Accion and American Express Team Up To Support Native American Entrepreneurs

Accion New Mexico · Arizona · Colorado (Accion) and American Express have joined forces to bring increased support and resources to Native American entrepreneurs and Native communities with a focus on training and access to capital in Arizona.

The American Express Center for Community Development is sponsoring an effort by Accion to support 30 emerging and existing Native entrepreneurs with technical assistance and to infuse $60,000 into Native businesses through Accion business development loans. The project includes a series of four workshops for Native entrepreneurs, and the first workshop will be held Feb. 21 in Sells, Ariz.

The Feb. 21 event, “Access to Capital for Native Entrepreneurs,” will be held at the Community Development Financial Institution of the Tohono O’odham Nation (CDFI TON) from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature an engaging panel discussion about financing options for Native American businesses as well as a networking reception.

The panel discussion will be led by Accion Senior Regional Loan Officer Roberto Valdez Beltran and will feature CDFI TON Executive Director Jerone Davis and representatives from the local banking community.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register by Monday, Feb. 18, by phone at 520-682-3648 or via email at accion@accionaz.org. The CDFI TON offices are located at 1 Main Street Suite 201, Sells, Ariz., 85634.

Accion is partnering with community organizations to offer additional workshops for Native entrepreneurs in April, June and August. Watch for updates on those workshops on Accion’s Web site at www.accionnm.org.

Accion is a nonprofit small business development organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs fuel income generation, asset creation, and employment opportunities through business ownership. The organization offers business loans between $200 and $300,000 along with training, networking and other support services to aspiring and existing small business owners.

CDFI TON is a fellow nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve Tohono O’odham values and way of life, and to enhance economic diversity of the Tohono O’odham Nation by providing financial and development services. These services are designed to promote, encourage and foster economic growth.

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Accion has served entrepreneurs in 292 communities across New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, financing the start-up or growth of 3,600 businesses with $38 million in loans.
These businesses report creating or sustaining an estimated 5,760 jobs.
Please visit us at www.accionnm.org or call 1-800-508-7624.

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