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Press Release – JPMorgan Chase Foundation awards grant to fund new PeopleStart program

Posted Oct 6, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Press Releases

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


Press Release – PeopleFund Earns $700,000 Treasury Grant

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


Client Feature – Lula’s Adult Day Facility

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


PeopleFund Intern Welcome – Samantha Gonzales

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


Airborne in August – PeopleNews August 2014

Posted Aug 25, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Announcements

Check out our August newsletter!  


Client Feature – RedBird Pilates

Posted Aug 20, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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


Client Feature – V12 Yoga

Posted Aug 14, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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 announces Houston PeopleVET Community Information Session

Posted Aug 14, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Press Releases, Small Business Resources

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


Client Feature – Trinh’s A/C Services

Posted Aug 8, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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


PeopleFund visits Cryo Body Works Grand Opening

Posted Aug 7, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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


Client Feature – Positive Energy

Posted Aug 1, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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


PeopleFund announces partnership with the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

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


Jumping for Joy – PeopleNews July 2014

Posted Jul 29, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements

Check out our July Newsletter! ELEVATING SMALL BUSINESSES TOGETHER


PeopleFund congratulates two PeopleVet graduates on their recognition in Veterepreneur magazine

Posted Jul 18, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success

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


PeopleVET San Marcos Kicks Off

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success, Small Business

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


Over the Moon in June, PeopleNEWS June 2014

Posted Jul 2, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Non Profits, Small Business, Small Business Links, Small Business Resources


Client Feature – Cupcake and a Smile

Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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


Bank of America & PeopleFund in Dallas/Ft. Worth

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


SBA 7A Loans Reach $100 Million Mark

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


PeopleFund Intern Welcome – Antara Palit

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


PeopleFund Intern Welcome – Zach Mayer

Posted Jun 17, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Uncategorized

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


PeopleFund Intern Welcome – Chelsea Johnson

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


Client Feature | StrongTower Heating & Air

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


Client Feature | Law Offices of Tiombe Jones

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


Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber and PeopleFund Partner to Support Small Businesses

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


Client Feature | 3D Discovery

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


Getting Down to Business with Capital One and the Dallas SBDC

Posted Apr 4, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success

 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


Client Feature | The Lone Star Diva & Co.

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


Amplify Austin 2014

Posted Mar 20, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Announcements, Events

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


PeopleNEWS March 2014

Posted Mar 18, 2014 by thomas in Announcements, Events


Client Feature | Crema Bakery & Café

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


Client Feature | Fusion 40 Fitness

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


The PeopleFund Experience by Chris Bynoe

Posted Feb 18, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Accomplishments & Awards, Programs, Uncategorized

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


Client Feature | Salvage Vanguard Theater

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


Dan Graham of BuildASign.com featured in March PeopleTalk

Posted Feb 3, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Events, Press, Press Releases

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


Client Feature | Perpetual Motion Studio

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


Client Feature | Rocket Fizz

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


PeopleFund and Capital One Bank Team to Provide Financing for the New Accion Texas Corporate Campus

Posted Jan 16, 2014 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Non Profits, Press

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


Client Feature | Good Hair & Co.

Posted Jan 7, 2014 by Miku Sakamoto in Client Success, Uncategorized

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


What Makes PeopleFund Different by Josh Wallace

Posted Dec 19, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Accomplishments & Awards, Programs, Uncategorized

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


Client Feature | Frazier Revitalization

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


Help BIAO Skincare win a $250K grant from Chase!

