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.