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Vegan Soul Food: Improving Health “One Chew at a Time”

Chef GW Chew’s plant-based meat substitutes are going from restaurant to supermarket with support from a Wells Fargo diverse small business program.
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March 7, 2019

Jennifer Donaldson
Wayne Thompson

If it looks like steak and tastes like steak, it must be steak, right?

Nope.

To Chef GW Chew, it’s something even better: a vegan Philly cheesesteak. His “Philly Cheeze Steak” sandwich — “cheeze” instead of “cheese” since it’s not made from milk — is one of several plant-based food offerings at The Veg Hub, a restaurant he founded in Oakland, California.

Turning $50 Into a Small Business Owner’s Dream Come True

When Celeste Phillips wanted to start her own business, she turned to Bridgeway Capital, which provided her with funding and resources, thanks to support from Wells Fargo.
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Celeste Phillips believes that working for someone else forces you to put your own dreams on hold. But working for yourself, she said, allows you to fulfill your dreams. Read the full story and watch the video at Wells Fargo Stories.

That’s why she started Big LuLu’s Trucking LLC, a construction and hauling company in Pittsburgh.

Wells Fargo Sparks Diverse Small Business Growth Across U.S. by Fulfilling $75 Million Lending and Grant Commitment

Additional $100 million already pledged to continue support; latest funding serves rural and urban communities in Nebraska, California, New York and more
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SAN FRANCISCO, December 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced it has exceeded its initial $75 million commitment for the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program by awarding $13 million in lending capital and grants to 19 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in the l

Self-Help Credit Union’s Green Impact Capital

Making Money & Making a Difference
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[Article from the January 2016 issue of GreenMoney Journal]

Self Help Credit Union’s Green Impact Capital 

By Melissa Malkin-Weber, Sustainability Director, Self-Help Credit Union

When I finished graduate school in 1994, I wanted to build a meaningful career using my training in law and public health. More specifically, I had two major goals: to create a more sustainable planet, and to invest my money in a way that was consistent with my social justice values. Ideally, I would weave the two together.

Community Development & Revitalization - How It's Done

A dialogue on Impact Investing
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A Dialogue on Community Development and Impact Investing: Featuring Ron Phillips and Ellen Golden of CEI

Ron Phillips is the founding CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), the Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Maine. He will be stepping down from CEI in July 2016 after 38 years. Ellen Golden is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Managing Director of CEI Investment Notes. She is stepping down this month after 37 years with CEI.

Wells Fargo Invests $1,000,000 in Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

Investment will provide small business loans for emerging entrepreneurs
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MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it has provided a $1,000,000 Equity Equivalent Investment (EQ2) to Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), a 501(c)3 organization that provides small business loans and technical assistance to emerging entrepreneurs who may be challenged to meet traditional underwriting criteria by virtue of being a start-up or those who have credit challenges and/or a shortfall of collateral.

Helping Small Businesses 'Start, Stabilize, and Grow'

Wells Fargo launches $75 million Diverse Community Capital Program
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A nonprofit in Jackson, Mississippi, will use a $2 million grant from Wells Fargo to support commercial lending, outreach, and technical assistance programs for minority- and women-owned and led small businesses.

Bank of America Launches Directory Listing Sources of Capital for Small Businesses

Directory Designed to Create More Awareness of Available Funding
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Bank of America announced today the launch of an online community development financial institution (CDFI) directory to connect small businesses to more capital. This nationwide directory, www.bankofamerica.com/cdfi, will enable entrepreneurs and small business owners to find a CDFI in their community, creating an opportunity to access funding to help grow their businesses.

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