AEO Members are Real Front Runners in Start-Up America

AEO Members are Real Front Runners in Start-Up America

AEO Members are Real Front Runners in Start-Up America

By Connie Evans

 

It is exciting to see so much publicity for the support of small business, particularly start-ups. We are proud to be front runners in the drive to support small business.

AEO and its members have assisted over 2 million businesses and nearly half of them were start-up Main Street businesses.  The focus on entrepreneurship takes many forms. Lately, innovation and competitiveness have grabbed the spotlight. The premise is that innovation will drive …

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Microenterprise: Making Investments that Matter

Microenterprise: Making Investments that Matter

By Connie Evans, CEO and President of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity

 

Many have described microfinance—primarily the provision of very small loans to the self-employed—as a “movement.” If this is so, then this movement should be noted as  an effort to change the status quo by addressing economic injustices just as much as one that seeks to propel the economy forward toward greater prosperity. 

Microenterprise and microfinance, which is a segment of microenterprise, helps create jobs, alleviates poverty, and adds to the growth of a …

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Take Action on Behalf of Microenterprise and Professor Yunus

Take Action on Behalf of Microenterprise and Professor Yunus

Dear AEO Members and Friends,

We all know microenterprise matters.  It is an industry that helps create jobs, alleviate poverty, and grow a sustainable economy.  Your work in this field has impacted our families and communities for years and decades.

The field of microenterprise is not without its challenges; some of which have been highlighted in recent news coverage.  As you know, Professor Muhammad Yunus is a pioneer in the field of microfinance, and has been successfully making great strides against the rampant poverty in his home …

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Lisa Hall to serve as President and CEO of Calvert Foundation

Lisa Hall to serve as President and CEO of Calvert Foundation

We at AEO would like to congratulate Lisa Hall for her recent appointment to serve officially as President and CEO of Calvert Foundation!  

Lisa has long been a dedicated partner with AEO, and has the talent, skill and vision to lead and strengthen the Calvert Foundation as it works to serve our disadvantaged communities and create opportunities where previously none existed.
 
Like AEO, the Calvert Foundation sees the importance of entrepreneurial activity to the future of our economy, specifically in low-income areas. We have …

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Fighting the Good Fight

Fighting the Good Fight

 

Fighting the Good Fight

By Connie Evans

 

Many of us who have worked in microfinance or more broadly, to help alleviate poverty in our communities know the great and almost insurmountable challenges that come along with trying to affect “change.” 

Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank more than thirty years ago, is one who has taken these challenges head on, diligently fought on behalf of the poor in Bangladesh by making small loans and financial services available to the poorest of the …

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