Social Equity Technical Assistance Program

An OU education will help your business thrive. You will benefit from a strong education that prepares you to compete with a grant from the City of Oakland Department of Economic Development Race and Equity Program. 

Oaksterdam University Certifications are recognized and trusted worldwide, providing students with multiple career paths and networking opportunities. Oaksterdam alumni will find themselves prepared to mitigate risks, become self-directed, and be better able to leverage the opportunities presented by the City of Oakland Cannabis Race and Equity Program. 

Oaksterdam’s complete certification programs are for individuals seeking the City of Oakland Education Grant of $5,000. These programs are suitable for legacy operators to ensure regulatory compliance and industry best practices and are vital if you are planning to enter the cannabis industry. Complete Programs will be available in August.

Step 1

Fill out the intake form (name and email) to get verified for free technical assistance services.

Step 2

REGISTER HERE for the New GRASS Webinar about Transitioning to an Annual License on 9/7/22 at 10 a.m. PT. This is a NEW moderated expert webinar specifically for Oakland Equity Verified Applicants. This is optional and recommended.

Step 3

Complete the Needs Assessment Survey to receive personalized recommendations for access to the GRASS electives and the Gaining Resources $5,000  Educational Growth Grant.

What is a VERIFIED EQUITY APPLICANT (VEA)?

Verified Equity Applicants are individuals who have applied for a cannabis permit in the City of Oakland and have been verified by the City Administrator’s office as Qualified Equity Applicants. The permit does not have to be issued for an applicant to apply for technical assistance (TA). To qualify for the Gaining Resources to Achieve Sustainable Success (GRASS) elective courses and educational grant, you must have begun the loan/grant underwriting process

How Do I register for a Free Live Moderated "GRASS Webinar"?

Click here to register for the GRASS Webinars SCHEDULED:

Advanced Security – How to Survive a Security Incident on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Transitioning to an Annual License on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cannabis Industry Supply Chain on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Specifically for Oakland Verified Equity Applicants and Entrepreneurs. Then complete the Needs Assessment Survey to receive personalized recommendations for self-paced modules.

 

How Do I Enroll in a "GRASS Elective"?

A Gaining Resources to Achieve Sustainable Success (“GRASS”) elective will be recommended based on your Needs Assessment, interest, cannabis operating experience, and the type of grant or loan you are applying for.  A completion certificate from Oaksterdam dated after July 22, 2022, fulfills this requirement.  A certificate can only be used once per grant or loan disbursement.  

*If you have been verified with the City of Oakland, but have not yet applied for grant funding, please “Apply for a Grant” here Equity Grant Application – Elevate Impact Oakland to become “Grant Approved.” Remember, you must complete the underwriting process to qualify for the GRASS courses or the Educational Grant below. 

 

How Do I Receive Any Loan or Grant from the City of Oakland - New Educational Elective Requirement?

Each time that an Oakland Verified Equity Applicant (“VEA”) applies for a new or follow-on Equity Grant or Loan, the VEA will be required to take an Oaksterdam elective course or webinar and pass a quiz to show completion. The GRASS Elective or Webinar is offered free to the VEA and allows you to pinpoint areas of interest or drill down to fill particular knowledge gaps. Electives are self-paced courses that you can complete anytime at your convenience. Webinars are scheduled live.

 

How Do I Earn the $5,000 Educational Grant from the City of Oakland?

The City of Oakland launched a brand new Gaining Resources Educational Growth Grant in collaboration with Oaksterdam University and Elevate Impact Oakland.

$5,000 Educational Grant, paid to eligible Oakland Verified Equity Applicants who have both:

    1. Completed the equity grant underwriting process (“Grant-Approved”)
    2.  Received a Certificate of Completion from one of Oaksterdam’s Certification Programs, your choice from below:
  • Business of Cannabis 
  • Commercial Horticulture 
  • Manufacturing and Extractions
How Do I Take an Oaksterdam Certification Program for Free?

Oaksterdam Certification Programs are free for Oakland Verified Equity Grant Approved Applicants. OU Certification Programs are built and taught by some of the industry’s most experienced and respected cultivators, business owners, and advocates. Recognized industry-wide for our trailblazing academic environment, OU continues to set the standard for cannabis training. This curriculum is designed to give you the most extensive education available for the cannabis industry.

Course Types

We have different certification courses to accommodate work and personal schedules and individual learning preferences.

  • Self-Paced: Get certified by studying where and when you want. The curriculum includes text, videos, and a library of resources.
  • Fast-Track: Meet LIVE on Zoom twice a week for eight weeks. Get knowledge, connections, and certification in an accelerated environment. Network with like-minded students worldwide and learn from our expert faculty in real-time. Must commit to a schedule. See the course calendar here.

Upon receiving an Oaksterdam Program Certification, the Oakland Verified Equity Grant-Approved Applicant will be eligible to receive the $5,000 Gaining Resources Educational Growth Grant funding to help grow their cannabis business. Oaksterdam certification courses completed before August 2022 may not be used to redeem the Educational Grant. If the Oakland Verified Equity Grant-Approved Applicant has completed all of the Oaksterdam Certification Courses before August 2022, they will need to meet equivalent coursework requirements (customized by Oaksterdam and the Applicant) to be eligible for the $5,000 grant.  

An Oaksterdam education will help your business thrive, and you can benefit from a strong education that prepares you to mitigate risk and be competitive. Oaksterdam University Certifications are recognized and trusted worldwide, providing you with multiple career paths and networking opportunities. Oaksterdam alumni are prepared to mitigate risks, become self-directed, and be better able to leverage the opportunities presented by the City of Oakland Cannabis Race and Equity Program. These programs are suitable for legacy operators to ensure regulatory compliance and industry best practices. This knowledge is vital if you are planning to enter the cannabis industry. Thanks to the contribution of the City of Oakland for making this project possible.

