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  • Micro Capital Task Force: Closing the Gap, Increasing Access July 28, 2014
    Dear Members and Friends,   In a meeting last summer with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, he challenged AEO to find solutions for the source of the capital gap on Main Street, which is this: each day in America 8,000 requests for business capital are denied. A loan denial can cause a ripple effect, especially for a Main Street entrepreneur, And I don’t have to
  • More than a Living June 24, 2014
    I recently read about an unemployed, single mother who completed a two-week training course to become a certified nursing aide, an occupation listed as the “fastest-growing job in America.” The woman was hopeful that the certification will allow her to now make a living. Ideally, the certification will bring employment opportunities, but, very likely, her jo
  • AEO Conference Speaker Guest Blog April 30, 2014
    I’m looking forward to being part of the 2014 AEO National Conference. And I’m especially excited about the panel discussion on how data and analysis can strengthen the microbusiness industry; specifically, microfinance. The organization I lead, CARS Inc., has identified a number of opportunities to help strengthen the field by attracting new funders and inv