Accion Fast Track is a business accelerator program supported by Accion’s partnership with Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that provides a select group of Accion clients from across the country with intensive business training, coaching and mentoring to set their business on a path to growth.

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“Day 1 was an eye opener. There was no judgement here, we’re all entrepreneurs and Accion gave us the opportunity to bring 28 of the best entrepreneurs together here… I learned the why factor.  My why factor is, I want to be somebody for somebody. And I want to be somebody for Accion, you guys have changed my life. We need to look out for each other and you just started a movement that is going to be huge.” – Kristopher J Schoenberger, BBQ’d Productions Grill
“We are the nucleus of all these companies. We make them run.”- Maurice King III, Swift Mobile Wash

“My biggest takeaway from the program is we all share the same struggles in entrepreneurship and here are tools that can help us. Now I can focus on the tools and make sure to make time for myself.” – Monica Abernathy, A Polished Work

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Congrats to the 25 Accion Fast Track participants on starting their leadership and business development journey together in Chicago! We look forward to supporting their continued success!

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Pictured here are eight clients involved in the Fast Track program alongside Accion San Diego CEO Elizabeth Schott

Fast Track is supported through an Accion partnership with Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. The program provides a select group of Accion clients with intensive business training, coaching and mentoring to set their businesses on a path to growth.…

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Fast Track tip from business owner Wendy Carver of Hollingworth Candies Inc. in Chicago: “When you are just starting out, don’t worry about mistakes – you learn from them!”…

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Fast Track tip from business owner Wendy Carver of Hollingworth Candies Inc. in Chicago- “When you are just starting out, don’t worry about mistakes- you learn from them!”

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Fast Track business Queens Courage creates Old Tom gin using New York grains and 100% pure New York honey, a portion of which comes from rooftops in New York City!…

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GRANT FRALEY OF CHUCKALEK INDEPENDENT BREWERS IN RAMONA, CA premium

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ChuckAlek Independent Brewers is a nanobrewery located in Ramona, CA. Named after our grandfathers Chuck and Alek, we create old school beers for new school palates by updating archival and old world recipes for today’s craft beer drinker.  My experience as a business owner has been wonderful.  This is my first business.  From planning and conceptualization, to execution, and now focusing on growth, owning ChuckAlek Independent Brewers has involved a very sharp learning curve in business, management, and planning.”

– Grant Fraley…

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THE JAM STAND IS ON THE FAST TRACK TO GROWTH! premium

pic6Sabrina Valle and Jessica Quon, Co-owners of The Jam Stand in Brooklyn, NY

“The Jam Stand is Brooklyn’s happiest food company. It began in an apartment kitchen in Williamsburg when two best friends, Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle, breathed life into an original concept; create a food company that’s a true reflection of themselves and their community. Since then, its been a whirlwind.”…

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HANNAH ULBRICH, OWNER OF COPPER DOOR COFFEE IN DENVER, CO premium

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“Copper Door Coffee Roasters LLC. (Copper Door) is the only 100% woman owned coffee roasting cafe in Denver.  I have owned the company since August, 2013.  It started as a wholesale roasting company out of a garage, and I have grown it into a full café and roasting room.” -Hannah Ulbrich

“I am most proud of the fact that I have created something meaningful and useful in my community.  As an employer, I have created jobs.  As a neighbor, I have created an environment for our community to gather.” – Hannah Ulbrich

Hannah takes her years of experience as a barista and café manager into the roasting room.  As a literature professor and mother of two, she is dedicated to public education and relies on exceptional coffee every day.  Owning Copper Door Coffee Roasters gives Hannah the chance to blend creativity and science to bring you fresh roasted coffee.…

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Fast Track participant Elsie Arredondo talks about her business Monarch Arredon Contemporary Art in La Jolla, San Diego…

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KRISTOPHER SCHOENBERGER, BBQ’D PRODUCTIONS GRILL premium

From Brewing the American Dream to Fast Track, BBQ’d Productions is on a path to growth!

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(Kris & Moriah Schoenberger)

“I own a full service BBQ Sports Bar in Third Lake, IL. I started my business in 2009 with a mobile catering company, bringing our mobile kitchen to your party/event. Since my Accion Funding, and Sam Adams mentoring, I’ve grown to the number 1 rated restaurant in Lake County…. From the time a customer walks in our door, to the time to sit down, eat, and leave, we create an experience to make the customer feel like they are family. Great staff, with great attitudes, and amazing food. Delivering hot food hot, cold food cold, while providing a clean safe working environment for employees, and guests.”

– Kris Schoenberger, Fast Track participant…

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Vernita Johnson began her business DLV Printing out of her home more than 20 years ago, designing personalized items as favors for family, friends, and community members. Today, Vernita’s business prints for over 30 Chicago Public Schools and has been selected for Fast Track! Fast Track is a training, coaching and mentoring program that helps set businesses on a path to growth, made possible by Accion’s partnership with Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Vernita is also a participant of The Hartford’s Communities with HART program with Accion.  Funding through The Hartford’s Communities with HART program made Vernita’s loan possible.

“What I am most proud of is the dedication it took to say in business for over  20 years. Being in business at the same location gave us a customer base that we have continued to this day. We have met many people over the 20 years from being …

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Congratulations to the businesses selected to participate in this year’s Fast Track program! This program is supported by Accion’s partnership with Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and provides a select group of Accion clients with intensive business training, coaching and mentoring to set their business on a path to growth.  The diverse Fast Track businesses range from a salt water taffy company to a fitness studio, an artist collective and more, spanning nationwide from Albuquerque, Chicago, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and St. Louis!

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Wendy Carver, Hollingworth Candies Inc.

Ambrocio Gonzalez, Las Quecas

Vernita Johnson, DLV Printing

Brandi Jennings, B-Fab Construction

Hannah Ulbrich, Copper Door Coffee Roasters

Ryan Fisher, Commonwealth Coffee Roasters

Brian Shevlin, Con Artist Collective

Sabrina Valle and Jessica Quon, The Jam Stand

Maja Svensson, Elsa and Me

Suzanna Cameron, Stems

Christopher Murillo, The Astoria Distilling Company LLC

Jeff Giedt, Aventa Senior Care

Jane …

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ANNOUNCING THIS YEAR’S FAST TRACK PARTICIPANTS! premium

Congratulations to the businesses selected to participate in this year’s Fast Track program! This program is supported by Accion’s partnership with Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and provides a select group of Accion clients with intensive business training, coaching and mentoring to set their business on a path to growth.  The diverse Fast Track businesses range from a salt water taffy company to a fitness studio, an artist collective and more, spanning nationwide from Albuquerque, Chicago, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and St. Louis!

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