Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success
By Emily Neie, Development and Communications Intern Halloween brings the return of all things creepy and spooky—gummy crawlers inch across cakes decorated to look like muddy cemeteries, cooked spaghetti masquerades as a bucket of worms in a haunted house, and … Continue reading
JPMorgan Chase foundation awards grant to PeopleFund to Support New PeopleStart Program Coming Early 2015 Austin, Texas – The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has approved a $40,000 grant in support of PeopleStart, PeopleFund’s startup business education program that helps new small business … Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Press Releases
PeopleFund Earns $700,000 Treasury Grant Funds will support statewide expansion Austin, Texas – PeopleFund, a non-profit Texas small business lender has been awarded a $700,000 Financial Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI … Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
By Samantha Gonzales, Development and Communications Intern Sharon Alexander’s motivation behind the founding of Lula’s Place Adult Day Facility in 2012 came from a combination of past work experience, personal standards of care, and memories of her grandmother, Lula Taylor. … Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
My name is Samantha Gonzales and I am a fifth year double-majoring in History and Corporate Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. As my dual majors show, I am interested in history and the world of communications, while … Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Announcements
Check out our August newsletter!
by Erica Herbst PeopleFund has found an outstanding example of the dedication it takes to build a small business from the ground up in Lee Vallely and Elisabeth Kristof. Beginning 2007 in her small loft in downtown Austin, Lee taught all … Continue reading
by Erica Herbst Veronica Torres Hazely opened V12 Yoga with her husband Ade Hazely hoping to bring the transformative power of yoga to downtown Dallas. Veronica built her business out of her existing dedication to the practice for stress relief and the … Continue reading
PeopleFund’s pioneer veteran entrepreneur program, PeopleVET, continues to grow to multiple Texas markets to best serve our state’s heroes as they transition from service to small business. We will host a public information session to share the details of this … Continue reading
by Erica Herbst Tieu Trinh is the owner and sole proprietor of Trinh’s A/C Services which he founded in Carrolton, TX in 1989 under a different name. He has been serving the Greater Austin area ever since. Trinh repairs and … Continue reading
by Zach Mayer Austin entrepreneur Caulen Lauria opened Cryo Body Works this year, using his athletic background to tailor the experience to the unique needs of clients. Lauria specializes in cryosauna treatments, a unique therapy originally developed in Japan in … Continue reading
By Erica Herbst Kristof and Diane Irwin founded Positive Energy in 2009. Motivated by a desire to improve sustainability in the building industry, Kristof and Diane decided to turn their decade of home building experience into their own company. The … Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
By Erica Herbst PeopleFund and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce have announced a new partnership to benefit small businesses in Austin. PeopleFund and GAACC services and benefits are accessible to members of both organizations. The Greater Austin Asian Chamber … Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Check out our July Newsletter! ELEVATING SMALL BUSINESSES TOGETHER
By Zach Mayer The June 2014 issue of Veterepreneur features successful PeopleVet partners and graduates Charmane Sellers and Marylyn Harris. Sellers is President of ALEON Properties Inc., a commercial residential and government construction firm. Harris is President of Harrland Healthcare … Continue reading
By Zach Mayer, Development & Communications Intern PeopleFund started the 2nd PeopleVET veteran education curriculum of 2014 in San Marcos last evening. Held at the Central Texas Medical Center, PeopleVET welcomed 24 area veterans to the innovative lending and learning … Continue reading
By Becca Divine Davis, Education and Training Coordinator Sharndell Lowe-Aitch has long been known as a baker by those around her. After years of encouragement from friends and family, Sharndell opened Cupcake and a Smile in the fall of 2011. … Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Bank of America recently announced a generous grant to PeopleFund to fund its lending programs and financial education to empower small business owners, create jobs and helping entrepreneurs achieve the American dream in greater Dallas/Ft. Worth. PeopleFund will lend $4,261,700 … Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
The Small Business Administration Community Advantage Pilot Program hit a major milestone this week- they reached the $100 million mark. Community Advantage (CA) reached this milestone over three years after the initiative to increase lending to underserved communities was launched … Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Announcements
