Doing Business in San Jose: Traditional Tools and Beyond

San Jose Panel on Digital Tools

Thanks to BusinessOwnerSpace - City of San Jose and everyone who came out and participated on September 19th at San Jose City Hall! Check out some photos of the day by clicking here.

Roxanne Figueroa Caldera, Director of AnewAmerica's new Women's Business Center in San Jose, moderated an engaging and informative panel on How to Tell Your Story On-line & via Social Media to Grow Your Business.

Panelists included Shaun Tai of Oakland Digital and BRIDGEGOOD, Lea King of Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, and Lina Prada-Baez of Milohas, a local small business & long-time AnewAmerica client, who talked about why small businesses need to establish their presence on-line and on social media and how to do it. 


Changes in Leadership at AnewAmerica

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Thanks Viola!

The board and staff of AnewAmerica wish to thank Viola Gonzales for her dedicated service in her tenure with our agency and to express our appreciation for her accomplishments. After serving as Chief Executive Officer for over five years, Viola has announced her departure from the organization. Her last day will be June 30, 2016.

Prior to AnewAmerica, Viola held positions in both private and public sectors, including in local government and as executive with community-based organizations. Her volunteer service has included appointments to numerous corporate advisory, nonprofit and civic boards, among them the City of Oakland's Planning Commission and the Oakland Board of Education. Her career has spanned over 30 years at the intersection of direct service, public policy and community development issues - impacting low-income families. We wish her continued success as she considers her next chapter in exploring elective office.

Welcome - Doug Jalen, Interim Executive Director

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Doug has served as the Director of Finance of AnewAmerica since 2009. His skills and experience coupled with his knowledge of the organization will prove to be invaluable as the Board continues in its execution of its transition plan for new leadership. Doug has over 20 years of experience as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer in the private sector, served as CFO for West Coast Beauty Supply and was a consultant for the San Francisco School District. Doug has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2001.

Doug has a BA in Political Science from University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Oregon. Fun fact: Doug won the California State senior division competition of the USA Fencing National Championships in 2013!

Faces may change but the mission continues. Please join us in welcoming Doug to his new role!

Digital Solutions for Small Businesses

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 8:30AM – 1PM
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
*Entrance on 14th St.*

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Learn digital tools to grow your small business! RSVP today!

8:30AM – 9:00AM

9:00AM – 9:30AM
Welcome, Keynote Carolina Huaranca, principal at Kapor Capital, will introduce keynote speaker, Laura Gomez, entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of tech start up, Atipica. Ms. Gomez will set the context for the event: promoting digital inclusion for small businesses from low-income, immigrant, communities of color.

9:45AM – 12:00PM
Workshops - Register for workshops at

Digital Basics Workshop (English)
Presentations on basic digital tools to get your business online.
Digital Basics Workshop (Spanish)
Presentations on basic digital tools to get your business online.

9:45AM – 12:30PM
Design Solutions Lab (English/Spanish) RSVP at 
Do you have pressing business challenges? Led by Alliance for Community Development, learn to identify existing or new tech tools using a Design Thinking approach. Space is limited. RSVP required by 4/29

12:00 PM – 1:00PM
Hands-On Clinic & Digital Resource Mini-Faire
A hands-on clinic will be held after the workshops to provide participants with the opportunity to apply what they learned with help from volunteers from tech industry & AnewAmerica staff. A Digital Resource mini-Faire will also feature additional digital resources & partners.

For more information about AnewAmerica Community Corporation, visit: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks to our speakers and partners!

Digital Solutions partner list

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Day of Giving 2016

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May 3rd = Day of Giving

The 2016 Day of Giving starts tonight at MIDNIGHT. Support AnewAmerica's mission to create a more inclusive economy through entrepreneurship. With your help, we can build a healthier, more sustainable community!

Donate Now!

Click here Tuesday, May 3rd, on your lunch break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm! Support local businesses in the East Bay,

Or donate here any time on Tuesday, May 3rd, and get your gift matched => double the impact in the South Bay!

Reception for New Port of Oakland Commissioners

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Join Us!

An evening reception honoring new Port Commissioners, Andreas Cluver, Arabella Martinez, and Joan Story, featuring special guest Mayor Libby Schaaf. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. Proceeds from this event will support AnewAmerica Community Corporation, a Bay Area based non-profit organization creating prosperity in the region since 1999.

Partnerships between the Port of Oakland and local community based organizations, like AnewAmerica, play a powerful role in addressing the growing racial wealth gap and income inequality devastating families throughout the Bay Area by creating economic opportunity throughout the region.

Come join us on April 14th! Get tickets below:

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Major Sponsors: Port of Oakland, Scott's Seafood Restaurant, Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, Alameda Labor Council, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No.104, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, California Centers for International Trade Development

Event Sponsors: Unity Council, IDLF Solutions, Cestra “Ces” Butner, ABC Security Service Inc., Teamsters Local No. 853, Oakland Builders Alliance, East Bay Community Foundation, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Latino Community Foundation 

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jessica Chittaphong, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; (510) 540-7785


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