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PeopleFund announces new Chief Information and Operations Officer

PeopleFund announces new Chief Information and Operations Officer Laura Alatorre Kvalheim, accomplished fintech executive, joins Texas’ small business lender   Austin, Texas – PeopleFund is pleased to announce Laura Alatorre Kvalheim as the organization’s new Chief Information and Operations Officer. A seasoned financial services and technology executive, Ms. Kvalheim’s career includes positions…

PeopleFund announces new Chief Information and Operations Officer Laura Alatorre Kvalheim, accomplished fintech executive, joins Texas’ small business lender   Austin, Texas – PeopleFund is pleased to announce Laura Alatorre Kvalheim as the organization’s new Chief Information and Operations Officer. A seasoned financial services and technology executive, Ms. Kvalheim’s career includes positions…

$15 million Veteran Loan Fund closes its first round with support from Wells Fargo

$15 million Veteran Loan Fund closes its first round with support from Wells Fargo  Unprecedented initiative in support of veteran entrepreneurs gains momentum   AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Veteran Loan Fund announced today that it has raised $15 million in support of veteran-owned business, including seed funding from Wells Fargo. The Veteran…

$15 million Veteran Loan Fund closes its first round with support from Wells Fargo  Unprecedented initiative in support of veteran entrepreneurs gains momentum   AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Veteran Loan Fund announced today that it has raised $15 million in support of veteran-owned business, including seed funding from Wells Fargo. The Veteran…

Client Spotlight: dozanü innovations

Changing Marketing for Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion How two deaf, LGBTQ women are shifting the landscape of marketing for marginalized communities. Think of the most recent advertisement that you have seen.  Could someone with a disability be able to understand it?  How about a non-English speaker?  While 26 percent of the US…

Changing Marketing for Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion How two deaf, LGBTQ women are shifting the landscape of marketing for marginalized communities. Think of the most recent advertisement that you have seen.  Could someone with a disability be able to understand it?  How about a non-English speaker?  While 26 percent of the US…

PeopleFund Announces New Chief Financial Officer

PeopleFund announces new Chief Financial Officer Anthony Hedger, a seasoned financial executive, joins Texas’ small business lender   Austin, Texas – PeopleFund is pleased to announce Anthony Hedger as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer. A seasoned financial executive, Mr. Hedger worked for Rolls Royce maritime, Petronas, CFS Bank and Vodafone playing…

PeopleFund announces new Chief Financial Officer Anthony Hedger, a seasoned financial executive, joins Texas’ small business lender   Austin, Texas – PeopleFund is pleased to announce Anthony Hedger as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer. A seasoned financial executive, Mr. Hedger worked for Rolls Royce maritime, Petronas, CFS Bank and Vodafone playing…

Client Spotlight: NOMTOMBOT, INC.

Picture this: It’s the middle of summer and the Texas heat is beating down on you while you are walking around the local flea market. Beads of sweat are dripping down your forehead, and the only thing keeping you cool is an ice-cold mangonada or a refreshing melon agua fresca. Memories just…

Picture this: It’s the middle of summer and the Texas heat is beating down on you while you are walking around the local flea market. Beads of sweat are dripping down your forehead, and the only thing keeping you cool is an ice-cold mangonada or a refreshing melon agua fresca. Memories just…

Women’s History Month Client Spotlight: Apirra Abstract and Title

Founded by Kenisha Natividad, Apirra Abstract & Title is a title company in Boerne, Texas, that aims to provide their clients with the amazing experience of achieving and witnessing the “American dream” of homeownership.   Kenisha decided to start Apirra Abstract & Title after closing on her own home and having a…

Founded by Kenisha Natividad, Apirra Abstract & Title is a title company in Boerne, Texas, that aims to provide their clients with the amazing experience of achieving and witnessing the “American dream” of homeownership.   Kenisha decided to start Apirra Abstract & Title after closing on her own home and having a…

BIPOC Small Business Accelerator Announcement: Houston and Fort Worth

PeopleFund is proud to announce that we deployed over $1.5M in loans and $120,000 in grants to 28 small businesses in Austin and Dallas during our inaugural cohorts. Applications open today for BIPOC Small Business Accelerator’s second set of cohorts in Fort Worth and Houston. This program will continue to provide small business owners with…

PeopleFund is proud to announce that we deployed over $1.5M in loans and $120,000 in grants to 28 small businesses in Austin and Dallas during our inaugural cohorts. Applications open today for BIPOC Small Business Accelerator’s second set of cohorts in Fort Worth and Houston. This program will continue to provide small business owners with…

Black History Month Client Spotlight: Shantell Jennings (Smell’em Candle Co.)

Shantell Jennings was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Although she noted that Atlanta was where she was raised, Shantell grew her love for art in her hometown’s historically Black community theater, Arena Players Incorporated. In her younger years, Shantell would spend her summers and holidays learning how to act, dance, sing, and write….

Shantell Jennings was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Although she noted that Atlanta was where she was raised, Shantell grew her love for art in her hometown’s historically Black community theater, Arena Players Incorporated. In her younger years, Shantell would spend her summers and holidays learning how to act, dance, sing, and write….

Black History Month Staff Spotlight: Sarina Kyle

During Black History Month, PeopleFund is honored to spotlight our Fort Worth Loan Officer, Sarina Kyle.   Born and raised in Mississippi, Sarina relocated to Texas in 2019 with her family and two daughters. To Sarina, family is everything. Every Sunday, her family enjoys a tradition called “Sunday Funday” where they get together…

During Black History Month, PeopleFund is honored to spotlight our Fort Worth Loan Officer, Sarina Kyle.   Born and raised in Mississippi, Sarina relocated to Texas in 2019 with her family and two daughters. To Sarina, family is everything. Every Sunday, her family enjoys a tradition called “Sunday Funday” where they get together…

The Veteran Collaborative Announces the Creation of the Veteran Loan Fund

PeopleFund is honored to be one of twelve Community Development Financial Institutions announcing the creation of the Veteran Loan Fund, with Bank of America as the lead capital investor. The Veteran Loan Fund aims to fill the financial and training gap that underserved military veterans face when building a small business. This…

PeopleFund is honored to be one of twelve Community Development Financial Institutions announcing the creation of the Veteran Loan Fund, with Bank of America as the lead capital investor. The Veteran Loan Fund aims to fill the financial and training gap that underserved military veterans face when building a small business. This…