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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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San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees Celebrate “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day” at MEDA

“Although I have a long way to go, I’ve achieved some huge milestones and now have a system in place to be successful,” says Owner Karwanna Dyson of Big Mouth Productions, who grew up in San Francisco’s 94124 ZIP code, is a first-generation college graduate and is working daily to make her multimedia production company…

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The Ecosystem to Cultivate Latino Generational Wealth and Power Building

Co-authored by: Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver Community Real Estate Project Assistant Juan Diego Castro With hundreds traveling from across the country to convene in San Antonio for the National Association of Latino Community…

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¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration Brings Together Community, Generates Record Donations to Strengthen Mission Latino Immigrant Families

As 300 attendees were greeted by the mellifluous sounds of a 12-person mariachi band, ¡VIVA MEDA! got off to a rousing start on Oct. 19. The venue was the San Francisco Design Center. Thirty-three valued sponsors generously made this gala possible. (See list of sponsors following blog — click to enlarge.) The evening’s theme was…

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SBA Awards $150,000 PRIME Grant to MEDA, Goal to Help Mission Corridor Small Businesses Thrive

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 8, 2017 SBA Awards $150,000 PRIME Grant to MEDA Funds finance training and technical assistance to emerging entrepreneurs San Francisco, Calif. — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has been awarded a $150,000 Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs…

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MEDA Celebrates “National Write a Business Plan Month”

While December means planning for the holidays — which can be quite the effort — it’s also time for planning of a different sort. That’s because December is “National Write a Business Plan Month.” MEDA helps small businesses start or grow MEDA’s free Business Development program has helped 40+ clients start or grow ventures this year alone. All clients start…

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Facebook Shares Tips with MEDA Business Development Clients

The challenge for the 50 million small-business pages on Facebook? How to draw potential clients’ eyes to a business Facebook ad when it’s sandwiched between cute kid pictures or a family reunion group shot on targeted users’ personal pages. As we fast forward to 2017, social media as a business-marketing tool is all the more…

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Abraham Velazquez of Dropbox Drops in to MEDA to Teach Mission Techies Web Skills

Abraham Velazquez’ immigrant mother couldn’t afford to buy her teenage son the computer he coveted. So she offered some maternal advice: mow lawns and save up enough money for such a purchase. The result was one-too-many sweltering days in the summer heat of Chicago leading to the buying of a basic PC, with Velazquez’ adolescent…

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MEDA Holds its First “Bilingual Small-Business Resource Fair”

Plenty was happening back in 1973. President Nixon’s Watergate scandal dominated the headlines. Troops came home from Vietnam. Bell-bottom jeans and long sideburns were in vogue. And in San Francisco, a nonprofit named the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) was formed. The goal: asset-building for the low- and moderate-income Latino community of San Francisco. To…

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D’Maize Restaurant Opens in Mission, with Small-Business Development Assistance and a Community Loan from MEDA

With MEDA invited to be part of “San Francisco Small-Business Week 2016” starting May 21, last night was time to celebrate a big win for community-serving enterprises in the Mission. That’s because D’Maize Restaurant – an immigrant-owned establishment – held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its brick-and-mortar location at 2778 24th Street (between York and Hampshire streets)….

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