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Artesana: When ‘Business as Usual’ Equals Family Values

October 4, 2017 1:12 pm

Marielos Davila or Maria as she’s better known, said it was as if “something from the universe” led her to get the help she needed to launch her artisanal sausage business. Knowing she was trying to start a business, her sobrino (nephew) sent her a picture of an advertisement he saw for Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s Paso a Paso (Simple Steps)...
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Beth Pride, BPE Global

October 2, 2017 2:23 pm

When Beth Pride was laid off from her job, her boss told her “you’re ready.” He knew that she wanted to become a CEO and felt it was time. Beth found Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and immediately signed up for a Business Planning class. “Being unemployed was scary, but Renaissance gave me direction, took away the fear.” Beth finished the class...
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Amos Louis, ADF Handyman & Painting LLC

October 2, 2017 2:05 pm

Amos Louis came to Oakland from Florida in 2000, trying to make a better life for himself. Unfortunately his dreams did not come to fruition. He couldn’t find a job and tragically spent years homeless and in and out of jail. Amos’s luck turned when a jewelry maker business owner offered him a helping hand. He brought Amos into his...
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Yolanda Jones, Construction Administration & Traffic Control (YCAT)

October 2, 2017 1:50 pm

Yolanda Jones owner of Yolanda Jones Construction Administration & Traffic Control (YCAT)  built her business with her community in mind. With her roots in Bayview Hunters Point, Yolanda is dedicated to creating jobs and opportunities for local residents. Yolanda first learned about running a small business – and caring for her community – from her father, a trucking company owner....
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Eden Stein: The Heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bernal Neighborhood

July 1, 2017 11:14 am

On June 18th, 2016 a five-alarm fire devastated the 3300 block of San Francisco’s Mission Bernal neighborhood, destroying six businesses – including several legacy businesses – displacing 41 residents, and causing about $14 million worth of damage. After the firefighters put out the fire, leaving the residents and business owners with the charcoal skeletons of what once were their livelihood...
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