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.

November 12
CALLING ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGE BUSINESS OWNERS! premium

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Join us on Monday, November 23rd from 1-2 PM EST for a FREE Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Design Webinar with Matthew Moffatt!

This webinar will go over helpful design techniques for food and beverage product packaging and labeling and cover the basic design principles successful products employ to help make your own food or beverage product jump off the shelf!  Webinar Presenter, Matthew Moffatt, Creative Director and Owner of ALMANAC DESIGN has spent 22 years in the design industry including key roles at agencies, in-house and media publications. Before starting Almanac Design in New York City Matt was Creative Director at the Boston Beer Company where he led a team of ten designers responsible for all packaging and product development. Spots are filling up fast! Sign up here today!

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November 12
BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM SPEED COACHING TRAVELS TO AUSTIN! premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the LiftFund are excited to bring a Speed Coaching event to Austin, TX! The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:30pm. During the reception attendees will have the opportunity to network and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to their business, which include: Marketing and E-Commerce, Packaging, Sales and Distribution, Business Financing, Legal Advice for Your Business …and more!  After brief welcome remarks, attendees will have the chance to meet for multiple 20 minute sessions with business experts from Samuel Adams, LiftFund, SCORE and others to receive personalized coaching and network with other small business owners.

 

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November 12
SPEED COACHING AND PITCH ROOM COMPETITION COMES TO NEW YORK premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are excited to host a Pitch Room Competition followed by a Speed Coaching event in New York on Monday, November 16th from 7:00-9:30PM at Berg’n Beer Hall, 899 Berg’n Street Brooklyn, NY 11238.  The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00PM. During the reception attendees will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations such as: Marketing and E-Commerce, Packaging, Sales and Distribution, Business Financing, Legal Advice for Your Business…and more!

At 7:15PM we will give brief welcome remarks and announce the Pitch Room Competition winner and then attendees will have the chance to meet for multiple 20 minute sessions with Accion and Samuel Adams employees and local business experts from businesses like Luke’s Lobster, Adelina’s, Kickstarter and Etsy to receive personalized coaching and network with other small …

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November 11
ACCION RECOMMENDED FOR STARTUPS BY FIT SMALL BUSINESS premium

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We are pleased to announce that Accion has been named by Fit Small Business as a recommended lender for Startups and Business Owners with limited credit history.…

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November 10
Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap through Business Ownership premium
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This new Strategy Spotlight from Asset Funders Network, written by Joyce Klein of FIELD at the Aspen Institute, summarizes existing research on the link between the racial wealth gap and business ownership and provides resulting recommendations for funders. Key take aways include:
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November 6
FROM ARMED FORCES TO ENTREPRENEUR premium

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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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November 4
SAMUEL ADAMS BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM NEW YORK PITCH ROOM COMPETITION premium

 

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage and craft brewing, will host its regional Pitch Room competition in NYC’s Borough of Brooklyn. The Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room is a national competition that helps food and beverage business owners perfect the art of the sales pitch, as well as gain exposure to important food and beverage retailers and buyers.

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November 3
SAN DIEGO’S ENTREPRENEURS GATHER FOR ANNUAL ROUND ROBIN EVENT premium

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Accion and The Hartford co-hosted the free Entrepreneurial Round Robin business training event last Saturday, October 24, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center.

The event featured six 40-minute presentations from experts in various facets of business.  The topics inlcuded:

1. Where’s the Money Panel
2. Tips to Improve Your Credit and Manage Your Debt
3. Website Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Facts, Fiction and Fundamentals
4. Business Insurance Made Simple
5. Business by the Books: How to Keep Good Records and Save Time & Money at Tax Time
6. How Technology Can Make Your Business Efficient

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November 1
ACCION BUSINESS TIP OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER premium

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To explore our full library of business tips, articles and videos go to us.accion.org

Your company’s website is the first exposure many potential customers are going to have to your business. Even if you run your business primarily offline, your digital presence can and should be a powerful marketing tool for your business. Think of your website as a way to introduce yourself to new customers and keep current customers engaged. Regardless of the type of company you have, there are some basic items every small business website should have.…

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