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Presbyterian Committee on Self Development of People Grant:
The national Presbyterian ministry disburses funding for projects and to communities that promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity and advocate for economic equity. The Economic and Skills Development Project in Davis was among the grant beneficiaries in 2015. Eleven micro-enterprise owners that we support at Community & Employment Services (CES) got together and applied and were awarded a $15,000 grant. The money will be used for training to develop business management skills and marketing knowledge. These individual’s goal is to use the skills and knowledge learned from the training to operate self-sustaining and profitable businesses that will provide them with a sustainable source of income.
Below is a link to the grant award announcement:
The Economic and Skills Development Project training kicked-off on February 17, 2016 at the Davis Community Church Library. Vanessa Errecarte, a marketing consultant and CEO of Erreco Strategies Management and Marketing Consulting in Davis led the group in exploring   marketing strategies that work for individual micro-enterprise owners.
On February 29 and March 3, 2016 the group received training in using social media platforms to market and advertise their businesses. The trainings were featured in the local newspaper, the Davis Enterprise. Below is a link to the newspaper article:    
Citrus Heights Success Spotlight:  Ashley Robertson
Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital and Hotel: 10207 Franklin Boulevard Elk Grove, CA 95757

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Ashley has been working at Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital and Hotel since May, 2015, and has been extremely successful. She has increased her responsibilities at the pet hotel to include cleaning kennels when pets leave, feeding, and cleaning the playroom. Over the past year, Ashley has increased her days that she works from 3 days a week to 4 days a week. She is happy and always excited to talk about her job.
Ashley is successful because she enjoys her place of employment and she feels valued at her job. A co-worker said, “She is a hard worker and can get more done in the short amount of time she is here than the workers who are here longer.”
Ashley said it helps to have an internship at the place you want to work at before you begin working there.
Ashley also says that just watching and observing your co-workers is a great way to learn.

Citrus Heights Micro Enterprise Spotlight:  Janice Taketa
  Taketa's Shredding: 6060 Sunrise Vista Drive Citrus Heights, CA 95610

  After working at a number of different jobs, Janice decided to run her own business. Janice learned that many businesses had confidential paper documents needed to be discarded in a safe manner.  Janice visited Amy’s Shredding in Davis to explore the shredding business and decided to start her own business, Taketa Shredding. Janice started with a small shredder, but after building her client base, she used her earnings to purchase a large commercial shredder to handle the workload.
Most of Taketa Shredding’s clients are small businesses that use a lot of paper documents, such as doctor’s offices, accounting firms, realtors, and plumbers. She also has individual clients, especially during tax season.
Taketa shredding is successful because Janice puts in a lot of work in building her clientele and retaining her customers by providing the best customer service, developing trust and building great businesses relationships. Because of her excellent work, affordable prices and the convenience of her service, Janice gets many referrals from her loyal clientele. Janice has no minimum or maximum number of boxes that she accepts. Her rates are very competitive at $10/box and discounts for every 5th box. She offers free pick-up and will also provide free boxes if needed.
Janice likes having her own business and being her own boss.  Janice would encourage anybody who wants to start a micro-enterprise to go for it, but you need to be ready to work hard and expect some very challenging days.  
Janice is available and open for business Monday-Friday. You can contact Taketa Shredding for a quote for your shredding needs at:

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Citrus Heights Employer Spotlight: Rashae Williams
  Safeway: 8925 Madison Avenue Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Rashae Williams was featured on ABC 10 news here in Sacramento. News reporter Francis Wang went to Rashae’s employer Safeway located in Fair Oaks at the Hazel and the Madison store and the news station reporter interviewed Rashae about how his childhood accident that has affected his life, and about what he does at this job. He has worked there for 7.5 years, and has been a great employee, and loved by the customers. Click the link below to see the story.

Davis Success Spotlight: Nathan Streeter

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On the morning of Thursday, February 25, 2016 Nathan Streeter met with Unitrans officials to discuss possible improvements to some of the bus stops he frequents. As a result of this meeting, one bus stop will be moved slightly down the road to a location that will make it easier for the buses to deploy their wheelchair ramps, and the whole associated stretch of curb will be painted red so parked cars don't block the stop. Another bus stop will receive a concrete wheelchair area next to the bench. Big kudos to Nathan for his awesome advocacy and to Unitrans for their response! This is what a success story looks like.

