Entrepreneur Profile

Entrepreneur Profile

Creating Economic Opportunities Through Our Matched Savings Program

Meet Inshirah. She's been an AnewAmerica client since 2011. Inshirah is a single mother of 3 and a student at San Francisco State University; she also owns and operates WataWaty (We are the Ancestors, We are the Youth), a fashion and design company. Inshirah designs her own clothing, jewelry, and prints. She sells her merchandise at a variety of festivals all year long.

To do all this she has to stay mobile. Unfortunately, earlier this year her car broke down and her business suffered. That is, until she joined AnewAmerica's exclusive matched savings program!

Inshirah's savings were matched dollar per dollar and in only 6 months, she was able to purchase a new vehicle. This vehicle helps Inshirah carry her tent, table, chairs and merchandise in her trailer when she participates as a vendor at festivals — helping her grow her business and generate revenue. She's also practicing the healthy savings behaviors learned in the program and strengthening her family's financial well-being!

The matched savings program is offered to AnewAmerica clients in the process of starting or growing their businesses.

Client Vendors at AnewAmerica's 2014 Expo

Owners of Smoke Berkeley

Tina Ferguson-Riffe, SMOKE Berkeley, and N. Jed Riffe.

36 of AnewAmerica's graduates participated as vendors at our Expo, showcasing an amazing array of products and services. These ranged from delicious sliders and gourmet ice cream to construction services, day cares, upholsterers, art galleries, jewelry makers, spas and more.

 

2014 Expo Food Vendors:

Elvio Colombana, Lobo's Ice Cream
Nancy Rosales, Abel 1950
Elton Brown, EB Cakes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Lourdes Espino, Sweet Thoughts
Carmenza Rengifo, Arepas La Calenita
Tina Ferguson-Riffe, Smoke Berkeley
Christian Perez, Cortez Catering (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Mireya Baez, Milohas Pastries
Penny Baldado, Café Gabriela
Tai Tran, Simply Garlic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

2014 Expo Non-Food Vendors:

J. Jeremias Martinez Rivera, Martinez S.J. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Elisabeth Cruz, Benitez Produce (408-991-2063)
Vicente Rico, Alex's Upholstery
Xochitl Guerrero, Taller Xochicura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Betty Bedregal, Betty's Butterflies Day Care
Margarita Serrano, Margarita's Notary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Olga P. Romero and Jaime Camacho, My Little Bunnies
Juan Torres, La Saludable
Cam Binh "Cammy" La, Vi Gallery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Irma Villa, Villa's Tailor Shop
Sonam D. Thukhotsong, Essence of Tibet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Rahwa, Ethiopian and Community and Cultural Center
Sunita, CA State Board of Equlization
Carlos Martinez, Intra Upholstery
Thelma Howland, Simply Sweet Supplies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Karla F. Amador-Daza, Little Wishes Spa & Wellness Center
Rebekah Peterken, Lwanga Designs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Elton Brown, Aikane Care CPR First Aid and AED
Luis Marquez, Marquez Landscaping (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Lida Noori, doTerra (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Rahela Nayab, Rahela's Tailoring and Custom Jewelry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Yan Liu, Lireille Gallery of Comtemporary Jewelry & Art
Nina Roberson, Ms. Nina's Charm & Etiquette "Manners for Boys and Girls" (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Tekeste Tewoldebehan, TT Bee By Product (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Claudia Valencia, JCC Painting
Mathias Lule, Ras Limo Service

Meet Paty and Jaime, Green Business of the Year Awardees

My Little Bunnies 3Patricia Romero and Jaime Camacho of My Little Bunnies Spanish Immersion Program Home Daycare are being honored with AnewAmerica's Green Business of the Year Award. This annual award is given to an entrepreneur who has taken exemplary strides to green their business practices and services.

Originally from Colombia, Patricia immigrated to the U.S. after applying for political asylum to pursue better opportunities for her and her family. She initially worked as a teacher and site supervisor at a bilingual child care center. With her experience and her passion for children, Patricia enrolled in and completed AnewAmerica's Business Incubator Program in July 2012. She then opened My Little Bunnies, a bilingual and green daycare in Sunnyvale, California. Since opening her business, the business has created jobs, and the daycare is now at full capacity.

Through AnewAmerica's Healthy Roots Program, My Little Bunnies has incorporated edible organic gardens into its curriculum – growing them, educating children and parents on their benefits, and increasing awareness about sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and protection of the environment. My Little Bunnies is an AnewAmerica Green Certified Business. The business recycles and reuses materials, conserves energy and water use through energy-efficient equipment, and uses products that are non-toxic and made from recycled materials.

Proudly Presenting Our Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

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 eventual goal is to start her own clothing line. In the future as well as now, her belief in herself and her abilities will be essential to achieving that goal. In Gloria's words: "I am proud of my business, what I have achieved and what I know I have the potential for achieving."

Betty Bedregal: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Betty Bedregal was the recipient of AnewAmerica's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award at our annual Microbusiness Expo and Celebration on August 29th. 

Originally from Peru, Betty immigrated to the U.S. to find better and safer opportunities for her family. Betty first joined AnewAmerica’s program in 2012, and with the support of AnewAmerica, she and her family opened Betty’s Butterflies Day Care, a bilingual, multicultural, and green day care in Mountain View.

Through her daycare business, Betty implemented two innovative programs – AnewAmerica’s Healthy Roots and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” programs. With the AnewAmerica Healthy Roots Program, children learn and become aware of the importance of organic, sustainable, and edible gardening, and balanced nutrition. With Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program, Betty’s Butterflies Daycare coordinates activities including neighborhood walks, holiday events, and nutritious family potlucks to invite families from their community to be healthy together.

In October 2012, Betty was recognized as a Top 7 Business Model Finalist in the Santa Clara County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. In May 2013, she received a public nomination and was invited to attend as an audience member for the Champions of Change Ceremony for Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovators at the White House. Betty is committed to helping families in her community live happy and healthy lives. She is a role model and inspiration to others.

Learn more about Betty’s Butterflies Daycare Preschool and Afterschool at www.bettysbutterflies.com

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