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September 7
LEARNING TO LEAP premium

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When you walk into Lauren’s gym, you instantly hear the buzz of people simultaneously running, jumping, swinging and flipping. After a few minutes you’ll also notice Lauren using the balance beam to teach a client how to walk, or taking time out from mat-work to focus on confidence-building exercises.  Lauren has been a gymnast and coach for over 15 years; today, she works with special needs clients at her gym—LEAP South Florida—to help them develop a range of skills, from body awareness and motor skills, to self-confidence and teamwork.

“My former boss introduced me to one of his …

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July 19
ORGANIZING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP premium

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The word ‘challenge’ doesn’t exist in Marie’s vocabulary. “It’s all about how you deal with it. It’s not really a challenge if you are doing the work. You learn,” she explains. It’s her positive outlook and determination that has taken her through years of community organizing work. Originally from Haiti but raised in Brooklyn, Marie has lent her outlook to help communities in this country deal with some pretty extreme challenges. After getting her MBA, she worked helping communities through the housing crisis, Hurricane Katrina and the recession.

“I helped Obama get elected. I campaigned for him and worked the …

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July 13
STEERING MIAMI INTO THE FUTURE WITH ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT OPTIONS premium

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Story written by Accion Microfinance Leadership Council Member Howard Yu.

Henry’s first step towards his business venture without fear of failure or regrets was also his proudest moment. During his time working in the hospitality industry, Henry realized that there was a unique demand for an inexpensive and reliable form of transportation that did not rely on gasoline or insurance – eco-friendly electric bicycles. Inspired by a Hispanic entrepreneur who successfully launched a business creating drones, Henry partnered with his brother-in-law, Balam, and shortly opened their first trailer in Hallover Beach in Miami.

Henry and Balam had vision and passion, …

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April 7
FINDING INSPIRATION IN LIFE’S JOURNEY premium

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From a young age, Iris displayed a passion for learning and a drive to succeed.  She thanks her parents for her values.  “My father always encouraged me to have a road map in life.”   And when Iris opened Inspiracion Suri Beauty Salon a few years ago, it represented the culmination of a lot of calculated hard work.

In Cuba, Iris studied Economics and earned an MBA.  She dreamed of owning her own business, but felt she needed to leave her country to make it happen.  “In Cuba I felt that the lack of resources and the poor political climate for …

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BOSTON-BASED WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN MIAMI premium

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Photography, robotics, IT, art, tea, mobile applications, clothing design and yoga. What do all of these things have in common? They represent different businesses run by women entrepreneurs.

On March 31st, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship from Babson College launched its Women Innovating Now (WIN) accelerator program in Miami. After three years of creating a supportive community for female entrepreneurs in Boston, Babson has taken the program to Miami with support from the Knight Foundation.

Pictured speaking is Susan Duffy, the Co-founder and Executive Director for the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She enthusiastically spoke about hoping …

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February 23
SHOP SMALL: PAPPU NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS premium

Now that February is over, we’re dreaming of spring at Accion. And you know what that means – it’s almost for spring cleaning! Get a head start and use a product that’s healthy for you and your home. When Accion borrower, Claudia, and her husband saw their son’s allergic reaction to harsh cleaning supplies, they were determined to create a better product. As a result, they developed a line of natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning products. Check them out for yourself!

Grab a full set of house cleaning products from Pappu Natural Products for under $25.

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