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Awards

Urban Solutions is the recipient of awards and honors including:


Small Business Network Award
2013 SBN awardee Katherine Mattes
Urban Solutions Board Chair Katherine Mattes at the Award Ceremony, May 9, 2013, given by the San Francisco Small Business Network.


Super Hero Award
Awarded finalist in 2012 from the Northern California U.S. Green Building Council for “Outstanding Community Organization” for demonstrating a “profound impact on their community through their commitment to sustainability and social equity.”


Innovative Program Design Award
Awarded semifinalist in 2009 from the National Development Council for our Western Addition Community Benefits Fund grants program for innovative design and community impact.


Good Neighborhood Award
Awarded in 2009 from the San Francisco Bay Guardian.


National Excellence Award
Named in 2008 by the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) for activating vacant retail spaces in the Sixth Street area “by filling them with neighborhood-serving businesses that created jobs, removed blight ... making the commercial corridor safer and more vibrant.”


Financial Champion of the Year
Named in 2007 by the San Francisco office of the Small Business Administration, recognizing the organization’s success in helping clients secure financing.


 

Media

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2014

CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
August  —  Center for New Music’s Adam Fong on Urban Solutions’ help in securing a Tenderloin street-level space just walking distance from Central Market to present programs for emerging music in an emerging arts district. The article on the front page is called “Snapshot of Change.”

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2013

SF EXAMINER
December 12  —  San Francisco Mayor Ed on the importance of shopping local in order for small businesses in the City to compete in the holiday shopping season.


THE REGISTRY
May 13  —  This Bay Area real estate publication posts the news about Urban Solutions winning the San Francisco Small Business Network’s Outstanding Achievement Award in the category of Small Business Advocate.


SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
March–May  —  Chronicle and Central City Extra reporters cover the opening of the police Safety Hub on Sixth Street.

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2012

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
October 22  —  The Chronicle sends a journalist to cover the scenemakers during 2 Blocks of Art.

BUSINESSWEEK
September 26  —  A mention on Urban Solution's contribution in bringing art back to the downtown area, in an article about economic health.

CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
March  —  The Central City Extra wrote about the loss of Redevelopment funding and its effect on our work on Sixth Street.

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2011

SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
November 30  —  SF Weekly's food blog, SFoodie, posted about Urban Solutions' work with restaurants in the Mid-Market neighborhood.

THE BAY CITIZEN
November 17  —  A profile on the Huckleberry Bikes, a new shop on Market Street, with a mention of how Urban Solutions helped them secure their space.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
November 13  —  The Mercury News wrote about the microfinance organizations in the Bay Area.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
October 13  — The Chronicle previewed the 2 Blocks of Art walk, highlighting two exhibiting artists.

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
June 20  — The Examiner took a look at San Francisco's efforts to fill and track storefront vacancies. Executive Director Jenny McNulty is quoted in the article regarding our work on Sixth Street.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
June 19  — The Mobile Food and Artisan program was featured in the Business section of Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle.

THE NEW FILLMORE
June  — The New Fillmore interviewed one of our clients, Myanka Lewis-Mims and featured our pilot Fillmore Mobile Food and Artisan Marketplace Program.

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
March 20  — The Examiner featured a profile of our Executive Director Jenny McNulty in their Credo column.

CBS-KPIX
March 15  —  Urban Solutions’ Director of Small Business Services Helen Branham is interviewed by Dr. Brenda Wade.

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
THE BAY CITIZEN
March 8  — The Examiner and Citizen both printed an editorial written by Jenny McNulty regarding the consequences of eliminating the Redevelopment agencies.

BAY SUNDAY
January 16  — Jenny McNulty and Green Business Program Manager Anthony Tsai appear on CBS 5's Bay Sunday show to talk about how we help small businesses save money while becoming environmentally sustainable.

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2010

THE WESTERN EDITION
December 1  —  The Western Edition covered Urban Solutions' final Meet & Greet of 2010 at Gussie's Chicken & Waffles. Urban Solutions recognized London Breed and Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig for their work in the community, and Marcus Books in honor of its 50th year in business.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
June 30  — Chronicle columnist Leah Garchick covers a new "beautification through classical music" project on Sixth Street.

SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
April 16  — California Lending Partners' Michel Ottolia quoted in a San Francisco Business Times article on SBA 504 loans in the Bay Area.

THE WESTERN EDITION
April  — Read this front page >profile of Director of Small Business Services Helen Branham, highlighting her service to Western Addition entrepreneurs.

SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
February 12  —  Urban Solutions' affiliated Certified Development Company, California Lending Partners, and its Business Development Officer, Michel Ottolia, was featured in the San Francisco Business Times.

KTVU’s “Bay Area People” with Rosy Chu
8:11 minutes — Project Director Tracy Everwine is joined by Mike Grisso from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Steve Barton, co-owner of Passion Cafe, to discuss the changing face of Sixth Street.

