CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Applications Now Open!

Do you or someone you know have a startup business in San Diego that has had a successful beginning and is ready for rapid growth?

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center, the San Diego region’s first accelerator program established specifically to support diverse or financially disadvantaged founders, is officially accepting applications!

Businesses selected for the inaugural group will begin in Spring 2019 and receive all support and services free of charge, including co-working space, community resources and networks, mentors, training sessions, investors and much more.

Apply today or learn more at connectallsd.org. Applications have now been extended through Feb. 1, 2019. Read more in our application press release.

And, don’t worry. If your business isn’t ready for the program yet, a free Business Resource Center will also be opening to support you in Spring 2019!

Learn more from KPBS and KUSI News below.

Funding for CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center is provided by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department, and private funding from partners such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks. This program is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego.



The San Diego Union-Tribune: Calling all minority and low-income entrepreneurs: this startup accelerator needs you

Rendering of the co-working space of CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center. Design services and furniture donated by bkm OfficeWorks. Courtesy bkm OfficeWorks.

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Reporter Brittany Meiling

All the money and tech talent in San Diego tends to collect north of Interstate 8 – and with them, startups proliferate. But a new effort in Chollas Creek intends to route some of that entrepreneurial support down south, and organizers are looking to a diverse group of founders to make that happen.

This spring, a startup accelerator will open to house 10 tech companies in a modern co-working space called CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center. Entrepreneurs who are admitted to the accelerator will get free office space for six months along with access to workshops, a network of mentors and help finding investment capital.

Read more, including “Who can apply and what do they get?” on The San Diego Union-Tribune.


Community Business Survey for 92102, 92113 or 92114

Hey 92102, 92113, 92114! Do you have a business or are you planning to start one soon? Maybe you have a side-gig that you’d like to turn into a full-time business? If you do or are thinking about it, help us understand your needs and challenges. Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who live or do business in one of these zip codes can choose to enter a drawing to win a 10.5” iPad Pro or one of ten $100 gift cards.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this quick survey! This survey is being conducted in your neighborhood on behalf of the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative, a partnership between the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Accion Serving Southern California, CDC Small Business Finance, Logan Heights CDC and the San Diego SBDC.

Support for the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative is provided by JPMorgan Chase, through its Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) initiative.



People’s Produce Night Market Comes to Arts Park @ Chollas Creek

Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m., starting Nov. 20 through Jan. 31
5010 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102

November 20, 2018 is the date for the re-opening of the People’s Produce Night Market at a new location and a new day of the week! In partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Project New Village is moving the community farmers market to Arts Park @ Chollas Creek, located at 5010 Market Street, just across the street from the Euclid Ave. Trolley Station.

People’s Produce Night Market is a certified farmers market and open-air market, committed to providing access to good food in the neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego. Established in 2010, People’s Produce Night Market is a year-round marketplace featuring a wealth of farm fresh goods such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey and more. Local artisans sell everything from handmade soaps, jewelry, and art to textiles, pottery, and other crafted treasures. Additionally, you will find tasty prepared foods such as homemade tortillas, tamales, vegan options, desserts and more.

We invite shoppers to mix and mingle with the locals and the farmers while listening to live music, dancing and strolling through colorful booths and experiencing the culture and delicious lifestyles of Southeastern San Diego. Once a major farming district, Southeastern San Diego is now revisiting growing our own food and many of the farmers live nearby.

People’s Produce Night Market is truly a family friendly venue where there are always activities for children and our elders. At this marketplace, you’ll find face-painting, children’s books and reading tents, game playing, information booths and health screenings. Each week there will be a different variety of things to do.

To further increase access to good food, we anticipate that we will again establish the ability to accept food subsidies, e.g. SNAP/EBT and WIC, for eligible purchases in early 2019.

Please note the market will not be held on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 in observance of the holidays.

For more information about People’s Produce Night Market, contact Project New Village at 619-262-2022 or visit projectnewvillage.org.


THE PGK DANCE Project Comes to the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek Nov. 17

Come enjoy a unique and diverse dance event hosted by PGK DANCE Company’s best at Jacobs Center’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek (5010 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102) on Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! This FREE event will be a day filled with dance, fitness, mingling and more. All dance and fitness levels are welcome. No experience is necessary. Wear something comfortable and be ready to move or just come watch!

