Oakland, California

Oakland Business Signs

The Huchiun, who belonged to a linguistic grouping of native peoples later referred to as the Ohlone, lived in the area of northern California which would one day become Oakland, for thousands of years.  In 1772, Spanish settlers claimed the entirety of the future state of California for the King of Spain.  The East Bay area was granted to Luis Maria Peralta.  The portion of this smaller area, which became known as Oakland was called ‘encinal’, which is Spanish for ‘oak grove’, after the lark oak forest covering the area at that time.  In 1851, Horace Carpentier, Edson Adams, and Andrew Moon started developing the town of Oakland, and on March 25th, 1854, it was re-incorporated as the City of Oakland.

A 2013 US Census estimate put the population of Oakland at 406,253 people.  This makes it the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth largest in California, and the 45th largest in the country.  The city serves as the seat for Alameda County, which in 2014 was estimated to have a population of 1,610,921 people.

Oakland is a major West Coast port.  In a 2013 report by the American Association of Port Authorities, it is the fifth busiest in the US by cargo volume.  It accounts for $41 billion worth of international trade and is responsible for 200,000 local jobs.

Oakland also serves as the home of diverse corporations such as AMCO Chemical, Ask.com, Bay Area News Group, Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Clorox, Dreyer’s, Golden West Financial, Haagen-Daz, Moore Dry Dock Company, Namesys, Orb, Pac-West Telecomm, Pandora Radio, Surf Canyon, Transocean Airlines, and Zhone Technologies.

One of Oakland’s most famous attractions is Lake Merritt.  This large tidal lagoon (circumference 3.4 miles (5.5 km), area 155 acres (63 ha)) sits in the center of the city surrounded by parkland and various city neighborhoods.  Historically, it is extremely significant, as it was the country’s first official wildlife refuge, designated in 1870.  It was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Oakland has several other areas of note, such as Jack London Square.  Named after the famous writer and notable Oakland resident Jack London, this neighborhood is a popular entertainment and business nexus.  It also houses a San Francisco Bay Ferry dock, the historic Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, and the (re-located) cabin Jack London lived in the Klondike.  Other Oakland attractions include Chinatown, Lake Temescal, the Oakland Aviation Museum, Oakland Zoo, Redwood Regional Park, and the USS Potomac, which was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht.

Oakland is home to several world famous professional sports teams.  The NBA’s Golden State Warriors play in Oracle Arena, and have three championships to their name.  O.co Coliseum is home to two teams: MLB’s Oakland Athletics, who have won nine World Series titles, and, for now, at least, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, who have won three Super Bowls (two in Oakland, one in LA).

Do you own a small business in the Oakland area?  Are you thinking about it?  These resources might help you:

Apply for a Business License in Oakland:


Oakland Business Assistance Center:


Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce:


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