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It’s Celebration Time!

Join us for AnewAmerica’s Expo and Celebration: “Building Dreams, Changing Lives”

Thursday, November 15th, 2012; 6pm-9pm
Albert H. Dewitt Officer’s Club
641 West Redline Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Buy your ticket now!

Special thanks to our Gold Sp
onsor, Union Bank!
For more information about the event, including sponsorship opportunities, contact us at (510) 540-7785 ext. 305.

A message from AnewAmerica CEO, Viola Gonzales

Dear Friends of AnewAmerica,
I’m excited to invite you to our 2012 Microbusiness Expo and Celebration: “Building Dreams, Changing Lives” and I hope you will join us! It’s a lively event, celebrating AnewAmerica’s entrepreneurs, community partners, volunteers, and supporters. Our microbusiness expo featured the unique goods and services of at least 30 of our entrepreneurs. In addition, we’ll have local ethnic cuisine, live music, a Pick-A-Prize drawing, and much more!

AnewAmerica’s work is increasingly essential in this harsh economic and political climate. We need your support in order to continue our crucial work. Please join us at this year’s Microbusiness Expo and Celebration. Consider donating to AnewAmerica today. Your investment creates jobs, build dreams and changes lives.

Donor Spotlight: Heritage Bank of Commerce
An interview with Diana Olveira (Vice President, Marketing Director)

(Pictured from left: William J. Del Biaggio, Jr. - Heritage Bank, (Founding Chairman & Executive Vice President), Connie Klink – formerly, AnewAmerica (General Manager-South Bay), Diana Olveira – Heritage Bank (Vice President, Marketing Director), Robert Lattimore –AnewAmerica (Chief Operating Officer).

1. Why does Heritage Bank support the work of AnewAmerica?
Heritage Bank of Commerce was founded by business people for business people and we believe that everyone should have the same opportunities for success. Your programs provide the support, training, real business concepts, social responsibility, and so much more for new Americans. Your team does this with a passion that is unparalleled. Our bank supports organizations like yours that foster success and show proven results with financial assistance and volunteers. We’re delighted to be part of such a powerful organization.

2. Why is it important to enable low-income new Americans to learn microenterprise development skills?
In order for new Americans to really fulfill their dream of a better life here, they need the tools to build a solid foundation and your microenterprise development program guides them through what could be a very daunting process of learning business rules in the United States. As they complete your three-year program armed with confidence, drive, tools, and a clear goal for their business, they are set to explore the personal fulfillment of operating their own business and giving back to their communities.

3. What does Heritage Bank see as the value of providing financial literacy education to new American entrepreneurs?
We believe that everyone should have the same opportunities for success, and by providing structured, proven process to teach entrepreneurs financial literacy, we not only empower them, but we also strengthen the communities in which they live, which in turn strengthen the overall local economy.

4. Anything else you would like to add?
We are just thrilled to partner with the staff at AnewAmerica. Everyone we’ve met is outstanding and truly driven by passion to help new American entrepreneurs succeed. We can’t help but be feel compelled to join with you on your mission. Thank you!

Entrepreneurial Spotlight
The Life of a Business: Planning, Emerging, Establishing

Building a business is a process. At AnewAmerica, we are experts in guiding our entrepreneurs through the labyrinth of business planning, start-up, growth and expansion. In this issue, we highlight three of our entrepreneurs, each in a different stage of development.

Luis Mora
AnewAmerica Class of 2012

itekh Tech Support
12972 San Pablo Av e, Richmond
(510) 253-2636
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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. In July, Luis participated in a Stride Center program, which is enabling him to continue to learn as he expands his business and client base.

 

Elvio Colombana
AnewAmerica Class of 2012

Lobos Ice Cream
1131 4th Street, San Rafael
(415) 250-3584

Elvio Colombana’s first market for his ice cream was his family. His unique frozen treats, infused with homemade tastes such as watermelon, limon and tahin, soon became a success at a local flea market. Elvio and his cousin produced and sold their ice cream at weekend markets for five years before Elvio decided he wanted to focus on making Lobos Ice Cream a long-term, sustainable business venture. He learned about AnewAmerica’s Business Planning Incubator program from a friend and enrolled in our Business Planning Course.