By Antara Palit, Development & Communications Intern My name is Antara Palit and I am currently a rising senior at the Hockaday School. I have lived in Dallas for 5 years, and before that I lived in California where I … Continue reading
By Zach Mayer, Development & Communications Intern I have been told a career without a good education, prior internship experience and a good network of connections is a mediocre one at best. Thankfully my future career will be greatly benefitted … Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
By Chelsea Johnson, Development & Communications Intern Hi!My name is Chelsea Johnson and I am currently a student at Texas Tech University! I love my school and I am proud to be a Texas Tech Red Raider. I used to … Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Tori MaidenbergDevelopment and Communications Intern What lead Kevin Evans to open his own business was a mix of personal aspirations, including: freedom from being an employee, leaving a legacy for his children, and gaining the sense of accomplishment … Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Tori MaidenbergDevelopment and Communications Intern There remains an unfortunate paradox of the law: we all have a right to the law, but the law is often unaffordable and consequently inaccessible. We all have heard, even joked about, the … Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Press Releases
Memorandum of Agreement Outlines Role for Each Organization to elevate small business in Dallas Dallas, Texas – Access to capital is a serious road block for small business growth. The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) and PeopleFund announced today an exciting partnership … Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Tori Maidenberg Development and Communications Intern Humble is the best way to describe Coretta Turner. In August 2012, Coretta turned her passion for teaching public speaking into a reality and started her business, 3D Discovery. Her journey not … Continue reading
PROGRAM DETAILS “Getting Down to Business (GDTB)” is a free 7-month, in-depth curriculum based series designed to address the core needs of business owners and help them grow. Developed by Capital One Bank and local partners in 2009, the program … Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Erika Stroli Operations & Engagement Intern Kathryn Gonzales opened The Lone Star Diva & Co. in May 2007 after being inspired by her family of entrepreneurs and with dreams of one day starting her own company. Kathryn’s early … Continue reading
Article by Tori Maidenberg Development and Communications Intern It’s that time of the year again to crank up your giving and tune your passion because it’s time to Amplify Austin! Each year PeopleFund has the unique privilege to be one … Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Tori Maidenberg Development and Communications Intern Jessica opened Crema Bakery & Café in April 2013 after owning a dessert catering business four years prior. However, her passion for baking started much earlier. As a young girl, Jessica remembers … Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
WiL Turner first opened Fusion 40 Fitness in 2005 in New York after seeing a need for programs for people who couldn’t afford private training. He says it was quite challenging financially at first and still is, because he aims … Continue reading
Interning at PeopleFund within the Development and Communications department was a wonderful experience that I will always cherish. As it was only my second foray into the real world workplace, I had very little idea of what to expect. I … Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Jenny Larson joined the Salvage Vanguard Theater as an intern and performer in 2002. By 2008 she had risen to Artistic Director and brought with her new position the desire to continue producing cutting edge new American theater and to … Continue reading
High Tech CEO hosts Entrepreneur Education Series Lecture at Alamo Drafthouse Austin, Texas – PeopleFund announces the first of its 2014 PeopleTalk Speaker Series, which will features the inspiring Dan Graham, founder/CEO of BuildASign.com, on Thursday, March 6th at 11:30am … Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
JuNene has been dancing for as long as she can remember. While teaching a youth summer camp, she was approached by parents who wanted to keep their children in her dance classes after the camp ended. Wanting to offer her … Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
John Farmer saw the Rocket Fizz concept while visiting California in 2010 and immediately had a gut feeling that this was the next opportunity for his life. As fate would have it, Rocket Fizz was looking to expand its operation … Continue reading
Construction on New Corporate Facilities to Begin This Year Austin, Texas – Accion Texas will soon begin construction on its new corporate campus in San Antonio at 2015 W. Martin Street. The new campus consists of four buildings. The centerpiece … Continue reading
