Category: Small Business

Hispanic Heritage Month Employee Spotlight: Martha Victoria Valdez

During this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, PeopleFund is proud to feature our very own Martha Victoria Valdez, Senior Economic Development Officer of South Texas. Martha was born and raised in Laredo. Growing up, she spent a lot of time with her grandmother, Julia, originally from Juarez, Chihuahua, who taught Martha how to make many traditional Mexican dishes such as…

During this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, PeopleFund is proud to feature our very own Martha Victoria Valdez, Senior Economic Development Officer of South Texas. Martha was born and raised in Laredo. Growing up, she spent a lot of time with her grandmother, Julia, originally from Juarez, Chihuahua, who taught Martha how to make many traditional Mexican dishes such as…

Hispanic Heritage Month Client Spotlight: John Zapata, Speed Junction Xpress Auto Care

Speed Junction Xpress Auto Care, one of the first mobile quick lube companies in the Houston/Baytown area, revved their engine up for the first time earlier this year. Owner, John Zapata, started this business venture after the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to resign from the small car dealership and…

Speed Junction Xpress Auto Care, one of the first mobile quick lube companies in the Houston/Baytown area, revved their engine up for the first time earlier this year. Owner, John Zapata, started this business venture after the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to resign from the small car dealership and…

BIPOC Small Business Accelerator

PeopleFund proudly announces launching our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Small Business Accelerator. Our new signature initiative strategically aims to meet diverse community needs that have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted small businesses and people of color. We are thrilled to launch our first cohorts…

PeopleFund proudly announces launching our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Small Business Accelerator. Our new signature initiative strategically aims to meet diverse community needs that have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted small businesses and people of color. We are thrilled to launch our first cohorts…

Client Highlight: Invictus Martial Arts

Our clients, Selynda Garza and Dave Hackbarth shared the story of their business, Invictus Martial Arts. Read their story below: “Through a shared passion for martial arts and a holistic view of life, we became quick friends and collaborated on several events and training opportunities together. In late 2017, we had a…

Our clients, Selynda Garza and Dave Hackbarth shared the story of their business, Invictus Martial Arts. Read their story below: “Through a shared passion for martial arts and a holistic view of life, we became quick friends and collaborated on several events and training opportunities together. In late 2017, we had a…

Client Highlight: Industrial Solutions

Our client, Barbara Oldums of Industrial Solutions shared the story of her business, Industrial Solutions. Read her story below: “We started Industrial Solutions in 2011, it’s our 9th year of business. We are a wholesale distributor of safety and janitorial supplies. We have multibillion-dollar competitors, so we found that good customer service…

Our client, Barbara Oldums of Industrial Solutions shared the story of her business, Industrial Solutions. Read her story below: “We started Industrial Solutions in 2011, it’s our 9th year of business. We are a wholesale distributor of safety and janitorial supplies. We have multibillion-dollar competitors, so we found that good customer service…

PeopleFund & City of Eagle Pass Inject $200,000 Into Small Businesses

In partnership with PeopleFund, the City of Eagle Pass announces the release of the Downtown Revolving Loan Fund (DRFL). The DRFL will provide a low interest financing option to individuals looking to open a new business in the Central Business District, with a high emphasis on Main Street. The City has committed…

In partnership with PeopleFund, the City of Eagle Pass announces the release of the Downtown Revolving Loan Fund (DRFL). The DRFL will provide a low interest financing option to individuals looking to open a new business in the Central Business District, with a high emphasis on Main Street. The City has committed…

Client Highlight: CatSpring Yaupon

Yaupon is seen as a nuisance in Texas. The hardy plant is often in the way and is even burned to make room for cattle. In 2011, a drought in Texas left millions of trees dead, but one plant, yaupon, survived. Sisters Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro noticed the plant was thriving…

Yaupon is seen as a nuisance in Texas. The hardy plant is often in the way and is even burned to make room for cattle. In 2011, a drought in Texas left millions of trees dead, but one plant, yaupon, survived. Sisters Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro noticed the plant was thriving…

Opportunity Finance Network Highlights Chicks With Class

Margo Jordan-Baines of Chicks With Class Shares Her Story With Opportunity Finance Network Read the feature below or on Opportunity Finance Network’s website:  Recognizing the need for empowerment programs in her Houston, Texas, community, U.S. Army veteran Margo Jordan-Baines started Chicks With Class in 2013. With a mission to blossom girls and boys into young adults who will help shape…

Margo Jordan-Baines of Chicks With Class Shares Her Story With Opportunity Finance Network Read the feature below or on Opportunity Finance Network’s website:  Recognizing the need for empowerment programs in her Houston, Texas, community, U.S. Army veteran Margo Jordan-Baines started Chicks With Class in 2013. With a mission to blossom girls and boys into young adults who will help shape…

Client Highlight: Hill Country Med Waste

Special Ed teacher by day, entrepreneur by night- Hillary Burris is redefining what it means to think outside the box. After moving to Kyle from California, Hillary quickly saw a massive gap in the market when it comes to medical waste and responsible removal options for businesses. Inspired to keep it local,…

Special Ed teacher by day, entrepreneur by night- Hillary Burris is redefining what it means to think outside the box. After moving to Kyle from California, Hillary quickly saw a massive gap in the market when it comes to medical waste and responsible removal options for businesses. Inspired to keep it local,…

Tory Burch Foundation Opens Applications for Fellows Program

Would you like to receive a $5,000 grant, year-long fellowship and a trip to the Tory Burch Offices?   The Tory Burch Foundation opened up applications for The Fellows Program. The program provides the community of support women entrepreneurs need to connect, learn, and grow their business. Through this program, 50 female entrepreneurs…

Would you like to receive a $5,000 grant, year-long fellowship and a trip to the Tory Burch Offices?   The Tory Burch Foundation opened up applications for The Fellows Program. The program provides the community of support women entrepreneurs need to connect, learn, and grow their business. Through this program, 50 female entrepreneurs…