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

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

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

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

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

Tina Ferguson-Riffe
AnewAmerica Class of 2012
Smoke Berkeley

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.



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  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

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.

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Save the Date! Thursday, November 10th

AnewAmerica’s Microenterprise Expo and Gala: Building A New Future

Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive 
Oakland, CA 94612

Join us for a festive celebration! The Gala will feature live music, local ethnic food, and a not-to-miss international business expo (a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping!).  This is a wonderful occasion to support AnewAmerica’s programs, celebrate our accomplishments, and enjoy unique entertainment and food.

For details, including sponsorship information, contact Larena Burno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (510) 540-7785 ext. 305.



Donor Spotlight: StopWaste.Org

An Interview with Meri Soll, Program Manager, StopWaste.Org

Meri SollWhy does StopWaste.Org support the work of AnewAmerica?

StopWaste.Org supports the work of AnewAmerica because we feel it’s important to outreach to as many Alameda County businesses and residents on ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.  Alameda County is a very large and diverse community and we work with a variety of organizations to get our message out.  Partnering with AnewAmerica enables StopWaste.Org to better connect with the new immigrant population.

Why is it important to teach low-income new Americans microenterprise development skills that are environmentally-friendly?

It is important to educate all residents and businesses to be good stewards of the environment. However, it is especially important to reach low-income new Americans because their access to this type of education is limited and they are constrained with additional pressures of learning a new language and culture.  As a result, environmental stewardship can take a back seat in regards to their priorities. We need to provide new Americans with the tools and resources to be good stewards of the environment.

What does StopWaste.Org view as its role in cultivating ecologically-conscious individuals and entrepreneurs?

StopWaste.Org has a variety of resources to support individuals and entrepreneurs in developing sustainable businesses.  Our grants, loans, market development and business partnership programs provide both technical and financial resources to forward thinking businesses and individuals interested in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.  Visit for more information.

AnewAmerica very much appreciates StopWaste.Org’s support to promote the long-term economic empowerment of new Americans – new citizens, immigrants, and refugees – and to encourage their full participation in the political, social and cultural growth of America.


Welcome Reception for Viola Gonzales, Hosted by the East Bay Community Foundation

On June 22nd, AnewAmerica threw a welcome reception for our new CEO, Viola Gonzales. The event, hosted by the East Bay Community Foundation, featured live music and hors d'oeuvres made by AnewAmerica's food entrepreneurs.  Many friends and funders joined us at this lively and spirited event to welcome Viola and to show their commitment to supporting AnewAmerica's mission to provide comprehensive microenterprise development services to new American immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area.

Nicole Taylor (President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation) provided the opening remarks, followed by Dr. Sandra Hernández (CEO, San Francisco Foundation).  Xavier Abrams (Chair of AnewAmerica's Board of Directors), and Robert Lattimore, (AnewAmerica's Chief Operating Officer), provided introductory comments for Viola Gonzales. Viola spoke about her experience with the new American community and her commitment to leading AnewAmerica into a new era of growth and success.  Viola emphasized her dedication to green business practices and her vision for the increasingly green future of AnewAmerica. She stated, "We can't just talk about being green, we have to embody the experience of it and set a real example for the communities we serve."  Click here to view more pictures from the event.

Entrepreneur Spotlight

Elva Aguilar: Promoting Healthy Living through Green Cleaning 
AnewAmerica Entrepreneur, Class of 2010

Ten years ago Elva Aguilar and her six-year-old daughter immigrated to California from El Salvador to start a better life away from the unstable economic situation of their home country. Elva arrived in Richmond in 2001, speaking no English. She began cleaning houses to support herself and her daughter.

After cleaning houses for five years, Elva got very ill. She states, “I realized I had been using these toxic chemicals without knowing what was in them and how they were affecting me. From then on, I have only used non-toxic cleaning supplies in all of the houses I clean.”

Elva continued to clean houses for four years using only non-toxic supplies while expanding her clientele and informing people of the benefits of non-toxic cleaning, but she still felt like her business needed more stability. Then, she enrolled in AnewAmerica’s microbusiness development program. After completing the twenty-five week certificate program in Business Planning and graduating in December of 2010, she began planning for her new green business, Vitta’s House Cleaning. Elva states, “The program has empowered me to go further with my work than I ever knew I could. I really feel a sense of control over my new-found business and a path for a better future. AnewAmerica gave me the tools I need to expand my business.”

