Low Income, Immigrant Entrepreneur Secures $5000 Kiva Loan, is Honored By Award

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Gloria Ramirez, an immigrant from El Salvador, started with very little, but because of her inner strength and commitment to personal development she was able to start her own business and secure a $5000 Kiva Loan. Gloria is an example to all and she will be celebrated on August 14th for her unwavering pursuit of the American Dream.

AnewAmerica Community Corporation will host its annual Microbusiness Expo and Celebration at the Kaiser Center Roof Garden on Thursday, August 14th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The event will be a festive celebration of AnewAmerica’s entrepreneurs, loyal sponsors, and dedicated community members. The evening will feature a wide array of food and entertainment as well as a marketplace in which over 30 graduates of AnewAmerica’s Business Incubator program will showcase their products and services.

AnewAmerica provides training and technical assistance to targeted communities for economic and social empowerment through a focus on green entrepreneurship, asset building, social responsibility and civic engagement. As a result of the program, participants start businesses, create jobs, and contribute to the economic growth and social capital of their communities. The Microbusiness Expo provides a chance for these entrepreneurs to share their accomplishments with the wider world.

Gloria Ramirez of "Gloria’s V Tailoring" is being honored with AnewAmerica’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This annual award is given to an entrepreneur who has taken exemplary strides to launch and grow his or her business.

Gloria moved here from El Salvador in 2004. Before graduating AnewAmerica's small business incubator program last November, she worked a variety of jobs. She now runs a small tailoring shop in Concord, CA that offers tailoring and alterations services. Her main clients are immigrants and low income families in the area. Gloria has always been committed to personal and professional development, taking English and computer classes at Diablo Valley College when she was not working. She recently used her social media savviness to secure a $5,000 loan through Kiva Zip to buy an embroidery machine. She expects her revenue to triple after her first year of offering this in-demand service. Gloria’s goal is to start her own clothing line. Her belief in herself and her abilities will be essential to achieving that goal. In Gloria’s own words: “I am proud of my business, what I have achieved and what I know I have the potential for achieving.”

Join AnewAmerica in honoring its entrepreneurs and volunteers at the Microbusiness Exposition. Register at http://www.anewamerica.eventbrite.com.

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). Since 1999, AnewAmerica has served 19,562 individuals and counting. Its program has resulted in the creation of over 632 sustainable jobs with over 60% of clients still in business after three years.

For more information please visit http://www.anewamerica.org or call 510.540.7785.

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