Elvio states, “AnewAmerica helped my business take off. I learned so much. AnewAmerica helped me to refine my business plan. ” Learning administrative skills, increasing my fluency with computer programs like Excel, and interacting with other entrepreneurs in a classroom setting enabled me to develop my business ideas.”

Lobos Ice Cream is now located outside a popular bar in San Rafael. The 3’-by-8’ stand has provided a strategic location for introducing customers to his unique ice cream. Elvio’s goal is to have a truck and a store of his own. In the meantime, he plans to make his stand a Certified Green Business. “I’m out here on the street building this, I’m an entrepreneur,” Elvio reflects. “I’m just trying to do my little piece. If it calls for me being the ice cream man, that’s just the beginning.”

 

Claudia Carreño
AnewAmerica Class of 2012

From her first job at a taqueria to her current position at a restaurant in Berkeley, Claudia has learned the ins and outs of the food industry through hard work. Claudia came to AnewAmerica to transform her knowledge of food service into a business plan. Her goal is to open a Mexican fast food restaurant and catering operation in San Francisco’s Financial District.

Claudia is focusing on saving money and creating a plan for her family in order to be financially secure when she makes the transition to self-employment, which she hopes to complete within two years’ time. “The main obstacle is money,” says Claudia. “It is hard but not impossible.”

Currently, Claudia balances her restaurant job with preparing occasional orders for small events. “AnewAmerica,” Claudia says, “has provided useful assistance with accessing loans, as well as vital business training and information on budgeting, which I view as the starting point for any successful business. Eventually, my dream is to make the business grow and have more employees, who are happy to work for the business.”

Claudia, who prepares food for the youth and elderly in her community, plans to provide good benefits to her employees and contribute to her community and those in need through her business.

 

2012 Graduation

On July 12th, over 50 new American entrepreneurs graduated from AnewAmerica’s Business Planning Course at a special ceremony held at the beautiful Valley Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland. Graduates included students from our English, Spanish, and Vietnamese-speaking classes held in Richmond, San Jose, Oakland and Concord. We are very proud of our hard-working, dedicated entrepreneurs!

 

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Spring 2012

Saluting the Women of AnewAmerica

“AnewAmerica salutes its women entrepreneurs and the contributions they make to the economy, the community and their families. Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Small Business Administration, AnewAmerica is able to operate as a Women’s Business Center, supporting the startup and growth of women-owned businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. This issue celebrates our talented and successful women entrepreneurs.”
-Jeff Butler – AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center Director

Donor Spotlight: Cathay Bank

An Interview with Esther Wee, Senior Vice President & CRA Officer


1. Why does Cathay Bank support the work of AnewAmerica?
AnewAmerica helps new Americans, especially those below the extremely low-income limit, to attain economic self-sufficiency. Their three-year micro-business development program provides thorough and comprehensive training to about 1,200 individuals annually. AnewAmerica is resultsoriented and its programs lead to job creation. It provides financial
literacy education in three languages to a broad spectrum of families in the Bay Area.

2. Why is it important to enable low-income new Americans to learn micro-enterprise development skills?
Historically and globally, micro-enterprises represent an efficient self-sufficiency and job creation platform. However, it is through training programs like AnewAmerica’s micro-business development program that many micro-entrepreneurs are armed with business management skills that ensure the long-term viability and success of the micro-enterprises.

3. Cathay Bank is a strong supporter of AnewAmerica’s work as a whole, and specifically our work in financial literacy education. What do you see as the value of providing financial literacy education to new American entrepreneurs?
Cathay Bank is the oldest bank in the country founded by Chinese Americans. Over the past 50 years, we have witnessed the growth and success of many of our customers - from micro-enterprises to multimillion dollar corporations; we know what it takes for a new American to run a strong and successful business. New entrepreneurs today face an even more difficult and challenging world. Financial literacy education will help optimize resources to result in a win-win for all, the entrepreneur and the community. Cathay Bank applauds AnewAmerica for their strong commitment to community development and the success of their financial literacy programs. To learn more about Cathay Bank’s efforts to serve communities, visit www.cathaybank.org/AboutUs.asp.

