Our Sponsors

Naturally Bay Area wouldn't exist without these folks. Be nice to them—or, better yet, become one of them. Meet our Sponsor companies. From small to large, start-up to established, they're all committed to supporting our Naturally Bay Area mission and activities.

Premier Sponsors

Thank You

to all our sponsors


  • Planet FWD

    Planet FWD is the leading carbon assessment platform for consumer brands. 68% of global emissions come from consumer products. Together, we can tackle that.

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  • Propeller Industries

    Propeller Industries is a CFO and accounting partner for emerging companies that have outgrown bookkeeping but can’t yet rationalize hiring an in-house team. Propeller has taken clients from seed stage through exit and from $0 to over $100M in revenue, but the firm specializes in funded, consumer products, food & beverage, technology and services firms with annual revenue between $2M and $20M. Selected CPG clients and alumni include Krave Jerky, Sir Kensington’s, Chameleon Cold Brew and Kite Hill Foods. Consumer and tech clients include Casper, Giphy and TheSkimm.

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  • Union Bank

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  • BraunHagey & Borden

    BraunHagey & Borden LLP is a boutique law firm based in San Francisco and New York. BHB represents leading emerging and high growth companies with an emphasis on food, beverage, technology and other consumer branded businesses. Our corporate transactional practice specializes in equity and debt financings and mergers and acquisitions with venture and private equity-backed companies. Over the last three years, we have represented our clients in financing and sale transactions with an aggregate value of over $3 billion. In addition to our core venture practice, our team leads public offerings and other SPAC-related transactions, and routinely helps guide companies through high-stakes changes of control and founder transition events with minimal business disruption.

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  • Parabolic

    Parabolic is an Oakland and Detroit based shopper marketing agency that creates Ideas with Trajectory: insights-based concepts and innovative activations to help brands with a mission grow by understanding the needs of retailers and shoppers, giving them both reasons to buy. Backed by decades of “big CPG” experience, we help plan, sell in, and execute integrated “screen to shelf” marketing for new products, new distribution, seasonal campaigns, and other initiatives that drive retail sales for food, snacks, beverages, personal care, and cannabis in natural and mainstream grocery, drug, mass and dispensaries.

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  • The Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group – Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

    The Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management has focused on helping food, beverage and consumer products entrepreneurs prepare for success and manage their financial lives for over 25 years. Mike Burbank’s family co-founded Bristol Farms, which was acquired by Albertsons in 2004, and Mike experienced the challenges of growing a business, coordinating tax and estate planning advice, and diversifying after a liquidity event first hand. Today the Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group manages over $1.7 billion and has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Top 400 Advisors in the United States every year from 2013 to 2017.

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  • Heff­ernan Insurance Brokers

    Heff­ernan Insurance Brokers, formed in 1988, is one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States. He­ffernan provides comprehensive business insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits and financial services products to a wide range of businesses and individuals nationwide. With a commitment to people, we value a culture dedicated to serving our clients’ needs in an effort to protect their valuable assets and assist in making smart decisions for their business or family.

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  • Shore Capital

    Shore Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Nashville, is focused on microcap investments within the Healthcare, Food and Beverage, Business Services, and Real Estate industries. Shore supports management partners with capital, business development expertise, and industry knowledge to accelerate growth, fund acquisitions, and generate value for shareholders. Shore targets investments in proven, successful private companies with superior management teams, stable cash flow, and significant growth potential, including organic growth and growth through industry consolidation. Shore has $2 billion of equity capital under management through various investment vehicles. For more information, please visit: www.shorecp.com.

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  • Whole Foods Market

    Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too.

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  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Bank of America understands the powerful role it can plays in helping customers and communities navigate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy, and has committed to provide $125 billion in financial and intellectual capital to help develop solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges. The cornerstone of its environmental business strategy is to finance opportunities that create positive environmental change and enables people and institutions to invest in environmental sustainability. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/environment to learn more.

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  • Moss Adams

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  • MISTA

    MISTA helps startups and large organizations optimize ideas, products, people and investments as they work toward solving some of the world’s greatest challenges while also taking advantage of some of the greatest innovations and opportunities in the food and beverage industry.

    On their own, no one company or organization can solve our biggest food challenges. MISTA is creating a multi- dimensional, hyper-connected ecosystem to bring ALL aspects of the food system together to address challenges the ENTIRE food system is experiencing.

    All of this comes together at the MISTA Optimization Center (MOC), a state-of-the-art development lab and co-working space located in San Francisco.

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  • Community Bank of the Bay

    Established in Oakland in 1996 as California’s first Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) bank, Community Bank of the Bay is an independent, community-focused bank whose mission is to foster and promote economic development in the communities we serve. CBB has been awarded numerous awards from the federal CDFI Fund in recognition of our performance and impact serving distressed communities. CBB is an innovative Bank having created the Bay Area Green Fund (BAGF) in 2006 to promote environmental stewardship. The BAGF empowers clients to designate their deposits to be used only for businesses and projects that have a positive impact on the environment. One of the BAGF’s primary focus areas is to seek out lending opportunities that promote and support businesses engaged in Sustainable Food Systems.

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  • Wendel Rosen LLP

    Wendel Rosen has been a leader in sustainability for the past 20 years. Establishing ourselves as the first certified green law firm, founding a Green Business Practice serving companies focused on sustainability, and helping draft Benefit Corporation legislation for the State of California – we live our values.  We represent food and beverage companies large and small. While these companies share the basic legal needs of any business, there are areas that require extra consideration, from relationships with co-packers and suppliers to special labeling laws.  The firm’s multi-disciplinary practice balances trusted service with sophisticated advice to help our clients navigate entity formation, regulatory compliance, contracts, investment, brand management and protection, employment matters, litigation, and M&A. For more, please visit www.wendel.com.

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