Course Types

We have different certification courses to accommodate work and personal schedules and individual learning preferences.

  • Self-Paced: Get certified by studying where and when you want. The curriculum includes text, videos, and a library of resources.
  • Fast-Track: Meet LIVE on Zoom twice a week for eight weeks. Get knowledge, connections, and certification in an accelerated environment. Network with like-minded students worldwide and learn from our expert faculty in real-time. Must commit to a schedule. See the course calendar here.

Upon receiving an Oaksterdam Program Certification, the Oakland Verified Equity Grant-Approved Applicant will be eligible to receive the $5,000 Gaining Resources Educational Growth Grant funding to help grow their cannabis business. Oaksterdam certification courses completed before August 2022 may not be used to redeem the Educational Grant. If the Oakland Verified Equity Grant-Approved Applicant has completed all of the Oaksterdam Certification Courses before August 2022, they will need to meet equivalent coursework requirements (customized by Oaksterdam and the Applicant) to be eligible for the $5,000 grant.  

An Oaksterdam education will help your business thrive, and you can benefit from a strong education that prepares you to mitigate risk and be competitive. Oaksterdam University Certifications are recognized and trusted worldwide, providing you with multiple career paths and networking opportunities. Oaksterdam alumni are prepared to mitigate risks, become self-directed, and be better able to leverage the opportunities presented by the City of Oakland Cannabis Race and Equity Program. These programs are suitable for legacy operators to ensure regulatory compliance and industry best practices. This knowledge is vital if you are planning to enter the cannabis industry. Thanks to the contribution of the City of Oakland for making this project possible.

Transitioning to an Annual License 

September 7th, 2022⋅Wednesday 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

The role of provisional licenses and how they differ from annual licenses is explored, along with the compliance requirements that must be met to receive an annual license. Application fees and state and local equity fee waivers will be presented, spotlighting the rules and regulations that guide equity-specific provisional licensing. The function of renewals with annual licensure will be examined in addition to the specific needs, by license type, required to transition from provisional to annual licensure.                

SME:  Lauren Vazquez, JD

Moderator: Elizabeth Bowen

This is a NEW moderated expert webinar series specifically for Oakland Equity Verified Applicants.

 

Cannabis Industry Supply Chain 

October 5th, 2022⋅Wednesday 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 

This is an overview of the ecosystem of firms that make up the cannabis supply chain, from cultivation and manufacturing to distribution and retail. After identifying the different types of licensed businesses and defining their business models, the subject matter expert will highlight how regulations affect businesses in the supply chain. This introductory course will uncover why and how the movement of cannabis is recorded in the California “Track and Trace” system.

SME: Natalie Darves, MBA

Moderator: Elizabeth Bowen

REGISTER for LIVE Webinar Here

Advanced Security – How to Survive a Security Incident

Recorded on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

  • Identify the most common risks and liabilities associated with serious security incidents, such as burglaries and robberies.
  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of additional security measures, such as upgraded video surveillance systems and additional guards.
  • Explore the pros and cons of having armed guards on-site at a licensed cannabis business.
  • Recognize the exclusions and policy requirements that often prevent cannabis operators from filing a successful insurance claim after a security incident.
  • Understand the importance of negotiating vendor contracts.

Subject Matter Expert: Chris Eggers, Private Security Consultant 

Moderator: Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor Oaksterdam University

Talk to an Advisor

Questions? Not sure about something? We’re here to help.

Learn More about your Technical Assistance Providers

Oaksterdam University’s faculty comprises more than 150 professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, and subject-matter experts who have educated more than 50,000 alumni from over 100 countries. The OU team’s qualifications, experience, and dedication encompass professional and ethical industry leaders from all fields of expertise. 

  • Shared Ethical Approach to the servicing of the cannabis industry. Oaksterdam only selects businesses and trade organizations for collaboration with the shared core competency to educate on the science of the plant, promote regulatory compliance, and support and uplift equity and legacy operators within the cannabis space.
  • Diversity within the company leadership and staff ensures that Oaksterdam reflects the full diversity of the community. Oaksterdam prioritizes working with small businesses in local communities.
  • Demonstrated Expertise and capacity to serve. Oaksterdam has unparalleled global trust.

OU consistently searches for diverse and experienced subcontractors in the compliant cannabis sector. Oaksterdam works with subcontractors considered exceptional in their area of expertise and endeavors. We prioritize selecting subcontractors who are local or have completed previous projects with us to develop and deploy an effective strategy to satisfy the needs of participants. 

 

 

Oakland Social Equity Logistical Support Services

 

Technical Assistance Services Available Soon

Qualified candidates for equity services will eventually be able to learn in a licensed facility with a shared-use kitchen, co-packaging, labeling production line, and distribution facility. Local Coaches will be providing direct Logistical Support to the Equity Applicant operators in collaboration with The Oakland Equity Collective

Please fill out the Needs Assessment Survey to be added to the “interested” list to be notified when these services are available.  

 

Oakland Equity Collective

Oakland Equity Collective was founded in 2021 to offer solutions to struggling Oakland-based Equity Operators by lowering the barriers to entry into the cannabis industry. The idea is unique: to provide Equity Applicants with a compliant shared use and co-packaging & labeling facility that also houses a workforce development program for Equity Employees, referred to as Equity Workers.

Adolph Ward

Adolph Ward

Executive Director, OEC

Andrea Unsworth

Andrea Unsworth

Assistant Director, OEC