Growing up around a Grandmother who owned hair salons, Ana Thomas always knew she wanted to open her own some day. After working in a few salons it was time for her to branch out on her own. Initially, Ana … Continue reading
Article by Josh Wallace Development and Communications Intern Beginning a new job can be tough. When I first started my internship at PeopleFund I had to learn a lot of new names, how to make the printer work, and what … Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Frazier Revitalization was founded in May 2005 as a non-profit with the mission to implement redevelopment of the low-income Frazier neighborhood in South Dallas through economic and cultural development. Revitalization initiatives are difficult, and at one point Frazier Revitalization was … Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Announcements
Help them celebrate their 1 year anniversary with a vote! Vote for Biao Skincare in the small business grant contest with Chase Bank. All they need is for you to vote for them and then tell 5 of … Continue reading
Are you a female business owner with military connections, whether service member, spouse, or brat? Would you like the opportunity to sharpen your business presentation, meet fellow veteran entrepreneurs, and grow your overall professional network? If so, then join us … Continue reading
Houston, Texas – PeopleFund, a community development financial institution and local nonprofit, announces a $3.9 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation to support the expansion of Meals on Wheels of Greater Houston as part of a $12 million project … Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Irene Kwon Development and Communications Intern Servicing the State of Texas and beyond from their headquarters in Arlington since 2012, Madson’s HaulinGO LLC is a full-service trucking company known for its high-quality service and customer satisfaction. Kurt D. … Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Irene Kwon Development and Communications Intern In 2002, Debra J. Bishop welcomed her beautiful daughter Madison into the world. Unfortunately, Madison was blessed with Debra’s feet and there was nothing that seemed to fit her at the time. … Continue reading
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized PeopleFund President and CEO, Gary Lindner, as the winner of the AT&T Executive Leadership Award in the Small Business Division at the 2013 Greater Austin Business Awards on September 4. After receiving the … Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success
Article by Irene Kwon Development and Communications Intern PeopleFund is proud to present AuditGuard Services Inc. as our second August Featured Client. Inspired by the lack of affordable professional support for taxpayers confronted with the emerging threats of IRS audits, … Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Client Success
Article by Irene Kwon Development and Communications Intern PeopleFund is proud to present Bennu as our August Featured Client. In 2009, Austin welcomed a new addition to the coffee shop scene that was here to stay. Located close to the … Continue reading
By Lulu Molina, Development & Communications Intern For those of you seeking PeopleFund loans, we have some very exciting news. We’re happy to announce that this week marks the launch of our first-ever online loan application system! We believe that … Continue reading
PeopleFund Education & Training Intern Kenneth Dang shares his experience working with the Junior Entrepreneurship Track this summer. Where did it start? Every story, no matter how amazing the climax or resolution may come to be, needs someplace to start. … Continue reading
Entrepreneur and Author to Moderate Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program Austin, Texas – PeopleFund, a community development financial institution and local nonprofit will begin its Junior Entrepreneurship Track (JET) program on June 17th. Kaneisha Grayson will serve as facilitator for the … Continue reading
PeopleFund is pleased to announce Joyce McDonald, Founder and Executive Director of Frameworks Community Development Corporation Inc., has been selected as the Tingari-Silverton Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013! Joyce was presented with the Award at the Ernst & … Continue reading
Article by Jadeline Cao, Development & Communications Intern As an individual deeply concerned with social justice and economic equality, I am anticipating a long career in the nonprofit and public sector, where compassion and integrity supersede the drive for higher … Continue reading
Nonprofit partners with Meadows Foundation to support Veteran Business Owners Dallas, Texas – PeopleFund, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), announced the receipt of $66,500 grant from the Dallas-based Meadows Foundation for direct support of Texas veterans who chose … Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Client Success
