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July 15
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion hosted a great speed coaching session in Florida this week in which food & beverage entrepreneurs were able to get advice from industry experts.

Next up, Accion and Brewing the American Dream team up in Chicago.

Don’t miss this one!

MAY 4, 2015

IGNITE GLASS STUDIOS
401 NORTH ARMOUR STREET
CHICAGO, IL, 60642

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SPEED COACHING SESSION

Samuel Adams in partnership withAccion will be hosting a free speed coaching session to entrepreneurs in the food and beverage space.

WHO: Small Business Owners

WHEN: April 14  |  6:00 – 8:30PM

WHERE: Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. (10055 Northwest 12th Street)

Participants will get up to six 20-minute, one-on-one, high-impact coaching sessions. Mentors include experts from Samuel Adams and Accion, along with local industry experts. SIGN UP!…

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July 15
MAKING IT POSSIBLE premium

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Announced yesterday, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dreamcommitted to supporting Accion in lending an estimated $2.5M in microloans to food and beverage entrepreneurs.

In addition, Industry experts and Sam Adams executives including Jim Koch will coach and provide support to over 800 business owners, including craft brewers.

Sam Adams has been supporting Accion borrowers since 2008, but this year’s program aims to provide more support to those in the food and beverage industry, aligning with the expertise of the company.

“These entrepreneurs make it possible for us to enjoy the food and drink we share daily with our friends and families, yet they often have the hardest time finding financing and support to do what they love,” said Accion U.S. Network CEO Gina Harman. “When these business owners search for a partner they can trust, our 20-year track record of success, along with the Brewing the American Dream experience, …

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July 15
JIM KOCH: CEO + START-UP ADVISOR premium

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Jim Koch knows the hardships of starting a business, including the knowledge gaps that exist in running that business efficiently. That’s why Jim Koch started the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream. This program offers entrepreneurs in the food and beverage space access to field experts for speed coaching sessions.

Koch doesn’t just support this program, he’s one of the mentors. Two days a week he advises business owners how the intricacies of running a stable business.

Looking to start your own business? Apply for a loan today.

Interested in supporting entrepreneurs pursing their dreams? Donate today.…

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July 15
A SWEETER SIDE premium

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After over 6 months in the kitchen and a little help from Sam Adam’s Brewing the American Dream, Ethan Holmes’ mouthwatering Apple Sauce is in over 25 stores.

Made with locally sourced apples, pears, and apple cider, Holmes’ sauce is boss. Donating 10 percent of his profits to fight childhood obesity and promote better nutrition, he says “I just want to help change the world one apple at a time, to just make it easier for healthy products to be accessible to everyone.”

Looking to start your own business? We can help.…

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July 15
BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM…AGAIN premium

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Our support of small businesses does not stop when you sign on the dotted line, rather it starts. Together with our partners, Accion provides entrepreneurs with world class resources to grow and maintain a healthy business.

Despite brewing success for over 30 years, Sam Adams and founder Jim Koch know the obstacles to starting a promising business, especially when capital and education in the space are limited. Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream was started as an opportunity to provide small business owners with access to otherwise unavailable educational resources. Through the Accion & Sam Adams partnership, small business owners finally have access to two things Jim Koch wishes he had access to early on:financing and business advice. 

On Monday, March 16th, Samuel Adamswill host its second speed coaching session in Philadelphia with local entrepreneurs as part of this partnership.

Business owners can engage in up to 2 …

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July 15
WALMART FOUNDATION PARTNERS TO CLOSE THE SKILL GAP premium

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Our partners at the Walmart Foundation are not only committed to increasing access to capital for entrepreneurs, but are also taking action to close the American skills gap through a new grant. Announced this week, the foundation will donate $16 million to seven non-profit groupsfocused on U.S. workers in retail and related industries.

They’re not stopping there. Over 5 years, the commitment will extend $100 million dollars to help close the skill gap that exists in America, spreading the grant across various non-profits and independent initiatives.

We are proud to work with an organization such as this one, helping individuals achieve dreams through entrepreneurship and honest work.

Want to make a difference? Learn more.…

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July 15
THE CITI SALUTES: REALIZING YOUR DREAM PROGRAM IS COMMITTED TO FOSTERING VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AMERICA premium

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Citi Salutes has partnered with Accion to make loans available to IVMF’s Boots to Business and V-WISE graduates who are ready to start or grow their small businesses. Working closely with leading nonprofits and public agencies, Citi offers tools, resources and networks of support for veterans to become business owners.

Participants will be able to secure financing through Accion, access local workshops and networking events, and serve as resources to fellow veterans and their families seeking to build businesses as pathways to their long-term financial security.…

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June 20
Serving the Community with Tax Preparation Assistance premium

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My client’s success is my success.”

With 15 years of experience as a financial analyst, Santos Ochoa has become a leader in his community on tax preparation. His business, Ochoa & Associates, has become an invaluable resource for Spanish speaking clientele. He noticed that many similar businesses in the area were unable to assist the large Spanish speaking population of Aurora, IL and he knew this was one way he could bring more value to his local community.

