Owner, Weekend Mobile Notary
Creator of an app for Public Notaries to have a platform to provide door to door mobile notary services.
CEO, Ayaba Wines
Ayaba Wines is a collection of elite wines focused on celebrating and uplifting Black Women.
Sharee Adriazola & Erik Moreno
Owners, Studio 405
Providing a platform to create unique content and experiences that will reach the Global Audience.
Is Entrepreneurship the way?
Is entrepreneurship the way for me, a black and brown person from an economically disadvantaged neighborhood that most people would rather escape from than build up?
Is entrepreneurship the way for me whose community lacks trust and resources to invest in my bootstrapping of a business?
Is entrepreneurship the way when there is a lack of mentors and people who have made the successful entrepreneurial journey that can motivate and mentor me?
Is entrepreneurship the way when struggle and failure is the path to success but my whole life has been struggle and failure and stability seems like a far better option?
Is entrepreneurship the way when the only other entrepreneurs I see are in low margin, low growth industries and the promise of entrepreneurship does not look better than a day-off and free-time afforded by even a part-time job?
Is entrepreneurship the way when I cannot grow outside of my community and sociocultural barriers only allow people outside of my community to support me as a form of charity?
Is entrepreneurship the way when my race qualifies me for discriminatory lending practices and over 50% of my revenue goes to service debt? I ask again, “Is entrepreneurship the way?”
ESO says an emphatic, “Yes!”
Because of what Entrepreneurship does for the person:
Drive: Purpose-driven self-esteem and empowerment
Autonomy: Market-driven unbridled creativity and ingenuity
Fulfillment: Action beyond hope
Because of what Entrepreneurship does for the profit:
Wealth Gap: Owners close the wealth gap
Reinvestment: Owners reinvest in the community
Social capital: Owners extend the reach for new opportunities
Because of what Entrepreneurship does for the place:
Paradigm shift: Owners become engaged leaders and mentors
Opportunities: Owners hire folks who look like them
Self-love: Owners instill pride, respect and vision in a community
East Side Oakland Ventures is committed to creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs to build where they are, grow their own businesses, and become an economic generator for East Oakland. Entrepreneurs with no economic or social capital should not be deterred by or face the real challenges and daunting task of ideating, starting, sustaining and scaling a company alone. ESO is here to ensure they do not.
Get Your Business Funded
Calling all East Oakland Entrepreneurs:
We want to invest in YOU.
By helping you build a successful business, you can be a part of redeveloping MacArthur Boulevard, and giving your neighbors a place to shop locally.
Cohort Participants Get:
A laptop & one year of internet access
1:1 and group mentorship
Learn business fundamentals
Access to seed money for your business
***We will not use your ideas, disclose, or sell them to any third party source.***