Sustainable Business Alliance

The Sustainable Business Alliance is a membership organization for companies committed to greater environmental and socially responsible business practices. Our members are a diverse community of over 100 sustainable businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We strengthen our businesses through networking, education, and partnership opportunities. We learn from and support each other through strong community and collaboration.

Our mission is to promote sustainable business practices, nurture the environmentally-committed business sector, advocate the environmentally progressive policies, and improve the environmental profile of economic activity in the East Bay.

If you are already implementing sustainable practices in your business, or would like to learn more about greening your business, consider membership in our growing network of eco conscious entrepreneurs.

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Best Of The East Bay Party This Friday @ Jack London Square

posted by sustainablebiz on Aug 5th, 2010 at 8:39 am

Best of the East BayThe party of the summer is about to happen this Friday evening on the waterfront at Jack London Square in Oakland. The Best of the East Bay is the annual celebration of top rated local businesses and talent put on by the East Bay Express.

This year’s Best of the East Bay Party main stage (sponsored by Amoeba Music) will feature twelve local bands: The Mighty Underdogs (made up of Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, Lateef from Latyrx and Headnodic from Crown City Rockers), Everything Must Go, Finish Ticket, Zydeco Flames, The Memphis Murder Men, Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, Kit & the Branded Men, Bang Data, Birds and Batteries, Stone Foxes, Cheetahs on the Moon, and Fans of Jimmy Century.

Make sure to spend some time lounging in the Blues Pavilion (sponsored by the Bay Area Blues Society and Yoshi's), where the Express pays tribute to the venerable blues history of Russell City in Hayward and 7th Street in West Oakland with performances by some of the best blues musicians in the East Bay.

The Chabot Space & Science Center’s Kids’ Party Zone (sponsored by BandWorks and Bay Area Girls Rock Camp) will feature local kid bands The Vat, Poison Apple Pie, and Room 19. Performances are by members of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. The Kids’ Party Zone will also offer hands-on science projects and fun activities.

A world class street art show will be found at the event, including live art demonstrations from the East Bay's best artists (sponsored by 57-33 and Montana Cans). At the Gear Head Garage, you can feast your eyes on classic cars, motorcycles, and other works of art that feature gears and grease.

Don't miss the extreme sports, indie designer villages, and local restaurant vendors. It’s sure to be the region’s best party of the year.

Full event details here.

When: Friday, August 6, 2010
Where: Jack London Square waterfront
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Attendance: All Ages

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Volunteers Needed For Best Of The East Bay Party

posted by sustainablebiz on Aug 3rd, 2010 at 12:21 pm

From our friends at the East Bay Express:

We need volunteers at each entrance to Jack London Square, along Embarcadero Street, to a) pass out program guides to attendees and b) make sure people leaving the event are not taking out cups of beer or wine. There will be trash containers all along Embarcadero to assist in this.

The hours are 5pm - 11pm, which could be broken into two shifts: 5 - 8 and 8 - 11.

Please confirm with me asap your availability and which shift(s) you can work. And/or if you know people who may want to volunteer, please forward this email along.

There will be an East Bay Express booth at Broadway Ave next to the former (98 Broadway) Barnes & Noble building where you can check-in upon arrival for your shift. Please allow extra time before your shift to find parking and get oriented.

Thanks SO MUCH!
Jody

Jody.Colley at eastbayexpress.com

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Vote For Your Favorite Home Grown East Bay Businesses

posted by sustainablebiz on Jun 18th, 2010 at 11:12 am

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Voting has begun for the annual Best of the East Bay readers poll conducted by the East Bay Express. Vote for your favorite home grown, East Bay local businesses. The survey ends July 4th and the winners will be announced at the 2010 Best of the East Bay Party on Friday, August 6th.

More about the party:

On August 6, the East Bay Express celebrates its winners of the 2010 Best of the East Bay readers’ poll and editors’ picks all along the Jack London Square waterfront. Over 20,000 guests are expected to attend and revel the best ideas, products and services that are borne out of the East Bay region.

