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Efficiency Matters

Efficiency Matters, LLC helps conquer organizing challenges for home and business. Efficiency Matters provides move management, space planning, and storage organization. Jennifer... Read more

Jennifer Raftis
Founder & CEO, Efficiency Matters
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BE-IMAGINATIVE is an Emmy Award-winning collective of artists, healers, and community leaders who are dedicated to healing our black and brown communities through multidimensional... Read more

Ayesha Walker
Co-Founder and CEO, Be-Imaginative
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The Damel

Oumar Diouf is the Chef and founder of The Damel, a quick service, take-out, and delivery food service business in Oakland, that serves West African and South American cuisine,... Read more

Oumar Diouf
Chef and Founder, The Damel
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Umami Mart

Kayoko Abakori and and Yoko Kumano founded Umami Mart as an international food + drink blog in 2007. In 2012, they opened their retail shop, Umami Mart, in Oakland. It is a... Read more

Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano
Co-Founders, Umami Mart
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Knitting for Community Resiliency

My earliest mentor Jan helped me to choose the business type that I wanted to be in and mentored me all the way to sample production to setting up my knit studio in Oakland. There... Read more

Altansuvd Batmunkh
Founder and CEO, Endert LLC dba Altalun
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Homewatch CareGivers of Oakland

An MBA prepared Benjamin to run a business, but his SCORE mentor, Jim Carlson, helped him secure a loan. SCORE also encouraged the Blooms to network and to further develop their... Read more

Benjamin Bloom
Homewatch CareGivers of Oakland