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Women’s Initiative for Self Employment

Women’s Initiative for Self Self Employment is a Bay Area non-profit which provides high-potential, lower-income women the training, training, and on-going support to start and grow their business. The business management training, technical assistance, and financial services we provide — in English and Spanish — improve the quality of life for the women we serve, their families and our communities.

For more information, see www.womensinitiative.org

Jewish Vocational Services

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) brings people and work together. We help people with barriers to employment build the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace – an important step on the road to self-sufficiency. We also work with local employers to fulfill their staffing needs by matching them with qualified JVS clients.

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Pay It Forward Academy

Our organization was built with the small business – small budget in mind. Consider us your mentor
and coach for the first three years of your business start up. Whether you have a few business ideas
you need to bounce off and discuss with an unbiased opinion or you have already started your
business but are struggling with certain tasks, we’re here to help. Starting at only $5 per hour our
sliding scale makes it possible for individuals to receive weekly coaching, support and guidance for
themselves and their businesses so your business success is ensured.
 For more information, see http://payitforwardacademy.org/

Assetplatform.org: Resource for Nonprofits Offering Financial Education

The AssetPlatform is a resource for staff at nonprofit organizations that provide financial education, coaching and asset development services.

See http://assetplatform.org/apwebsite/Home.aspx

United Way SparkPoint Centers – Multiple Free Services

United Way’s SparkPoint Centers work with families and individuals to create personal financial plans that help achieve their goals. Instead of providing a one-time “hand out,” SparkPoint partners with families for multiple years, providing a full-range of services to help manage credit, grow income and build assets.
Services are provided by top-notch nonprofit and government partners – many of which are nationally recognized. (Services may vary by location.)

Credit Counseling/Repair
Job Placement/Training
Career Development
Higher Education
Entrepreneurship Training





Business Development
Benefit Screenings
Individual Development Accounts
Home Ownership
Tax Preparation

For more information, see   http://www.uwba.org/sparkpoint/




Job Corps – Career Technical & Educational Program for persons 16+

Information for Parents

Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical and education program for young people of at least 16 years of age. A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.

Your son or daughter should consider joining Job Corps because:

  • Students can earn a high school diploma, a GED, or college credits through Job Corps.
  • Job Corps offers career technical training in more than 100 career areas.
  • Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, and training and preparation for a career – all at no cost.
  • For up to 18 months after graduation from Job Corps, students will get help from Job Corps to make the transition into the real world.

For more information, please see our Parents Guide to Job Corps (1,427 kb PDF file) or call (800) 733-JOBS.

The Bay Area location for Job Corps is at Treasure Island. See http://treasureisland.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx

Marinhelpers.com: Information Resource for Casual Day Labor

We are a community collaboration committed to matching you with the help you need.

Looking for a painter, gardener, laborer, cleaner, mover or any other worker to help you with your project?

Look no further!!! All the information you are looking for is here at Marinhelpers.com.

California Employment Development Department — EDD

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is one of the largest state departments with employees at hundreds of service locations throughout the state. For more than 70 years, we have connected millions of job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy of the Golden State.

Our Web site is your link to:

  • An online job and résumé bank, CalJOBSSM, which contains thousands of job openings and the largest pool of candidates in the state
  • Labor market tools designed to help you make educated decisions
  • Information on filing an Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, or Paid Family Leave claim
  • Payroll tax information and forms
  • An array of employment and training services
  • And more!

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Help for Hard Times – Resources for Bay Area Residents

Here is a fine, comprehensive guide to services available to San Francisco Bay Area residents, including advice or resources covering a wide array of subjects, including:

 personal budgeting

credit cards, credit repair, credit building

home financing, foreclosure, rental assistance

employment assistance, interview skills and resumes

financial counseling

medical issues

food assistance

family counseling

substance abuse issues

Crisis/Suicide Prevention


Go to http://www.211bayarea.org/ and download the link, “Help for Hard Times….”

ARRA: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

For a discussion of this new legislation, see http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/frequently-asked-questions