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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JOHN STEIN, KIREI premium

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Fast Track Participant John Stein, owner of San Diego based eco-friendly construction company, Kirei

“It’s a personal development and entrepreneurial development program that’s giving me the tools to work on the business instead of in the business. Every day I’m taking calls, handling issues, but what I’m learning is the goal or the role of the CEO or the owner is to work on the business, help it develop, help it grow, hopefully train people to replace myself in all the different roles I carry, and then be the leader, to drive us to a greater goal or to where we need to be.”…

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SUZANNA CAMERON, STEMS premium

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Meet Fast Track participant Suzanna Cameron, the owner of a retail flower space located in a Brooklyn bar that also doubles as an event company for weddings, special events and flower workshops!

“I decided to participate in the Fast Track program because I was sort of in this space with my business of, “Okay, I’ve spent two and a half years building this, I’ve a couple of employers, I have a couple contractors and this was my opportunity to really talk to other business owners, get expert advice and kind of see what my options are and also see where my blind spots are with the business and see where the profit is and try to go with that as much as possible.” (Suzanna Cameron, Stems in Brooklyn)

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ANNUAL REPORT EXCLUSIVE: BREWLA’S RISE premium

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It’s been one heck of a year for NYC-based Brewla Bars. Owned by siblings Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove, Brewla specializes in all-natural ice pops based on brewed ingredients.

Since receiving a loan through the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program and winning the  program’s Pitch Room competition in 2013, Brewla expects to enter more than 1,500 stores in 2015. Last September, Brewla was named a finalist for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

Thanks to ongoing coaching and extensive coaching and mentoring from Samuel Adams, Daniel and Rebecca attribute the program as a major catalyst for their recent growth.

“Winning was incredibly validating for Brewla,” Rebecca said. “Immediately afterward we were published in a number of press outlets like the NY Daily News and Boston Globe. We closed a round of funding that enabled us to bring me on full-time and focus on improving our operations. …

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FAST TRACK TIP premium

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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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QUEENS COURAGE premium

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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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PONCE CONAWAY, OWNER OF PL LOGISTICS IN NEW BRITAIN, CT premium

“My motivation is to serve people and be available to serve the needs of people to the best of my ability.” – Ponce Conaway

Ponce Conaway has long dreamed of becoming a successful entrepreneur. He began his career with a house cleaning business, having come from a family who cleaned homes for generations. When he started his own family a few years later, he decided to shift into a more stable work environment and began driving trucks with the goal of putting his two children through school. Throughout his career, Ponce never lost sight of his dream to become a successful entrepreneur. In 2006, his dream became reality when he established a new courier service business, PL Logistics, in New Britain, CT.

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Ponce was inspired to start PL Logistics after noticing a lack of courier services in his area. He felt his background working in the service and …

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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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BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM CLIENTS SAMPLE THEIR FOOD AT THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SHOW IN CHICAGO! premium

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Lillia Key, owner of Lenore’s Kitchenand Trudy Alston, owner of Harvest Time sampled their food over the weekend at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago. Both business owners are shown above with Risa Sherman from the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program.…

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