Senator Wieckowski selects Hayward firm as the Small Business of the Year

June 11, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has selected Porifera, Inc. ( as the Small Business of the Year in the Tenth Senate District.  The company was honored yesterday, along with several others from throughout California, during a celebration of small businesses in Sacramento. 

“Porifera is doing pioneering work in the water treatment field and its projects are being recognized by several important state and national agencies.  I am proud that this innovative company flourishes in the 10th Senate District, home to much of our state’s clean tech economy,” Wieckowski said.  

Porifera, based in Hayward, has successfully executed projects for the Department of Energy, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation to demonstrate and design water treatment systems that are energy-efficient.  Earlier this year, the California Energy Commission recommended Porifera for $5.7 million in awards for developing advanced water treatment systems.  The awards are granted for pilot demonstration testing with a variety of customers in California’s agricultural, industrial and water sectors. 

“I want to thank Senate Wieckowski for honoring Porifera with this Small Business Award,” said Porifera CEO Olgica Bakajin. “We appreciate the opportunity to develop and grow our unique technologies in Hayward and believe our forward osmosis technology provides high quality water treatment at a low cost.” 

California Small Business Day is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of small business to the state of California. The day-long event is an opportunity for small business leaders to connect with other small business owners from through-out the state.