SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
ICA Fund Good Jobs, Working Solutions, and the Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy have partnered to provide a full continuum of capital and technical assistance to start and scale high-impact small businesses owned by women and minority entrepreneurs across the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
ICA Fund Good Jobs educates, accelerates, and invests in high-growth small businesses in order to create accessible good jobs that lead to equitable communities for all. Its service-led model empowers entrepreneurs to create good jobs and convenes the capital they need to grow. In 2016, ICA Fund Good Jobs served more than 140 entrepreneurs through their education offerings and launched the nation’s first Accelerator explicitly dedicated to the creation of Good Jobs with a cohort of 10 entrepreneurs. The organization has deployed capital to five local companies in its Seed Fund and is actively fundraising.
Working Solutions makes loans from $5,000 up to $50,000 and offers free, customized business consulting to help start-up and early-stage businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area start, grow, and thrive. Working Solutions prioritizes serving low- and moderate-income individuals, women, and diverse entrepreneurs and supports small business growth as a strategy to strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build strong communities. Contact a Business Development Officer to learn more about Working Solutions’ eligibility requirements.
The Mills College Lokey School of Business and Public Policy educates ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders capable of harnessing the power of organizations across both public and private sectors to create value that is responsible and beneficial to society today and in the future. The Lokey School is a hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship that achieves tractable positive impact through cross-sectoral collaboration. The Lokey School embodies diversity and is uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of expertise in working with marginalized and underserved communities.
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