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Crowds Line Up Around the Corner for Berkeley Startup Job Fair

Localwise Berkeley Startup Job Fair
On January 28th, 2016, over 1,000 people turned up for the Berkeley Startup Job Fair at NextSpace Berkeley. The line wrapped around the corner and stretched two city blocks long. Everyone waiting had one thing on their mind: the hope of landing a job at the next big startup.

The event was co-organized by the City of Berkeley’s Office Economic Development, Berkeley-based startup, Localwise, and the venue, NextSpace Berkeley. The goal: promoting diversity at startups. The event partnered with organizations such as #YesWeCode, Black Girls Code, Lesbians Who Tech, Code2040 and many more to engage a diverse crowd of job seekers.

Thirty startups were on site accepting resumes. They ranged from high growth, venture-backed startups, such as LeadGenius, Massdrop, and Captricty, to earlier stage companies such as Vyrill and Dray Technologies.

In addition to the thirty startups, the job fair featured no-fee services designed to assist job seekers. Career coaches provided free resume review and photographers from upstart Passion Projects Productions provided free professional headshots. There were also representatives from Code Berkeley, the first state funded coding bootcamp.  

jobfair crowd


FREE Business Counseling

Score 250Every Monday and Tuesday at 4.30 at the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library SCORE ( offers free counselling for small businesses.  They offer advice on a range of small business issues from starting or funding a new business to marketing or expanding an existing business. 

East Bay SCORE provides counselors who are are active and retired business executives and small business owners with expertise in Business Planning, Set-Up and Operations, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Sales and Pricing, e-Commerce and Website Design.
For more information go to the Berkeley Public Library Event Calendar



FREE Business Classes

Pencil on Paper 250The Alameda County Small Business Development Center offers interactive seminars to support small business owners. Topics covered incluse management basics for new business ventures and specialized subject  matters for experienced entrepreneurs. Once a month these sessions are are held in the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library.

Experienced professionals provide broad overviews as well as real-world examples and answer questions. Most classes finish with a panel of experts that participate in a lively discussion session and stay to speak with attendees one-on-one after class.


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