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March 9
Accion Hosts Workshop on Food Labeling and Packaging premium
On Monday night Accion, in partnership with Goodwin Procter and Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program, held a food labeling workshop at Goodwin Procter’s offices in the NY Times Building located in mid-town Manhattan. The event provided a venue for food and beverage business owners to learn and connect with each other, while enjoying food catered by Accion clients Noel’s Kitchen and Jamaican Grill Jerk Center. Attendees heard from four expert speakers from Samuel Adams and Goodwin Procter on topics including:
 
• Designing your label from shapes to strategy
• Owning your logo & brand – trademark and other intellectual property law
• Beer label basics
• Creating and building a brand
• Bold letters, fine print and product liability
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March 1
The Impact of a Small Business Loan premium
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What impact does a small business loan really have? How can we measure the potential results microloans can have on a business and its community? The EntrepreneurTrackerStudy, an initiative of FIELD at the Aspen Institute and conducted in partnership with Opportunity Fund, aims to analyze and yield important insights regarding the effectiveness of microloans directly from over 250 entrepreneurs, many of whom are funded by Accion.
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February 29
SPEED COACHING SUCCESS IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM premium

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Albuquerque’s first ever Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event was held on Tuesday, February 23 in partnership with Samuel Adams. Nearly 100 participants and 30 coaches were in attendance, looking to discuss critical topics pertaining to small business such as: business management, accounting, finance, marketing and sales. We are looking forward to the next speed coaching event!

Learn more about the Brewing The American Dream program 

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January 29
Sam’s Club Giving Program Supporting Small Businesses Highlighted in Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s Annual Giving Report premium

The Sam’s Club Giving Program was highlighted in Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s 2015 annual Giving Report. In Fiscal Year 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind donations, along with over one million hours of volunteer time by its associates. The Sam’s Club Giving Program and the Walmart Foundation are committed to increasing access to capital and training for small businesses. Accion is a proud partner of Sam’s Club’s impact-driven mission to foster small business development.

Established in 2008, the Sam’s Club Giving Program has provided over $18 million in grants to nonprofits in support of small business. Looking to continue the mission of equipping entrepreneurs with the resources they need, the Sam’s Club Giving Program recently made a five-year commitment to:

  • Unlock $100 million in new capital to low- and moderate-income small business owners
  • Support 28,000 jobs in the small business
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January 19
Accion earns top rating from Charity Navigator premium

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Accion’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that Accion has earned this top distinction, an honor only 6% of charities rated receive.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

More-detailed information about Accion’s rating is available on Charity Navigator site. To learn more, click here!

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January 8
Shop Small: Black Angel Saucery premium

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Small batch, gourmet sauces have what you need to make your next meal memorable

Click here to shop Black Angel Saucery……

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December 29
WHAT DOES A STRONG WOMAN LOOK LIKE? premium

What does a strong woman look like? How do you honor your parents’ legacy? What does it mean to succeed? Watch the video to hear Azra’s story and learn about her business, Plaques by Azra.

It has been a momentous two years for Azra. She’s attended a Tory Burch coaching event and talked with Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google, she’s participated in American Express OPEN for Women’s CEO Bootcamp, was selected to be in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, and participated in Accion’s MicroConsulting Program. All of this started with an Accion microloan to purchase equipment for her awards manufacturing business.

Azra’s business began the day she was born. Her father immigrated to Elmhurst, Queens from Tanzania with the dream of building a better life for his family. Shortly after Azra was born, he launched Plaques by Azra. And when Azra …

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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 12
CALLING ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGE BUSINESS OWNERS! premium

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Join us on Monday, November 23rd from 1-2 PM EST for a FREE Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Design Webinar with Matthew Moffatt!

This webinar will go over helpful design techniques for food and beverage product packaging and labeling and cover the basic design principles successful products employ to help make your own food or beverage product jump off the shelf!  Webinar Presenter, Matthew Moffatt, Creative Director and Owner of ALMANAC DESIGN has spent 22 years in the design industry including key roles at agencies, in-house and media publications. Before starting Almanac Design in New York City Matt was Creative Director at the Boston Beer Company where he led a team of ten designers responsible for all packaging and product development. Spots are filling up fast! Sign up here today!

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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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