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Little Africa of Minnesota Launch Party @Snelling Cafe in St. Paul November 14th, 2013

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) would like to thank everyone for supporting and attending the launch of Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota at Snelling Cafe in St. Paul on November 14th, 2013. We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors, Snelling Cafe (located at 638 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55104) and Rebecca’s Bakery (located at 2111 E Franklin Avenue #2, Minneapolis, MN 55404). Below are some pictures we captured at the event.

Feel free to share. Stay tuned to AEDS for future updates and developments on Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota.

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Financial Fitness Boot Camp New Year Resolution on THURSDAY DECEMBER 5th 1pm to 6:30pm

AEDS and University of Minnesota Extension challenge you to be financially fit. Attend the Financial Fitness Boot Camp New Year Resolution on THURSDAY DECEMBER  5th from 1pm to 6:30pm at: 1821 University ave Suite S-127 St. Paul, MN 55104.

AEDS Financial Fitness Challenge will help you gain the power to:

  • Build & Manage Spending and Saving Plans
  • Identify Personal Value
  • Understand the Myths and Facts about Credit
  • And a variety of workout sessions

The FIRST 13 PEOPLE TO REGISTER & ATTEND the entire session will receive a $35 GIFT CARD & a FULL PAID SCHOLARSHIP to attend the GET FINANCIALLY FIT BOOT CAMP. LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS will be provided. SPACE IS LIMITED.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE or call 651-646-9411.

Financial Fitness Boot Camp New Year Resolution

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AEDS Financial Fitness Boot Camp Round #2 on SUNDAY OCT. 27th 10am – 5:30pm

AEDS and University of Minnesota Extension challenge you to be financially fit. Attend the Financial Fitness Boot Camp SUNDAY OCTOBER 27th from 10am – 5:30pm at the Oren Gateway Center at Augsburg College 2211 Riverside Avenue – CB 142 Minneapolis, MN 55454. The Oren Gateway Center is on Riverside Avenue, between 21st Ave. S. and 22nd Ave. S. AEDS Financial Fitness Challenge will help you gain the power to:

  • Build & Manage Spending and Saving Plans
  • Identify Personal Value
  • Understand the Myths and Facts about Credit
  • And a variety of workout sessions

The FIRST 15 PEOPLE TO REGISTER & ATTEND the entire session will receive a $35 GIFT CARD & a FULL PAID SCHOLARSHIP to attend the GET FINANCIALLY FIT BOOT CAMP. LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS will be provided. SPACE IS LIMITED.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE or call 651-646-9411.

AEDS Financial Fitness Boot Camp Round #2

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AEDS Little Africa of Minnesota Branding

The nodal points for Little Africa in all three areas are classified as “opportunity clusters” in racially concentrated areas of poverty (RCAP) in the metro area by the Metropolitan Council. In the Saint Paul and Minneapolis nodes they represent high access to jobs and services with low performing schools and poor social and environmental living conditions. The Brooklyn Boulevard area is characterized as having moderate access to jobs and services and moderate performing schools and environments. The aim of this project is to provide an avenue for African immigrants to work collaboratively to achieve a higher standard of living and business and economic development.

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AEDS Financial Fitness Boot Camp

AEDS and University of Minnesota Extension challenge you to be financially fit. Attend the Financial Fitness Boot Camp Thursday June 27th from 12:30pm – 7:00pm at the AEDS Conference Room located at 1821 University Avenue W Suite S-127 St. Paul, MN 55104. AEDS Financial Fitness Challenge will help you gain the power to:

  • Build & Manage Spending and Saving Plans
  • Identify Personal Value
  • Understand the Myths and Facts about Credit
  • And a variety of workout sessions

The FIRST 15 PEOPLE TO REGISTER & ATTEND the entire session will receive a $50 GIFT CARD & a FULL PAID SCHOLARSHIP to attend the GET FINANCIALLY FIT BOOT CAMP. LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS will be provided. SPACE IS LIMITED.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER online or call 651-646-9411.

