Sam’s Club Announces $2.5 Million Investment in Women Entrepreneurs

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the 2014 Catalyst Awards Conference, Sam’s Club CEO and President Rosalind Brewer announced a $2.5 million grant from the Sam’s Club Giving Program to grow U.S. women-owned businesses and jumpstart job creation. Awarded to three leading non-profit organizations, the grant creates the WE Lend Initiative, a two-year investment in strengthening SBA-recognized Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), which […]

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HUD Awards Accion Programs $800,000 to Boost Job Growth and Business Opportunities Along U.S. Border with Mexico

A first-time collaborative effort by Accion Texas and Accion New Mexico · Arizona · Colorado to stimulate job growth and business opportunities in chronically underserved rural areas along the U.S. border with Mexico has been awarded $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Accion Texas, as the lead organization, receives 60% […]

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Accion Small Businesses on Display

We are thrilled to announce that Sam’s Club is promoting their collaboration with Accion in retail stores across the United States! Starting this month, each store will display a regional-specific poster of an Accion small business, such as the one below. Visit a club near you today to see which Accion small business is featured in […]

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Tory Burch Foundation Contributes to Shriver Report: A Women’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink

We at Accion would like to congratulate the Tory Burch Foundation for its essay in Maria Shriver and Center for American Progress’ new publication, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink. The much anticipated report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by—struggling to […]

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Samuel Adams Names Accion Client Brewla Bars as National Pitch Room Winner

A big congratulations to Accion client Brewla Bars of New York for being selected as the Pitch Room winner at the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Competition in Boston last night. Sibling founders Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove were awarded a $10,000 business grant, business coaching and access to national retailer leaders. On Monday […]

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Why the World Needs Women Entrepreneurs

In 2009, Accion and the Tory Burch Foundation  partnered to provide business loans and mentoring to women entrepreneurs. The Tory Burch Foundation Microloan is a $500 to $50,000 business loan offering flexible cosigner requirements and competitive, fixed annual interest rates.  “Investing in businesswomen will boost the economy for everyone” - Tory Burch, Chief Executive and Designer, Tory Burch Tory Burch, […]

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Accion Client, Isela Hernandez, Advances to La Idea Finals

Congratulations to Isela Hernandez, an Accion client, for being selected as a finalist in La Idea Business Pitch Competition!  She competed against 55 business partnerships in the semifinal round of the competition. During the New York semifinal event, Isela gave her 5-minute business pitch during which she delighted the judges with her product line including […]

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Accion’s La Idea Semi Final Events: A Huge Success

During the past two weeks 60 semi finalists, selected from over 850 applicants, competed for a spot in the finale of La Idea’s pitch competition. Accion, implementing partner of La Idea, hosted two semi finalist events, one in New York City and one in Bogotá, Colombia. During the first day of each event, our participants […]

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Supporting Accion Small Businesses this Saturday

Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we at Accion along with tens of thousands of shoppers celebrate Small Business Saturday — a day to “shop small” in our local communities. Don’t know where to start your Small Business Saturday shopping? We’re here to help with a list of our favorite Accion client items, all of which are available […]

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Helping Veteran Entrepreneurs Realize their Dreams

Citi, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and the Accion U.S. Network have teamed up to support aspiring small business owners participating in the Citi SalutesSM: Realizing Your Dream program for veteran entrepreneurs. Of the more than 2,500 veterans who have graduated from an IVMF entrepreneurship-training program, on average 55% have started businesses and close to […]

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