Author Archives: Ayrianne Parks

The SBA released the following information on the windows for lender participation. As you know, CFIs, including SBA Microlenders, had first access for first draw loans starting on January 11 and second draw on January 13. A new group of lenders under $1 billion in assets will have access starting tomorrow, in addition to CFIs. Major financial institutions will not…

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WWBIC, founded in 1987, is a  economic development corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WWBIC goal is “Putting Dreams to Work” through its financing and technical assistance to small businesses in Wisconsin. In 2018, WWBIC provided 26,755 counseling and training hours, assisting 5,119 clients, and closed over $7,506,900 (131) in small business loans. Their clients started, strengthened, or expanded 1,429 businesses…

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Entrepreneur Fund is an SBA Microloan intermediary headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota and an active member of the Friends of the SBA Microloan Program. The organization actively partners with entrepreneurs to stimulate the growth of successful businesses in Aitkin, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis, Stearns and Todd Counties in Minnesota…

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On May 21, 2019, the Friends of the SBA Microloan Program is hosting an informational briefing for Members of Congress and their staffs on the SBA Microloan Program. The event will feature presentations from four SBA Microloan intermediaries that provide financial and technical assistance to small businesses owned by low-income, women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs. Be sure to share this…

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Since 2000, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) has helped over 900 small businesses start and grow in Georgia, made more than $60 million in loans and helped create/retain nearly 8,000 jobs. ACE, a longtime member of the Friends, is focused on assisting small-business owners of color, women, low-income entrepreneurs and others who lack equitable access to small-business financing across…

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National Small Business Week kicked off yesterday with an awards event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The ceremony featured the Jody C. Raskind Award for the 2019 Microlender of Year. This year’s award went to the Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), a longtime member of the Friends of the SBA Microloan Program. CEF was one of the first…

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Washington, DC—July 19, 2018—Last night, the Microloan Program Modernization Act (S. 526) was passed by the Senate. The bill was introduced by Sen. Deb Fischer on March 2, 2017 and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of House members, including Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Scott (R-SC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Gary Peters (D-MI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Tammy…

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