Chase Awards Three Northern California Small Businesses $300,000 in Grants Through Its Mission Main Street Grants Program


Three Northern California small businesses were awarded $300,000 in grants recently through Chase’s
Mission Main Street Grants, a program to support U.S. small businesses.
The companies – Bay Area Medical Academy, GreenLynx and Real Good Fish – were among 20 small firms chosen nationwide out of an applicant pool of more than 30,000 businesses from all 50 states.
As the Premier Sponsor of the Mission Main Street Grants program, LinkedIn will be hosting two representatives from each of the grant recipient businesses for a Small Business Boot Camp at its LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View later this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about topics such as leveraging LinkedIn and other digital content strategies to grow their business.
Dream Come True
For GreenLynx, a deconstruction company that offers materials reuse and green consulting for residential and commercial properties throughout Sonoma and San Francisco Counties, the grant is a dream come true.
“With the Chase Mission Main Street Grant, we can now make our dream of creating a reclaimed lumber processing division a reality,” said Nicole Tai, founder and president of GreenLynx. “We’re passionate about our mission to reduce the construction industry’s collective carbon footprint by capturing large quantities of a virtually untapped reclaimed lumber market and bringing historic and beautiful wood back into the cycle of production.”
Bay Area Medical Academy, a career-training program based in San Francisco which offers licensing and certifications in the growing health care field for jobs such as medical assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist and EKG technician, will use the grant to expand.
“Bay Area Medical Academy is transforming the way technical skills education is done in the US,” said Simonida Cvejic, BAMA’s founder and chief executive. “We are a community-based school that strives to provide quality healthcare education that is debt-free.  And we have done really well, creating recruitment pipelines for employers that feed into jobs.  This grant is going to help us expand our unique workforce training programs, add classroom space in San Francisco and San Jose, hire more staff, and ultimately train more students and help them get jobs.  We work to produce skilled workers who are crucial to our country’s thriving economy, while guiding people towards self-sufficiency.”
Real Good Fish, under the parent company of Local Bounty, provides local, sustainable seafood each week to its members. The Monterey-based company’s latest endeavor, Bay2Tray, provides local fish for public school lunches.  Alan Lovewell, the owner of Real Good Fish, is excited about the investment.  “By investing in our local fishing, we are creating a collaborative system of consumers and fishermen, industry and conservationists,” he said.  “And through our Bay2tray program, we are involving school children and educators in our community that takes stewardship of the ocean through our food.”
Chase Supports Small Business
Chase serves 4 million small businesses nationwide and it is among the nation’s top SBA lenders.
It was acknowledged by J.D. Power & Associates, which named it highest in customer satisfaction with small businesses banking in the West Region.
“Chase serves more than 25,000 small businesses in San Francisco County alone, so we have a first-hand appreciation of the important role they play in the community and the economy,” said Chase Business Banking San Francisco Market Manager Jeremy West. “We hope these recipients take their innovative products and services and creative approaches to new heights through their Mission Main Street grants.”
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