Through AnewAmerica, Elva learned how to better market her green business utilizing web-based communication tools. Since completing AnewAmerica’s certificate program, Elva has increased her revenue by twenty-five percent and has hired two workers to help her clean. She is learning how to plan for her retirement, and continues to support her family and others in need in El Salvador and Richmond. As part of Elva’s long-term business plan, she wants to hire more employees and move into a managerial role so that she can create new jobs for others and achieve her personal goals.

Elva’s business is an AnewAmerica Certified Green Business. Elva continues to try new green products and to customize cleaning programs for each house, apartment, and commercial establishment she cleans in the Bay Area. You can visit Elva’s website to find out more about what she does at: You may get in touch with Elva Aguilar by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: (510) 734-2035.

Story written by Alison Fischman. Photo (above) taken at the San Francisco Green Festival, courtesy of Amanda Barnes.

Recent Events

Café Gabriela Turns One Year Old!

PennyThis spring, Penny Baldado, AnewAmerica Class of 2009,  celebrated the one year anniversary of her business, Café Gabriela.  Penny realized her vision of opening an environmentally-friendly café after completing AnewAmerica’s 25-week course in Business Planning. Penny learned how to write her business, asset and marketing plans. She also learned about all of the Bay Area green business resources that could assist her in opening her dream green café.

Penny is committed to supporting local and organic suppliers. She serves the famous Blue Bottle Coffee, as well as an assortment of locally-made pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches, including Penny’s take on the traditional Filipino adobo dish.

Café Gabriela is an AnewAmerica Certified Green Business. It’s located in downtown Oakland, at 988 Broadway, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Microlending Symposium a Big Success

On May 19th, AnewAmerica, alongside the U.S. SBA and Citi, hosted a symposium on “The Best in Micro-Finance: Micro-Lending and Our Entrepreneurs.”  Industry experts from a variety of backgrounds presented on the financial resources available to microentrepreneurs. Special remarks were given by Lola Robinson, U.S. SBA (pictured left), and Steve Dial, AnewAmerica Board of Directors, and Citi. Following, a panel moderated by AnewAmerica CEO Viola Gonzales featured Oliver Scott, OBDC Small Business Finance, Anthony Nguyen, Southeast Asian Community Center, Agnes Cheung, TMC Working Solutions and Clinton Etheridge, CEDLI. The event was a big success thanks to all of the dedicated participants and attendees.

SparkPoint West Contra Costa Center Ribbon Cutting

On June 2nd, AnewAmerica participated in the ribbon cutting celebration at the SparkPoint West Contra Costa Center in Richmond. AnewAmerica is a Signatory Partner in this project created by the United Way of the Bay Area.




AnewAmerica Participates in Immigrants Rights Day in Sacramento

On May 24th, AnewAmerica participated in the annual Immigrants Rights Day at the state capitol building in Sacramento.  “One California: Many Peoples, One Future.” was the theme of this year’s event. AnewAmerica staff and entrepreneurs met with their legislators to talk about current bills that affect the health and safety of immigrant communities.  The event was in alignment with AnewAmerica’s emphasis on civic education and participation as a form of social responsibility. Each year, AnewAmerica will participate in a joint staff and entrepreneur project to honor the memory of César Chavez.

AnewAmerica staff pictured: Connie Klink (General Manager-San Jose) and Jeff Butler (Director of Women’s Business Center).

Healthy Roots Gardening Update

Healthy Roots, AnewAmerica’s Gardening and Food Justice Program for Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurs has had an active early growing season. Recently, participants in San Jose hosted a workshop to discuss creative alternatives in the garden by recycling and reusing. AnewAmerica entrepreneur and day care owner, Delia Suarez (pictured fourth from left amongst other participants), demonstrated how to reuse products destined for the landfill to help bolster garden productivity.  In the next class, participants will learn how to prepare compost at home, and how to plan for the lifecycle and maintenance of their gardens. The food that is produced in these gardens will provide the children they care for with nutritious organic snacks and meals.

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