To help businesses prepare in the event of disasters, the City of Oakland, Oakland Merchant’s Leadership Forum and California Resiliency Alliance hosts the Oakland Business Disruption & Disaster Training Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   The free workshop will be held at Oakland City Hall,  located at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

“Everyday, there are difficult things that happen. Robbery, assault, or gunfire these things happen.  They affect people.  What we need to plan for are large-scale emergencies such as the Oakland hills firestorm in 1991 or the earthquake in 1989 that stalled enterprise,” said Jim Turner, projects director at California Resiliency Alliance, a non-profit working to strengthen capacities to prevent, protect, respond and recover from natural disaster.

On Oct. 2, Alameda County Small Business Development Center will also present a seminar on Marketing for the Holidays from 9 a.m. – noon in the City Hall’s hearing room #4.  Merchants will learn how to re-launch their product.  Topics will include creating a holiday marketing plan, leveraging traditional and new marketing tools to increase holiday sales, and offer tips to increase the value of what you produce.

Later in the month, Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, a seminar on Financing of Small Business Ventures will feature Kiva Zip, Micro Lender, 7a Lender, Alternative Lender, and local entrepreneurs.   They will review the 5 C’s of credit – character, capacity, capital collateral and conditions.  These elements are essential in walking through the steps of various types of loan applications.  They will explain the social etiquette of crowd funding – a collective effort by individuals to pool their resources towards other people or organizations on the web.  They will also review the requirements in accessing these new types of lending resources.

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