This year’s Best of the East Bay Party main stage (sponsored by Amoeba Music) will feature twelve rocking bands including: The Mighty Underdogs, Everything Must Go, Finish Ticket, Zydeco Flames, The Memphis Murder Men, Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, Kit + the Branded Men, Bang Data, Birds and Batteries, Stone Foxes, Cheetahs on the Moon and Fans of Jimmy Century.

Make sure to spend some time lounging in the Blues Pavilion (sponsored by the Bay Area Blues Society), where the Express pays tribute to the venerable blues history of Russell City in Hayward and 7th Street in West Oakland with performances by some of the best blues musicians in the East Bay. Big Cat Tollfree, Zakiya Hooker Blues 4 U, and the Russell City Memorial Blues Band are just a few of the Blues greats gracing the stage.

The Chabot Space & Science Center’s Kids’ Party Zone (sponsored by BandWorks and Bay Area Girls Rock Camp) will feature local kid bands The Vat and Room 19. Performances are by members of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. The Kids’ Party Zone will also offer hands-on science projects and fun activities.

The event will be topped off with a Dance Battle (sponsored by Yak Films and The People), dance performances, extreme sports, live art demonstrations, indie designer villages, and local restaurant vendors. It’s sure to be the region’s best party of the year.

When:                         Friday, August 6, 2010
Where:                       Jack London Square waterfront
Time:                          5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission:                 Free
Attendance:               All Ages
Getting there:             BART (Lake Merritt or 12th Street stations), AC Transit, Alameda-Oakland Ferry, Broadway Shuttle, Amtrak. Free bike valet parking provided by the East Bay Bike Coalition.
Fundraising:              All proceeds from the bar will benefit the OneCalifornia Foundation

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Earth Day 24 Hour Film Challenge & Festival

posted by sustainablebiz on Apr 6th, 2010 at 10:01 am


2009 Winner

Earth Day Film FestivalThe East Bay Express is looking for filmmakers to take part in our 24-Hour Digital Film Festival. $500 is awarded to first place winners, $250 in gift certificates is awarded to second and third place winners.

Your 3-minute film must be created between 9:00am on Saturday, April 17 and 9:00am on Sunday, April 18. You'll get some information ahead of time, but the fun part of the challenge is giving you the juicy details right before you make your film (there will be an Earth Day/green twist).

The screening and reception will take place on Thursday, April 22 at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel.

All filmmaker/teams must be available April 17-18 for filming and the evening of April 22 for screening and reception.

Contact the East Bay Express Promotions Team for more information and to register. Deadline for filmmaker/team registration is Wednesday, April 14 (and there is a 20-team limit).

Take the challenge and register today! We welcome contestants of all skill ranges for this event!

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Small Business Monthly - April Edition

posted by sustainablebiz on Apr 1st, 2010 at 10:48 am

East Bay Express - Small Business Monthly coverSmall Business Monthly is a new section of the East Bay Express that appears during the last week of every month. The focus is on informing local business owners and business-conscious readers on issues related to operating and growing business in the East Bay. And you'll find a consistent emphasis on triple bottom line business practices (people, planet, profits), economic justice, and sustainability.

You can view an electronic version of the April edition of Small Business Monthly here.

Send news and press releases to East Bay Express:

Business events/seminars/lectures: Calendar@EastBayExpress.com
Retail sales/Shopping events: BuyCurious@EastBayExpress.com
Business issues related to local government: RobertGammon@EastBayExpress.com
All other info or tips: Editor@EastBayExpress.com

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SFGate: Groups Get Out The Word To Shop Locally

posted by sustainablebiz on Mar 31st, 2010 at 8:24 am

The SFGate is running a story on several Bay Area buy local business organizations, including Buy Local Berkeley, Oakland Merchants Leadership Forum, and San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance.

