January 2016 news: Food startup, SFMBDA client makes Starbucks, Forbes "30 Under 30"
This month's update from ASIAN, Inc.                                              January 2016

In this issue:

  • BREAKING:  Food startup, SFMBDA client Rip van Wafels makes it to Starbucks, Forbes "30 Under 30" list
  • ASIAN, Inc. throws holiday party at newly renovated building
  • Discover your next BIG opportunities in the tech industry in 2016
  • Our team can help families buy homes in SF's Pac Heights

BREAKING:  Food startup, SFMBDA client Rip van Wafels makes it to Starbucks, Forbes "30 Under 30" list

Excerpted from Forbes.com article by Natalie Sportelli, Forbes Staff

For Rip Pruisken and Marco De Leon, an afternoon break goes beyond the standard protein bar and energy drink. Pruisken will sip a mint tea, paired with a cocoa Amsterdam wafel. For De Leon, he’ll have a glass of apple cider accompanied by a traditional oat Amsterdam wafel. Their accoutrements, a Dutch delicacy, weren’t accessible in the United States just six years ago. But, as of today, they’re available nationwide in the country’s biggest coffee chain thanks entirely to Pruisken and De Leon’s startup, Rip van Wafels.

Since 2010, the two men – recent inductees to FORBES 2016 Class of 30 Under 30 — have made it their mission to help consumers swap waffles for wafels, wafer-thin confections with a gooey center. So far, American audiences have responded with enthusiasm. Now, Starbucks goers will be able to try a Rip van Wafel.

Rip van Wafels is a client of the Business Center operated by ASIAN, Inc. in San Francisco on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Lamar Heystek, SFMBDA Director, was inspired to reach out to Rip based on their shared Dutch heritage. "I had known about Rip van Wafels for a few years as a passionate consumer of their products and had read about the co-founders' roots. We're excited to help spread the news about Rip and Marco's latest successes, and we'll continue to do all we can to help them access new markets and capital to fuel their growth."

Rip van Wafels' Honey & Oats and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt snack wafels are now in more than 7,500 Starbucks stores across the US and Canada, so go on in and grab a wafel with your next hot brew, wherever you are!

ASIAN, Inc. throws holiday party at newly renovated building

On December 15, ASIAN, Inc. threw open the doors of its recently renovated San Francisco building to over 100 community members and other supporters. It was another opportunity for ASIAN, Inc. President Michael Chan and staff to thank its many program partners in the public and private sectors for their support for the organization's decades-long community and economic development work.

As Michael Chan said at ASIAN, Inc.'s 2015 "A Force for Good" Gala:  "We remember that even though we’re a nonprofit business, we’re still a business -- one that reinvests into the futures of our clients. That’s why we must continue innovating, just as our for-profit partners must do to stay relevant and competitive in this 21st-century world. The secret to our success is the passion of the people who bring our programs to life: our Board members and staff. Let’s recognize them for the work they do every day to open doors -- not windows -- doors of opportunity for our clients to step through. I want to thank you all for being here and chipping in not just to sustain the life of our nonprofit, but also to sustain the lives of the diverse clientele we serve tirelessly each and every day."


Our team can help families buy homes in SF's Pac Heights


Prospective first-time homebuyers can start the new year off right by looking into the latest below-market-rate (BMR) homeownership opportunity, in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood.

The Rockwell is a brand new complex with 17 one-bedroom-units and 14 two-bedroom-units at BMR prices. To learn more about this opportunity, visit asianinc.org/bmr.

Our First-Time Homebuyer workshops, taught in Cantonese, will help prospective homeowners qualify for an opportunity to buy a property at The Rockwell. Our workshops are now back at the building where we are headquartered, 1167 Mission Street in San Francisco, in a new state-of-the-art community room graciously shared by our newest building occupant, Local 21. To learn how to sign-up for a workshop, visit asianinc.org/housing/first-time-homebuyer.


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