Entrepreneur Profile

Entrepreneur Profile

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."

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.

Cafe Gabriela Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

We are happy to announce that Penny Baldado (AnewAmerica Class of 2009) will be celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of her business, Cafe Gabriela, on Friday, April 26th. For the past three years, Penny has been serving up her locally-sourced menu to her loyal customers in Downtown Oakland. Cafe Gabriela's offerings include Blue Bottle coffee, artisan pastries and a diverse lunch and snack menu that reflect a fusion of the best of Northern Californian cuisine and Penny's Filipino background. Named after Gabriela Silang, a famous Filipina heroine, Cafe Gabriela strives to keep her courageous and independent spirit alive by making a conscious effort to support and promote local businesses in the East Bay.

Read more about Penny's journey to establish her business with the help of AnewAmerica here.
Click here for details about the anniversary celebration.

Cafe Gabriela
988 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 763-2233
7am-5pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

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

Entrepreneur Profile: Luis Mora

Luis Mora - AnewAmerica Class of 2012

Glancing at the computer on his desk, Luis Mora states, “My goal for the future is to be financially independent, so my business is the first step towards being financially independent... And then to give back to the community, help out. That’s what I want to do.”

When Luis was a student at San Francisco State University, he began fixing computers as a hobby. After two years of working at a computer store in Berkeley, Luis says, he realized that he had the hands-on experience and the drive to start a business of his own. However, he did not have a business background or formal training. When Luis began AnewAmerica’s Business Incubation program, he put what he learned into action immediately, and his business developed over the course of the class. He also enrolled in a fast-paced, 22-week IT certification program to increase his technology skill set.

Luis states, "AnewAmerica opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed.  I have so many more opportunities to grow my business than I have ever had before. I am so grateful for AnewAmerica’s program and my participation in the Stride Center.  AnewAmerica does not just offer a class, it offers opportunities and it opens doors."

Today, Luis owns and operates his own business: itekh Tech Support, located at 12972 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94905. You can also reach him by phone at (510) 253-2636, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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