Federal Reserve Event Focuses on Community Development Online Platforms

Posted by Ash Kosiewicz, Communications Director The online small business lending market is growing. Now representing $10 billion in outstanding loan capital, online lenders are using new technologies to connect entrepreneurs with access to capital. So how are mission-based lenders responding to these new players offering convenient access to capital online? A wide-ranging conversation today […]

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Spotlight on OFN: Is Denver a Small Business Lending Desert or Oasis?

Posted by Ash Kosiewicz, Communications Director Many entrepreneurs trying to jumpstart that next neighborhood brewery, coffee shop, or food truck in Colorado need financing to help turn their ideas into a reality. As the Opportunity Finance Network conference kicks off today in Denver, a new report identifies the Mile High City as an oasis in […]

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Paul Quintero: “The growth of American small business depends on Latino entrepreneurs”

Posted by Ash Kosiewicz, Communications Director In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this is the third in a series of blogs exploring the needs, motivations, and everyday experiences of very small Latino businesses.  Last week, a new Biz2Credit study found that Latino entrepreneurs continue to face challenges in securing financing and are more likely to […]

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Michelle’s Road: What Motivates Latino Entrepreneurs?

By Moriah Schervone, Accion U.S. Network Communications Intern In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this is the second in a series of blogs exploring the needs, motivations, and everyday experiences of very small Latino businesses. You can read the first blog here. Seven years ago, Michelle Matta started A Turtle Loves Me, her own promotional materials […]

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Accion client and Latino entrepreneur, Bertha Cerda, began her small business, Beta Crafts in Denver, CO

Cities and Latino Entrepreneurs: What Contributes to their Success?

By Moriah Schervone, Accion US Network Communications Intern In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this is the first in a series of blogs examining Latino entrepreneurs and the needs, motivations, and everyday experiences of very small Latino businesses.  The number of Latino entrepreneurs in the United States has tripled in size between 1990 and 2012, reaching […]

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Daniel and Rebecca were the Grand prize winners of the 2013 Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition.

Help Build Brewla Into a National Brand with the Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Guest blog by Daniel Dengrove, co-owner of Brewla Bars. My sister Rebecca knows everything there is about winning and losing. Since the age of three, and all the way through college, she was a competitive gymnast. She learned firsthand how to bounce back from losses and injury. She taught me how to be resilient in […]

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Samuel Adams’ Jim Koch Featured in 35th Anniversary Edition of Inc. Magazine

Earlier this month, Inc. Magazine released their special 35th anniversary edition, where they spoke to legendary entrepreneurs who could offer words of wisdom. One of these entrepreneurs was Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. In the article, Why I Support My Competition, Koch talks about why helping fellow entrepreneurs is a cause dear to […]

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Accion Featured on PBS NewHour Website

With small businesses lending on the rise, PBS NewsHour took a look at the current alternative financing options available to today’s entrepreneurs. As a leader in the microfinance industry, PBS sat down with Accion U.S. Network CEO Gina Harman to find out more about microlending in the U.S. and how Accion is helping small business owners. In […]

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Announcing Communities With Hart

The Hartford Commits $16 Million To Support Small Business Success Program kicks off with national partnerships with Accion and Junior Achievement to benefit 500 small businesses and 100,000 youth Hartford, Conn., June 3, 2014 – The Hartford has committed $16 million over five years to help small business owners succeed through its new Communities with […]

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Insights from Everyday Entrepreneurs: The Orange Book

Recently, Next Billion posted an op-ed article from Accion U.S. Network CEO, Gina Harman. In the article, Harman writes, “Many studies and media reports seek to shed light on the state of U.S. small business, but few reports focus on very small businesses—those with five employees or less. It’s an unfortunate oversight, since these businesses represent over 90 percent of […]

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