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CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Business Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Business Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2019
Southeastern San Diego-based Program Boosts Local Startups, Especially for Low-to-Moderate-Income, Diverse Entrepreneurs

SAN DIEGO – CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC), the region’s first low-to-moderate income- and diversity-focused business accelerator program, has announced applications for the fall 2019 cohort of local entrepreneurs. Applications will be accepted through August 29.

A strategic partnership between the City of San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT w/ San Diego Venture Group, CAJC opened in May 2019 in a renovated 4,300-square-foot business accelerator space at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in Southeastern San Diego. CAJC is geared specifically for low-to-moderate income and diverse founders of San Diego-based, early-stage startups that are poised for growth and job creation.

The first CAJC group of 13 local startups included businesses in retail, technology, food, and health and beauty. The founders come from various ethnic backgrounds, including African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander.

“This business accelerator is providing unprecedented access to free resources and support that will help entrepreneurs transform their ideas into thriving businesses,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “We’re eager to welcome this second round of go-getters and support them as they work to fulfill their dreams.”

Entrepreneurs accepted into the CAJC business accelerator will participate in a six-month program tailored to support their various needs, including expert mentors, opportunities to learn how to access capital and free co-working space. All components of the program are free to participants; no equity stake is required.

CAJC also offers a no-cost Business Resource Center where entrepreneurs, mentors and others can connect and learn about local services and support programs to help move their ideas and businesses forward. The space features 32 open co-working stations, five conference rooms/private spaces, a training room, a fully equipped kitchen and communal lounge seating, along with high-speed internet and printers.

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, and private funding from partners, such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks.

“The second group of CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center business accelerator participants will be announced in mid-October, with the program set to start at the end of October,” said Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President and CEO Reginald Jones. “We are so pleased with how our current cohort has embraced innovation and grown during their time in the accelerator and look forward to watching their business grow to benefit Southeastern San Diego and the region as a whole.”

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 26. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply in advance of the deadline.

To learn more or apply for the business accelerator program and Business Resource Center, visit connectallsd.org. The website will also list webinars for potential participants soon.

About CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center
CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) is the region’s first low to moderate income- and diversity-focused business accelerator program, guiding startups that want to grow rapidly with all the support they need to be successful. A partnership between the City of San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT, the program provides participants with mentors, free co-working space and guidance on how to scale their businesses.

CAJC also includes a Business Resource Center, so that all entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn about local services and support to move their ideas and businesses forward. 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, and private funding from partners, such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks.

To learn more or get involved, visit connectallsd.org.

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Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center July Newsletter

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PGK DANCE Project’s “Welcome to Summer” Event on KUSI

Peter Kalivas, artistic director of The PGK DANCE Project and Reginald Jones, president and CEO of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation joined PGK DANCE Project dancers on KUSI News’s Good Morning San Diego.

Dancers performed and taught KUSI Anchor Lauren Phinney body percussion dance, which consists of sounds made with only your body. Kalivas spoke about the upcoming “Welcome to Summer” event and show that will take place on Saturday, June 29 at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek. Jones spoke about the Jacobs Center’s overall goal to foster more neighborhood cultural gatherings that bring together artists in the San Diego community and the community at large.

Check out the full segment here.

Learn more about Saturday’s event here and RSVP on Facebook.

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The PGK DANCE Project Hosts Interactive Dance Event “Welcome to Summer”

Immerse yourself in dance on Saturday, June 29 from 12-4 p.m. at The PGK DANCE Project’s “Welcome to Summer” interactive event, which will take place at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek.

PGK DANCE artists will lead “One Movement/One Community,” a workshop for everyone to participate in, no matter their dance experience level. A live DJ and drummers, as well as food and drink vendors will be at the event, free and open to the community.

The PGK DANCE Project and guest artists will perform live, showcasing a variety of dance styles including contemporary ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, street dance, body percussion with new age classical and more. The audience can participate in the body percussion section, where everyone will contribute sounds made with their bodies.

This event is sponsored in part by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Councilmember Monica Montgomery (District 4) “The People’s Councilmember,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, Media Arts Center, SAIL by Mission Edge and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Learn more here.

