The Board of Directors of Working Solutions is pleased to announce that Sara Razavi has been selected as the new CEO.
Sara, who has served as Working Solutions COO since 2013 and Interim CEO since November 2017, is excited to take on the role. Working Solutions will continue to be the First to Believe in the local businesses that bring diversity to our communities. Working Solutions has made close to $16 million in microloans since 2005 with plans to make another $12 million in just the next four years, increasing overall support and impact for local entrepreneurs.
We are thrilled to have reached this milestone and excited to continue serving Bay Area entrepreneurs.
Thank you to our supporters, our clients, staff and board, and volunteers for helping us make this tremendous impact.
It's been a year of incredible growth for Working Solutions!
We funded 123 loans totaling $3.77 million to small businesses in our most recent fiscal year (ending September 30) - that's 46% more loans, and 66% more dollars than last year - going directly to help local entrepreneurs!
On August 29, the winners of the Whole Foods Local Producer Grant program gathered at Whole Foods Headquarters in Emeryville to celebrate the fourth year of the collaborative program, presented by Working Solutions.
The 2017 5% Day raised over $200,000, which was distributed as grants to 15 local businesses throughout Northern California and Reno. The business owners will use the funds to apply for certifications, purchase new equipment, and hire employees.
Local Producer Day is this Wednesday, July 26th, so visit your favorite Whole Foods Market in Northern California/Reno and support small business!
Working Solutions is proud to be partnering with Whole Foods again this year on the Small Producer Grant program, an exciting regional initiative, now in its fourth year, that makes grant dollars available to support the growth of new and innovative local food and body care product makers.
Read more about the program and this year's grant recipients here - and see you at Whole Foods!
We're just a month out from San Francisco Small Business Week, an annual celebration of San Francisco's vibrant business community! The week-long event included networking opportunities, skill-building workshops, and connections to critical resources.
Since we started our loan program in 2005, Working Solutions has lent over $12 million to nearly 500 businesses throughout the Bay Area!
By providing business owners with a combination of capital and consulting, we help entrepreneurs manage and grow their businesses sustainably.
These business owners in turn create local jobs, support their communities, and build vibrant neighborhoods.
Check out our Client Directory to learn more about the businesses in Working Solutions' client community.
Thank you for all of the support from our fabulous community!
Working Solutions is deeply saddened by the news of the devastating Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. Our hearts go out to the victims' families, friends, and the greater Oakland artist community during this time. We stand with all those affected to assist in recovering from this tragedy.
Join Working Solutions this Fall for our SF Financial District Walking Tour. This is a fun opportunity to see some of our amazing clients in action and how they are realizing their dreams of owning a successful small business.Read More
Join Working Solutions this Fall for our Walking Tours in Oakland and San Francisco. This is a fun opportunity to see some of our amazing clients in action and how they are realizing their dreams of owning a successful small business.Read More