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AEO Releases New Report on Black Business Ownership in the U.S.

AEO Releases New Report on Black Business Ownership in the U.S.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT WASHINGTON D.C., March 20, 2016 -- The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering microbusinesses, today announced the release of its new report “The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities for Success.” Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the report set out to assess the economic strength and potential of Black-owned businesses, identify challenges and opportunities across a mosaic of segments,…MORE...

Action Alert: Urge Your Representative to Support AEO Funding Priorities

Entrepreneurship funding requires support from Republicans and Democrats alike. AEO is asking all its members and supporters to call their Member of Congress and urge them to support Fiscal Year 2018 small business lending. In particular, there are three cornerstone programs that provide critical support to entrepreneurs, especially in economically distressed areas.   The programs which are under threat of being cut, are the Treasury’s CDFI program, the SBA Microloan Program…MORE...

The Budget Process: The Good, The Bad and The Exceedingly Complicated

This week, President Trump addressed Congress, kicking off the budget discussion for fiscal year 2018 (which starts October 1, 2017).  In keeping with his campaign promise to increase defense spending, it proposes an additional $54 billion additional dollars for defense and pays for it by cutting the same amount from domestic discretionary spending.  That’s roughly the size of the entire Housing and Urban Development Agency and no domestic program is…MORE...

Advocacy Packet 2017

To AEO Members and Friends: Last year was full of accomplishments for AEO. From our 25 thanniversary celebration at EconoCon25, to our partnership with the Innovative Lending Platform Association, to the release of our groundbreaking report, Reimagining Technical Assistance: Shifting the Support Landscape for Main Street, AEO is improving businesses, communities and economies. While we continue to make significant progress on many fronts our work cannot stop or slow down. This is…MORE...

10 Things You Should Know from the Linda McMahon Hearing

Yesterday the Senate Small Business Committee held a hearing on the confirmation of Linda McMahon (former WWE CEO), to become Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Here are the eleven things you should know about her hearing: SBA is still part of the cabinet—President Obama elevated the position of SBA Administrator to Cabinet level. President Trump is sticking with that change. Existing programs are safe…for now— When questioned from…MORE...

Congress is Taking Back the Power

In the first few weeks of the new Congress, as the Senate focuses on the President’s Cabinet, the House has focused on agency rules and regulations. Everything from how an agency formulates rules, to what goes into agency analysis, and the role of Congress in agency policy-making. For over twenty years, Congress has had the power to overturn agency rules through the Congressional Review Act, which empowers Congress to use…MORE...

2017: New Year, New Push for Micro Biz

With the Trump administration and newly elected Congress hard at work, it is time for the small business community to kick into high gear. For the first time in a decade, Republicans are in control of the House, Senate, and White House. This dramatic shift changes the ability for Congress to “get things done” and introducing legislation at a breakneck pace. The question is, which bills will benefit small businesses?…MORE...

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

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…MORE...

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - TILT FORWARD NETWORK DIRECTOR

AEO seeks a Director for its TILT Forward Network. The TILT Forward Network represents a subset of AEO members that are committed to innovation and seek access to capital, product and marketing solutions to solve for the capital gap to Main Street. The Director is part of the core team responsible for the launch and growth of the next phase of AEO’s TILT Forward Initiative. The Network Director will ensure…MORE...

Reimagining a Technological Solution to Payment Processing

Small businesses are arguably one of the most valuable assets of any community. Whether it's the family owned coffee shop, the accountant in the brick office building down the street, or the chic independent boutique selling shoes via an online payment gateway, small-business owners add vitality and personality to their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, many small brick-and-mortar and e-commerce businesses operate on slim margins. One expense that is often overlooked and misunderstood…MORE...