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Now Open: CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center

Jacobs Center President & CEO Reginald Jones and San Diego City Mayor Kevin Faulconer shake hands at CAJC grand opening. 

On Monday, May 20, CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Monica Montgomery and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President and CEO Reginald Jones announced the strategic partnership between the City of San Diego, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT.

CAJC is San Diego’s first business accelerator exclusively geared for low to moderate income and diverse founders. Located in the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, CAJC nurtures early-stage, growth-driven startups and supports the entrepreneur community with resources that encourage growth and creation of new businesses. All components of the program are free to participants, with no equity stake required.

Out of 66 applicants, CAJC selected 13 startup businesses, with 20 founders, to participate in the first class.  Participants have retail, technology, food, and health and beauty businesses, and come from various ethnic backgrounds, including African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander. All are committed to hiring low-to-moderate income San Diego residents. The Jacobs Center also provides a no-cost Business Resource Center for entrepreneurs at all levels outside the program.

Learn more about CAJC via the press releaseThe San Diego Union-TribuneABC 10 News and Times of San Diego.

View photos from the grand opening on Flickr.

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San Diego Union-Tribune’s Someone San Diego Should Know: Bennett Peji

Recently, Jacobs Center Vice President of Impact & Partnerships, Bennett Peji was profiled for The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Someone San Diego Should Know” column. The article details how Peji’s upbringing and outlook on life helped shape who he is today, and how it has helped him in his current role at the Jacobs Center.

“Peji’s work is the manifestation of a push to make our economy much more inclusive and open it to San Diegans who live in and are emotionally connected to Southeastern San Diego,” wrote Omar Passons.

Read the full article on The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website.

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Arts Park @ Chollas Creek – 20 Years of Community-Driven Art

After nearly 20 years of making a positive impact on the youth of Southeastern San Diego, Jacobs Center’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek is still fostering a thriving community of young artists by providing the space and materials needed to express their creativity.

By partnering with Writerz Blok to lead this project, Arts Park has become a community for hundreds of teens over the years. Jose Venegas, the program manager at Writerz Blok, has been a driving force for this program and part of the solution for vandalism in the community. He says that the process of helping teens in the community is therapeutic. “I feel like this place has done more than offer a space to paint,” said Jose.

With the help of artists in the community, the hope for Arts Park is to continue to embrace the artistic expression that is representative of the community surrounding it.

Arts Park @ Chollas Creek is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one Saturday a month during summer.

Learn more about Arts Park and Jose in this ABC 10News story.

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The Power in Philanthropy – San Diego Grantmakers Annual Conference

Join San Diego Grantmakers on a day-long journey to examine and re-envision the Power in Philanthropy. Learn about the evolving nature of power, the sources of your individual power and ultimately how our organizations and sector can more effectively harness power for more impactful philanthropy and a better future for San Diego.

The interactive day will challenge participants to confront the ways unconscious bias and practices of exclusion result in leaving power and influence on the table; how a lack of awareness of power dynamics may result in harm to the communities we aim to serve; the unique ways power “shows up” within an organization; and the responsibility we bear – as individuals, organizations and collective philanthropy – to use power to tackle our most pressing challenges.

The event will take place at the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on Tuesday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more and register here.

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Dear Marvin – A Tribute Concert to Marvin Gaye

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable night of music and celebrating the iconic Marvin Gaye at Elan Trotman’s concert, Dear Marvin – a Saxophone Tribute to Marvin Gaye. Trotman is an award-winning saxophonist who has topped the Billboard singles chart more than 10 times.

The concert will take place on Saturday, May 18 at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Dinners for Good April 28

Come for the food and stay for the entertainment! On Sunday, April 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. Kitchen’s for Good is hosting a five-course gourmet meal at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center with Tommy “the Fishmonger” Gomes. Enjoy a tasting menu with paired drinks as you learn from Chef Matt Gordon and Sam the Cooking Guy, during a live cooking demo.

All proceeds from the event will support Kitchens for Good and its culinary job training program.

Tickets are $115, $40 of which is tax deductible. To purchase tickets click here.

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