THANK YOU TO THE HARTFORD FOR SPONSORING ACCION AT THE YWCA MONEY CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN premium

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On Saturday, October 24th, Accion joined hundreds of women at the YWCA Money Conference for Women in Hartford, Connecticut as part of our ongoing partnership with The Hartford through its Communities with HART Program. At the conference, which was focused on money management and business education, Accion provided attendees with information and resources about small business loans and co-presented in a small business workshop alongside the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center. Through its Communities with HART program, The Hartford supports Accion in expanding access to capital in key markets around the country including Hartford and in supporting businesses with financial education events and resources including The Business Owners Playbook. A big thank you to The Hartford for supporting Accion’s participation at this great event for women in Hartford!

 

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October 14
BLACKSTONE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION EVENT TO ANNOUNCE GIFT FOR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP premium

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We are looking forward to learning about a new partnership between one of our partners, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and five universities in New York to foster student entrepreneurship in the state. Details about the partnership, which involves Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Syracuse University, University at Albany and University at Buffalo, will be announced at an event on Friday, October 23 at the NYC Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from 8:30-11 a.m. Click here to learn more! 

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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 1
SPEED COACHING IS COMING TO WASHINGTON D.C. ! premium

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Are you a food, beverage or hospitality small business owner? Are you looking for marketing, packaging, legal, financial or sales and distribution advice? We can help! Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are excited to host a Speed Coaching event in Washington, D.C.!

 

Learn the essential ingredients for business success from the experts. Register for the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event in Washington D.C. and get live, FREE personalized advice from local professionals and Samuel Adams! Additional Information / Sign Up: http://goo.gl/X8Kfkk

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September 29
Congrats to Accion Client, Bosque Brewing Company for Taking Home the GOLD at this Year’s Great American Beer Festival! premium

Accion client, Bosque Brewing Company of New Mexico won the gold medal at this year’s Great American Beer Fest on Saturday! Bosque won the gold for its Acequia IPA in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category, ahead of 34 other competitors in the same category.  This was the 29th year of the Great American Beer Festival, which awards winners in 92 beer categories from 145 different beer styles.  This year had 6,647 submissions from 1,552 breweries across all 50 states and they were evaluated by 242 beer experts from 15 countries. Read more about Bosque’s win here!

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September 29
A Big Congrats to the 2016 Experienceship Winner Flounder Brewing Co premium

Yesterday, Samuel Adams announced that Accion client, Flounder Brewing Company of Hillsborough, NJ has been selected as the winner of the 2016 “Brewing the American Dream Experienceship,” a unique mentoring opportunity for craft brewers as part of the Accion and Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program.  For the Experienceship, the Flounder Brewing Company team will receive a trip to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery for specialized coaching and mentoring from a variety of Samuel Adams experts on topics ranging from ingredients sourcing, sales and distribution, packaging, design and more! Flounder Beer Co., will also have the opportunity to create a collaboration beer with Samuel Adams brewers and to attend The Great American Beer Festival.  Flounder Brewing Company was started back in 2005 by Jeremy “Flounder” Lees, his brother Dan and cousin Billy.  They received their first Accion loan of $6,000 to help purchase equipment and move from brewing out …

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September 18
SUCCESS IN SPEED COACHING SEATTLE premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream has taken to Seattle with a Speed Coaching event! This Speed Coaching event was held at Impact Hub Seattle on September 17th and included coaching regarding marketing, legal, and packaging from experts in the field to an array of food and beverage businesses. A big thank you to our partners Mercy Corp NW, Seattle Made and Samuel Adams, as well as event caterers La Bodega, El Gallito Mexican food truck, and Cucina Fresca for making the event so great!…

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September 16
BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM FREE SPEED COACHING EVENT IN SEATTLE! premium

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Looking to take your food and beverage business to the next level? Join Samuel Adams, Accion and Mercy Corps Sept. 17 for a Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event in Seattle. Receive personalized advice from experts in marketing, packaging, legal, financial, sales, and distribution! Register here: goo.gl/BxOF9V

The unique format of this evening offers small business owners:

  • A chance to meet for 20 minute sessions with Samuel Adams employees and local business experts
  • Opportunity to network and connect with fellow entrepreneurs
  • Contact with local organizations that support small business
  • Access to a FREE business consultation with microlender Accion to learn how to access critical capital

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September 8
IS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS INSURED? premium

Fill out the quick form to gain access to substantial information about insuring your small business!

Small business owners have a variety of roles within their operation. This includes making important decisions on everything from marketing to accounting to insurance. The Hartford has created this webinar to help small business owners find the right insurance to fit their small business needs. By simplifying the terminology and covering topics ranging from commercial autos to workers compensation, The Hartford outlines and details the most important details of insurance.

For additional resources, head over to The Hartford’s Business Owner’s Playbook.

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August 24
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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July 29
The Hartford and NBC 5 Chicago Host Contest To Give Local Small Businesses a Boost in Chicago premium

Do you have a favorite small business in Chicago that is making a difference in their community? Nominate them for a chance to win $2,500 and free consulting from The Hartford here!

The Hartford and NBC 5 Chicago have launched the Small Business Boost contest to reward small business owners in Chicago who play a big role in their communities. The Small Business Boost is part of The Hartford’s Communities with HART program. Read more about The Hartford’s Small Business Boost and how it supports small businesses in Chicago here: goo.gl/1kYOPE.

