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Communication Service for the Deaf Names Deaf-Owned Mozzeria First Business Partner of its Social Venture Fund

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) Names Deaf-Owned Mozzeria First Business Partner of Its Social Venture Fund – the First of Its Kind in the United States

CSD Investment to Establish First Deaf-Owned and Operated U.S. Franchise

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) announced today that Mozzeria – a Deaf-owned Neapolitan pizzeria – is the first-ever business partner of its Social Venture Fund, with the goal to expand the Mozzeria brand into a franchise. Based in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, Mozzeria opened in 2011 as the city’s first Deaf-owned restaurant and remains one of only a handful of Deaf-run businesses today in the United States.

The CSD Social Venture Fund is the first-ever social impact fund and incubator for Deaf-owned businesses in the United States, according to CSD. CSD created this multi-million dollar fund in 2017 to help address the 70% unemployment and underemployment rate among Deaf Americans. CSD is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and cultivating greater opportunity for millions of Deaf people worldwide.

Melody Stein created Mozzeria with her husband Russ who also is Deaf. Their business soon expanded to include catering, delivery and mobile food trucks. “The franchise idea became apparent to us as more Deaf visitors from all across the United States and other countries expressed the wish that they had a Mozzeria in their own hometowns,” said the Steins. “We saw an opportunity with CSD’s Venture Fund to extend our business model and increase the Deaf workforce. With CSD’s support we now have the opportunity to significantly grow and expand our business and create more opportunities for Deaf businessowners.”

“The best way to combat the unacceptable and massive employment gap for Deaf Americans is to showcase the exceptional…

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