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2009

SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
September 4  — Newly appointed board members Nichelle Cole and Susan Hinchman are highlighted in the Business Times' Bay Area People section.

THE EXAMINER
August 31  —  "Something's Cooking on Sixth Street" recognizes exciting new business development in SOMA, with insight from our own Tracy Everwine.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
May 6–12  — Urban Solutions wins the Good Neighbor Award in the Guardian's annual salute to small business.

THE EXAMINER
April 17  —  "The Three-Minute Interview", features Executive Director Jenny McNulty discussing Urban Solutions' Green Business Initiative.

KALW
April 13 — Audio with Jenny McNulty on how small businesses are coping with the economic crisis and how Urban Solutions can help.

ASIAN WEEK
January  —  "Miss Saigon: Opens to Hungry Neighborhood", features Miss Saigon Restaurant that has been assisted by Urban Solutions as part of the Sixth Street Economic Revitalization Program.

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2008

NBC-Bay Area
October — Interview with Interim Executive Director Nicole Levine about Urban Solutions' San Francisco Neighborhood Business Awards on NBC-Bay Area.

THE REGISTRY
October  —  "Retail Sparks Sixth Street Transformation", features Sixth Street businesses that have been assisted by Urban Solutions.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
October 10  —  "The Bottom Line", Andrew S. Ross' business column covers the 2008 San Francisco Neighborhood Business Awards.

THE EXAMINER
October 7  —  "Making a connection with the community", features winners of the 2008 San Francisco Neighborhood Business Awards.

THE EXAMINER
July 4  —  "Gene Darny: Lotta's Bakery owner cooks up sweet snacks", features the successes of one of our clients.

CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
February  —  "Nice Surprise in 6th Street renaissance", features Passion Cafe and other new businesses opening as part of the Sixth Street Economic Revitalization Program.

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2007

THE EXAMINER
October 178  —  S.F. Neighborhood Business Awards: Urban Solutions honors local entrepreneurs.

SAN FRANCISCO
June 3  —  "Small businesses need big steps": Urban Solutions is profiled on the cover of the Business section along with three small businesses that we've supported.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
May 4  —  "Financial Services Champion of the Year, 2007": Executive Director Jenny McNulty was honored by the SBA as San Francisco's Financial Services Champion of the Year. The award was presented by Mayor Gavin Newsom as part of the 2007 Small Business Week celebrations.

KPOO
April 27 — Audio of “Business Basics” program: Wise Use of Credit.

THE EXAMINER
April 25  —  "Nonprofit Launches Radio Show", a feature highlighting Urban Solution's new radio show, "Business Basics", airing on KPOO 89.5 FM.

SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE
March 27  —  "Passion for Business is Growing in the Bay Area", an article by Wells Fargo, commending Urban Solutions and our programs that help entrepeneurs in low-income neighborhoods.

CITY FLIGHT MAGAZINE
March  —  "Capital Access", an overview of the services that Urban Solutions provides to Bay Area entrepeneurs.

THE CITY STAR
January  —  "Business Corridors finding Urban Solutions: Group Beautifying, Revitalizing Streets", an article about our Business Attraction efforts.

BAY AREA BUSINESSWOMAN
January  —  "The Inside Look At Business Loans", an article by Helen Branham, Urban Solution's Director of Small Business Services.

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2006

THE EXAMINER
October  —  Starting a Business Right Out of School – Tori Poor fills a need for children's clothing in the West Portal.

THE GOLDEN GATE XPRESS
October 2  —  Design major Emily Wann changes look of Sixth Street businesses.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
September 10  —  Positively Sixth Street. Hardscrabble SF neighborhood gradually undergoing a gentle atypical revitalization.

THE EXAMINER
August 18  —  It's time to thank the neighborhood business.

CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
August  —  End of Skid Row? New businesses and better housing are changing San Francisco's Sixth Street.

SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
June 30  —  Small businesses see opportunity on Sixth Street.

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2005

THE EXAMINER
October 28  — Meet the three main winners of the first San Francisco Neighborhood Business Awards.

THE EXAMINER
October 27  —  Get to know your favorite neighborhood businesses – winners of the San Francisco Neighborhood Business Awards.

THE EXAMINER
October 17  —  Powell finds a new place in Fillmore with the help of Urban Solutions. Also Top Neighborhood Businesses to be honored.

SAN FRANCISCO OBSERVER
February 14  —  Urban Solutions Offers Answers, Guidance to New Businesses.

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2003

CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
May  —  Positively Sixth Street. New businesses, loans bringing optimism to central city armpit.

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2002

THE EXAMINER
August 29  —  Sixth and Success. Six on Sixth program encourages business development on Sixth Street.

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