"Beating the drum: Oakland, many of whose shoppers have traditionally driven over the hills to malls in Contra Costa County, or over the bridge to San Francisco, is another kind of challenge. Funded in part with $40,000 from the city, Oakland Grown's Web site went up in December. Judging by positive e-mail responses, and 200 businesses already signed up on the site, awareness is spreading.

It's also getting a major push from the independent weekly East Bay Express, which has donated more than $100,000 in advertising, event promotion and sponsorships. "We're beating the drum for shop local, and we've been getting calls from businesses appreciating the effort and spreading the awareness," said Publisher Jody Colley."

Read full article.

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Taste For Artisans Event @ Jack London Sq Saturday April 3rd

posted by sustainablebiz on Mar 26th, 2010 at 9:35 am

The East Bay Express is putting on another massively-fantastic event next week featuring Bay Area artists and musicians with a Urban Americana twist. Taste For Artisans celebrates all things handmade with quality and love, from art to food and from clothes to crafts. The de Young Museum of San Francisco will be on-site with their artists-in-residence, and Oakland's Crucible will be demonstrating everything from jewelry making to wood working.

"This isn't your grandma's county fair… this event is to celebrate the urban cowboy and cowgirl in us all, East Bay Express style! So bring your friends for the mechanical bull rides, photo booth, creamed corn wrestling, pie eating contest, shopping and square dancing, and imbibe on great local food and booze during this evening of fun and surprises! Every drink and raffle ticket raises funds for DrawBridge, a nonprofit organization that creates arts programs for disadvantaged Bay Area children… so drink up!"

Saturday, April 3, 5-11pm (all ages)
98 Broadway Avenue, Jack London Square
Free Bike Valet Parking provided by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Taste For Artisans

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Oakland Parking Ticket Profiling Called 'Not Fair'

posted by sustainablebiz on Feb 26th, 2010 at 8:50 am

The East Bay Express is reporting:

The City of Oakland has exempted two wealthy neighborhoods from its parking ticket blitz since last summer, and instead has targeted low and middle-income neighborhoods, the Chron reports. The city apparently exempted the upscale Montclair and Broadway Terrace neighborhoods after residents there complained about Oakland’s decision to begin issuing tickets en masse last summer to boost revenues. But the decision has resulted in parking tickets being issued disproportionately in low and middle-income areas.

The most common tickets have been for parking cars partially on sidewalks on narrow streets. City residents have been parking this way for years to avoid being hit by other motorists, but Oakland officials last summer decided to crack down on the practice as a way to help balance the city’s budget. But residents in East Oakland, where streets are as narrow as they are in Montclair or Broadway Terrace, note that it’s unfair to target them, and not wealthier city residents.

Full Article

UPDATE: Oakland officials: Unequal ticketing policy ended

City Administrator Dan Lindheim said Thursday the practice was only in effect from July 24 to Nov. 12.

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East Bay Express Launches New Publication: Small Business Monthly

posted by sustainablebiz on Jan 26th, 2010 at 9:46 am

East Bay Express - Small Business Monthly coverThe East Bay Express is launching the Small Business Monthly on January 27 (and thereafter publishing on the last Wednesday of every month). The main focus of the Small Business Monthly will be informing local business owners and business-conscious readers on issues related to conducting and growing business in the East Bay. And because this publication is a product of the East Bay Express, you'll find a consistent emphasis on triple bottom line business practices (people, planet, profits), economic justice, and sustainability.

You can view an electronic version of the first edition of Small Business Monthly here.

Send news and press releases from your business to:

Business events/seminars/lectures: Calendar@EastBayExpress.com
Retail sales/Shopping events: BuyCurious@EastBayExpress.com
Business issues related to local government: RobertGammon@EastBayExpress.com
All other info or tips: Editor@EastBayExpress.com

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East Bay Express 2009 Holiday Guide - View Online

posted by sustainablebiz on Nov 30th, 2009 at 10:05 am

This 72-page guide is the biggest and best resource for holiday shopping, entertaining, and playing. You can find EVERYTHING you need for the holidays, from online-only shopping to local artists to some of the coolest shopping fairs of local wares in the country!

