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Sales / Finding Customers / Expanding Your Market

Advice for finding customers / markets
Check out Entrepreneur.com for some ideas for finding customers.

Demographic Research / Market Analysis
Check out the market analysis piece in the Staring A Business section of this website. 

Get Listed Locally Online
The Oakland Grown campaign is Oakland’s campaign to encourage people to support locally-owned businesses and artists when they shop.  Oakland businesses and artists that are locally-based and independently owned can get decals, listings on the Shop Oakland Grown website and other marketing benefits.  Learn more on the Oakland Grown website .

Selling Online

Affordable E-Commerce Website Development & Free Listings
Want to build a website to sell online? OneCalifornia Foundation offers a program called the Oakland Unwrapped! Online Marketplace that provides a very low cost service to help Oakland businesses and artists sell online.  Check out their website for more information.

Tips for Online Sales
See tips for selling online on the SBA website


Selling to the government and local agencies
The following government and quasi-governmental agencies all need to purchase a huge variety supplies and services just like any other business. As such they can provide an excellent potential market for many small businesses.  Each agency has its own processes and requirements for contracting with suppliers and service providers.  Click the links below to learn more about each one. 

City of Oakland (Register online through isupplier)
Alameda County
State of California
Port of Oakland
AC Transit
Federal Government

Visitors to Oakland
Find out ways to reach Oakland's visitors through Oakland Convention and Visitor's Bureau.


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