Davis Job Seeker Spotlight: Alex Abplanalp
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My name is Alex Abplanalp and I am looking for a job that allows me to help others and involves technology. I was a Computer Technical Volunteer at Computer Concepts in Woodland, CA from 2010 to 2011. I helped to trouble-shoot downloaded, and installed anti-virus software and resolved connectivity problems. I have also worked as a Garden Manager for Team Davis where I maintained a community garden by weeding, watering and planting. I now run my own gardening business, Double A Produce, where I market and sell plants that I grow. I believe that I would be a great addition to any business because I am reliable, professional, friendly, and above all a problem solver.

Davis Micro Enterprise Spotlight: Amy Tonai 
Amy's Shredding: 105 East Street Suite 2F Davis, CA 95616

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Amy is great at telling the story of how she started her own business. Here is what she says: I started because another person with a disability no longer wanted to do his shredding business; he wanted to go back to school. I  heard about it and was excited about the idea of operating my own shredding business. I was already employed by CES and part of my duties was shredding. I enjoy every moment of it. I was going to get a loan to purchase the shredder but my dad  said  ''no, I  will  get  the  shredder  for  you.'' The big shredder cost $2,000! Friends helped move the big shredder to Woodland where I worked in a shed behind a friend's house for almost a year. I had to move when my friend needed the space for her office. I was talking to people at  CES when another person heard that I needed a new workspace. Robin Dewey said that I could work in her shed in her backyard. Now we call it the ''Shred Shack".

My business has really grown and one of the highlights was when it was discovered that when you Google ''shredding'' and ''Davis,'' Amy's shredding is at the top of the list! It is the only micro-enterprise offering shredding services in the Davis area. My customer needs range from one to 100 boxes. All of the shredded paper is recycled. Every 2 weeks, I take the shredded paper to International Paper to be recycled. I like having my own business and being my own boss. I love shredding and enjoy meeting my customers. I am proud that people in my community trust me to handle their shredding needs!

Visit Amy's Shredding website to learn more about her business, read testimonials from satisfied customers, and contact her about your shredding needs. us
Amy Tonai is the sole owner and operator of Amy's Shredding. She started her business in 2010 with the help of family and friends. Amy has been a Yolo County resident for 35 years and has strong ties to the Davis community. She loves working with local businesses and meeting new people. She's a strong  individual with a great sense of humor.

Davis Employer Spotlight: 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store:
375 West Main Street Woodland CA, 95695
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Jessica works on Tuesdays and Thursdays organizing and stocking the fabric patterns, bias tape, thread and other items sold at Jo-Ann’s. Jessica said her favorite part is “ it is always clean and safe in the store, and I like the people I work with.” Another favorite part of the job is "putting things where they belong. I like being responsible for the pattern drawers."

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store’s vision is to be the best fabric and craft retail brand –for their customers, team members, communities and investors. Emily, the Job Developer at CES, shops at Jo-Ann’s and introduced herself to Kathleen Furry, a supervisor  at Jo-Ann’s and asked her if she would be interested in learning about CES. Jessica Owens, a client of CES, began working for Jo-Ann Fabrics Craft Store in October, 2014.

Kathleen is now Jessica’s supervisor and says “ I feel it is a great learning opportunity for myself and my associates, she makes our team grow in awareness of people's needs and abilities. Jessica has fantastic skills and people that have not worked with a person with a disability may not be aware of someone’s talents or skills.”
Melanie Pashenee, Jessica’s job co ach says, “Jessica is adapting well in her new position. She has a real passion for this type of work and enjoys organizing and restocking. She has taken ownership of the sewing pattern drawers and is responsible for keeping them stocked and organized.”  Melanie tells a story when she and Jessica were sitting in the back waiting for Jessica to clock in. Her supervisor had let her know that she would be putting away the fabric patterns and when it was time to get up from the back room and clock in. Jessica said “Oh you don’t need to get up, I don’t need your help. I know how to do this.” Jessica is very confident in completing her job tasks independently.
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