Accion partners with entrepreneurs to support their vision and motivation to grow. We support their ideas not only through access to capital, but also through education in the form of videos, insightful articles, and individualized consulting. Meet some of the passionate small businesses from across the United States who have partnered with us below.

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February 11
COMMUNITIES WITH HART: SOPHIE PHILLIPS, SPROCKET & STONE, LLC premium
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Pet art created by Sophie Phillips, owner of Sprocket & Stone in Chicago

Sophie Phillips loves the diversity and small town feel of her Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. After working as a dog walker for several years, she identified the need for a decent neighborhood pet store to offer high quality products and services for pet lovers.

“I’m happy to offer our community
a place where they can find healthier
alternatives for their pets.”
~ Sophie Phillips

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December 18
FROM FASHIONISTA TO FASHION DESIGNER & ENTREPRENEUR premium

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Turning a passion for fashion into a business requires a clear concept, unique designs and a strong brand. Growing up, Debra delighted in reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. While attending college in New York City, she began developing a vision for the kind of clothing she wanted to produce. Her brand identity was unique as it was closely tied to her Cuban roots.
After returning to her hometown of Miami, Debra made the decision to start her business.  Yet she needed capital to kickstart her business. She had come across convenient and quick borrowing options that are commonly found online:

“Sure, the loans were quick and easy to get, but at a large cost. With Accion, the process was clear, fair and simple. I also felt safe,” explains Debra.

Debra received her first loan through Accion, and participated in Accion’s financial literacy courses which helped her transition from designer

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December 10
ACCION CLIENT FEATURED IN FORBES ARTICLE premium

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Accion client Anthony Bellamy of Chicago is featured in a Forbes article today, “Why Online Small Business Loans Are Being Compared to Subprime Mortgages,” which highlights the lack of transparency for borrowers in online small business lending, particularly with regard to APR (annual percentage rate).

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December 7
FAST TRACK FEATURES: STEMS premium

Stems

On any given morning, Suzanna Cameron of Stems finds herself at a local flower market by 6 a.m. selecting the brightest, most unique flowers for the day ahead. Stems, a flower shop located within a bar in Brooklyn, New York has seen sales double in the last year, hired three full time employees and is looking to expand to an additional two locations. Suzanna is an Accion client who was selected to be part of our new leadership and business accelerator program, Fast Track, which is supported by Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Fast Track is providing 27 outstanding loan clients from around the country with coaching and mentoring over several months to help set their businesses on a path to growth. See a video about the program here.…

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November 25
FAST TRACK PARTICIPANT AWARDED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BY LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE premium
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Wendy Carver’s daughters accepting the local Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award on behalf of Hollingworth Candies in Lockport, Illinois in November

Congratulations to Accion client and Fast Track program participant Wendy Carver for her business, Hollingworth Candies, winning the Business of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce in Lockport, Illinois! After seeing her sales increase this year, Wendy opened a second larger manufacturing facility in Lockport to meet the growing demand for her delicious toffee, candy, and chocolates.

“Hollingworth Candies is a destination location for so many people, drawing many visitors to the downtown from neighboring communities,” said Lisa Kairis, Executive Director of the Lockport Chamber of Commerce in a press release. “Owners Margaret Carlson and Wendy Carver have built that business into a mainstay of Lockport.” Congratulations Wendy! We look forward to supporting the continued success of your business growth.

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November 13
FAST TRACK CLIENTS AT ACCION HARVEST FEST premium

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Thanks to Accion clients The Jam Stand, Salty Road Taffy, and Astoria Distilling Company, who are members of the Fast Track program for treating us last night at Accion’s Harvest Festival! This year’s Harvest Festival was a great success with delicious food, gin, and craft beer from local New York City vendors!

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November 6
FROM ARMED FORCES TO ENTREPRENEUR premium

Tyrone

Leadership, problem-solving skills, and the ability to remain calm under pressure are just a few of the skills the men and women in our armed forces fine tune during their time in the military. These same skills make them natural entrepreneurs. It’s no surprise that today businesses owned by veterans generate over $1 trillion in business every year and employ 5.8 million people. One of those businesses is Prime Plus Lawn Care, owned by Tyrone.

With 23 years of experience in the Air Force under his belt, Chief Master Sergeant and MBA Tyrone returned from a tour in the Middle East and launched his business, Prime Plus Lawn Care & Services last January. Tyrone’s company offers lawn care services to residential and commercial properties. “I tell you, the things I went through in the past” said Tyrone. “It makes approaching a business real easy in my eyes. Because I don’t

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October 28
A SWEET WAY TO SAY THANK YOU premium

HollingsworthAutumn is a great season to reflect on gratitude. Saying thank you is a kind gesture but sending a treat to a special person is a great way to show your appreciation. Hollingsworth Candies, based in Lockport, IL, has been producing toffee from a family recipe since 1982. Today, in addition to the 15,000 pounds of toffee they produce each year, they have expanded their product offering to include nut brittle, chocolate dipped strawberries, sea salt caramels and more. Their confections can be ordered online and shipped nationally so go ahead and surprise someone (or treat yourself).…

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October 21
TIS’ THE SEASON FOR PUMPKIN TREATS premium

image1Accion client, Nomad Donuts in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, CA is known for creating inventive and flavorful vegan and non-vegan donuts.  Nomad Donut’s owner Brad Keiller, along with Chef Kristianna Zabala and the rest of the Nomad team recently debuted their new fall flavor mashup, a traditional Oktoberfest style beer inspired donut. This handcrafted donut is filled with a pumpkin cheesecake custard, topped with an Oktoberfest seasonal spiced glaze and sprinkled with a ginger graham crumble. Pick one up today at their 4504 30th St., San Diego store location!

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