Immigrant Microentrepreneurs Honored by AnewAmerica Community Corporation

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AnewAmerica Community Corporation will host its annual Microbusiness Expo and Celebration in Alameda, CA on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The evening will feature more than 30 graduates of AnewAmerica’s Business Incubator program, who will market their goods and services at the Microbusiness Expo.

Tina Fergusson-Riffe, owner of Smoke Berkeley is the recipient of the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, East Bay

Tina Fergusson-Riffe, owner of Smoke Berkeley is the recipient of the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, East Bay

We salute our entrepreneurs’ success in creating jobs, building assets, growing green microenterprises and promoting economic and social justice.

AnewAmerica Community Corporation will host its annual Microbusiness Expo and Celebration at the Albert H. Dewitt Officer’s Club in Alameda, CA on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The event will be a festive celebration of AnewAmerica, its new American micro-entrepreneurs, loyal sponsors, and dedicated community members. The evening will feature more than 30 graduates of AnewAmerica’s Business Incubator program, who will market their goods and services at the Microbusiness Expo.

California leads the country in immigrant entrepreneurship. According to a recent study, immigrants own one-third of California’s small businesses. AnewAmerica offers a comprehensive three-year microenterprise development program to immigrants and refugees from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of their program, new Americans start businesses and create jobs. They also find encouragement for integration in social, cultural and political life in the United States and envision new future possibilities in this country.

“We salute our entrepreneurs’ success in creating jobs, building assets, growing green microenterprises and promoting economic and social justice,” states AnewAmerica CEO, Viola Gonzales.

Tina Fergusson-Riffe, owner of Smoke Berkeley is the recipient of this year’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, East Bay. Tina has always had a love for food, which naturally led her to a life as a chef. Last fall, she opened Smoke Berkeley, a Texas-California-France inspired BBQ restaurant. Tina’s signature dish is a tea-smoked salmon served with ginger-cilantro sauce. In addition, she sells a variety of smoked meat sandwiches and entrees, including smoked beef brisket and pulled pork. Tina states, “AnewAmerica helped me to align my business, put my business plan together, and learn about the logistics of tracking revenue and inventory. I can’t tell you how much joy I feel when I am able to speak to each of my customers. People want to know that you appreciate their business. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Other entrepreneurs to receive awards at the event include:
**Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, South Bay: Carmen Rengifo, Arepas La Caleñita
**Richard Winnie Mentor Award, Julio Leiva, Lotus Cleaning Services
**Green Business of the Year: Delia Suarez, Delia’s Little Angels
**Volunteer of the Year Award: Dilyara Dzhabbarova
**Volunteer Group of the Year Award: Undergraduate Marketing Association at UC Berkeley

About AnewAmerica

AnewAmerica Community Corporation is a 501(c)(3) regional nonprofit organization, a designated Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center, and a Community Development Entity (CDE). Our mission is to promote the long-term economic empowerment of new Americans – new citizens, immigrants, and refugees – and to encourage their full participation in the political, social and cultural growth of America.

For 13 years, AnewAmerica has provided linguistically and culturally-effective microbusiness education and technical support to new American immigrants and refugees in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Region. Our unique three-year model successfully integrates business training, job creation, asset development, and community empowerment strategies for low-income new Americans.

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