Entrepreneur Spotlight

Agnes Baariu
AnewAmerica Class of 2008
Kenyan Safari Designs

Agnes started Kenyan Safari Designs to bring Kenyan necklaces, earrings, carved wooden animals, bowls, utensils and other handmade African decor to the Bay Area. Agnes has a close relationship with the impoverished Kenyan women who make her products, and she is dedicated to helping them improve their lives. She currently sells Kenyan jewelry and artifacts at the Ashby Flea Market; however, she is passionate about opening a storefront and focusing on wholesale markets. A storefront would enable her to sell her products all year, without being contingent on the weather, which is the downfall of the open-air markets in which she does business. AnewAmerica is working with Agnes to find a location that will best suit her business needs. AnewAmerica is also helping her to secure the credit she needs to expand her business.

Agnes is passionate about sharing the culture of Kenya with the Bay Area, and having a storefront will enable her to increase the scope of her products in service of this vision. In addition, as a single mother, her business is crucial to supporting her family. She states, “The knowledge I gained through AnewAmerica has been very helpful. I am building my business and bringing it toward the next level, where I want it to be.”

Shop at Kenyan Safari Designs at the Ashby Flea Market: Saturdays 10am-5pm; Sundays, 11am-5pm.

Iliana Sarmiento
AnewAmerica Class of 2010
Body Sculpture Spa
www.spabodysculpture.com

Iliana owns and operates Body Sculpture Spa, a spa dedicated to helping people lose weight. She credits AnewAmerica for helping her establish and grow her business: “Through the financial seminars, tax workshops, marketing, business planning, green business practices, asset planning and social responsibility curriculum, I learned how to help my business succeed. Thanks to AnewAmerica, I was awarded a NOVA Microenterprise Grant from the City of Sunnyvale for $10,000, which allowed me to update my business by purchasing new equipment. After I completed AnewAmerica’s 25-week business planning course, my gross revenue greatly increased. The income I receive from my business helps to support my family and my future life goals. My business pays for my children’s education, regular family expenses, and savings for the future.”

Body Sculpture Spa is located at 213 E. Maude Ave. in Sunnyvale.

 

 

Nancy Rosales
AnewAmerica Class of 2009
Pepitos Ic e Cream and Abel 1950
Green Business of the Year Award- 2011
www.abel1950.com
www.pepitosicecream.com

Nancy has a passion for giving hand-churned, all-natural Mexican ice cream a contemporary twist. Her business, Abel 1950, combines the best of traditional Mexican paletera recipes, passed down from her grandparents, with high-quality agave liquors. Nancy’s ice cream passion is rooted in exploring the flavors of her culture. Her current ice cream flavors include Mexican Hot Chocolate, Sweet Mango, Caramelized Sweet Corn, and Sweet Potato. Nancy is committed to using green business practices. Her product is all-natural, sold in recyclable containers, and she is moving toward using 100% organic ingredients. Nancy states, “I got an amazing education at AnewAmerica. The classes helped me develop and plan for my business. AnewAmerica enabled me to network with the resources I needed to launch and grow my business.”

Abel 1950 desserts can be found in Draeger’s Markets and Whole Foods Markets in San Francisco. Nancy’s first ice cream business, Pepitos Ice Cream, is still available for catering and events. Pepitos’ fusion flavors include Flan, Dulce de Leche, Pine Nut and Guava Sorbet. Nancy is pictured above (left) with her mom (right).

Cammy La
AnewAmerica Class of 2001
Vi Gallery
www.vi-gallery.com

Cammy La owns and operates Vi Gallery, a boutique in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center specializing in unique woodcarvings, silk scarves and other items imported from her native Vietnam, as well as decor made by local artisans. Cammy states, “AnewAmerica is always there for me. They empower women and they empower minorities. My business is a big blessing. My dream come true.”

Cammy regularly returns to Vietnam to purchase inventory for her business. She maintains a relationship with the artists who supply her gallery, and witnesses the craftsmanship and effort that go into the beautiful water puppets, lacquer boxes and silk lanterns she sells on their behalf. Cammy also spends much of her time in Vietnam volunteering at a Global Education and Development Agency orphanage, which she also financially supports.

