Accion Can Help Businesses Create ‘Good, Quality Jobs’

According to a new study by FIELD at the Aspen Institute, employees of microbusinesses that have received an Accion loan value their flexible and fulfilling new jobs.

Managing a Startup and Your Day Job

In an ideal world, an entrepreneur could quit his or her day job to pursue their dream of starting a company, but unfortunately, that is not feasible for many budding small business owners. The sad reality is there are still bills and rent to pay, mouths to feed, gas costs, you name it, making it […]

There Really is a Fate Worse than Death

In terms dollars and cents, becoming disabled creates way more economic carnage than death.  Half of all home foreclosures are due to disability with only 2% to 3% attributable to death.  About half of all personal bankruptcies are due to disability and related health costs.  For those of you seeking access to capital to build […]

How to Draft and Execute an Effective Business Plan

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Whether you are looking to improve your existing business or start a new venture all together, the question you should be asking yourself is, “what’s the plan?” Follow these steps to ensure a healthy and productive plan that is the best fit […]

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund: What You Need to Know

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are companies, certified by the US Department of Treasury, that offer access to capital to economically distressed communities.  The US Department of Treasury explains, “Through monetary awards and allocation of tax credits, the CDFI Fund helps promote access to capital and local economic growth in urban and rural low-income communities across the nation.”  These companies may be banks, credit unions, […]

Non-Profits Need Access to Capital to Create Jobs Too

The non-profit sector has already created millions of jobs and has potential to add many more.   A study conducted by Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Stephanie L. Geller of Johns Hopkins University, showed that in 2010 the non-profit sector had a total of 10.7 million paid workers [*.pdf] coming close to other industries, such as manufacturing at 11.5 million workers. […]