Cheryl Smith, owner of Cheryl's Global Soul

Brewing the American Dream … Again

Our support of small businesses does not stop when you sign on the dotted line, rather it starts. Together with our partners, Accion provides entrepreneurs with world class resources to grow and maintain a healthy business. Despite brewing success for over 30 years, Samuel Adams and founder Jim Koch know the obstacles to starting a […]

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

The Accion Difference

It’s not just a loan. It’s a support system to ensure you and your business reach full potential. This is why we choose to measure our success not by the number of loans we provide, but instead by the growth and success of the businesses we support and the community impact of those jobs created. […]

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New Study Highlights Impact of CDFIs During Great Recession

“During the great recession, when conventional financial institutions pulled back and accumulated cash on their balance sheets, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) pushed forward. You stepped into the breach and acted as a countercyclical force in hard hit communities. – Annie Donovan, CDFI Fund Director There’s been no shortage of reports trying to decipher what […]

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Meet Our New Partner for Transparent Lending

If you can’t easily track all of the latest developments in the online lending marketplace, you’re not alone. In past weeks, a slew of online lenders have made announcements about new partnerships to build their businesses and venture capital commitments to grow operations. These companies, and others like them, are responding to significant demand for […]

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The Buzz About Social Finance

Interested in learning how social finance tools are being used to leverage private capital for social good? Follow the conversation today on Twitter with #NYUSIS at the 5th Annual New York University Social Innovation Symposium. The symposium explores how cutting-edge social innovations are addressing society’s most pressing challenges, exploring topics from financial inclusion and economic […]

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Betting on Small Business: What Boston and Chicago Can Teach Us About Cross-Sector Collaborations

What does the launch of a new campaign targeting predatory lending practices in Chicago have to do with the opening of a new bakery in Boston? More than you may think. Native Bostonian Carlene O’Garro’s dream to open her first storefront isn’t too dissimilar from the hopes of entrepreneurs in the Windy City looking to […]

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Carlene’s Big Day in Boston

Ask Carlene O’Garro to describe the last 24 hours at her small business, and two things become clear: she loves her product, and she knows the flow of her shop. After the recent blizzard in Boston forced her to close for two days, she opened back up and restarted a familiar routine: Baking fresh croissants […]

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Practice Makes Perfect: How Brewla Bars Nailed the Business Pitch

This Thursday, the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition finals take place at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City. Nine small businesses from across the country will compete for the crown and the chance to win a $10,000 business grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams. We sat down […]

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Why Betting on Food and Beverage Small Businesses is Worth the Risk

Posted by Moriah Schervone, Accion U.S. Network staff Every holiday season, we are reminded of two important themes: giving thanks, and the joys of good food. While we may appreciate how food and beverage small businesses sustain our bodies and souls during this time of year, it’s less understood how they operate on a day-to-day basis […]

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3 Ways to Make the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

Posted by Moriah Schervone, U.S. Network staff This Saturday, November 29, is the five year anniversary of Small Business Saturday. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express to help small businesses get more customers during one of the most shopping-frenzied weekends of the year. In 2012, an […]

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