August 24, 2015
Cast Your Vote for the Wild Card Winner! premium
The next Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Contest Winner is in your hands! Head over to Entrepreneur to view and vote for your favorite now through September 7th!

This virtual competition will decide the Wild Card winner who will receive a trip to New York City to participate in the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room finals this December and a chance at a $10,000 grant! These six small businesses were selected based on a diverse criteria including pitch quality, creativity, and passion. It is now up to you to decide the winner. What are you waiting for?…

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August 17, 2015
Calling All Craft Brewers! premium

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August 13, 2015
JOIN OUR TEAM! premium

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Wanted:  Head of Technology, Operations and Marketing

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August 13, 2015
GRILLING FOR A CAUSE premium

krisschoenbergerAccion client and Brewing the American Dream program participant Kris Schoenberger, owner of BBQ’d Productions, served over 1,700 meals to those affected by a tornado in Wildwood, Illinois last week. …

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August 12, 2015
SAMUEL ADAMS BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM SOCIAL MEDIA WEBINAR premium

For small business owners, juggling multiple roles in their business is a reality, and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Tweeting and instagraming may be the last thing on your mind, but should it be? Megan Baker, Social Media Specialist at Samuel Adams, hosts this Brewing the American Dream Social Media webinar to get your biz on trend by dedicating just an hour a month.…

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August 11, 2015
PHOENIX ON THE FAST TRACK premium

Accion clients are diverse and all share the desire to grow. We take pride in supporting the success of all our clients—not only financially, but by being a long-time partner in their growth through education and mentoring. …

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August 7, 2015
Be Counted. The 2015 U.S. Microenterprise Census Is Now Live! premium

As the microfinance industry continues to develop and advance, the importance of understanding microentrepreneurs is intensified. The 2015 U.S. Microenterprise Census, distributed by FIELD at the Aspen Institute, is central to moving the industry forward and making the comprehensive case for microbusiness. As a proud partner of microTracker, Accion will again take part in the study this year in our ongoing efforts to understand microentrepreneurs and advocate for financial inclusion.…

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August 7, 2015
House Increases 7(a) Program Cap to $23.5 Billion premium

The cap on 7(a) lending was reached on July 23rd, with only two months left in the fiscal year, leaving hundreds of small businesses on a waitlist for secured government funding. Within five days, the Senate then the House voted to raise the cap, with President Obama signing it Tuesday morning. This swift response to raising the cap is vital to small business growth, and has allowed small businesses access to necessary capital. The Small Business Administration, along with Accion, applaud government officials for their quick reaction time, and their ongoing support of small businesses.…

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August 7, 2015
Borrowers’ Bill of Rights Media Round Up premium

Yesterday, August 6th, Accion along with the other members of the Responsible Business Lending Coalition launched the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights (BBoR), a landmark effort that marks the first step towards ensuring full inclusivity, fairness, and transparency in the online lending marketplace.

We’re thrilled that the announcement and issue caught the attention of the press–here’s a round-up of BBoR coverage to date:…

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August 6, 2015
What Side of the Line Will You Stand On? premium
The National Press Club
Photo Credit: Lending Club

Today, Accion and other small business lending industry leaders gathered in Washington D.C. for the launch of the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights (BBoR), a list of the fundamental financing rights that we at Accion believe all small business owners deserve.

For thousands of small business owners, vast lending options, unclear terms and misleading information result in a debt spiral. “They make it sound so simple and affordable, stated Catarah Hampshire, co-owner of Southern Girl Desserts. “You just don’t know who to trust.” With the BBoR, the industry hopes to step up and self regulate by complying with fundamental values such as inclusion and simplicity.…

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August 5, 2015
GROW MIAMI: SMALL BUSINESS EDUCATION premium

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On May 30th, we attended the Miami Dade College Small Business Education Program’s Business Expo. The event kicked off with a panel discussion on the challenges facing business owners. Panelists included local Miami business owners such as Brian Brackeen of Kairos, Ray Casas of Wragg & Casas Public Relations, Monique Font Delacroix of The Empanada Lady and was moderated by Heradio Luces of Dualis Consulting Corp and HBIF provider.

We’re thrilled to be a part of the Small Business Education Program/Grow Miami Initiative. The program offers seminars, individual mentoring and roundtable discussions to business owners in Miami Dade County. To learn more and apply visit http://www.mdc.edu/main/smallbusiness/abouttheprogram/.

Thanks to the Citi Foundation for their support of this event and the Small Business Education Program.…

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August 4, 2015
Lancelot Brown, Owner of Jamaica Grill Jerk Center in Brooklyn, NY premium

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“It’s been my lifelong dream to own my own restaurant. I didn’t give up when I realized I didn’t have half a million dollars to start a restaurant. I stayed focused and learned how to enter the market from a different door. I’m so proud to have gotten this off the ground.”

“I learned early on not to give up,” observed Lancelot Brown, owner of Jamaica Grill Jerk Center. “I wanted to open up my own one hundred seat restaurant at first. It didn’t quite work that way.”

Lance has the type of conviction and enthusiasm that lights a spark in those around him. As a young man, he grew up enjoying the bountiful flavors of the Caribbean. He learned the art of Jamaican cooking from his family – his grandmother ran a cafeteria on the island and the entire family helped out. As soon as he was old …

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