the community. In the wake of the tragedy, many questioned the future of Oakland’s First Friday event....

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Conference Recognizes the Demographic Shifts in 2013 As an Opportunity for “Building a More Inclusive Economy”

There’s a belief among most investors and startup founders that the financial ecosystem is a meritocracy. Money tends to flow to the companies with the best ideas, talent, products, and/or services. Whether or not this is true...