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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: Jaime’s Jewelry

(Español sigue Ingles) MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. It is imperative that small businesses thrive, as one strategy of community ownership. Following…

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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: El Rinconcito Catracho #2

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. It is imperative that small businesses thrive, as one strategy of community ownership. Following is a story…

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The Daddy of Them All: GoDaddy Grant to MEDA Will Create Online Presence for 50 Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Whether you run a mom-and-pop coffee shop or adorn bodies with tattoos, an online presence is a standard marketing tool in 2019. Yet far too many small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District, especially those run by low-income entrepreneurs, lack a digital presence, thereby limiting their chances at economic success. The main challenges to an…

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A Story of Pride: MEDA Client Patricia Narciso is One Smart Cookie, Now Scaling Alfajores Narciso

“I take inspiration to come up with new recipes wherever I go. One of my popular creations, as a proud LGBT member, is my ‘Rainbow Alfajor,’ which was inspired by San Francisco itself,” says Patricia Narciso, who emigrated from Peru 18 years ago in search of opportunity. Patricia’s love of alfajores began as a child….

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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: El Corazón Gallery

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. This means that Latinos of all income levels are able to call the Mission District their permanent…

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Growing a Garden, A Business … and Young Lives

It’s a sunny morning on Revere Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview, and toddlers are tending to the garden they have carefully planted, with organic tomatoes, cilantro and radishes ready to be picked for that afternoon’s lunch. No, this isn’t a City-sponsored summer camp: It’s Delia’s Little Angels, a home-based early care and education center. The…

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Alyssa P. Doubles Down, Finds Affordable Housing in the Mission for Herself and Twin Girls in MEDA Small Sites Program Property

San Francisco native Alyssa P. proudly tells of the fact that she grew up in the Mission, ZIP code 94110 — the third generation of her family to do so. Some relatives were fishermen at the Wharf way back when, all coming home to the Mission each night. Unfortunately, as a young adult, Alyssa found…

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Fingersnaps Media Arts’ DJ Lamont Gets in His Groove with New Commercial Space in MEDA Small Sites Program Property

“My mom was a fanatic about music. My childhood home was filled with the sounds of everything from Motown to Crystal Gayle to disco. I just listened and took it all in like a sponge.” So explains Lamont Bransford-Young (photo, center) of his love of all things music, as evidenced by his shelves teeming with…

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Strengthening Latino and Immigrant Small Businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District

by Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano (Follow Lucy on LinkedIn) About 4.4 million businesses in the United States annually contribute more than $700 billion to the economy. Latino-owned businesses, that is. This according to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. There is no denying the burgeoning economic power of the Latino community across…

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Two MEDA Fondo Adelante Loan Recipients Are Semifinalists for 2019 James Beard Awards

If you’ve never heard of Palestinian musakhan (braised chicken with sumac and caramelized onions) or Cambodian amok (catfish steamed in a savory coconut-based curry and topped with an egg), then you should take note. Those are the signature dishes at Reem’s and Nyum Bai, respectively, which are a pair of MEDA clients based on the…

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