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November 24
THANK YOU TO EMPLOYEES OF THE HARTFORD FOR THEIR ANNUAL GIVING CONTRIBUTIONS premium

Accion would like to thank the dozens of employees at The Hartford who chose to donate to Accion as part of their 2015 annual giving campaign. Their support will go a long way in helping us continue to support the capital needs of small business owners across the country. Since 2014, Accion has an ongoing partnership with The Hartford through its Communities with HART Program, which helps neighborhood businesses thrive and supports Accion lending and financial education events in several markets. This support from The Hartford has helped us provide loans to businesses that are having positive impacts in their community, including Nick Romero of Rawknykz Barber Shop in San Diego; Nicole Vasquez of the Shift co-working space in Chicago; and Ponce Conaway of PL Logistics courier service in New Britain, Connecticut; among many others. To read about the other Accion clients who have benefited from The Hartford’s support, please

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November 23
SAMUEL ADAMS NYC PITCH ROOM WINNERS ANNOUNCED! premium

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Congratulations Liddabit Sweets and Chic-a-Peas for winning the NYC Pitch Room Competition hosted by Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion!The two hour event on November 16th was kicked off with a networking reception and followed by consulting sessions with Accion and Samuel Adams employees and local business experts, who consulted on topics ranging from Marketing and Sales to Legal Advice and more!

The Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition is a nationwide competition which allows participants to craft and present a two minute pitch to a panel of experienced judges. A regional winner is selected based on quality of presentation, creativity, passion, and product viability. Winners from the four regions, including New York, Boston, Chicago and San Diego, then compete in the Pitch Room Finals for a $10,000 business grant and a year of extended coaching and mentoring from Samuel Adams.

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November 17
PRO Neighborhoods: The Power of Collaboration premium
“Accion and Opportunity Fund’s work on the Borrowers’ Bill of Rights is an example of lifting learning and collaboration to influence policy” explained Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development Initiatives at JPMorgan Chase, today at the JPMC CDFI Collaborative Convening, where Accion U.S. Network CEO Gina Harman was in attendance.
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November 17
EXPERT IN COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY? PASSIONATE ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS? premium
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Hiring:  Communications Manager
Location: Washington D.C.
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November 10
Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap through Business Ownership premium
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This new Strategy Spotlight from Asset Funders Network, written by Joyce Klein of FIELD at the Aspen Institute, summarizes existing research on the link between the racial wealth gap and business ownership and provides resulting recommendations for funders. Key take aways include:
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November 6
FROM ARMED FORCES TO ENTREPRENEUR premium

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Leadership, problem-solving skills, and the ability to remain calm under pressure are just a few of the skills the men and women in our armed forces fine tune during their time in the military. These same skills make them natural entrepreneurs. It’s no surprise that today businesses owned by veterans generate over $1 trillion in business every year and employ 5.8 million people. One of those businesses is Prime Plus Lawn Care, owned by Tyrone.

With 23 years of experience in the Air Force under his belt, Chief Master Sergeant and MBA Tyrone returned from a tour in the Middle East and launched his business, Prime Plus Lawn Care & Services last January. Tyrone’s company offers lawn care services to residential and commercial properties. “I tell you, the things I went through in the past” said Tyrone. “It makes approaching a business real easy in my eyes. Because I don’t

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November 3
SAN DIEGO’S ENTREPRENEURS GATHER FOR ANNUAL ROUND ROBIN EVENT premium

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Accion and The Hartford co-hosted the free Entrepreneurial Round Robin business training event last Saturday, October 24, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center.

The event featured six 40-minute presentations from experts in various facets of business.  The topics inlcuded:

1. Where’s the Money Panel
2. Tips to Improve Your Credit and Manage Your Debt
3. Website Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Facts, Fiction and Fundamentals
4. Business Insurance Made Simple
5. Business by the Books: How to Keep Good Records and Save Time & Money at Tax Time
6. How Technology Can Make Your Business Efficient

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October 9
ACCION NAMED BEST ALTERNATIVE LENDER FOR STARTUP LOANS premium

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Accion is proud to have been highlighted as the best alternative lender for startup loans by Business News Daily.…

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October 7
SPEED COACHING SETS SIGHTS ON BOSTON premium

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ATTENTION ALL FOOD, BEVERAGE, OR HOSPITALITY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS! Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are hosting an exciting event consisting of FREE, live advice in marketing, packaging, and legal among other essential topics for small business owners.

The Speed Coaching event will take place at a Samuel Adams Boston Brewery on Monday, October 19th 2015 7:00-9:30 PM. Additional Information / Sign Up: http://goo.gl/d3O3a8

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October 2
ACCION ATTENDS AEO’s 2015 MICROBUSINESS LEARNING CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA premium

Capital One Scholars_2015 Microbusiness Learning ConferenceA huge thank you to Capital One for supporting Accion with a scholarship to participate in the Association for Enterprise Opportunity’s (AEO) 2015 Microbusiness Learning Conference in Atlanta on September 24-25! …

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