The launch of our community investment campaign and our Front Porch Kick Off event, held on October 25th, was covered in a post in the Inside Scoop section of SF Gate by food writer Tara Duggan.
East Bay Express food writer Luke Tsai posted a great piece about us on Tuesday October 30th in the What The Fork section entitled A Grocery Store for West Oakland.
A Grocery Store for West Oakland
Our community investment campaign entails a simple transaction … If you want to support our mission and the impact we’re working toward making in West Oakland you complete a subscription agreement to buy shares in our company.
But we want this community investment campaign to be about much more than just a transaction in buying shares in our community business. While it’s important that people do buy shares from us so that we can raise the funding we need to build and open our store, we’re hoping to establish a meaningful relationship with our supporters. Because what we’re doing is ultimately about creating community and a better world. It’s about living our values and converging around the values we share.
This investment is somewhat long term – we won’t start paying our investors back until the end of the seventh year of business. That means that the individuals who buy shares in People’s Community Market are going to be involved and connected to us for a while. We want that time to be about building community and staying connected.
That’s why, if you’re interested in People’s Community Market and our community investment campaign, we’re encourage you to come to one of our events before making an investment. We want to meet you in person and have a conversation. We want to know who you are and for you to know who we are before you decide to buy shares in our business. In fact, we think that most people will be more likely to invest if they build a relationship with us first and have a positive experience at one of our events.
This is an invitation to begin the journey of relationship building that builds the foundation of our future together.
Our draft service mission as of Winter 2011:
We Nourish and Serve Our Community
With Pride, Purpose and Integrity
Offering Quality, Healthy and Flavorful Foods
Providing Caring and Knowledgeable Service
Creating Unique and Enjoyable Experiences
That Enrich and Improve People’s Lives
Our draft social mission as of Summer 2012:
To build community in West Oakland, to enhance the health and quality of life of local families and to empower our customers with knowledge about food and health.
To nurture a thriving local economy, to create opportunity for local families and to support the entrepreneurial culture that sustains the vitality of our community.
To connect our community to its regional food system and to reignite an appreciation for the producers, suppliers and workers who nurture and feed us.
Farmers Market Tables
Keep an eye out for our table at the Temescal Farmers’ Market and the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market.
Our Champions will be hosting gatherings at their homes or places of work. Some of these events are open to new guests. If you are interested in attending a house party please sign up to the waiting list below. We will contact you as soon as there is a scheduled house party that new guests are welcome to attend.
House Party Waitlist
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Virtual Info Session
Can’t get to our office for an info session? We also offer a virtual info session through Anymeeting.com (no software downloads required).
Our virtual info sessions are offered on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm. In order to participate in a virtual info session please RSVP below. We will send you information about how to log in and use Anymeeting.com to attend the virtual info session. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance of the day you wish to attend.
Virtual Info Session RSVP
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Weekly Info Session
We will be available at our downtown Oakland office for one hour each week to meet and speak with people who want to learn more about investing. Please RSVP below if you are planning to attend an info session.
The current day and time of our weekly info session is Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance of the day you wish to attend.
Our office address is 1814 Franklin St., Suite 800 Oakland, CA 94611. Click here for a map.
Please Note: If you have an interest other than investing (ie you’re a reporter, a student, a job seeker, a volunteer) please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a separate appointment.
Weekly Info Session RSVP
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People’s Grocery finally opening a grocery store in West Oakland