Recently in the Small Business and Micobusiness Lending Category
12:14 PM August 31, 2012
Cathy Martine, AT&T Executive Vice President, Small/Medium Business Solutions, addressed WIPP's and SBEC's Small Business Policy Luncheon at the Republican National Convention. Her opening remark was: "We have come together to elevate the voice of women entrepreneurs in the public arena." Cathy acknowledged the role of small business as an engine of job growth. Her remarks included a call to action: "We must continue to drive that message home with public policy makers." Her comments were particularly insightful as last evening Governor Romney said in his acceptance speech, "Today women are more likely than men to start a business." The US Census' 2007 Survey of Business Owners reports that there are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
4:50 PM June 2, 2011
Today Women Accessing Capital, one of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)'s educational programs, hosted a webinar, "The Landscape of Community Development Lending for Small Business." Connie Evans, President and CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, shared a wealth of information on alternative funding sources for women small business owners who are seeking capital. Some key take aways were:
- Community Development Financial Institutions emphasize relationship-based lending and will look at you and your business beyond quantitative factors. These lenders can be a good option for start-up companies and individuals with damaged credit or limited collateral. For more information visit www.cdfi.org
- The microenterprise landscape is defined as a business with 5 or fewer employees, and 88% of businesses in the US fall into this category. If 1 in 3 microenterprises hired just one more person, the US would be at full employment!
- The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the voice for microenterprise. AEO creates opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs and assists them in starting, stabilizing, and expanding business. To learn more about how they can help your small business, visit http://www.aeoworks.org
To learn more about Women Accessing Capital, visit www.womenaccessingcapital.com