AnewAmerica Recognizes Innovative Bay Area Entrepreneurs Promoting Healthy Communities and a Healthy Economy at 16th Annual Microbusiness Expo

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AnewAmerica Community Corporation, the Bay Area’s leader in microbusiness development, proudly announces its awardees for 2015 at the 16th Annual Microbusiness EXPO - “Ready, Set, Grow”- a fun night that includes good food, live music, & good company (and shopping) from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Kaiser Center Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612. Our awards recognize innovative entrepreneurs from low-income communities demonstrating excellence in building businesses, creating jobs, promoting green practices, and giving back to the community.

AnewAmerica Community Corporation proudly honors entrepreneurs excelling in developing their businesses in ways that give back to the community. The San Francisco Bay Area is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurialism at every level – including the microbusiness sector. Microbusinesses generate the greatest numbers of jobs per year throughout the country – and for some low-income, marginalized communities, microbusinesses and self-employment represent the only viable forms of economic advancement. With an overflow of entrepreneurial vitality and creativity, our diverse microbusiness clients create businesses and add jobs to the local economy.

AnewAmerica proudly announces its 2015 EXPO award recipients: Green Business of the Year - Guadalajara Flowers owned by Juanita and Salvador Rosales (, two Emerging Business of the Year awards - South Bay - Milohas owned by Ernesto Prada and Mireya Baez ( and East Bay - Sweet Thoughts Bakery owned by partners: Claudia Carreño, Lourdes Espino, & Laura Villanueva (, and Pioneer Entrepreneur - Elisabeth Cruz ( for creating a business that also helps people stay healthy. Go local, visit AnewAmerica at or buy a ticket at

Event Details –
What: AnewAmerica Microbusiness Expo, “Ready, Set, Grow”
When: August 13th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: Kaiser Center Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612
Tickets: 1 for $50, 2 for $90 register at
Sponsorship opportunities still available. Confirmed sponsors include:
Presenting Sponsor - Union Bank, Additional Sponsors: ABC Security, Kaiser Permanente, PG&E, OBDC, The California Endowment, Port of Oakland, AC Transit, California Bank & Trust, BART, Comfort Keepers (Alameda), The Unity Council

Every year, AnewAmerica celebrates outstanding entrepreneurs who have excelled in different categories. These categories include: Green Business Award, recognizing the incorporation of green business practices; Emerging Business Award, commends growth and job creation; and Pioneer Award, which celebrates an innovative entrepreneurial spirit. The businesses listed above best exemplify these attributes while making concrete efforts to give back to their communities.

AnewAmerica works towards the inclusion of entrepreneurs from low-income, marginalized communities into the larger economy by breaking down barriers through training, technical assistance, and access to capital. By sharing in this fun evening, enjoying the good food, live entertainment and indulging in some shopping, attendees at the EXPO support entrepreneurs from low-income communities, actively transforming their lives and that of their communities.

About AnewAmerica Community Corporation
AnewAmerica, a regional nonprofit, has provided financial education and business development services to over 22,000 individuals. Each year, we target 300 plus businesses with technical assistance. Two thirds of our businesses are family owned. To date, AnewAmerica has helped its low income entrepreneurs start and expand over 725 businesses, generate close to 1,000 jobs and over $10.2 million in revenue to the local economy. Nearly 70% of businesses created by AnewAmerica clients are still in business after five years, well above the national average of 46%.


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