9th Annual Oakland Indie Awards at Jack London Square

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Beneficial State Bank & Foundation honors Oakland’s impactful businesses and artists with live performances, an Indie Marketplace featuring 50+ local vendors, local eats, wine & beer, art exhibits, interactive displays & more.

9th Annual Oakland Indie Awards

The Indie Awards offers a fun and meaningful space for Oaklanders to commit – or recommit – to supporting our local economy and arts scene, ensuring our dollars continue to recirculate within the community.

The Oakland Indie Awards on May 29th, 2015 at 6:30pm in Jack London Square’s Market Building (55 Harrison St) celebrates its ninth year of honoring local businesses and artists who have a positive social and environmental impact on our local economy. The event features an evening packed with live music and entertainment, local food vendors, interactive exhibitors, and an Indie Marketplace featuring local artisans.

Winners of the Indie Awards across seven categories including Oakland Soul, Ripple Effect, Innovative Newcomer, Greenie, Social Changemaker, Pillar, and Job Creator will be announced and specially recognized for their contributions to Oakland’s economy. These rockstar small businesses and artists were evaluated and selected from over 700 community nominations.

This year we are featuring Fantastic Negrito, Jennifer Johns, Netta B and more – all included in the $10 ticket price. All ages are invited to the Oakland Indie Awards party where they can eat, drink, and discover the independent businesses and artists who are making a positive impact on Oakland. The crowd that gathers to celebrate the Indie Award nominees and winners is as diverse as Oakland itself. "This year, we have our largest Indie Marketplace to date with over 60 local vendors. Expect upcycled clothing, locally-sourced natural products, made-on-the-spot artistic prints, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry," says Community Engagement Manager, Emma Guttman-Slater of Beneficial State Foundation. “The Indie Awards offers a fun and meaningful space for Oaklanders to commit – or recommit – to supporting our local economy and arts scene, ensuring our dollars continue to recirculate within the community.”

Twirl Management, Oakland-based Certified B Corp eco-event planners, have signed on to help make sure this year’s party with a purpose is streamlined and creates minimal waste. More information can be found at http://www.Oaklandindieawards.com.

About Beneficial State Bank and Foundation
Beneficial State Bank is an FDIC-insured Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and certified B Corporation that serves businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. Beneficial State answers to a triple bottom-line measuring its financial, social, and environmental impact to meet the needs of its communities. Beneficial State has a unique ownership structure – its profits can only be distributed to Beneficial State Foundation to support our communities and the environment. The bank is headquartered in Oakland, California with branches in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon and loan production offices in Sacramento and Santa Rosa, California.

Beneficial State Foundation supports the goals of Beneficial State Bank by creating initiatives and engaging in programs that increase access to financial services, help alleviate economic distress, strengthen community development, and improve financial capacity.

Learn more at http://www.beneficialstate.com or http://www.beneficialstate.org.

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