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


Pitch Party

Posted Oct 15, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Announcements, Events

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


PeopleFund announces Partnership with Interfaith Ministries

Posted Oct 7, 2013 by Miku Sakamoto in Press, Press Releases

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


Client Feature | Madson’s HaulinGO by Irene Kwon

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


Client Feature | Mooshu Trainers by Irene Kwon

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


PeopleFund CEO recognized at 2013 Austin Chamber Awards

Posted Sep 6, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Uncategorized

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


Client Feature | AuditGuard Services, Inc. by Irene Kwon

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


Client Feature | Bennu Coffee by Irene Kwon

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


PeopleFund is proud to announce the launch of a new online loan application system

Posted Jul 17, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, Announcements, Programs

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


“Taking Off” by Kenneth Dang

Posted Jul 12, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Programs

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


PeopleFund Announces Kaneisha Grayson as Program Facilitator

Posted Jun 12, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Press Releases

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


Joyce McDonald is Tingari-Silverton Foundation’s 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted Jun 11, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, Announcements, Client Success

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


What Sets PeopleFund Apart from other Nonprofits

Posted May 29, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, In the News, Uncategorized

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


PeopleFund Receives Meadows Foundation Support

Posted May 14, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, Announcements, In the News, Press Releases

 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


Hammons Family Dental | May Featured Client

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


PeopleTalk with Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse

Posted Apr 19, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, Events

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


TxCDC Awards Grant to PeopleFund

Posted Apr 18, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, In the News, Press Releases, Uncategorized

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


From the Intern’s Desk – Desde el Escritorio del Interno

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


Blooming Pregnancy Spa – April Featured Client

Posted Apr 8, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success, Small Business

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


Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps is having a Pitch Party for Women Veterans at PeopleFund!

Posted Mar 13, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Events, Small Business, Small Business Resources

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


Grand Opening for Rosewood Community Market PeopleFund’s March Featured Client

Posted Mar 7, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Uncategorized

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


New Faces at PeopleFund

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 Featured Client – B’s Xtra21 Express Trucking

Posted Feb 28, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Small Business

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


How to Juggle Small Business Finances

Posted Feb 5, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Resources, Small Business, Small Business Links, Small Business Resources

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


PeopleFund Announces Strategic Partnership with CCAACC

Posted Jan 31, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, In the News, Press, Press Releases, Uncategorized

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


Featured Client: Safe Haven

Posted Jan 8, 2013 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, Non Profits

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


PeopleFund Announces final PeopleTalk date for 2012

Posted Nov 8, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Events, In the News, Non Profits, Resources, Small Business, Small Business Resources

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


Client of the Month – Phoenix Arising

Posted Nov 8, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success, In the News, Small Business, Uncategorized

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


Bennu Coffee offers BIG prizes for a little charity

Posted Nov 1, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Client Success, In the News, Uncategorized

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


PeopleFund Welcomes Dallas Advisory Committee

Posted Oct 14, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success

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


Calling all PeopleFund clients and prospective clients!

Posted Oct 12, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Client Success, Resources, Small Business, Small Business Links, Small Business Resources

  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


East Night Summit and Celebration Event Announced

Posted Sep 27, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, East Night, Events, Press, Press Releases

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


PeopleFund Gears Up for 2012 Opportunity Finance Network Conference

Posted Sep 27, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Small Business

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


Support PeopleFund in Chase Community Giving

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 Top Seed Business Model Video Competition

Posted Sep 15, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, In the News, Press Releases

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


PeopleFund Receives Outstanding Lender Award at Deal Day

Posted Aug 28, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Accomplishments & Awards, In the News, Press, Press Releases

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


Back-to-School shopping? Support us in the Process!

Posted Aug 21, 2012 by Amber Cooney in Announcements, Uncategorized

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


New study highlights immigrant small business owners

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


PeopleFund client Workers Defense Project gets major victory at City Hall

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


An update from the JET Program at Stony Point High School

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


Vote for our client, BIAO Skincare!

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


The JET Program is here!

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


Austin Lumber Company will host Economic Summit on Oct. 25

Posted May 31, 2012 by in Events, In the News

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


Why every artist needs an awesome business plan

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


Be a part of this year’s Economic Summit

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


Happy National Small Business Week!

Posted May 20, 2012 by in In the News

Small Business, Big Impact. – An infographic by the team at Paychex BuildMyBiz®


Announcing Economic Summit 2012

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


Calling All Volunteers!

