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November 24
LEADING THROUGH FACILITATION premium

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Earlier this month, U.S. Network staffers Laura and Gaby attended the “Leading through Facilitation: Growing Your Skills and Confidence” workshop through Be Social Change. In this workshop, participants learned the role a facilitator should play and the steps in planning a successful facilitation with the stakeholder’s objectives in mind.

Be Social Change is the largest social impact community in New York City that drives the work of social entrepreneurs in all industries through professional development, panel discussions, networking events and more. Earlier this year, they launched the Be Social Change Nonprofit Network with programming targeted specifically to help nonprofit organizations. The U.S. Network is proud to be a member.…

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September 25
ACCION ATTENDS AEO CONFERENCE premium

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Accionistas from New York, Boston and Chicago attended Association for Enterprise Opportunity’s (AEO) 2015 Microbusiness Learning Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.…

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July 15
ACCION AT AEO: OUR TAKEAWAYS premium

Last week, Accion, along with more than 50 other microbusiness-focused organizations gathered in Washington, DC for three days of learning and collaboration. Our goal? To chart the course of the industry for the years to come. Our challenge? To stay indoors for sessions despite the sunny-and-high-70’s spring weather, one made less daunting by the rich content and conversations.

While we left with dozens of tips, new connections, and new possibilities for collaboration, three big takeaways emerged:

  • There is a palpable urgency in the microenterprise field to foster a culture of innovation and change—and to do it fast. CDFIs and training organizations alike have new, for-profit competitors that are offering loans and “TA” (aka technical assistance, a word we agreed must be retired) in a way that is embraced by today’s small business owner. We as an industry must realize that these new products and services aren’t just “hipper” than our
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October 7
Paul Quintero: “The growth of American small business depends on Latino entrepreneurs” premium

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this is one of a series of blogs exploring the needs, motivations, and everyday experiences of small Latino businesses. 

Last week, a new Biz2Credit study found that Latino entrepreneurs continue to face challenges in securing financing and are more likely to borrow money from high interest, non-bank lenders. We sat down with Paul Quintero, CEO of Accion East, to discuss the findings and his work with the Latino business community.

Q: Why is it important to understand the contributions and needs of Latino entrepreneurs?

A: Statistics show that Hispanics from Latin America start a disproportionate number of new businesses when compared with other demographic groups. According to the Kauffman Foundation, 380 Hispanic adults out of every 100,000 start a business. The national average is around 280. So there’s no doubt that the growth of American small business depends on these entrepreneurs. Hispanics are …

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