Nor-Cal Small Business Success Stories

In 1996, Njambi Mungai was part of a select group chosen to participate in a special program designed to assist women and minority-operated small companies in securing Oakland International Airport contracts as concessionaires. Her company, JR Lester & Associates, Ltd. opened a Travelex, an AT&T prepaid calling-card concession and a kiosk of See's Candies, a world-famous chocolate industry leader with over 80 years history. The See's Candies kiosk has proven to be a highly profitable venture.

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California I-Bank Success Stories

Otaez at Airport, LLC was formed in September 2007 under the ownership and management of Darlene Franco. Her business began as a family business in 1985 when Darlene's parents, Jesus and Socorro, bought a "little kitchen" with a grocery store specializing in Mexican food. As Otaez Mexicatessen grew and expanded, so did their reputation and in 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle named Otaez as the heart of Fruitvale. On April 8th, 2011, Jesus's life was tragically cut short in an armed robbery. The outpour of community support and mourning made clear the impact and influence that he had within his community.

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Small Business "Next Level" Profiles

With the support of Applied Knowledge Group, FAA deployed the SharePoint-based Knowledge Services Network (KSN), one of the largest electronic information networks in the federal government built on Microsoft collaboration technologies. KSN now supports 32,000 users and is used in a number of government agencies. KSN conforms to collaboration best practices and empowers business processes unique to the FAA. KSN offers improved accountability, accelerated workflows, ISO compliance, cost avoidance, and more secure stewardship of intellectual property—and signifies fundamental cultural changes at the FAA.

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This month's featured Small Business

With the support of Applied Knowledge Group, FAA deployed the SharePoint-based Knowledge Services Network (KSN), one of the largest electronic information networks in the federal government built on Microsoft collaboration technologies. KSN now supports 32,000 users and is used in a number of government agencies. KSN conforms to collaboration best practices and empowers business processes unique to the FAA. KSN offers improved accountability, accelerated workflows, ISO compliance, cost avoidance, and more secure stewardship of intellectual property—and signifies fundamental cultural changes at the FAA.

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