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


PeopleFund and Foundation Communities to become community partners

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


Lemonade Day this weekend!

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


PeopleFund Dallas receives $40,000 grant from Comerica

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


Arts entrepreneurship in Austin: PeopleTalk Recap Part 2

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


Our PeopleTalk recap

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


New study says banks approved less than 10 percent of loans in 2011

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


FFGA Week is coming…

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


Deborah Hamilton-Lynne to be PeopleTalk speaker on April 24

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


PeopleFund and Dallas PLAN Fund Announce Merger

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


PeopleFund helps LifeWorks find the funds for affordable housing

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


Our Take on the RISE Austin Kick-Off Event

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


What We’re Doing for RISE Austin 2012

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


Small businesses and your health?

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


Meet our New Chairman of the Board Emeritus

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


Introducing our Blog

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


Pflugerville car maker unveils “The Kenguru”

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.


At home with John Paul and Eloise DeJoria

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.


PeopleFund to apply for Create Jobs for USA initiative with Starbucks and OFN

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


East Austin Studio Tour coming up

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 to manage PeopleTrust, rename program

Posted Oct 28, 2011 by in Announcements, In the News

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


East Night 2011 featured on Austin 360’s Out and About

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


Nonprofit lender PeopleFund spreading its wings into San Antonio

Posted Aug 30, 2011 by in Announcements, In the News

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


PeopleFund recognized as influential voice for Community Development

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.
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PeopleFund participant in Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses Initiative”

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


Fresh Updates in the Summer Newsletter!

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


PeopleFund hosts Art Auction for Japan Relief

Posted Apr 13, 2011 by in Events, Press, Press Releases

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 Designated for Microlending Intermediary

Posted Mar 28, 2011 by in Press, Press Releases

PeopleFund has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration as an SBA certified microloan intermediary. Continue reading


Society of American Mosaic Artists Create Art Mural for PeopleFund

Posted Mar 10, 2011 by in Press, Press Releases, Uncategorized

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 “Taste of Place”

Posted Mar 9, 2011 by in Announcements, In the News

PeopleFund Client, Margarita’s Tortilla Factory, featured on Chef Donald’s link’s “Taste of Place” Continue reading


PeopleFund prepping to do SBA loans as part of growth plans

Posted Feb 17, 2011 by in Announcements, In the News

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.
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Watch the Community Needs Spotlight and see the faces of Austin’s Non-Profits at work

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


PeopleFund prepping to do SBA loans as part of growth plans

Posted Feb 4, 2011 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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


KUT Get Involved Spotlight

Posted Feb 3, 2011 by Amber Cooney in Announcements

Gary Lindner, President and CEO at PeopleFund, discusses Financial Literacy in Austin. Continue reading


CARS Pioneers are Gearing Up for Their Third Ratings Cycle

Posted Feb 3, 2011 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

CARS: Leading CDFI loan funds dedicated to transparency say investors expect continued participation. Continue reading


Charity of Choice for January

Posted Feb 2, 2011 by Amber Cooney in Announcements

Austin Involved Members select PeopleFund as the Charity of Choice for January. Continue reading


New Non-Profit Hub Aims to Help More than One Cause

Posted Oct 27, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

News 8 Austin: PeopleFund has opened a new facility designed to help residents of Central Texas with their finances. Continue reading


PeopleFund’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Headquarters

Posted Oct 22, 2010 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases, Uncategorized

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


East Night Gala by PeopleFund

Posted Oct 7, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

The Austin Times: PeopleFund held their annual East Night Gala festival at their new location.


PeopleFund East Night GALA at East Austin Center for Economic Opportunity

Posted Oct 3, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press, Uncategorized

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

Posted Sep 22, 2010 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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 finds new CEO in San Antonio

Posted Jul 23, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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


PeopleFund and United Way Launch Bank On Central Texas

Posted Jun 1, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press, Uncategorized

Austin American Statesman: New program reaches out to people without bank accounts.


