A Supportive Community Honors Local Microentrepreneurs

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Celebrate local Bay Area businesses and those committed to making a difference for them. AnewAmerica's August 14th Microbusiness Exposition will honor the hard work of low-income microentrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

AnewAmerica Community Corporation will honor and celebrate its entrepreneurs on Thursday, August 14th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at its Microbusiness Expo, “Building Dreams, Changing Lives: A Celebration!” at the Kaiser Center Roof Garden in Downtown Oakland. The evening will feature the entrepreneurs’ hard work in a marketplace in which over 30 graduates of AnewAmerica’s Business Incubator program will gather to 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.

Spotlighted entrepreneurs include Gloria Ramirez of Gloria’s V Tailoring, Wondwossen Tadesse of Skyline Pizza and Han Phan of Kid Start Daycare. Owners of food businesses will cater the event with a wide array of cuisines: Penny Baldado of Cafe Gabriela, Christian Perez of Cortez Catering, Carmenza Rengifo of Arepas La Calenita, and Elvio Colombana of Lobo's Ice Cream will be present.

Confirmed event sponsors include Union Bank, the California Healthcare Foundation, Heritage Bank, PG&E, ABC Security Services, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, BART, the Oakland Business Development Corporation (OBDC), the Unity Council, the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC), and the Greenlining Institute.

The event will feature a short program followed by the opportunity for guests to stroll around the venue while sampling the featured cuisines. There will also be prizes and a silent auction with the potential to win Oakland A's skybox tickets (10), winery private tours and tastings, Southwest Airlines tickets, golf certificates, and passes to the Oakland Zoo. Fabiola Kramsky-Gascón from Univision, spouse of SF District Attorney Gascon, will be the emcee.

AnewAmerica’s service model would not function without contributions from skilled volunteers. Since the start of 2014, AnewAmerica has deployed 117 volunteers to help its clients launch and grow their businesses. AnewAmerica will recognize these volunteers on August 14th by presenting two Volunteer of the Year Awards to those who made the biggest impact this year at each of the two field offices.

Fabianne Rico will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award from San Jose. Fabianne is a student at San Jose State University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Rosario Sanchez will receive the award from the Fruitvale office. She currently attends MetWest High School in Oakland.

Join AnewAmerica in honoring its entrepreneurs and volunteers at the Microbusiness Exposition. Enjoy a festive marketplace, ethnic cuisines, and music from all over the world. 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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