San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Come Celebrate the Success and "BOLD MOVES"
of Bay Area Small Businesses
Darlene Crane, Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development and
2013 PROPEL graduate Dan Thomas, G-Tech and TCA.
Join us on October 28 at Cannery Café in the Hayward Area Historical Society for the PROPEL Small Business Growth Program (PROPEL) celebration of the 2014 cohort graduating businesses. Hear the accomplishments of the graduating businesses in this nine month program located in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
PROPEL is a program for existing businesses from one to twenty or more years in operations with owners motivated to strengthen their business foundations and execute plans for future growth. The PROPEL program goal is to develop the owners to plan growth strategies and use proven practices to reach established levels of revenue over $1 million. Be at this event to show your support for the small business base that generates the majority of jobs in this economy and brings personality and creativity to our cities and communities.
This is a PROPEL family celebration. The Cannery Café is an ideal location for this event because Blue Heron Inc. owners Debbie Pfisterer and Elizabeth Fazzio who operate the Café, were graduates of the 2011 cohort group.
Hayward Area Historical Society,
22380 Foothill Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541
Tuesday October 28, 5:30 pm - 7:45pm
5:30 - 6:00pm Check-in and Networking with Alumni and 2014 Graduates
6:00 - 6:05pm Welcome and opening comments in HAHS Meeting Room
6:05 - 6:20pm Keynote: Debbie Pfisterer, Co-Owner, Blue Heron Catering
6:30 - 7:00pm Graduating company presentations
7:00 - 7:45pm Reception in Cannery Café
Impact of the PROPEL Small Business Growth Program
Results of a survey in July 2014 of the forty-four graduating businesses indicated that:
- 7% of PROPEL Small Business Growth Program crossed the $1M level in 1-4 years -which is more than three times the national rate for women and minority owned businesses
- 20% of graduates crossed the $500,000 gross revenue level
- graduating businesses created a combined total of 94 new jobs*
2014 PROPEL Program Graduating Companies:
- Almost Everything Communications, Karen Nierlich and Tod Abbott
Professional services in Marketing Communications and Programming, Contra Costa County
- Griselda's Salon, Griselda Ceja
Full Service Salon for Families in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, Alameda County
- Earthbeam Natural Foods, David Hinckle
All Organic Local Store, David is an Icon in the Organic and Non-GMO Food Movement, Alameda County
- Tourismo Tours, Gretchen Ludwig
Memorable Local Tours with Food, Unique Merchants and Artisans, and Camaraderie, Alameda County
- Oakland Floats, John Balquist
A Flotation Tank Center Relieving Pain and Stress, Alameda County
- One Planet Foods, Sandra, Issa and Rana Madanat
Organic, Vegan, GMO-Free Granola Manufacturing, San Mateo County
- iPrint N Mail, Andre Chandra
Direct Mail Services, San Francisco County
- SaHaira Hair Salon, Shari Fritz
Hair Salon and Spa, Alameda County
- ScratchSpace, Chris Miller
A technology services company, Santa Cruz County
Hear from 2011 graduates Debbie Pfisterer and Elizabeth Fazzio, owners of Blue Heron Catering, as they continue to take bold strategic moves to expand their company after 25 and address the changing business environment in the East Bay.
About the Alliance for Community Development
The Alliance for Community Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to capital for businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area’s low and moderate income (LMI) communities owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans.
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Alliance for Community Development
The Alliance for Community Development is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization with the mission of increasing access to capital for companies with diverse leadership.