The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) invites all financial institutions and small business stakeholders in the Florida Panhandle to a one-day forum on opportunities for rural small business development in northwest Florida.
The purpose of this forum is to provide networking and joint learning on specialized topics for bankers and small business stakeholders. Participants will learn about federal small business lending programs, Community Development Financial Institutions and receive updates from Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and FDIC on economic outlooks. Participants will hear from banker panelists regarding their actual experiences using federal small business lending programs. The program will also include an overview of the FDIC Money Smart for Small Business curriculum and feature Community Reinvestment Act/Compliance and Risk Management bank examiners for an interactive discussion on small business lending.
Rural Communities’ Small Business Forum
Thursday, August 25
8:30 am – 2:45 pm
Northwest Florida State College
100 East College Boulevard
Student Services Center Room 302 (map attached)
Niceville, Florida 32578
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
This event is free, but registration is limited. Registration ends at close of business Monday, August 22. To register, please send your name, affiliation, email address and phone number to AAtkins@fdic.gov.
AARP Foundation & AEO Partner to Hold
Grant Application Assistance Webinar
AARP Foundation, with support from The Hartford, is proud to present Work for Yourself@50+SM, a new initiative designed to educate low-income adults age 50+ about self-employment, including the factors that one needs to consider and first steps that one should take when deciding to work for themselves. This initiative includes the "Five Simple Steps to Get you Started" toolkit, Workshop, and interactive website.
AARP Foundation is currently requesting applications from eligible organizations to host the workshop component of the Work for Yourself@50+ program. Grantees will be expected to administer the 90-minute workshop on a regular basis throughout the grant period, as well as to connect workshop participants with other local resources that can provide assistance and support for those looking to become self-employed. In addition to funding, AARP Foundation will provide technical and programmatic support that allows grantees to develop their offerings for the low income 50+ community and successfully implement the workshop.
As part of their outreach efforts, AARP Foundation is extending a special invitation to member organizations and contacts of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity to apply to be part of the Work for Yourself@50+ initiative. To apply for a grant, please view the Request for Applications and submit your application online here.
AARP Foundation and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity will co-host a webinar to assist all potential applicants with programmatic information and technical support regarding this grant opportunity. This webinar will take place on August 4, 2016 from 3 to 5pm, Eastern Standard Time. Interested organizations may register for the webinar on its landing page.
Please note that the deadline for applications is August 26th, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. We look forward to hearing back from you.
AEO Members and Friends:
As you may know, in May of 2016, the three largest online small business lenders - OnDeck, Kabbage, and CAN Capital - announced an initiative to create and adopt a model disclosure for small business lending with support from AEO.
This disclosure tool - known as SMART (Straightforward Metrics Around Rate and Total Cost) Box - represents ground-breaking progress toward advancing transparency for the benefit of small business owners. These three lenders (and others) are committed to adopting a common set of metrics including total cost and APR.
AEO is facilitating stakeholder engagement related to the SMART Box. The engagement process includes a questionnaire intended to help solicit feedback from a broad range of stakeholders.
Please take a few minutes to share your perspectives with us on the design of the model disclosure for small business lending by clicking on the link below no later than August 5, 2016:
GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK
Your perspectives on this critical issue are invaluable for small businesses.
If you have any questions about the Smart Box Initiative or the questionnaire, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Connie E. Evans
President & CEO
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Selling in Latin America - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
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Starting Your Business - Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
The TBTF Exploratory Lab Boot Camp, at Tech Data, is a 5 day (June 27 – July 1, 2016) boot camp for college students of all majors to discover new career options in the tech industry. The program provides a real-time business integration experience and increases tech & non-tech degree student interest in the technology industry. This program allows students to work on a business plan viable enough to bring to market and present to the executive leadership and hiring managers from area businesses. No experience needed.
Applications are due on April 24, 2016.