Article by Kat Pratt PeopleFund is proud to present Hammons Family Dental as our May Featured Client. Dr. Travis Hammons was on a military scholarship while at dental school. During this time he was in the reserves and became active … Continue reading
Article by Kat Pratt On April 18, 2013 PeopleFund had its annual PeopleTalk event featuring Alamo Drafthouse’s founder & CEO Tim League. It was a luncheon event at the Alamo Cinema Village with food from the Alamo kitchens. The event … Continue reading
Grant supports technology enhancements for PeopleFund client training and education Austin, Texas – Texas Certified Development Company (TxCDC), a proven leader in Small Business Administration 504 lending and New Markets Tax Credits allocations, awarded a grant to PeopleFund to create … Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Article by Patricia Colomo Baray PeopleFund program and services I have always been very interested in learning how a nonprofit organization works, so what better way to learn this than volunteering for PeopleFund. PeopleFund is a nonprofit organization that creates … Continue reading
Article by Kat Pratt Blooming Pregnancy Spa & Imaging Center is a full service spa that provides a wide variety of caring services to women through the various stages of becoming mothers. Patti Justice opened her business in 2010 after … Continue reading
Are you a woman veteran interested in growing your business? Wondering what WVEC can do for your entrepreneurial dreams? Develop and polish your own two minute business pitch with professional business coaches. Find out about competing with your business pitch … Continue reading
Article by: Kat Pratt Rosewood Community Market’s grand opening was Wednesday March 6, and PeopleFund was there to celebrate! The market is located at the corner of Chicon and Rosewood in the heart of Austin’s Eastside. The day began with … Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Katherine (Kat) Pratt is an AmeriCorps VISTA who joined PeopleFund in February of 2013. VISTA is a national service program focusing on fighting poverty through creating capacity in community organizations and nonprofits assisting vulnerable populations. As an outreach coordinator Kat … Continue reading
February’s featured client is Xtra21 Express Trucking, a full service flatbed transportation company known for its innovation, reliability, and strong commitment to quality. Seven years ago in his hometown of Dallas, Braylon Lester founded Xtra 21 Express Trucking LLC, a … Continue reading
Small businesses almost never have enough capital to expand how their owners envisioned, and often they can’t even afford basic expenses like rent. Such limited funds force entrepreneurs to make decisions each month like which bills to pay and which … Continue reading
Local Chamber and Nonprofit to Provide Educational Opportunities Austin, Texas – PeopleFund and the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC) announced this week that the two organizations are partnering to offer educational workshops and technical assistance to the … Continue reading
This month we’d like to highlight Safe Haven, a child-placing foster/adopt agency in Houston, Texas. Safe Haven began as a group home for boys in 1991. The group became well known for its ability to take troubled youth that no … Continue reading
This December, PeopleFund welcomes Roy Spence and Judy Trabulsi of GSD&M and The Purpose Institute to discuss how they formed their own business and the impact of the new presidential administration on small businesses in our community. The Details When: … Continue reading
Article by: Miku Sakamoto This month we’d like to highlight Phoenix Arising, an Austin nonprofit that’s shaking up traditional education through aviation-oriented programs. Founder and Executive Director, Zay Collier, came to believe that knowledge is not something a learner passively … Continue reading
Please join PeopleFund in supporting client Bennu Coffee as they host a food drive benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank. The Details Food collected will be donated to Capital Area Food Bank. Food Drive will run from 10/26/12 – 11/9/12, … Continue reading
Earlier this month, PeopleFund welcomed the former board members of Plan Fund and members of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community to join in on our mission of supporting small business owners in North Texas. More than forty representatives from community … Continue reading
FedEx is hosting a small business grant competition now through November 17th. Visit the FedEx Facebook page for more information. They will award a $25,000 grant as well as several $5,000 grants. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase … Continue reading
Community nonprofit PeopleFund announced their annual economic summit and fundraising event, to be held at Austin Lumber Company on October 25th. This year, the summit will concentrate on the impact of Austin’s arts and cultural industries. Panel topics will focus … Continue reading
