The East Side Enterprise Center draws business owners and entrepreneurs from all over the East Side and surrounding areas. Designed to be a catalyst for business growth across many cultures and ethnicities, the East Side Enterprise Center has been building capacity of existing businesses and luring new businesses to the East Side since 2014.


  1. Fuel job creation by supporting new business startups and expansions through the East Side Enterprise Center (ESEC);
  2. Establish the East Side as a magnet for unique, culturally distinctive, locally owned and operated businesses by increasing the expectation of growth, innovation and success.

The initiative capitalizes on the growing economic development momentum on the East Side by targeting investments and creating new structures in a more cohesive and impactful way. It harnesses the momentum of strategic initiatives that signal a renewed commitment to the revitalization of the East Side. All programs operate through an equity lens – focusing on communities that have traditionally been overlooked by economic development strategies.

If you would like to reserve a room at ESEC, please contact us at 651.772.2075 or by email at


Partners of ESEC:

Asian Economic Development Association
Va-Megn Thoj
Executive Director
Office  651.222.7798

Hmong American Farmers Association
Pakou Hang
Executive Director
Office 651.493.8091
Cell 651.983.8007

East Side Area Business Association
Paris Dunning
Executive Director
Office 651.621.2766

Latino Economic Development Center
East Side Office:
General inquiries:

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
Lissa Jones
Interim Executive Director
Office 651.621.2754

Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA)
Karen Reid
Executive Director
Office 651.292.0131 ext 248

African Economic Development Solutions
Gene Gelgelu
Executive Director
Office 651.646.9411
Cell 651.815.9367

Native American Community Development Institute
Jay Bad Heart Bull
President & Chief Executive Officer
Office 612.235.4971

Eastside Financial Center
Eva Song
Margolis Director
Office 651.771.2566 ext. 200

Casa De Esperanza
Patricia Tototzintle
Chief Executive Officer

Neighborhood Development Center
Mike Temali
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Office 651.379.8426