Footage of Bank On Central Texas Launch

Posted Jun 1, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


Banking on Central Texas

Posted Jun 1, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

KUT: Radio interview with Suzi Sosa and Emily DeMaria.


People for People

Posted Apr 29, 2010 by Amber Cooney in Announcements

Read me. Continue reading


Some Green Jobs Are for Low Wage Workers

Posted Apr 5, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

KUT: Includes interview with Green for All’s Cecilia Estolano, PeopleTalk’s April 2010 featured guest.


Austin Weighs How to Spend General Obligation Bonds

Posted Mar 23, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


Austin Lumber Company’s Laura Culin (PeopleFund client) Featured on Building Up America Series

Posted Feb 24, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

CNN: Tom Foreman speaks with one woman (Laura Culin, PeopleFund client) who rebuilt her lumber business from the ground up in this challenging economy.


PeopleFund CEO Margo Weisz Steps Down After 15 Years

Posted Jan 28, 2010 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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


PeopleFund Breaks Ground on New HQ

Posted Jan 25, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: PeopleFund commenced construction on its new East Austin home today.


Non-Profit Venture Breaks Ground in East Austin

Posted Jan 25, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

News 8 Austin: An organization helping people live the American dream, both personally and professionally, will soon have its own building.


PeopleFund’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Construction Site of New Building

Posted Jan 22, 2010 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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


PeopleFund Executive Director Announces Departure

Posted Jan 22, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


PeopleFund Exec Margo Weisz Steps Down

Posted Jan 22, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: Margo Weisz is stepping down from PeopleFund after 15 years at the helm.


More Businesses Turning to Micro-Loans

Posted Jan 4, 2010 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


Housing Developments Targeted Growing Suburbs, Downtown

Posted Dec 25, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: PeopleTrust’s Kelly Weiss discussing Austin’s affordability crisis.


PeopleTalk Speaker Discusses “The Role of Micro-Lending in the U.S.”

Posted Dec 9, 2009 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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


Nonprofit PeopleFund is a Bank of Economic Opportunity

Posted Nov 8, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund takes a chance on a small business owner when traditional banks said no.


Partnerships Spawn Affordable Homes

Posted Oct 9, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


PeopleFund Wins $1 Million from the Federal Government

Posted Oct 2, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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 Business People Look for Signs of a Rebound

Posted Sep 20, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin American Statesman: PeopleFund’s Margo Weisz chimes in on why our clients are riding out the recession.


Funding for Green Jobs Growing…

Posted Sep 11, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: What exactly is a green job? ABJ interviews our PeopleTalk Economic Summit’s Workforce Development panel for answers.


PeopleFund Wins Innovation Award at 9th Annual Austin Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Posted Aug 31, 2009 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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 Receives $2 Million in HUD Stimulus Funds

Posted Aug 27, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


Ott Tackles Racial Divide

Posted Jul 3, 2009 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


City Manager Marc Ott Headlines PeopleTalk Speaker Series

Posted Jun 15, 2009 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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


PeopleTrust Affordable Housing Programs Receive Honors from Liveable City

Posted May 19, 2009 by Amber Cooney in Press, Press Releases

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


PeopleFund Helps Entrepreneurs as Economy Slows

Posted Sep 12, 2008 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press, Uncategorized

Austin Business Journal: Economy goes cold, entrepreneurs heat up.


East Austin Development Haven for Non-Profits

Posted Aug 15, 2008 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: An East Austin transit-oriented development is gaining traction as a hub for nonprofit activity.


PeopleFund Plans Building for Expanding on its Mission

Posted Jul 18, 2008 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: PeopleFund plans to sprout a new building in East Austin to expand its programs for underserved areas and low-income people.


“At Work”: An interview with Barbra Boeta, PeopleFund lender

Posted Jul 11, 2008 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

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.


PeopleTrust Adds Affordable Housing

Posted Apr 4, 2008 by Amber Cooney in In the News, Press

Austin Business Journal: A new nonprofit is poised to transform the way affordable housing gets built in Austin.