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AEDS is Building a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Energy in Minnesota’s African Immigrant Communities

A Note form Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) St. Paul MN, 05/2013 – African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) is building a vibrant entrepreneurial energy in Minnesota’s African immigrant communities by providing direct services and connecting to them to value-added resources.

We end April and begin May on another positive note. April has been another exciting month for AEDS. We celebrated the success of two of our business owners who received awards from one of our partner organizations. Beko Tufa, the owner of Dilla Ethiopian Restaurant and the owners of New Vision Transportation, Edao Bukula and Fayisa Bullo, received awards on April 20, 2013 from Neighborhood Development Center (NDC). Their success and award was not only motivational and uplifting to the owners themselves, but the entire African community at large here in Minnesota and around. AEDS is excited to be a part of their success and we will continue to help emerging business and share more success stories in the coming months and years.

Because of committed supporters like you, AEDS is able to continue its mission to building a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in Minnesota’s African immigrant communities.

CLICK HERE to Make an Impact Today. Make a Donation to AEDS.

AEDS provides micro-entrepreneurial training, financial literacy education, loan access, business consulting, and home ownership education. For more information about AEDS and our programs and services, feel free to contact us or visit us online at www.aeds-mn.org.

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Changing the Paradigm of Hope in Minnesota’s African Immigrant Communities

A Note from Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS)

St. Paul, MN 04/2013- African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) is moving African immigrant communities in Minnesota toward economic opportunity.

Since the establishment of the organization in 2008, AEDS has been able to create a collaborative relationship with several nonprofit organizations in Twin Cities and has been able to increase its capacity and provide low income African immigrants access to resources. In addition, small business owners have received exceptional support from AEDS in consulting and marketing support.

I am always amazed at the story of AEDS, our supporters and the numerous aspiring business owners. When I look back at the fiscal year 2012, it was a challenging but successful year. We have started the New Year 2013 with excitement and appreciation to our committed supporters to move more low income African immigrants toward economic opportunity. This work is only possible with your generous support.

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Our 2013 spring business training class started on March 21st, 2013, and we are excited about AEDS becoming a go to organization for African immigrant communities. We provide business consulting, loan access, financial literacy education, and homeownership education in addition to business plan training program. For more information about AEDS and our programs and services, feel free to contact us.

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AEDS February News: Business Plan Training Graduation Ceremony & Much More

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) is moving African immigrant communities in Minnesota toward economic opportunity. Since the establishment of AEDS in 2008, we have been able to partner and collaborate with many neighborhood organizations throughout the Twin Cities.  For example, AEDS, in partnership with Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), has been providing a 16 week long entrepreneurial training program. These small business owners have received exceptional support from AEDS including direct services and connections to a variety of small business resources.

February marks yet another successful month for AEDS. We celebrated our business plan training graduation ceremony on Valentine’s Day and also initiated our new business networking workshop. The workshop was educational and served as an opportunity for business owners across the Twin Cities to learn from individuals who have successfully demonstrated the true meaning of hard work and the importance of networking. The business owners who participated in our first business networking workshop came from various industries across the Twin Cities.

Our 2013 Spring business plan training workshop is scheduled to start in March. We are excited about AEDS becoming a go to organization for the diverse African immigrant communities who call the Twin Cities home.  AEDS provides business consulting, loan access, financial literacy education, and homeownership education in addition to business plan training for aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information about AEDS and the programs & services we offer, contact us at info@aeds-mn.org or give us a call at 651-646-9411.

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Attention Homebuyers: Register for upcoming AEDS Homeownership Workshops

AEDS has partnered with the Minnesota Home Ownership Center to provide homeownership workshops to prepare homebuyers to be successful homeowners. Some topics we will cover include:

  • The steps to becoming a homeowner;
  • How to prepare financially for homeownership;
  • The importance of credit & how it impacts homeownership;
  • How to choose the right mortgage & get preapproved;
  • The importance of having a home inspection; and much more.

We offer homeownership workshops throughout the year. Our homeownership workshops are open to all homebuyers in Minnesota. Click here to register for upcoming homeownership workshops.

AEDS Homeownership Education Topics We Will Cover

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