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

  • ICA Fund Good Jobs

    ICA is an Oakland-based nonprofit that works that invests in high potential businesses to create economic freedom and good jobs for those who need it most. ICA works with Bay Area small business owners who have historically been left out of our mainstream financial systems. Through its Good Jobs Accelerator and innovative investment strategies, ICA helps underrepresented entrepreneurs access the capital and support they need to grow and thrive.

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  • Union Bank

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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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  • Wendel Rosen LLP

    Wendel Rosen has been a leader in sustainability for the past 16 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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  • Moss Adams

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • FORTIS Solutions Group

    Fortis Solutions Group is a packaging company providing flexible packaging, pressure sensitive labels and pouches to a wide range of markets including companies in the natural products space.

    Product packaging is at the forefront of any sustainability discussion today. Brand owners and retailers are sensitive to the environmental impact of packaging and consumers want the minimal amount of packaging as a means to reduce solid waste.

    We have spent considerable research and development time and dollars on developing viable recyclable and compostable products for our customer’s packaging. We are at the forefront of trialing new materials and methods and we maintain close relationships with our material vendors to source and promote renewable materials.

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    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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