Article By Miku Sakamoto Peoplefund is excited to participate in this year’s OFN Conference taking place from October 15-18 in our backyard, San Antonio, Texas. This conference is a chance for CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions) from all over the … Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Now through September 19th, PeopleFund is participating in Chase Community Giving’s online competition for grant funds. To vote, visit the Chase Community Giving Facebook App and Keyword Search “PeopleFund” You can also find us by searching alphabetically under the poverty … Continue reading
PeopleFund Announces Business Plan Competition Nonprofit to Award Three Grants to Outstanding Business Models The community development financial institution and nonprofit charity PeopleFund announced Monday it will host its second annual “Top Seed” business model competition. This year, the organization … Continue reading
Dallas, Texas – The North Texas Small Business Development Center awarded PeopleFund the title of “Outstanding Lender” 2012 for the organization’s work with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit leaders in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth MSA in front of a … Continue reading
Are you shopping for back to school items? You can support PeopleFund in the process! PeopleFund recently teamed up with Give as you Get, a local affiliate shopping site dedicated to raising funds for community nonprofit organizations. Thanks to this … Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 by in In the News
We here at PeopleFund are all about fostering entrepreneurship in every community all across the state. More small businesses and entrepreneurs in more communities across the state means more connected and resilient local economies. You can trust us, or read … Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 by in In the News
Our client, Workers Defense Project, deserves a major pat on the back for a recent victory for low-income workers in Austin. They were able to negotiate an 11th-hour agreement with a prominent developer on a new development on the site … Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 by in In the News
Hi, I’m Mark Evers and for nine months out of the year, I teach Digital and Interactive Media, Banking and Financial Systems and Virtual Business to high school students at Stony Point High School. Go Tigers! For the next couple … Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 by in In the News
Our client, Eboni Baldwin, the owner and founder of BIAO Skincare, is one of those awesome reminders of why it’s important to support small businesses. BIAO is a certified organic, all-natural and cruelty-free skincare line produced and packaged in Houston. … Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 by in In the News
It’s June, meaning our Junior Entrepreneurship Track program for Austin high school students is up and running. For our JET program attendees, today is their first day of training. Over the next three weeks, our Junior Entrepreneurs will get the hands-on … Continue reading
We are pretty stoked for this year’s Economic Summit. Not only are we getting help from two arts entrepreneur/activist superstars Lisa Byrd and Ann Graham, but we also chose a great venue. This year’s Economic Summit, scheduled for Oct. 25, … Continue reading
Create Jobs for USA Program to Help PeopleFund and Fellow Community Lenders Generate Jobs across the U.S.
Posted May 30, 2012 by in Press Releases
PeopleFund, a local community lender, announced today that it has received a $66,250 capital grant from the Create Jobs for USA Fund (Create Jobs), managed by Opportunity Finance Network® (OFN). Starbucks and OFN teamed up to launch the Create Jobs … Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 by in In the News
We have been talking a lot about supporting arts entrepreneurs lately, but we need to take a step back to talk about why creatives—artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, actors—should view themselves as ‘arts entrepreneurs.’ We work with a lot of entrepreneurs … Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 by in In the News
We just decided that our summit this year will be all about the arts entrepreneur community here in Austin. Since there are so many directions that we can take this topic, so we would like to extend an invitation to … Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 by in In the News
Small Business, Big Impact. – An infographic by the team at Paychex BuildMyBiz®
Posted May 17, 2012 by in In the News
We were so inspired by our PeopleTalk speaker and arts entrepreneur Deborah Hamilton-Lynne that we decided to keep the arts entrepreneurship ball rolling with next fall’s Economic Summit. Each year, we host the summit to discuss a topic vital to … Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 by in In the News
We feel like bringing the community together is a huge piece of our mission. We love being a part of this awesome community, whether it’s through bringing in some awesome entrepreneurs to speak at PeopleTalk, helping to set up the … Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 by in In the News