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2009's Best of the East Bay Party This Friday

posted by sustainablebiz on Aug 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Update: Check out the newly updated party guide.

On August 7, the East Bay Express celebrates its winners of the 2009 Best of the East Bay Issue at the Oakland Museum of California. The party is poised to surpass last year's fete:

"The Best of the East Bay Party blew me away... So forget what you think you know about Oakland." - Wombat Nation

12,000+ guests are expected this year at the Oakland Museum of California. Six stages will feature over 20 bands including Goapele, Social Unrest, Dizzy Balloon, and The Souls of Mischief on the Amoeba Main Stage hosted by Bukue One. The Electronica Underground will be bumping to the beats of an all star line-up courtesy of Syd Gris (Opel Productions), including Dyloot, Dresden & Johnston, Mephisto Odyssey, and more. From R&B to Metal, this party covers a wide range of great East Bay sounds.

The Professional Contact Sports Ring will host mixed martial arts, Capoeria, and Lucha Libres. The DAI Style Lounge will showcase more than 40 local, independent designers and host makeovers and a fashion show. In the Gearhead Garage, Godspeed will give performance bike demos and Harley Davidson will display their finest hogs.

Top it all off with a site specific light art performance by The Illuminated Corridor, live art demonstrations by Blick Art, an International Dance Stage, comedians, drag shows, and local restaurant vendors, and you've got yourself a killer party. And for all the kids that like to rock, there's the Chabot Space and Science Center's Kids' Zone with a variety of fun hands-on activities and music from 5pm-9pm

When: Friday, August 7, 2009
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Time: 5pm - midnight
Admission: Free
Attendance: All Ages
Getting there: Two blocks from Lake Merritt BART, free valet bike parking by EBBC
Fundraising: All alcohol proceeds benefit OneCalifornia Foundation

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2009's Best of the East Bay Party

posted by sustainablebiz on Jul 13th, 2009 at 8:41 am

On August 7, the East Bay Express celebrates its winners of the 2009 Best of the East Bay Issue at the Oakland Museum of California. The party is poised to surpass last year's fete:

"The Best of the East Bay Party blew me away... So forget what you think you know about Oakland." - Wombat Nation

12,000+ guests are expected this year at the Oakland Museum of California. Six stages will feature over 20 bands including Goapele, Social Unrest, Dizzy Balloon, and The Souls of Mischief on the Amoeba Main Stage hosted by Bukue One. The Electronica Underground will be bumping to the beats of an all star line-up courtesy of Syd Gris (Opel Productions), including Dyloot, Dresden & Johnston, Mephisto Odyssey, and more. From R&B to Metal, this party covers a wide range of great East Bay sounds.

The Professional Contact Sports Ring will host mixed martial arts, Capoeria, and Lucha Libres. The DAI Style Lounge will showcase more than 40 local, independent designers and host makeovers and a fashion show. In the Gearhead Garage, Godspeed will give performance bike demos and Harley Davidson will display their finest hogs.

Top it all off with a site specific light art performance by The Illuminated Corridor, live art demonstrations by Blick Art, an International Dance Stage, comedians, drag shows, and local restaurant vendors, and you've got yourself a killer party. And for all the kids that like to rock, there's the Chabot Space and Science Center's Kids' Zone with a variety of fun hands-on activities and music from 5pm-9pm

When: Friday, August 7, 2009
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Time: 5pm - midnight
Admission: Free
Attendance: All Ages
Getting there: Two blocks from Lake Merritt BART, free valet bike parking by EBBC
Fundraising: All alcohol proceeds benefit OneCalifornia Foundation

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Vote for your favorite East Bay nonprofit!

posted by sustainablebiz on Jul 12th, 2009 at 10:52 am
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Best of the East Bay - Vote Now!

posted by sustainablebiz on Jun 4th, 2009 at 7:45 am

East Bay Express - Best of the Bay 2009 votingThe East Bay Express has opened voting for the Best of the Bay 2009. Vote for your favorites people, businesses, and places by June 22nd. Winners will be announced in the July 15th issue.