Apart from the critical tax and bookkeeping work that Ochoa & Associates offers, the business is a great resource for small business development. Santos has found that many local small businesses have recordkeeping challenges. Santos firmly believes in the strength found in collaboration. He says, “My client’s success is my success.”

Santos first came to Accion Chicago in 2012 in order to get more working capital to keep his business …

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December 6
Robert Knauf, Rowlberto Productions premium

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Video production company telling powerful stories in San Diego 

Tell people you’re shooting videos in California, and chances are, most will think you’re probably trying to make it big in L.A. For Robert Knauf, co-owner of Rowlberto Productions, there are plenty of great stories to tell right by the ocean in San Diego.

“It’s cool being thrown into the inner workings of how different companies do their business,” Robert says, sharing his work with clients including radio stations, real estate firms, and the San Diego Symphony. “Being able to tell their story is a big aspect of what I love.”

Since moving to San Diego, Robert and his business partner Andrew Rowley have worked hard to master a craft they love. A communications graduate of Cal State San Marcos, Robert got his start working at Media Arts Center San Diego. Andrew completed his theater arts degree at San Diego State …

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November 15
SPENCER ROSEN, ENERGY INTEGRITY INC. IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA premium

Spencer Rosen has worked in the sustainability industry over the past 10 years, developing Energy Integrity Inc. from his passion for green sustainability on the planet. As Founder and CEO, Spencer created a company that provides a comprehensive solution to address home energy use.  Through home energy inspections, Energy Integrity is able to best prioritize and address homeowner’s high energy bills, energy efficiency, comfort, safety and renewable energy goals.

“It’s great to know that what drives all the work we do is a commitment to save the planet for future generations while saving money and creating comfortable homes for our customers,” Spencer says.
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November 6
Vaughn Grant III, Endless Customizing Apparel premium

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Offering personalized clothing with character at an affordable price

Vaughn Grant III has been an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember. He has run errands for elderly congregants of his local church, rushing to fulfill the needs of others before his own. When he worked for a uniform-making business, Vaughn saw an opportunity to build a profitable enterprise by accommodating non-wholesale orders. “I wanted to make customizing apparel more affordable, allowing individuals and small businesses to access these products,” Vaughn says.

In 2007, Vaughn opened Endless Customizing Apparel, a retail shop that offers screen printing, tackle twill embroidery, direct-to-garment printing, and rhinestone application. The business locally sources fabrics from hometown vendors including Hudson’s Embroidery and Fellers Vinyl Wrap Supply Company. Partnering with local businesses allows Vaughn to commit to a stable product source as well as keep resources circulating throughout his community.

Thanks to Accion’s partnership with The …

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November 6
Brenda Thompson, E.M. Branch & Associates, Inc. premium

 

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Community advocacy and family therapy through a multicultural lens 

Growing up on the south side of Chicago as the oldest of six children, Brenda Thompson never liked how low-income people were disrespected and disregarded. Inspired by her mother, Brenda founded E.M. Branch & Associates, Inc., a community social service agency belovedly known as “Branch” to fight against adversity in her local community.

Committed to helping people develop the tools they need to live a healthy life, Branch is truly a labor of love for Brenda’s extended family. Brenda works alongside her daughter, Nikia, both of whom are licensed clinical social psychologists working towards their PhDs in International Psychology and Organizational Leadership, respectively. Brenda’s son Steven serves as Billing Manager. And Brenda’s inspiration is still a fixture at the business—at 82 years old, her mother still comes to volunteer in the office three days a week.

The Thompson family is …

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September 14
CHAVAH ADAMS, VIDA CHIC DESIGNS AND COMMUNITIES WITH HART premium

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“I am a huge supporter of local and small business and try to work with people I know and trust every chance I get, I support them and they support me.”

-Chavah Adams, Vida Chic Designs in San Antonio, Texas…

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July 15
RICKY REYES, OWNER OF ROXTAR MUSIC premium

Music is in Ricky Reyes’ blood. Having grown up watching his father, Rick Reyes, make a living as a Grammy-award winning musician, Ricky knew he wanted to be in the business. So he combined a love for music and his business acumen to create Roxtar Music, a website designed to efficiently connect musicians and bands. Thanks to Accion’s partnership with The Hartford through its Communities with HART program, Ricky launched theroxtarmusic.com website to great fanfare.

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June 3
The Hartford Commits $16Million To Support Small Business Success premium

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 Program kicks off with national partnerships with Accion and JuniorAchievement to benefit 500 small businesses and 100,000 youth

Hartford, Conn., June 3, 2014The Hartfordhas committed $16 million over five years to helpsmall business owners succeed through its newCommunities with HART initiative. The first two investmentsinclude $1.25 million to the Accion U.S. Network to benefit 500 small businesses and $1.5 million to Junior Achievement USA (JA) to support 100,000 students.

Communities with HART will encourage the well-being of America’s communities by enabling today’s small businesses to grow and inspiring a new generation of small business leaders. Together with Accion, The Hartford will provide loansand training to small businesses that lack access to traditional sources of capital. In partnership with JA, The Hartford will be the title sponsor of its flagship JA Company Program®, helping to inspire the students of today to become the entrepreneurs of …

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