We have some big news. We are partnering with Foundation Communities, a nonprofit and affordable housing provider from Austin. They do everything to keep low-income families financially stable: putting an affordable roof over their heads, offering continuing education classes, helping … Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 by in In the News
We believe that it’s never too early to develop sound financial skills and a passion for entrepreneurship. This weekend, hundreds of Austin’s youngest citizens will be doing just that for Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day started in 2007 in Houston as … Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 by in In the News
We just received some big news from our Dallas office. It feels like we just unpacked the boxes and our Dallas coworkers have hit the ground running. Comerica Bank has just announced that it will be providing our Dallas office … Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 by in In the News
The event was so great yesterday that we just can’t stop talking about it. There was just too much to put in one blog post, so we’re spreading it out over two days. After Deborah Hamilton-Lynne finished her speech (recap … Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 by in In the News
Today’s PeopleTalk speaker series was a celebration of all things arts entrepreneurial. We heard from Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, published playwright, author, columnist and editor of Austin Woman and ATX Man magazines, about what it takes to become an arts entrepreneur and … Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 by in In the News
When we were perusing our favorite blogs and news outlets a few days ago, we came across something that we had to share. Out of every 100 small business owners who walked into a large bank hoping for a loan … Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 by in In the News
We’re jumping the gun a bit on this, but we think this year’s Financial Fitness Greater Austin Week will be the best yet. Haven’t heard of FFGA week? Here’s a quick primer: Who: The Alliance for Economic Inclusion, Sen. Kirk … Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 by in In the News
It’s that time again. We’re so excited to announce that Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, editor-in-chief of Austin Woman magazine, will be our featured speaker for PeopleTalk on April 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. … Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 by in Press Releases
Two Texas micro-lending organizations with extensive track records of success, PeopleFund of Austin, Texas, and PLAN Fund of Dallas, Texas, are pleased to announce their merger effective March 31, 2012. This combination significantly increases available resources and strengthens their ability … Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 by in In the News
We are always happy to support nonprofits doing great work here in Austin. There are quite a few, but one in particular that needed our help recently. LifeWorks is a nonprofit that provides critical services to disadvantaged youth and families. … Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 by in In the News
Last night, Allen and I went to the RISE Austin kick-off event at the Bob Bullock Museum. It’s nice to know there are so many people fighting the good fight for entrepreneurship here in Central Texas, including renowned filmmaker and … Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 by in In the News
If you haven’t heard of RISE Week, you’re missing out. RISE, or the “Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs,” is a whole week of free (yes, that’s right, free) panels, seminars and networking events for aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Whether … Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 by in In the News
A study came out last month that confirmed what we’ve been preaching since we started: more small businesses are good for communities. We’ve heard a lot from the presidential candidates this year about how more small businesses and entrepreneurs are … Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 by in In the News
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve named Eugene Sepulveda as the Chairman of the Board Emeritus for our board. Eugene has played a part in our organization from the very beginning as a board member for the past 15 years. … Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 by in Announcements
Hello, blogosphere. It’s official—we caught the blogging bug. After working overtime on Twitter, Facebook and our blogs to promote our unofficial SXSW party, we’ve decided not to stop. We feel like it’s a great way to get the word out … Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 by in In the News
Stacy Zoern, CEO of Community Cars, who was born with a genetic disability confining her to a wheelchair, looked for a transportation alternative and found one.
Posted Dec 7, 2011 by in In the News
Excellent article in Austin Fit Magazine about our upcoming PeopleTalk guest speaker John Paul DeJoria, on his lifelong commitment to service and philanthropy. Read the article here.
