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  • 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
  • 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