Better Together.

Ayesha Curry’s AC Brands in partnership with Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women and Lendistry will facilitate capital and technical assistance for Black women entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry in the greater Oakland area. Our shared goal is to increase access to capital, improve financial health, and promote food security across our communities.

Join us in this initiative!

We hope you made it to our listening party with Ayesha Curry on May 6!

Celebrated entrepreneur, television host, and restauranteur, Ayesha Curry and the One Million Black Women team came together for a “listening party” on May 6 at 5 pm Pacific Time. While our overall initiative is currently focused on Oakland, we had participants from across the country sharing questions and ideas for how One Million Black Women can help address challenges facing Black women working in the hospitality industry today. Thank you to everyone who joined and watch this space for more resources and information!

We are here to serve you, and we want to hear about your restaurant business and the challenges that you face so that we can better connect you with the right mix of programs and resources outlined below.

There are many loan guarantee and grant programs active throughout California, and sometimes it seems as if you have to be an expert to know what is out there. Luckily, we have the perfect recipe of capital opportunities for your business. Lendistry is a facilitator or intermediary for many financial vehicles, but we can help connect you to additional options as well.

Get matched with a community lender for a California Rebuilding Fund Loan

The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply. 

Click here for more information and to complete a pre-application.

As part of this initiative, experts are available at no-cost to assist Oakland-based restaurant businesses of all sizes and stages of development. The Center by Lendistry is a nonprofit that provides business education and resources for success.  Assistance can be customized to include one-on-one consulting with a business advisor as well as complimentary on-demand courses that you can take at your own pace.

RESTAURANT BASICS

  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • HR Fundamentals for Small Business
  • Reframing Your Mindset for Success
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Insurance Matters

RESTAURANT REVIVAL

  • How to Minimize Expenses While Maximizing Your Business Value
  • Marketing Your Business in a Covid-19 Environment
  • Digital Transformation Made Simple
  • Building Relationships with Influencers
  • Website Building 101

SPECIALIZED COURSES

After meeting with a skilled business advisor, clients can choose on-demand classes of their choice to best suit the needs of their restaurant.

Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation is focused on the fight to end childhood hunger. Through its partnership with World Central Kitchen, the Foundation has engaged 130 local restaurants so far to deliver meals to Oakland’s hungry. Many have reported that the program allowed them to rehire staff and avoid closures in the past year.

Help us feed
the community.

Let us connect you with the right mix of
programs and resources outlined above.

Learn more about our partners.

Eat. Learn. Play.

As part of its mission to address hunger, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation is continuing its work with restaurants to help address food insecurity in Oakland. By employing Black women-owned restaurants in Oakland to prepare much-needed meals for Oakland families, Eat. Learn. Play., along with Goldman Sachs, are helping to lift up the vital role that restaurants play in the community.

Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women

In partnership with Black women-led organizations and other partners, the Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women investment initiative will commit $10 billion in direct investment capital and $100 million in philanthropic support to address the dual disproportionate gender and racial biases that Black women have faced for generations.

Lendistry

Lendistry is a minority-led Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Community Development Entity (CDE) that ranks second nationwide in SBA Community Advantage lending. Lendistry is dedicated to providing economic opportunities and progressive growth for underserved urban and rural small business borrowers and their communities.

The Center by Lendistry

As part of this initiative, experts are available at no-cost to assist Oakland-based restaurant businesses of all sizes and stages of development. The Center by Lendistry is a nonprofit that provides business education and resources for success.  Assistance can be customized to include one-on-one consulting with a business advisor as well as complimentary on-demand courses that you can take at your own pace.

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