Events

Events

December 2014 Open House Celebration In San Jose

San Jose graduates

 

AnewAmerica Community Corporation will celebrate its new San Jose offices by holding an open house on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 210 N. 4th Street, Suite 205, San Jose, CA. The new offices will serve as a space in which AnewAmerica will continue to provide low-income entrepreneurs in the South Bay with microenterprise development and financial literacy assistance to help them grow their businesses. The event's purpose will be for AnewAmerica to share its work with the local community, finding common ground from which to build strong partnerships.

At AnewAmerica's Open House, its current South Bay clients will meet with community leaders and partner organizations. Carmenza Rengifo of Arepas La Calenita and Mireya Baez of Milohas Pastries, both immigrant entrepreneurs enrolled in AnewAmerica's program, will cater the event. Clients will showcase their businesses in an exposition of goods and services. Other clients participating include Betty Bedregal of Betty's Butterflies Daycare and Anayantzi Alvarado of Green Refund Tax Services.

The event will feature a short program. Guests will have the opportunity to tour AnewAmerica's new San Jose offices, meet clients, and view its Comcast-sponsored computer lab. AnewAmerica will use this space to provide workshops, seminars and programs to its clients, building on its seven years of providing trainings and technical assistance to low-income entrepreneurs in the San Jose area.

To register, visit AnewAmerica's Eventbrite page: http://tinyurl.com/k7f4p4f

AnewAmerica Announces Its Crowdfunding Campaign On Indiegogo: Linking Low-Income Entrepreneurs Directly to Capital

AnewAmerica's crowdfunding campaign to create a microloan program begins today! We are raising $20,000 in 40 days, and every little bit counts. Please consider supporting local entrepreneurs and contribute to our Indiegogo campaign.

 

Why? Minority microbusiness owners are more likely to attempt to borrow money, and twice as likely to be denied. (AEO)

AnewAmerica's microloan fund will change that statistic and provide our clients with a full menu of financial solutions for their new or growing business!

 

Lourdes and Claudia with new machine

As an example of microloan power, we would like to introduce you to AnewAmerica clients Lourdes and Claudia. With a $4,000 microloan they received this summer, they purchased a new sheeter machine for their business, Sweet Thoughts Bakery in Richmond, CA. With this investment, they will be able to raise their productivity to keep up with demand, generating more sales.

How You Can Help

Contribute - Get great perks and support local entrepreneurship at the same time! We understand that times are tough, but please give what you can; your support is vital to the success of our entrepreneurs.

Share - Even if you can't contribute monetarily, please share this campaign with your network and help create more vibrant communities by supporting local businesses.

 

2014 Microbusiness Exposition A Resounding Success!

Thanks to everyone who supported AnewAmerica's 14th Annual Microbusiness Exposition! Our Expo was held on August 14th, 2014 at the beautiful Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden in Downtown Oakland.

We take pride in having the support of outstanding community leaders such as City of Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo, Small Business Administration District Director Mark Quinn, and Ignacio de la Fuente. We had a fantastic emcee in Fabiola Kramsky-Gascón of Univision, KDTV Channel 14 anchor for the morning show.

We deeply appreciate the support of our event sponsors, who made it possible to celebrate our entrepreneurs and our programs on this special evening.

 

From left: Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Volunteer of the Year Fabianne Rico, Councilmember Noel Gallo, Univision news anchor Fabiola Kramsky-Gascón, AnewAmerica CEO Viola Gonzales and AnewAmerica COO Robert Lattimore.

Our client vendors provided amazing food and showcased their unique products and services. We presented the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Gloria Ramirez of Gloria's V Tailoring and the Green Business of the Year Award to Patricia Romero and Jaime Camacho of My Little Bunnies Daycare.

 

Vendors

Claudia Valencia, JCC Painting

Special thanks go to the nearly 70 businesses that generously provided such a great array of gifts for our drawings, live and silent auctions. Our musicians' talent played an invaluable role in making the evening enjoyable.

We thank 36 Volunteers who greeted our guests, hosted tables and helped sell tickets for our drawings! We could not accomplish the work of this agency without their generosity. For this reason, each year we acknowledge their contributions with our Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards. This year's awards went to Fabianne Rico, college student at San José State University, for his work in our San José office and to Rosario Sanchez, MetWest High School student, for her contribution to our Oakland office.