Taking Steps to Involve Home-Based Businesses

Stefan Didak and I met with Cecelia Nichols-Fritzler on June 13th to discuss plans for a business workshop (stay tuned for details), and as a result of that discussion we also scheduled an event that will move the Oakley Chamber closer to one of its goals for this year: reaching out to home-based businesses.

There were almost 400 businesses with home occupation permits as of January 2013. That means that home-based businesses account for roughly half the business licenses in Oakley. The Chamber Board has discussed ways in which the City of Oakley might serve its home-based businesses during some of its Breakfasts with the Mayor (e.g. creating a co-working space or business incubator), but only a few home-based business owners are Chamber members, so we don’t know enough about what kinds of home-based businesses we have and what would benefit Oakley residents who work from home.

On Tuesday, July 23rd, we will hold a Home-based Business Roundtable in the City Council Chambers, modeled on the Diane Burgis’ Nonprofit Roundtable. Everyone with a home-based business is invited to attend to share challenges and success stories, meet your colleagues, and find out what resources are available to you. There is no charge to attend.

RSVP to the Oakley Chamber Office at (925) 625-1035 or [email protected]

If you’d like to help spread the word, you can download a printable flyer by clicking the image below.

Home based business Flyer

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