LOCAL ECONOMY: San Francisco and San Jose based organizations are among those who are to benefit from $250,000 In grants to support local, economic-vitality and job creation.
SF Made, in San Francisco and Opportunity Fund, in San Jose are among ten organizations that will benefit from PG&E grants.
"As a local provider of electricity and natural gas, PG&E has long partnered with local organizations to help boost economic vitality in the communities they serve," spokesperson, Ezra Garrett said.
"These grants will help support organizations in their efforts to stimulate economic growth, generate jobs and enhance workforce development."
SF Made, established in 2010, are a non-profit corporation based on Howard Street. Their mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.
Opportunity Fund, with a base on W. St. John Street in San Jose is a not-for-profit micro-finance provider for small businesses.
According to PG&E, nearly 200 applications were received for the grants. Applications were evaluated by a third party who based recommendations on a combination of factors including the strength of the plans presented, demonstrable links to job creation and community need.
For more information on the PG&E Economic Vitality Program and their community investment visit their web page here
TRAINING: Grant funding supports direct job creation, employment and training for persons with disabilities through the expansion of their Industrial Training Facility.
Redwood Region Economic Development Commission
JOB CREATION: Grant funding supports the launch of Phase II of the Manufacturing Network, which fuels job creation by linking existing local manufacturers with the demand of local exporting businesses.
Fresno Community Development Financial Institution
TRAINING: Grant funding supports training, technical assistance and financing for low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in the Central Valley.
TRAINING: Grant funding provides workforce training and job placement services for low-income adults and youth.
Upstate California Economic Development Council (EDC)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Grant funding supports the first ever Upstate California Food Expo in March 2014.
Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/TRAINING: Grant funding will establish a new business mentoring methodology.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/TRAINING: Grant funding supports the growth of SFMADE's Manufacturer's Accelerator program.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Grant funding supports the organization's ability to make loans to small business owners for business expansion
Downtown Stockton Alliance
BUSINESS INCUBATION: Grant funding helps to establish a technology incubator in Downtown Stockton.
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation
BUSINESS INCUBATION: Grant funding supports the operation of the Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program.
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