Posted Nov 3, 2011 by in Announcements
As an active member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), PeopleFund has been invited to apply to participate in the new Create Jobs of USA initiative that launched at Starbucks locations nationwide on 11/1/2011. Donations made at Starbucks locations or … Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 by in Announcements
E.A.S.T. [East Austin Studio Tour] is coming up, November 12th – 20th. Many spaces in East Austin will be transformed into venues for Austin artists to display their works and talents. One of those spaces will be PeopleFund client, Austin Lumber … Continue reading
Austin Habitat for Humanity will take over management of PeopleFund’s PeopleTrust program. The board of directors of PeopleFund and Austin Habitat for Humanity have unanimously agreed to transfer the operations of PeopleTrust, and are renaming it Austin Habitat Trust. Read the full … Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 by in Announcements
PeopleFund is pleased to have wrapped up another fine event season by hosting its annual East Night celebration as well as its Economic Summit – Growing Complete Communities. Check out details on East Night by going to the Out and … Continue reading
Austin-based PeopleFund has expanded into the San Antonio market as part of a larger strategy to extend its presence across the state. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 by in In the News
PeopleFund was recognized by Community-Wealth.org as being an integral player in the evolution of community development in Central Texas over the last decade.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 by in Press Releases
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the nation’s leading network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative announced that PeopleFund is one of the 21 distinguished participants of the 10,000 Small Businesses CDFI … Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 by in Announcements
Our summer newsletter is your complete resource for all our upcoming events, educational opportunities, housing announcements, and program updates! Continue reading
Austin’s award-winning, highly-collected artists Will Klemm, Shawn Camp, and Jan Heaton are joining more than 50 local area artists to raise money to aid the people of Japan devastated by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Paintings, mosaics, and other forms … Continue reading
PeopleFund has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration as an SBA certified microloan intermediary. Continue reading
THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MOSAIC ARTISTS WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK TO CREATE ART MURAL FOR PeopleFund OF AUSTIN More than a hundred members of the Society of American Mosaic Artists’ (SAMA) volunteered their time and talent on February 16th & … Continue reading
PeopleFund Client, Margarita’s Tortilla Factory, featured on Chef Donald’s link’s “Taste of Place” Continue reading
PeopleFund is revving up to grow from $3 million in loans annually to $100 million within five years, beginning with its first-ever Small Business Administration loan program.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Learn more about Austin’s needs every month and how you can make a difference! Continue reading
Austin Business Journal: PeopleFund is revving up to grow from $3 million in loans annually to $100 million within five years, beginning with its first-ever Small Business Administration loan program. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Gary Lindner, President and CEO at PeopleFund, discusses Financial Literacy in Austin. Continue reading
CARS: Leading CDFI loan funds dedicated to transparency say investors expect continued participation. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
Austin Involved Members select PeopleFund as the Charity of Choice for January. Continue reading
News 8 Austin: PeopleFund has opened a new facility designed to help residents of Central Texas with their finances. Continue reading
For immediate release October 22, 2010 Contact: Ayleen Pérez / Communications Manager / 512.698.9060 PeopleFund’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Headquarters The Meredith Family, Pedro Garza, Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Other Supporters Celebrate Completion of LEED Silver Certified Center for … Continue reading
The Austin Times: PeopleFund held their annual East Night Gala festival at their new location.
Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund’s annual gala, known as East Night, commemorated three miracles on Friday.
East Night GALA at PeopleFund’s New Headquarters Will Honor Former CEO Margo Weisz and Local Small Business Owners
For Immediate Release September 22, 2010 East Night GALA at PeopleFund’s New Headquarters Will Honor Former CEO Margo Weisz and Local Small Business Owners Carnival Includes Building Tours, Local Food Vendors, and Over 30 Performers PeopleFund and BBVA Compass Present … Continue reading
PeopleFund’s board has tapped Gary Lindner to lead the organization through a period of budget growth and a move to its new East Austin home. Continue reading
Austin American Statesman: New program reaches out to people without bank accounts.
Univision: Jack McDonald, Chairman of PeopleFund’s Board of Directors, delivers welcome address at the launch of Bank On Central Texas at Austin’s City Hall on June 1, 2010.
KUT: Radio interview with Suzi Sosa and Emily DeMaria.
Posted Apr 29, 2010 by Amber Cooney in Announcements
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KUT: Includes interview with Green for All’s Cecilia Estolano, PeopleTalk’s April 2010 featured guest.
Austin American Statesman: Debate hinges on whether money should be spent on homes for low-income buyers or rental housing for homeless and very poor residents.
