Supporting Small Business Ecosystems in Fresno

In 2018, we began working with Miram Martinez, Founder and Owner of La Jacka Mobile. One of her long-term goals was to acquire a facility to expand her market reach and provide long-term stability for her business. It often takes several years for a small business to build up its capacity to purchase or lease a facility. Entrepreneurs of color, immigrants, and people whose first language is not English often experience additional roadblocks that white entrepreneurs do not.

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$850,000 in COVID Relief Grants Awarded to 41 Oakland Nonprofits

We are pleased to announce $850,000 in COVID relief awards for 41 Oakland-based nonprofits that have suffered negative economic impacts, or have pivoted to serve local communities, due to the pandemic. Launched in Fall 2020, The Oakland CARES Nonprofit Grant Fund was funded by the Federal CARE ACT and Community Vision administered the program on…

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Mujeres Unidas y Activas: Keeping Space & Building Power

Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women who work with their community to cultivate personal transformation and build collective power for social and economic justice. Founded in 1990, they provide peer-led trauma recovery services, vocational classes, and leadership training. Their first offices opened in San Francisco’s Mission District, and…

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Welcome Kshama Kanakoor & Camila Andrea Mena

We are thrilled to welcome Kshama Kanakoor and Camila Andrea Mena to our consulting team. These individuals join the organization with a commitment to their communities, a diverse range of experiences, and exceptional professional backgrounds. Join us in welcoming them to the Community Vision family!

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Ask a Community Vision Consultant: Fall 2020 Edition

This month’s question: Given the pandemic, how can I safely offer my programs in outdoor spaces? Answer: Several of our clients are operating at limited capacity or in a different capacity than previously, due to health and safety parameters around COVID-19. The safety concerns and ensuring people’s well-being has prompted organizations to pivot operations and to find creative ways to host pop-up events, small business marketplaces, and cultural performances.

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Rooting Deeper with Community

We share this message amidst a confluence of events that have taken place this year: a global pandemic, a long-overdue demand for racial justice, wildfires across our home of California, and the recent election season that will bring in a new presidential leader for the United States.

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Welcome Idaima Robles, Senior Loan Officer

We are thrilled to welcome Idaima Robles as Community Vision’s new Senior Loan Officer focused on small business lending. She brings more than a decade of experience in inclusive economic development, finance, and small business advising to her role.

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Q&A with Zakiya Harris, ArtsWeb’s Alameda County Business Navigator

In 2020, Community Vision partnered with SVCreates and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to develop ArtsWeb, a new online Bay Area arts hub. In Summer 2020, we welcomed Zakiya Harris to lead ArtsWeb’s business navigation across Alameda County. Zakiya, a cultural architect, brings more than two decades of experience working at the intersections of art, activism, and spiritual entrepreneurship.

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St. Mary’s Center: Investing in Our Elders

In 2006, St. Mary’s Center Village in West Oakland took shape, first through leasing and then purchasing two properties. In 2007, Community Vision provided a $580,500 acquisition loan for a third building, increasing St. Mary’s space to more than 3,000 square feet, allowing it to scale up its services to better serve the community.

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Investing in Black Liberation: An Update from Community Vision

On June 3rd, we released a statement expressing our support for Black lives and calling for urgent and bold change from our political leaders, the financial industry, and ourselves. In that statement, we committed ourselves to supporting policy change and to reimagine and refocus our work to more intentionally support the Black community. On June…

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