Celebrating Our Local Small Businesses and Home Community.

Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM.

Impact Hub Oakland (View Map)


We Go Further (and Have More Fun) Together! We Will be:

Meet the Neighbors: Small Business Guide

The first online guide exclusively created to help you shop local and small in the Bay Area.

The Meet the Neighbors Guide will feature emerging small business entrepreneurs who have been in business less than five years, so you always have something to discover and someone new to support!

The guide will be live online on Dec. 7th, in time for our special celebration!

2016 Small Business Owners of the Year

We have chosen to share the spotlight among three creative makers who have demonstrated unconventional audacity, remarkable business achievements and profound social responsibility in building their small businesses.  Help us celebrate: 

Reem Assil

Founder and Owner of  Reem's - Arab street food made with California love.

Ayanna Makalani

Owner of HEAL - a therapeutic pilates studio accessible to everyone.

Nellie Stokeld

President and Queen of The Pie Shop - authentic British pasties, pies and tea treats.

Opportunity & Social Equity Maker Award

We are lucky to work with incredible stewards of economic development and social justice, including these two special colleagues whose trajectories creating new opportunities and fostering equity inspire us every day. Our honorees are:

Claudia Viek

CEO at CAMEO, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity.

Trina villanueva 

Director of  CSR and Foundation Officer at Union Bank.

Come join us to get to know more of your community, play a part in it and make a mark with us.

Centro Alumni, Hope Lehman,  Founder of Fresh to Def .

Centro Alumni, Hope Lehman, Founder of Fresh to Def.

Are you a current or aspiring small business owner?

Come to the event to learn about:

  • The upcoming Basic and Advanced Entrepreneurship Training Programs Centro will lead in the Bay Area.
  • Our Business Planning App - the first mobile app created to help you write a business plan regardless of your education level or experience. and apply for a Kiva U.S. micro-loan of up to $10K, right on your phone.
  • Other local small business owners and meet people interested in collaborating and doing business together. 

See you Wednesday, dec. 7 at 6:30 PM.

Impact Hub Oakland (2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. View Map.)

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Neighborhood AdvocateS

In-Kind Donors

Become a Sponsor

We carry our work with local small business owners with deep commitment and profound joy, but our mission is really only attainable with the support of individuals and organizations like you, who are tightly woven into the fabric of our rising community.

Please explore our three sponsorship levels. We hope that you find one that is both meaningful and accessible to you. If you prefer to make an in-kind donation, please don't hesitate contact Naldo Peliks at naldo@centrocommunity.org.

Contact Us

We're excited to make a pause to celebrate the impact of our work in the lives of those we serve! If you have any logistical questions about the event, volunteer opportunities, or would like more information about how to support Centro Community Partners, please send us a message to info@centrocommunity.org.