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  • 2014 Mid-term Elections: Investing in Small Business Is A Theme Both Parties Can Support November 20, 2014
    November 20, 2014   Dear AEO Member: After meeting with the AEO board  last week and discussions with our government relations team regarding our strategy going forward given the election results, I wanted to share with you AEO's perspective on the midterm elections.  Not only will this letter discuss the election results and changes in the Congress, it
  • An SBA Success Story September 29, 2014
    This post originally appeared on and was written by Yolanda Olivarez. Yolanda highlights the inspiring story of Lucia Valdez, a Latina entrepreneur who received a business loan from AEO member and partner ACCION Texas.   Hispanic women are strong, savvy, creative and resilient.  Many Hispanic women are nurturing families, building successful business
  • AEO Remembers Jody Raskind, Advocate and Friend September 29, 2014
    Advocate. Friend.   It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jody Raskind’s passing. She passed over the weekend. Jody had recently retired as Chief, Microenterprise Development Branch, U.S. SBA; she was the energy behind the SBA Microloan Program, and creator of the agency’s P.R.I.M.E. program. AEO had the privilege of celebrating Jody’s career at