Save the date for the Best of the East Bay Party:

East Bay Express
Best of the East Bay Party
August 7, 5 p.m.-midnight
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
All ages, free admission

To celebrate the winners of the Best of the East Bay, we are throwing the biggest performing and visual arts party in the East Bay. Join us!

Amoeba Music Main Stage
Featuring Superfinos VTO, The Thrill of it All, Mystic Rage, Swann Danger, Souls of Mischief, C U Next Weekend (Shampu), Dizzy Balloon, Social Unrest, Fracas, and Goapele

DAI Style Lounge
Exhibiting over 30 local, independent designers including fashion shows, make overs and salon services

Chabot Space & Science Center Kids Party Zone
Live music from BandWorks, entertainers, magic shows, art projects, learning and hands-on activities for 10 and under.

  • Eight stages featuring a wide range of live music
  • Film screenings, dance, theatre, and live art making
  • Tattoo art exhibition
  • Performance motorcycle exhibition by Godspeed and custom/classic car show
  • Contact sports and professional wrestling ring
  • Outdoor village of food, drinks, artists, retailers, and nonprofits
  • Subterranean all-star DJ party
  • Spectacles galore

Bike valet parking available
One block from Lake Merritt BART station

For more event information, visit www.EastBayExpress.com/eLerts.
For vendor or sponsorship information, call 510-879-3700.

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East Bay Express Hosts RPM 09 Listening Party

posted by sustainablebiz on Mar 25th, 2009 at 8:35 am

From our friends at East Bay Express:

East Bay Express RPM Listening PartyIn February, the Express challenged Bay Area musicians to set aside distractions and create a full-length album of new music in celebration of international Record Production Month. Eighty-eight bands dusted off their gear and went to work. Thirty-two of those bands sent us their albums to participate in the listening party. Now it's time to hear what they've made.

On March 28, join RPM musicians, East Bay Express, and Bay Area music industry professionals at the Den, the Fox Theater's new bar, where we'll play one track from every album submitted. This isn't a competition, it's a local musician celebration! We will be telecasting our party to other participating cities, projecting their parties live, and talking to RPM bands from around the world!

The Den at the Fox Theater. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (at 19th Street BART).

Sponsored by: Leo's Pro Audio

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March Indie Journal: Local Sustainable Finance

posted by sustainablebiz on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Indie Revolution - Monthly Journal PromoCan we truly shape our society?

Yes we can!

Join the Indie Revolution and receive a monthly journal (new theme each month) as well as special offers and invitations. The theme for this month is Local, Sustainable, & Socially-Responsible Finance:

For the month of March, we explore local, sustainable, and socially-responsible finance. Most of our 2009 Indie Revolution involves conscious, community-building ways to spend your money, but this month, sandwiched between a stimulus package and tax day, surrounded by economic news, we talk about other ways your money impacts the local community. And we take a bit of a break from spending.

The Indie Revolution is sponsored by East Bay Express, Buy Local Berkeley, Oakland Grown, and Sustainable Business Alliance.

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Factory Party Tonight In Emeryville

posted by sustainablebiz on Mar 6th, 2009 at 7:29 am

Factory PartyBe there or be square...

Factory Party: Art, Music, Film

March 6, 6—11pm
1343 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA

On March 6, step into the world of Andy Warhol and his original 1960s New York City Factory. The East Bay Express has teamed up with Amoeba Music and OFFSpace to turn an Emeryville warehouse upside down for a night of live art, film making, musical performances, and theatrical art forms.

A portion of this event features a re-creation of Andy Warhol's Factory, including live production of art in the style and process performed by Andy Warhol, including silk screening, filming, and painting. Other rooms will be curated by Amoeba Music and curatorial collective OFFSpace.

Velvet Underground Cover Bands will perform --- Dress in your 1960s best!