The PGK DANCE Project will feature diverse dance styles including contemporary ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, Afro-Caribbean and street dance with influences from modern-day pop to Samba and everything in between.

Event schedule:
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PGK DANCE Workshop for ALL. Water and snacks provided
1:30-2 p.m. Learn about PGK DANCE
2-3 p.m. PGK DANCE Performance
3-4 p.m. Meet & Greet, DJ Hariel plays

Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided by Be Fresh/Fresheria. There will be PGK shirt and bag giveaways too!

The PGK DANCE Project was named San Diego’s premiere contemporary company by New York City’s Dance Spirit Magazine, with one million subscribers worldwide. PGK DANCE performs a variety of styles to showcase its fearless dancers. For 15 years, the PGK DANCE Project has made diverse, professional and entertaining dance more accessible to all through free 30-minute pop-up performances in unexpected spaces and places across San Diego and by providing low-cost tickets to fully produced shows. Always a little thrilling, a little fun and a little interactive, there’s always something for everyone.

Visit www.ThePGKDANCEProject.org for more information.


Oct. 18: Community Open House for Veteran Family Home

Public Welcome!

National Black Contractors Association’s
Community Open House

Come see a newly remodeled home going to a deserving veteran family!

Thursday, Oct. 18
10-11 a.m.

754 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
(Just north of Walgreens)

As a community partner and the largest donor on the project, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation welcomes the community to the National Black Contractors Association’s (BCA) Community Open House for this newly remodeled veteran home. In 2017, Jacobs Center deeded the property to BCA for a symbolic $100. Over this past year, BCA has worked hard to remodel the entire property to be sold as an affordable home for a deserving veteran family. The home is currently in escrow for below market value, and all funds will go to BCA’s Affordable Housing Program to help build, renovate and sell more homes to veteran families and low-income buyers.

The property was rebuilt with BCA and Heartland Youthbuild trainees and alumni, BCA Inner-city Apprenticeship, National Association of Minority Contractors, Inner-city Community Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee and BCA Small Community Contractors.

Partners who donated their services/products include Ron’s Electrical Service, Hopson’s Roofing, Skyline Tile and Marble, Comrade Construction, Maurice Sweet Handyman Service, William Concrete Foundations, Doing it Right, Straight Line Painting, Best Construction, Rudy’s Grading Service, Rudy the Carpenter, Ronald Larry Ware Construction Foreman, Shomaree Hameed Carpenter, Idris Hameed, Milholland Solar Electric and Roofing, Hanson Concrete Aggregate, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Robert Ito and Eli the Builder, Swinerton Foundation, Turner Construction, Douglas and Nancy Barnhart Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, Dixieline Lumber, Image Seed Photography, and the Voice and Viewpoint Newspaper.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this veteran family’s American dream of owning a home possible!




Writerz Blok Hosts Third Annual NOF (Nineteen Oh Four) Reunion

On Oct. 27, Writerz Blok, the graffiti group that turns blighted spaces into art, will be hosting the “Third Annual NOF (Nineteen Oh Four) Reunion” to bring together pioneer graffiti artists and old school writers. These early artists from the ‘70s and ‘80s will gather, paint and welcome today’s artists and the public to join them.

For more info., check out Writerz Blok’s Instagram account.


JPMorgan Chase Commits $100,000 to Develop an Equitable Neighborhood Plan in the San Diego Promise Zone to Drive Economic Opportunity

“Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods” Invests in Grants to Incentivize Local Leaders to Identify and Solve the Greatest Needs in Distressed Communities

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $100,000 planning grant for the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative to create economic opportunity through creation of an Equitable Development Plan to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the San Diego Promise Zone, comprised of three of the City’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. As part of the firm’s $125 million, five-year Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) Competition, the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative will develop an equitable neighborhood plan and create a roadmap for long-term change in communities that have been historically left behind.

The San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative is a partnership of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Accion, CDC Small Business Finance, Logan Heights Community Development Corporation, and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network. This grant will be used to administer 1,000 surveys in the San Diego Promise Zone to gather data on the capital and technical assistance needs of diverse small business owners, including business owners without storefronts. This data will inform the creation of a responsive, data-driven Equitable Development Plan that can be used to deploy start-up and expansion capital to diverse small business owners operating within the San Diego Promise Zone.