Cammy is dedicated to green business practices, and is an AnewAmerica Certified Green Business. Visit Vi Gallery at 4 Embarcadero, 4EC in San Francisco. Open Mon-Fri 11am–6:30pm, Sat 11am–6pm. Cammy also sells her products on the Anew E-Store, operated through a partnership with E-Bay’s Worldofgood.com.

Tina Ferguson-Riffe
AnewAmerica Class of 2012
Smoke Berkeley
www.smokeberkeley.com

Tina grew up on Texas barbecue. She’s always had a love for food, which naturally led her to a life as a chef. Last fall, she opened Smoke Berkeley, a Texas-California-France inspired BBQ restaurant. Tina’s signature dish is a tea-smoked salmon served with ginger-cilantro sauce. In addition, she sells a variety of smoked meat sandwiches and entrees, including smoked beef brisket and pulled pork. Sides include organic collard greens, jalapeno mac & cheese, griddled zucchini pancakes, coleslaw, potato salad, and Mexican cornbread. She also serves up fresh squeezed Meyer lemonade. Her desserts have already earned her fame: her chocolate pecan pie received mention in the East Bay Express as one of the top “Ten desserts for the Budget-Conscious”. Everything served at Smoke Berkeley is homemade and the produce comes from Catalan Farms, a local organic farm owned by Maria Catalan.

Tina states, “AnewAmerica helped me to align my business, put my business plan together, and learn about the logistics of tracking revenue and inventory. I can’t tell you how much joy I feel when I am able to speak to each of my customers. People want to know that you appreciate their business. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Visit Smoke Berkeley at 2434 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, Tuesday-Saturday 12-7pm.

 

News

AnewAmerica Honored by Nancy Skinner

AnewAmerica was honored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (14th District) at her annual Women’s Empowerment Dinner, held on March 8th at the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito.The evening celebrated organizations and leaders who are dedicated to serving women. AnewAmerica was honored alongside three other agencies: Bananas, Inc, Women’s Cancer Resource Center and the Women of the Year Committee 2009-2011. AnewAmerica is a Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center. Approximately 60% of our entrepreneurs are women.

We are also proud to note that our own Board of Directors Secretary, Chris Sorensen, was one of the 12 special women to be honored and recognized at the dinner.

Pictured above, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (left) and AnewAmerica CEO, Viola Gonzales (right).

Winter 2012

Happy 2012 from AnewAmerica! This first newsletter of the new year will focus on AnewAmerica's entrepreneurs and volunteers in the South Bay. AnewAmerica's office in San José is a vibrant hub of microenterprise development and education.  The center houses AnewAmerica’s three-year comprehensive microenterprise development program. Entrepreneurs also visit the center for workshops in financial literacy and foreclosure prevention, one-on-one technical assistance, and Business Action Circles, which provide specialized coaching to entrepreneurs on various areas of business operations and growth. In addition, the location also houses the AnewAmerica Computing and Communications Lab, sponsored by Comcast.

With the support of AnewAmerica's San Jose team, four of our entrepreneurs were recently granted funding from the City of Sunnyvale's NOVA Microenterprise Development Assistance Program. This newsletter features two of these exceptional entrepreneurs from Colombia, Juan Lindo and Yamile Santos. While AnewAmerica serves immigrants from 46 countries, this issue salutes these two Colombian entrepreneurs in the South Bay. This issue also includes a "Donor Spotlight" interview with Jeremey Williams, from Bank of America,  as well as a "Volunteer Spotlight" featuring San José volunteers, Jayashree Burgala  and Vijaya Terupalli.

Donor Spotlight: Bank of America

An Interview with Jeremey Williams, Community Relations Manager, Global Corporate Social Responsibility

1.    AnewAmerica recently received the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award (NEI) from Bank of America, which recognizes organizations working to improve their communities. Why does Bank of America choose to support the work of AnewAmerica?
Every year, in the East Bay and more than 40 other communities across the country, Bank of America recognizes, nurtures and rewards high-performing nonprofits through its signature philanthropic program, the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (NEI). "Neighborhood Builder"
recipients are locally-based organizations that are chosen by a committee of local Bank of America executives and community leaders because they are creating a significant impact in the local community.