CNN: Tom Foreman speaks with one woman (Laura Culin, PeopleFund client) who rebuilt her lumber business from the ground up in this challenging economy.
For Immediate Release January 25, 2010 PeopleFund CEO Margo Weisz Steps Down After 15 Years Weisz’s Departure Met with Support from Board and Staff as Organization Enjoys its Strongest Position in History AUSTIN, January 25 – Margo Weisz, Founder and … Continue reading
Austin Business Journal: PeopleFund commenced construction on its new East Austin home today.
News 8 Austin: An organization helping people live the American dream, both personally and professionally, will soon have its own building.
For immediate release January 21, 2010 PeopleFund’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Construction Site of New Building Jack McDonald, Will Meredith and Other Supporters Gear Up with Hard Hats & Shovels to Kick Off Construction of LEED Silver Certified Center For … Continue reading
Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund’s longest serving employee said today that she will step down in July as executive director of the economic development and affordable housing nonprofit.
Austin Business Journal: Margo Weisz is stepping down from PeopleFund after 15 years at the helm.
KUT: 2009 will be remembered as the year of… lots of things–including tightening credit markets. Includes interview with Milano the New School’s Lisa Servon, featured speaker at December 2009 PeopleTalk Speaker Series.
Austin Business Journal: PeopleTrust’s Kelly Weiss discussing Austin’s affordability crisis.
AUSTIN, Texas – December 9, 2009 – PeopleFund welcomes Lisa Servon, Dean of Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, who will be leading a discussion on “The Role of Micro-Lending in the U.S.” as part of our … Continue reading
Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund takes a chance on a small business owner when traditional banks said no.
Austin Business Journal: A few nonprofit-private partnerships bringing affordable housing to Austin hope to prove such arrangements can provide needed housing for the working class, while turning a profit for developers.
Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund, the East Austin nonprofit, will receive $1 million from the federal government to make more loans to small businesses and provide other credit and financial services to its clients.
Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund’s Margo Weisz chimes in on why our clients are riding out the recession.
Austin Business Journal: What exactly is a green job? ABJ interviews our PeopleTalk Economic Summit’s Workforce Development panel for answers.
For Immediate Release PeopleFund Wins Innovation Award at 9th Annual Austin Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Austin Chamber of Commerce honors PeopleFund with Bury + Partners’ Innovation Award in Non-Profit Category AUSTIN, Texas – August 26th, 2009 – PeopleFund, a … Continue reading
Austin Business Journal: Austin city officials and U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett on Wednesday announced the city’s intention to receive $2 million in Community Development Block Grant Recovery funds that will help fund four development projects in East Austin.
Austin Chronicle: At a June 26 PeopleTalk luncheon, city manager Marc Ott addressed a range of topics… But in closing, Ott issued a strong challenge to Austinites to publicly address the racial divide in Austin.
For Immediate Release City Manager Marc Ott Headlines PeopleTalk Speaker Series Housing, Small Business, Budget, Transportation are Among Topics AUSTIN, Texas – June 15, 2009 – PeopleFund, a socially responsible small business loan fund and affordable housing non-profit, welcomes Austin … Continue reading
For Immediate Release PeopleTrust Affordable Housing Programs Receive Honors from Liveable City Working Families Find Homes Affordable With Shared Appreciation Loans and Land Trust Homes AUSTIN, Texas – May 19, 2009 – PeopleTrust, the affordable housing arm of PeopleFund, will … Continue reading
Austin Business Journal: Economy goes cold, entrepreneurs heat up.
Austin Business Journal: An East Austin transit-oriented development is gaining traction as a hub for nonprofit activity.
Austin Business Journal: PeopleFund plans to sprout a new building in East Austin to expand its programs for underserved areas and low-income people.
Austin Business Journal: Barbra Boeta, PeopleFund’s Community Lender, discusses the “warm and fuzzies” she gets when she underwrites small business loans for those turned away by banks.
Austin Business Journal: A new nonprofit is poised to transform the way affordable housing gets built in Austin.