Who We Are
We exist to support Black business and their customers, who agree that keeping our dollars circulating within our community is tantamount to Black empowerment in the Bay Area.
What We Do
BAOBOB supports the conditions and facilitates the action of intentionallly rediirecting commerce to hire or patronize Black owned business. By doing so, we proudly work to consolidate the power of Black economics in the Bay Area and beyond.
Duane A Lawrence is an Oakland resident with a wide range of design expertise. Having worked for corporations such as Nike and Adidas, he has a background in footwear that is unique to the Bay Area. When he’s not designing shoes for NBA players, he offers graphic design and branding to local businesses.
Community Partnerships & Sponsors
The Data Bank
Amiba Independent Business Alliance
Black Arts Movement Business District
Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce
Uptima Business Boot Camp
Being a Black business owner is important to me because it means I can provide opportunity.Duane Lawrence