Help for Budding Businesses in KONO

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Oakland’s Koreatown Northgate (KONO) district and GREEN LIFE GREEN LEEF, a micro enterprise consulting firm, are ready to launch a series of free workshops for budding local entrepreneurs, artists, and residents.

The new project, GREEN LEEF (Lifestyle, Eco-entrepreneur Education Forum), was crafted in part after an influx of KONO’s vendors and small-business owners gained popularity and foot traffic as a side-effect of First Friday. But capitalizing on all that can be tough without a clear business plan. That’s where GREEN LEEF hopes to come in. Using free workshops, organizers hope to marry small-scale vendors and artists with more sustainable, long-term business models. They’re partnering with groups like LocalOn — a web marketing tool company, with which the Express has a partnership — and Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, which provides low-income business owners with free business legal services, to offer workshops about marketing, social media, and legal basics for start-ups.

A soft launch of the project is kicking off this Friday at 6 p.m. at the KONO headquarters on Telegraph. Starting in July, workshops will be held once a week. More information about the project can be found at www.thegreenleef.com

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