NEI provides them with the resources they need to stabilize and grow, including a $200,000 unrestricted grant for general operating support and access to a specially designed leadership development program for its senior executives and emerging leaders. In 2011, the NEI selection committee in the East Bay chose AnewAmerica as one of two organizations deserving of this special recognition.  

2.    How does AnewAmerica's work align with Bank of America's community investment goals?
Bank of America's community investment goal is to collaborate with other organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods where people have opportunities to pursue their dreams. AnewAmerica's innovative model, combining business incubation, asset building and social responsibility to support and encourage local entrepreneurs provides individuals with the tools they need to succeed in their chosen enterprise so that they can thrive personally and, in turn, contribute to the health of their local communities. 

3.    Why is it important to enable low-income new Americans to learn
microenterprise development skills?

The most pressing need in our communities today is jobs, and small businesses are our most reliable engine for job creation. Microenterprise is a critical component within the small business segment because people can access the relatively small amounts of startup capital they need, even if they have only modest resources. But they need to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to start and run a business, and that's where AnewAmerica has proven to be so successful.

4.    What do you see as the value of AnewAmerica's work?
Helping people overcome economic and cultural obstacles so they can achieve their dreams.

Entrepreneur Spotlight:
Yamile Santos and Juan Lindo, City of Sunnyvale NOVA Awardees

Yamile Santos: Serving Children in the South Bay
AnewAmerica Class of 2012

Yamile moved from Colombia to the U.S. in 2003, as her home country lacked the economic opportunities she needed to survive. When Yamile arrived in the U.S., she worked in the assembly and cleaning industries, and began to study English.  After a short period of time, Yamile realized that she wanted to start her own daycare business as a means toward fulfilling work and economic self-sufficiency.  She enrolled in a certificate program to study early childhood education.

(Pictured, from Left to Right: Connie Klink, General Manager San Jose, AnewAmerica; Yamile Santos, Owner, Eagle’s Nest Daycare; Priscilla Jang, Client Management Program Coordinator, AnewAmerica; Rhonda Pryor, Business Liaison, NOVA.

When Yamile discovered AnewAmerica, she had just launched her business, Eagle’s Nest Daycare, in Sunnyvale. However, the daycare wasn’t reaching its full potential.  Yamile enrolled in AnewAmerica’s Assets for New Americans:  Virtual Business Incubator program, and completed our twenty-five week certificate course in Business Planning.  Yamile states, “Before AnewAmerica, I didn’t have many children in my daycare. Now, my daycare is full. AnewAmerica helped me to write my business plan and encouraged me to expand my business. They also helped me to receive a wonderful grant from the City of Sunnyvale.”

In November 2011, Yamile was awarded with a grant from the City of Sunnyvale’s NOVA Microenterprise Development Assistance Program.  This funding enabled her to purchase new educational enhancing equipment and instructional supplies for Eagle’s Nest.  Yamile was also the recipient of AnewAmerica Business Grant, made possible by the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Job Opportunities for Individuals, program designed to expand businesses and create jobs. She used this funding to improve the infrastructure of her daycare (see the roof addition pictured right). The daycare currently employs one full-time and one part-time staff-person. 

Yamile’s entrepreneurial vision does not end with one daycare; she has plans to open a preschool this summer, in partnership with her son and sister.  “We want to create a center to assist kids,” she states, “and this new center will enable me to serve a greater number of children.”

Yamile is an AnewAmerica Certified Green Business.  She takes measures to reduce waste, and she purchases organic food. She also makes social responsibility a feature of her business by providing one full scholarship to her daycare for a child from a low-income family.


For more information about Eagle’s Nest Daycare, visit http://eaglesnest.schools.officelive.com/default.aspx.  Eagle’s Nest Daycare is located at 793 Blue Sage Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087.

Juan Lindo: Outfitting the Pros
AnewAmerica Class of 2009

“I am an artist; I am a creator,” says Juan Lindo.  “I always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and having my own storefront and my own brand name.”   Speaking to the power of visions and hard work, today, Juan is the owner and designer of Zooni Leathers.  Zooni specializes in designing custom leather motorcycle suits for recreational motorcyclists and professional racers.

