SAN FRANCISCO – Urban Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization, was awarded May 9 with The San Francisco Small Business Network’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award in the category of Small Business Advocate.
“Small businesses bring character to our neighborhoods,” said Jenny McNulty, executive director of Urban Solutions. “It’s also important to recognize that in low-income neighborhoods, small businesses provide jobs and bring an element of safety to the community by increasing positive activity in the area.”
Founded in 1992, the organization has helped nearly 5,000 small businesses with business development, job creation, loan packaging, leasing, marketing, and environmental sustainability services throughout the Bay Area. They are best known for their work in organizing small businesses to revitalize San Francisco’s Sixth Street area in the South of Market and Fillmore Street in the Western Addition. Among their clients are Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers on the corner of Sixth and Market streets and 1300 on Fillmore restaurant near Yoshi’s.
The award was received the same month that Urban Solutions’ Board Chair, Katherine Mattes, director of asset services at CBRE was named one of “The Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.
Thousands are expected to attend San Francisco Small Business Week from May 13-18, which includes mixers and a free conference with 49 sessions covering topics from finance to marketing to technology. Urban Solutions is among the small business service member organizations of the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance.
To see videos of the San Francisco Small Business Network’s 2013 award winners, go to www.sfsbn.org/news. To see listings of the activities during San Francisco Small Business Week, go to www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com. To read more about Urban Solutions, including workshops and events throughout the year for small businesses, go to www.urbansolutionsSF.org.