Visitors are encouraged to bring a can of Campbell's soup for the Alameda County Food Bank. Each can of soup donated will enter donors to win prizes.

Admission: Free
Food and Beverage Sampling: $10 or $5 with valid student ID. Proceeds benefit Pro Arts.

For more information, email: promotions@eastbayexpress.com

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Art, Music, Film: Factory Party In Emeryville

posted by sustainablebiz on Feb 12th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Factory PartyAmoeba Music and East Bay Express present…

Factory Party: Art, Music, Film

March 6, 6—11pm
1343 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA

On March 6, step into the world of Andy Warhol and his original 1960s New York City Factory. The East Bay Express has teamed up with Amoeba Music and OFFSpace to turn an Emeryville warehouse upside down for a night of live art, film making, musical performances, and theatrical art forms.

A portion of this event features a re-creation of Andy Warhol's Factory, including live production of art in the style and process performed by Andy Warhol, including silk screening, filming, and painting. Other rooms will be curated by Amoeba Music and curatorial collective OFFSpace.

Velvet Underground Cover Bands will perform --- Dress in your 1960s best!

Visitors are encouraged to bring a can of Campbell's soup for the Alameda County Food Bank. Each can of soup donated will enter donors to win prizes.

Admission: Free
Food and Beverage Sampling: $10 or $5 with valid student ID. Proceeds benefit Pro Arts.

For more information, email: promotions@eastbayexpress.com

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Make The Indie Resolution This Year

posted by sustainablebiz on Jan 25th, 2009 at 9:32 am

Indie Resolution - Shop Local


Can a New Years resolution help the local economy?

It can when people commit to increasing their support of independent businesses and local artists. The East Bay Express is asking us to do just that. By making the Indie Resolution, we are creating a healthier, more thoughtful, and stronger community.

Find out how to participate and get your Indie Resolution Journal, for a chance to win $5,800 in local gift certificates.

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Send East Bay Express Your Local Shopping Tips

posted by sustainablebiz on Dec 17th, 2008 at 6:43 am

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The East Bay Express is giving away $500 for the best local shopping tips and tales. Even if you don't win the big prize, your tips might be selected to run in the Express. Fire up your keyboard! It's time to get Local!

From our friends at the East Bay Express:

The more spending we do at our local/indie businesses, the more we boost the local economy, which creates more jobs and increases tax revenue for our community. And by supporting the business owners and artists that live and work in the East Bay, we help keep our community from turning into Anywhere, USA.

Send us your local, indie holiday shopping tips and tales and be entered to win $500 in gift certificates. For every question answered, your name will be entered into the drawing.

  1. Which business has the best selection of unique holiday gifts?
  2. Which retailer carries the widest selection from local designers or artists?
  3. Which fine food or wine shop offers the best selection from local farmers/vintners?
  4. What is your favorite website for finding gifts?
  5. Which business or neighborhood offers the most festive holiday shopping experience?
  6. What local artist(s) did you discover?
  7. Which holiday faire rocked the local scene the best?
  8. Wildcard! Have an experience to share that's not on our list?

Your answers may be selected to run in the Express, so be as detailed as you like!

Send your answers to eLerts@EastBayExpress.com by Dec. 21, 2008.

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Pledge To Support Local Businesses This Holiday

posted by sustainablebiz on Dec 3rd, 2008 at 8:00 am

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it's time to channel the gift-giving spirits. The folks at Shop Oakland, Buy Local Berkeley, and East Bay Express are asking us to forget the big box stores this season and support our local economy by spending at least $100 at local indie businesses.

To put things in perspective, if all the East Bay Express readers spent at least $100 at local businesses in the month of December, they would be making a $58.8 million dollar impact on their community. Directing our spending power locally keeps money from leaving the community, which is vital for creating a sustainable local economy.

Be a part of this massive financial injection and make the pledge! East Bay Express is giving away $1000 in gift certificates from locally owned businesses for those who send in an email pledge. Buy Curious and Shop Local!

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