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Connecting Homeless Artists to the Global Marketplace

Liz Powers from FedEx Small Business Grant Contest winner ArtLifting explains


Liz Powers, ArtLifting

Talent is often invisible. But as a social worker leading art groups in Boston homeless shelters, Liz Powers had a remarkable idea. What if she could help give these hidden artists a source of income and sense of purpose?

Women Building Careers in Impact Investing

by Jenn Pryce, President and CEO, Calvert Foundation

What do an artificial heart, the theater, and Gabon all have in common? From where you’re sitting, probably not much. For me, however, they are key facets of my life that have led me to a career in impact investing.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Releases Safety and Security Quick Guides

Platform Provides Resources for Communities, Small Businesses, and Chambers to Deter Theft, Support Resiliency
Press Release

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc., today released the Safety and Security Quick Guides, an online platform to educate communities, business owners, and chambers of commerce on steps they can take to ensure a safe, crime-free work environment.

One Year Later, Detroit’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund Provides $2.75 Million to Nearly 30 Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Press Release

DETROIT, December 14, 2016 /3BL Media/  - Detroit’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund (EOC) today announced that it has awarded nearly 30 minority-owned small businesses with $2.75 million in critical capital since it began making loans one year ago. Created by the Detroit Development Fund (DDF), JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), this $7 million program is supporting Detroit-based neighborhood businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color and businesses that primarily hire people of color.

Engaging Employees Real Talk: Why Wait?

By Kimberly Young, Vice President of Business Development, America's Charities

It’s September. Yikes!

Summer vacations are ended. Kids are back in school. The Fall giving season is ramping up. CSR and employee engagement leaders are prepped to inspire their employees to give back to their communities. Bins are going out as we speak to collect school supplies, food, and pretty soon holiday gifts, before the year ends.

From “Nice to Have” to Business Critical

Small businesses are discovering that making sustainability a cost-effective priority is within their reach.

Tom Bihn | TOM BIHN, INC.

When I was a kid, I was a gear geek: I eagerly poured over the catalogs from outdoor equipment companies, dreaming of the adventures I might have with a backpack, tent and sleeping bag.

Being 10 years old, I couldn’t afford to buy any of that hi-tech stuff made of nylon and aluminum, so my parents suggested I try to make my own.

My mom taught me the basics of sewing, my brother fixed up our grandmother’s old Singer machine, and I started making outdoor gear.

Not Everyone is Asked, “What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?”


by Maria Bolis, senior advisor for Private Sector Department, Oxfam America

What if you were never asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was younger, I wasn’t aware that people had different expectations of girls and boys. My parents wanted me to get good grades and have a career. They never asked, “When will you get married? How many children will you have?” Instead they asked, “What are you thinking about” And “What interests you?”

KeyBank Announces $16.5 Billion National Community Benefits Plan

Plan Includes Investment in Underserved Communities
Press Release

CLEVELAND, OH, MARCH 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ – KeyBank today announced several major steps to further its community investments across the company as part of a National Community Benefits Plan. The investments announced today underscore KeyBank’s commitment to helping clients and communities thrive as well as its responsible approach to banking, citizenship and operations. 

VEDC and JPMorgan Chase Expand Loan Fund for African American-Owned Small Businesses in Los Angeles

The National African American Small Business Loan Fund will increase economic opportunity for businesses that lack access to credit and primarily serve low-income communities
Press Release

LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2016 /3BL Media/ – VEDC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced an expansion of a lending program for African American-owned small businesses in Los Angeles. The National African American Small Business Loan Fund is part of a broader initiative to boost economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses in Los Angeles, as well as Chicago and New York, and help them serve low-income communities by providing greater access to capital, technical assistance and financial consulting.

Wells Fargo Provides $7 Million to Grameen America

Increases Access to Capital for Women-owned U.S. Small Businesses
Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, February 11, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today it has provided $7 million to Grameen America, a leading U.S. non-profit microfinance organization, to support microloans for entrepreneurs. The $1 million equity equivalent (EQ2) investment and $6 million senior debt facility, which act as revolving funds, are estimated to yield over a three-year period an additional $42 million in loans for start-ups and expansions to more than 10,000 low-income women entrepreneurs.


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