And don’t forget to enter your favorite small business in Chicago here by August 2nd for a chance to win!…

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July 22
THE HARTFORD OFFERS DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS TO AID SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS premium

The Hartford offers two essential digital publications for small business owners, The Business Owner’s Playbook and Small Biz Ahead. Using the Business Owner’s Playbook, entrepreneurs can view content based on the status of the business: new, growing or mature. The topics range from growing a startup team to developing an integrated marketing strategy. This range of topic areas allows for small business owners to accelerate their business growth. Small Biz Ahead is an e-magazine filled with timely articles which offer tips and lessons for entrepreneurs. The content focuses on current issues effecting small business owners, and aims to help with the day to day running of a business. Head over The Hartford to learn more about these informational opportunities!

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July 15
MICHAEL HORMOZI, MAK CLEANERS premium

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Michael Hormozi, owner of MAK Cleaners in San Diego

Michael Hormozi began working in the dry cleaning industry by paying his way through college working at a local dry cleaning company. Throughout those years, he learned about the industry while helping with the accounting and deliveries for the company. In 2006, Michael joined MAK Cleaners, a local San Diego dry cleaning company located in the East Village, a downtown urban neighborhood that is in the process of being redeveloped. During this time, Michael managed the finances and maintained and improved the day-to-day operations of the company. In 2008, when the economy crashed, the local dry cleaning company struggled to stay afloat. While sales dropped by more than half, Michael was able to keep the locations open and running. Michael’s ultimate goal, however, was to save money to start his own dry cleaning company and to learn as much as he …

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July 15
STACY WATNICK, STACY W. BUHBE PH.D PSYCHOLOGIST premium

“I believe in what I do because I’ve seen it change peoples’ lives.”- Stacy Watnick

Stacy Watnick started her career as a psychologist at The Center, the nation’s second oldest and one of the largest LGBTQ community centers. In 2003, Stacy started her own practice in order to have a more flexible schedule as a working mother of two small children. Since then, she has been successful and has developed a niche in providing services to the LGBTQ community in San Diego. She has promoted her business through the local community, and remains dedicated to providing an essential service to improve the overall health of the LGBTQ community.

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Now that Stacy’s children are older, she is ready to bring her business to a new level. While Stacy was looking for capital to support her business expansion, she was also looking to receive technical assistance and business training.

Thanks to the …

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July 15
NICOLE VASQUEZ, OWNER OF THE SHIFT, A LOCAL COWORKING AND COMMUNITY SPACE premium

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“Chicago is a very neighborhood based community, yet all the coworking spaces I found were downtown, removed from the neighborhoods.” – Nicole Vasquez

Nicole Vasquez knows the challenges of working outside the traditional office setting– whether it’s trying to find a suitable space in your home or fighting for a table at a coffee shop. With the rise in coworking spaces, Nicole saw an incredible opportunity to create a flexible and welcoming atmosphere for coworking and community education. Nicole understands the connection Chicagoans feel to their respective neighborhoods, however, most coworking spaces are located in the downtown area, far removed from the communities in which workers reside. Nicole saw this as an opportunity to create a space in her own neighborhood of Uptown.

Nicole was confident that her community would benefit from The Shift, but struggled to find the capital to make it happen. In 2014, Nicole reached out to …

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July 15
CNBC’S THE PROFIT SUPPORTS MICRO-LENDING IN THE U.S. premium

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To kick off season 3 of The Profit, CNBCand Accion have joined forces to support small businesses through the#SharetheProfit campaign. A huge thank you to CNBC’s The Profit for its generous contribution to small businesses through Senior Vice President of Marketing, Thomas J. Clendenin! Pictured alongside Thomas is Accion client Bennie Edgerson, owner of Bennie Day Services Inc., and Accion CEO Paul Quintero surrounded by Accionistas.

The #SharetheProfit campaign aimed to raise awareness and funding for small businesses through sharing from CNBC’s “The Profit.” With this donation, the Share the Profit campaign hopes to help equip small business owners like Bennie with the capital needed to start or grow healthy businesses. The check presentation was preceded with discussions regarding the importance of entrepreneurs in America and the role microlending plays in small business success. Thanks again CNBC and The Profit for your support of Accion and …

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July 15
NICK ROMERO, OWNER OF RAWKNYKZ BARBER SHOP IN SAN DIEGO, CA premium

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“The barbershop is the neighborhood community center.” – Nick Romero

Nick Romero started cutting hair in his hometown of Miami when he was 14. “Where I come from, the barber shop is the neighborhood community center,” Nick said. Ever since, Nick’s dream has been to open up his own barbershop. When Nick joined the military in 2009, he spent his free time cutting hair in the barracks, at school and even while deployed in Kuwait and Iraq.

Upon his return to San Diego, Nick continued cutting hair out of his garage and established many local connections at nearby military bases. He would host what he called “Barber Sundays,” where he would cut his friends’ hair in his garage. Not long after, Nick gained more popularity and found himself cutting hair from morning to night. As he built up a steady and loyal clientele base, Nick decided it was time to …

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July 15
SAMUEL ADAMS BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM PITCH ROOM WINNER premium

Congrats to San Diego Pitch Room winner Dana Stenzel, owner of Stenzelberry jelly company!

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