WATCH: Video from “Inclusion is the New Currency:” Access to Capital for Small Business”

WATCH: Video from “Inclusion is the New Currency:” Access to Capital for Small Business”

Watch video footage from our event held on September 14, 2016. This segment features opening remarks and a fireside chat with entrepreneurs Beverly Johnson and Nely Galan.

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This segment features the panel discussion with small businesses and the lenders who support them.


Ready, Set, Grow! - Saturday, September 24 @ 9:00 am

Ready, Set, Grow! - Saturday, September 24 @ 9:00 am

On Saturday, September 24, TILT Forward and DC’s Department of Small and Local Business Development partnerd to help business owners learn about access to capital and various funding alternatives.

 

Panelist Eric Lowe, Loan Manager with ECDC advices small businesses to build a team as they seek capital.

 

Panelist Robin Halsband, Senior Vice President of City …

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the voice of innovation in microbusiness and microfinance in the United States. For 25 years, AEO and its more than 450 member/partner organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way that capital and services flow to underserved …

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Are Millennials Missing The Entrepreneurial Spirit?

Are Millennials Missing The Entrepreneurial Spirit?

“Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in recent history,” Dane Stangler, the Vice President of the Kauffman Foundation testified last week to the U.S. Senate. Stangler pointed out that the decline in entrepreneurship represents a national crisis requiring immediate attention from policy makers. As a millennial myself, I find this to be alarming.

The Small Business Administrationreported that in 2015, less than 2 percent of millennials reported self-employment, compared with 7.6 percent for Generation X (born 1963 to 1981).  Moreover, over the past …

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AEO Platform Catches Clinton’s Attention

Closing the Gap: AEO’s 2016 Policy Platform is already paying dividends and impacting the 2016 Presidential election. Unveiled at the Democratic National Convention in July, Closing the Gap, drew on AEO’s 25 years of advocacy and the pioneering work of our members. The platform advocates for innovative changes to close the capital gap for America’s smallest businesses. Hillary Clinton’s campaign took notice and has integrated much of AEO’s principles into her small business platform. While speaking to a national audience, Hillary Clinton announced her proposalsto address close …

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Project CUE: Questions and Answers

As you may know by now, AEO won the CDFI Fund’s Innovation Challenge at the end of 2015. Our winning bid proposedto build a screening and assessment platform to match small businesses declined by banks for loans with community lenders that may be able to meet their needs. That platform, Project CUE (Connecting Underserved Entrepreneurs), continues to progress.

Our previous blog post unveiled snapshots of CUE’s user experiences for business owners, referral partners, and community lenders. We’re also happy to report that initial feedback from …

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