AnewAmerica Announces Its Crowdfunding Campaign On Indiegogo: Linking Low-Income Entrepreneurs to Direct Access 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.



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.