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 Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States has tripled in size between 1990 and 2012, […]

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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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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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