With equitable and inclusive economic growth at the heart of the strategy, JPMorgan Chase recognizes the importance of having a plan in place to develop and drive equitable outcomes for families, businesses and communities. That’s why this year’s PRO Neighborhoods competition included planning grant opportunities for local leaders to identify the greatest needs facing their communities and develop data and community-driven neighborhood plans – 14 planning grant winners received $1.8 million this year in addition to the four capital grant winners in Fresno, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

“JPMorgan Chase believes more people should have access to opportunity and the chance to move up the economic ladder, particularly in the world’s cities where the benefits of revitalization are not reaching everyone,” said Tim West, executive director and head of JPMorgan Chase’s Middle Market Banking practice in San Diego. “Through our PRO Neighborhoods program, the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative will further its work to help create and sustain economic growth in San Diego.”

PRO Neighborhoods provides the necessary capital to local community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to address the drivers of economic opportunity in neighborhoods. These CDFIs work together to pool resources and expand lending activities for building health and education facilities, open retail centers and support community services in area neighborhoods.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant to help us discover real opportunities for businesses that will help them succeed and flourish,” said Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones. “It is through this type of collaborative effort that we can build the economic strength of our communities, making them stronger and more resilient.”

Measuring the Impact of PRO Neighborhoods
JPMorgan Chase has hosted five competitions to-date, awarding more than $98 million to 25 groups of collaborating CDFIs in communities across the country – work that’s highlighted in a new progress report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Among other highlights, the report found that the winners of the first three competitions leveraged JPMorgan Chase’s nearly $68 million in support to raise an additional $717 million in outside capital, issued over 21,000 loans to low-to-moderate income customers, and created or preserved over 3,000 affordable housing units and 11,000 quality jobs.

For more information about this work in San Diego, please call Jacobs Center Vice President, Impact & Partnerships Bennett Peji at 619-527-6161.

About the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative
The San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative works together to support small businesses by identifying and removing barriers to growth. The project aim is to support the growth of diverse locally owned businesses within the San Diego Promise Zone, so that residents can live and work in their own community and take an active role in their neighborhood’s revitalization. The plan will make measurable progress on equitable growth by identifying strategies that invite participation by diverse small business owners and eliminate cultural and social barriers. For more information, please call Jacobs Center Vice President, Impact & Partnerships Bennett Peji at 619-527-6161.

About JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional, and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com. Follow JPMorgan Chase on Twitter @JPMorgan or @Chase and Facebook.



Jacobs Center Welcomes African Delegation to San Diego

September 20, 2018

By Bennett Peji,
Vice President, Impact & Partnerships for
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

On September 15, one of the largest international delegations the San Diego Diplomacy Council will host all year came to town. Twenty-two nonprofit and civic leaders from across Africa – through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program – visited “America’s Finest City” for its expertise in nonprofit leadership, community engagement and civic activism.

Read more from The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint


Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek, October 20

Arts, Crafts and Presentation by Macedonio Arteaga and Izcalli

From the strike of dawn on Halloween to the end of the second day of November, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated by Mexicans all over the world. But it isn’t just about skeletons, and it isn’t scary either.

Dia de los Muertos is a vibrant, colorful celebration of life, with people gathering to honor friends and family members who have died. On Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1-5 p.m., Jacobs Center’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek will hold a Dia de los Muertos event with Artist-In-Residence Macedonio Arteaga and cultural group Izcalli sharing how this ancient Mexican philosophy of honoring the dead celebrates life.

Attendees will hear “Day of the Dead” stories, while creating take-home masks, sugar skulls and papel picado (traditional paper cut-out banners) – surrounded by the colorful backdrop of work from local and nationally known street artists at the Arts Park.

Arteaga is one of two new artists-in-residence for the Jacobs Center, advocating for community engagement through the arts. He is the co-founder, writer, teacher and artistic director of Teatro Izcalli, a San Diego-based Chicana/o comedy troupe. Izcalli transforms the lives of Chicana/o and indigenous communities by promoting cultural consciousness through the arts, education and community dialogue.

With the renovation of the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek, Jacobs Center hopes to create more neighborhood cultural gatherings that bring together artists in the San Diego community. Arts Park @ Chollas Creek offers a variety of events year-round centered around art, design and nature. For more info., visit www.jacobscenter.org.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/DDLMJC.

Check out our segment on The CW San Diego to learn more.

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