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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MARIA HARRISON, TEA GALLERIE premium

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Maria Harrison, of Tea Gallerie in San Diego, CA

“Our tea business encompasses several customer facing sales methods including a retail store, online website store, and our growing division of wholesale operations.  As a business owner, we began the business participating in everything and anything and have learned to tailor our approach to a focused group of businesses that yield more volume and require less maintenance and physical presence.”…

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MONICA ABERNATHY, OWNER OF “A POLISHED WORK” NAIL SALON IN CHICAGO premium

“Our business is a full service nail salon located on the Southside of Chicago in the Grand Crossing Community. We offer a variety of amenities that translate into nothing less than luxurious comfort and superb nail care.”- Monica Abernathy

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MATT DECELLES, WILLIAM PAINTER premium

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William Painter is an aspirational fashion accessories brand that symbolizes a lifestyle that is “more than meets the eye” and unlike other fashion companies, our brand is built for the future of retail using a proven business model, a cutting edge e-commerce strategy and patented products.” – Matt DeCelles, owner of William Painter

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MAURICE KING III, OWNER OF SWIFT MOBILE WASH IN ST. LOUIS, MO premium

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Swift Mobile Wash brings the car wash to you! Swift Mobile is a a mobile car washing service that is easily accessible to customers through a phone app.…

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MAJA SVENSSON, OWNER OF ELSA AND ME IN NEW YORK premium

Elsa and Me is an affordable custom dress company for women looking to embrace their femininity in all aspects of their life; from business to leisure, available through designated style consultants, fitting events, and the company’s official web shop, and carefully crafted in Kenya.

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Maja (left) at the Fast Track kickoff reception in Chicago with fellow Fast Track participant Germaine Seufert (right)…

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CURTIS & LIZ CHISM, COUNCIL BREWING premium

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Fast Track participants Curtis and Liz Chism, owners of Council Brewing in San Diego. Council Brewing is a small batch craft brewery established in 2013. Liz is the head brewer and Curtis oversees all operations of the business.

“We place a tremendous emphasis on creating exemplary beer, crafted to the highest standards. We brew beers that are unique and extremely flavorful, focusing on Ales hailing from American, Belgian, and English origins.” – Liz Chism…

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WILLIAM DE GEER, XXX COFFEE IN QUEENS, NY premium

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XXX Coffee is a mobile coffee retailer and service provider based in New York with proprietary blends of espresso and coffee. It is owned and overseen by William, a man who knows both how to create wonderful coffee blends and how to serve them. He has over 20 years of experience in the coffee industry, and has served as a judge for both the World Barista Championship and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Almost as soon as he moved to the United States five years ago, he started this small business. William’s coffee company serves coffee and sells retail products online and via a bicycle cart at Socrates Sculpture Park. He also sells to retail locations throughout New York. William is planning to expand the services of his company.

Thanks to an Accion loan, he plans to produce a new coffee roast for resale. He will use the money …

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MARCUS BETTON, OWNER OF TROPHY AUTO SPA IN SAN DIEGO, CA premium

Fast Track business, Trophy Auto Spa is an auto detail shop with services ranging from paint correction to auto glass service.  Marcus opened his shop in September of 2012 and has been serving customers in San Diego ever since.

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CHRIS MURILLA, ASTORIA DISTILLING COMPANY premium

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Fast Track participant Chris Murillo, owner of Astoria Distilling Company in New York

“In June 2014, after two and a half years of planning, I ended a 9-year career as an international corporate securities attorney to become a full time distiller and entrepreneur. Since June, I launched Queens Courage NY Old Tom Gin, spent a few months selling it off the back of my bicycle, had a multi-state distributor sign on to distribute us throughout NY and NJ, generated over $100,000 in revenue and most recently signed a lease to open the first craft distillery in queens since prohibition.”…

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