Location: Tech Data Corporation, Clearwater; Valpak, St. Petersburg; Agile Thought, Tampa; and St. Petersburg College, EPI Center, Clearwater
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Policy Proposal: Presidential Action to Close the Racial Wealth Divide
From the Editor
As we make our way into the heart of the presidential primary election season, conversations about the issues you care about most have taken center stage. Wealth and income inequality—once only discussed among a small group of us—now command a great deal of air time on cable news, during debates and on the campaign trail. And it’s about time: according to our latest Scorecard data, 44% of U.S. households can’t weather a financial storm. The picture is especially grim for households of color, who are 2.1 times more likely to live in poverty than white households and who continue to feel the effects of the Great Recession, even years later.
The good news, however, is that more than ever before, people are recognizing that in order to reverse the trends of insecurity and inequality and build the opportunity economy we envision, folks need an arsenal of tools to help them get ahead.
One of these critical tools is access to entrepreneurship. Owning a business has the potential to be a pathway to opportunity for people who have traditionally been excluded from the economic mainstream, especially low-income communities of color. That recognition is what’s driving our new Entrepreneurs of Color project, which you’ll read about in this month’s newsletter. Over the next several months, we’ll be talking to low-income entrepreneurs of color in the South, along with the organizations and experts who serve them, to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face in their quest to grow businesses and build a better future for their families and communities. If you have insights to share, we hope you’ll do so!
In this newsletter, you’ll also read about two other tools—Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) and financial capability services—to help expand economic opportunity for all. Those eager to see the expansion of CSA programs will be especially interested in our new learning series, and for those planning to integrate financial capability services into your programs, our new training videos are a must-watch.
Thanks for all you do to build the “toolbox” we need in order to create an opportunity economy!
Director of Communications
Today, we’re excited to launch a new research-driven initiative—Toward Financial Resilience for Entrepreneurs of Color—to explore and address financial vulnerabilities facing entrepreneurs of color in the South. Over the next year, with the support of Capital One, we’ll be reflecting on decades of work by organizations aiming to serve entrepreneurs; interviewing experts for their insights; and working directly with entrepreneurs of color in the South to gain a deep understanding of their experiences and needs. This information will put us on the pathway to designing solutions that meet the needs of these entrepreneurs, and to get started on the right foot we need your help.
The Children’s Savings Account (CSA) field is experiencing a growth spurt! Every few weeks, we hear about a new locality or organization that’s interested in developing a CSA program or introducing children’s saving legislation. To support the growth of the field, CFED released Investing in Dreams: A Blueprint for Designing Children’s Savings Account Programs last fall. This interactive, step-by-step guide helps program coordinators create CSA programs. To bring this publication to life, CFED is facilitating a learning series this spring and summer to highlight key concepts from the guide and showcase examples from successful CSA programs.
In 2015, CFED partnered with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to publish Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services (“the Guide”) to help practitioners plan how to integrate financial capability into existing services. Since then, the Guide has become the go-to resource for practitioners who see the power of financial capability integration. Today, we are excited to announce the release of five short training videos that walk viewers through the Guide.
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Capitol Hill Policy Forum: How Tax-Time Issues Impact Low-Wage Workers Nationwide
Tuesday, March 15 | 9-11 am EDT | Washington, DC | Register
What It’s Worth: Preparing Bay Area Residents for a Lifetime of Financial Well-Being
Friday, March 18 | 8 am-4:30 pm PDT | San Francisco, CA | Register
Save the Date: 2016 Assets Learning Conference
September 28-30 | Washington, DC | Learn more
On March 4, Melissa Grober-Morrow, Director of Savings & Financial Capability, will present at the Alabama Financial Education and Professional Develop Summit in Birmingham.
On March 15, David Newville, Director of Government Affairs will speak during CFED’s VITA Awareness Day event, “The Impact of Tax-Time Issues on Low-Income Workers Nationwide,” on Capitol Hill.
On March 17, Kate Griffin, Vice President for Programs, will present at “What It’s Worth: Preparing Bay Area Residents for a Lifetime of Financial Well-Being,” in San Francisco, CA.
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Scoring Homeownership: Looking at the Long Game
Federal Policies Helped Create the Racial Wealth Divide. Here’s the First Step to Fixing It.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted final rules to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. The Commission also voted to propose amendments to existing Securities Act rules to facilitate intrastate and regional securities offerings. The new rules and proposed amendments are designed to assist smaller companies with capital formation and provide investors with additional protections.
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