Accion is a non-profit microlending organization that has provided access to capital and support services to local small businesses for over 20 years. We are passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and offering them the tools necessary help them thrive in their communities. See what we have been up to below.

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November 27
ACCION FEATURED IN USA TODAY premium

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Accion to be featured in USA Today’s “Small Business America” campaign this weekend.…

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November 26
Happy Thanksgiving! premium

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Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Accion. Today, we’re thankful for the thousands of business owners across the U.S., like Suzanne of Ooh La La Dance Academy, that inspire us everyday.…

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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 24
LEADING THROUGH FACILITATION premium

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Earlier this month, U.S. Network staffers Laura and Gaby attended the “Leading through Facilitation: Growing Your Skills and Confidence” workshop through Be Social Change. In this workshop, participants learned the role a facilitator should play and the steps in planning a successful facilitation with the stakeholder’s objectives in mind.

Be Social Change is the largest social impact community in New York City that drives the work of social entrepreneurs in all industries through professional development, panel discussions, networking events and more. Earlier this year, they launched the Be Social Change Nonprofit Network with programming targeted specifically to help nonprofit organizations. The U.S. Network is proud to be a member.…

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November 24
THANK YOU TO EMPLOYEES OF THE HARTFORD FOR THEIR ANNUAL GIVING CONTRIBUTIONS premium

Accion would like to thank the dozens of employees at The Hartford who chose to donate to Accion as part of their 2015 annual giving campaign. Their support will go a long way in helping us continue to support the capital needs of small business owners across the country. Since 2014, Accion has an ongoing partnership with The Hartford through its Communities with HART Program, which helps neighborhood businesses thrive and supports Accion lending and financial education events in several markets. This support from The Hartford has helped us provide loans to businesses that are having positive impacts in their community, including Nick Romero of Rawknykz Barber Shop in San Diego; Nicole Vasquez of the Shift co-working space in Chicago; and Ponce Conaway of PL Logistics courier service in New Britain, Connecticut; among many others. To read about the other Accion clients who have benefited from The Hartford’s support, please

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November 23
SAMUEL ADAMS NYC PITCH ROOM WINNERS ANNOUNCED! premium

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Congratulations Liddabit Sweets and Chic-a-Peas for winning the NYC Pitch Room Competition hosted by Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion!The two hour event on November 16th was kicked off with a networking reception and followed by consulting sessions with Accion and Samuel Adams employees and local business experts, who consulted on topics ranging from Marketing and Sales to Legal Advice and more!

The Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition is a nationwide competition which allows participants to craft and present a two minute pitch to a panel of experienced judges. A regional winner is selected based on quality of presentation, creativity, passion, and product viability. Winners from the four regions, including New York, Boston, Chicago and San Diego, then compete in the Pitch Room Finals for a $10,000 business grant and a year of extended coaching and mentoring from Samuel Adams.

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November 19
LAST NIGHT’S BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM SPEED COACHING EVENT IN AUSTIN! premium

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Another successful Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event took place in downtown Austin last night at Capital FactorySamuel Adams and Accion teamed up with local lending partner, LiftFund to bring the unique free Speed Coaching event to food and beverage entrepreneurs in the Austin area.  57 small food and beverage business owners were able to meet for six twenty minute one on one coaching sessions with business professionals coaching on a range of expertise including marketing, legal, accounting, sales, lending, real estate, promotions and more! This was the first time the Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event came to Austin! Learn more about Accion’s partnerships with Samuel Adams and Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching here!…

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November 17
PRO Neighborhoods: The Power of Collaboration premium
“Accion and Opportunity Fund’s work on the Borrowers’ Bill of Rights is an example of lifting learning and collaboration to influence policy” explained Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development Initiatives at JPMorgan Chase, today at the JPMC CDFI Collaborative Convening, where Accion U.S. Network CEO Gina Harman was in attendance.
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November 17
EXPERT IN COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY? PASSIONATE ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS? premium
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Hiring:  Communications Manager
Location: Washington D.C.
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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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