Since Juan graduated from high school in his home country of Colombia, he has channeled his creative energy into being an entrepreneur.  He opened a shop in Bogota where he made and sold custom-designed jackets.   In the late 1970s, Juan moved to the U.S. to expand his business. However, he confronted major linguistic, cultural, and political barriers. Instead, he pursued an Associates degree in fashion, and worked for a leather jacket shop in Palo Alto, where he gained experience designing custom leather motorcycle suits.

Eventually, Juan broke out on his own to launch Zooni Leathers.  He states, “I could make the best leather suits there were, but I didn’t have knowledge about important aspects of running a business, like sales or marketing.”  During the economic downturn in 2008, Juan recognized that this missing knowledge was threatening the survival of his business. He states, “Because my product is custom-made, it’s considered a luxury item, and these were the first things consumers cut from their budgets.” 

Juan turned to AnewAmerica for the education he needed to enable his business to survive the economic downturn.  Juan states, “AnewAmerica taught me how to write a professional business plan. They have taught me about marketing and advertising, and how to use social media to market my business through classes at their computer lab.”

Recently, Juan was the recipient of a NOVA Microenterprise Assistance Program grant for $10,000, which enabled him to establish a storefront in Sunnyvale. The NOVA grant is designed by the City of Sunnyvale to assist microbusinesses, support their growth and increase their potential for success.  Juan used these resources to help him secure and renovate a storefront, obtain inventory and produce marketing materials.

Juan’s business supports his family in the U.S. and in Colombia. He states, “My business has given me the opportunity to pay for my children’s education.”  As an AnewAmerica Certified Green business, Juan is selective about the materials he uses in his designs: he only uses leather that is processed with plant-based materials and that is recycled from the meat industry.  He also uses the success of his business to give back to the community.  Juan tutors other new American entrepreneurs with their English skills. He states, “I know from experience that learning English is the biggest challenge for immigrants to integrate themselves within American society.”

Juan’s suits were awarded “five stars” by Cycle World Magazine, and he has the strong support of elite professional motorcycle racers.  To see Juan’s remarkable designs, visit Zooni Leathers at 905 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087. Or, learn about them more online at www.zoonileathers.com.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jayashree Burgala and Vijaya Terupalli

1.Why did you decide to volunteer with AnewAmerica?

Vijaya: I found out about AnewAmerica through Jayashree, and I was very excited to use my passion for art while volunteering for an organization that helps small businesses to have an online presence.
Jayashree: I learned about AnewAmerica through a friend who had previously volunteered there. After hearing about her experiences with the organization, and learning about the organization's mission to create new businesses for low-income families, I decided to volunteer. In my view, this is the best way to give back to society: to help organizations create more jobs.

2.What projects were you involved with as a volunteer at AnewAmerica?
Vijaya: I help AnewAmerica's entrepreneurs create logos, business cards, and assist in website development.
Jayashree: I am involved in building websites for AnewAmerica entrepreneurs. Projects at AnewAmerica give me an opportunity to utilize my skills and knowledge to promote my own growth as well as the growth of the entrepreneurs by helping them to promote their businesses through the web.

3.What have you observed about the challenges facing new American entrepreneurs in the Bay Area? As a volunteer, what have you observed is the importance of AnewAmerica’s work in new American communities?
Vijaya: The challenges that I observe facing new American entrepreneurs is the awareness of basic web technologies. AnewAmerica helps low income entrepreneurs, who without affordable help, wouldn't have a website in par with modern ways of conducting business. AnewAmerica provides a platform and encourages low income small businesses.
Jayashree: AnewAmerica's entrepreneurs are facing a tough situation because of the high unemployment rate. AnewAmerica is helping these entrepreneurs to overcome this situation by providing them with necessary training and coaching to start their own business and at the same time this creates jobs which will improve the economy.

4.Anything else you would like to add?
Vijaya: Thank you very much Priscilla, Connie, Laura for the great opportunities you have provided to us.
Jayashree: I can just say that AnewAmerica is giving entrepreneurs the hope and strength necessary to think out of box to achieve their goals.

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