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Celebrate 2014 and Welcome 2015 with PeopleFund!

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To PeopleFund Friends and Supporters:

We are eager to begin 2015, our fourth year of a Five Year State Expansion Plan, and build on the momentum created last year. 2014 was transformational for PeopleFund, which would not have been possible without a remarkably talented and dedicated staff.

All time record of loans made and dollars dispersed to Texas small businesses.

 All time record for volunteer mentors along with record number  hours of client business education and training.

 All time record for grants which included a $700,000 CDFI Fund Financial Assistance award.

 Top SBA7A Community Advantage lender in Texas and #4 in the nation. Chosen as one of seven Century Club members and highlighted at 2014 Clinton Global Initiatives.

 Chosen as Dallas partner for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative.

 Selected by Elizabeth Street Capital (Tory Burch Foundation and Bank of America) as its Texas CDFI partner to advance the cause of women entrepreneurs.

 Premier Texas non-profit lender to veteran business owners. Endorsed by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). Sole funding partner for Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Academy.

 Opened new satellite offices in Fort Worth and the Rio Grande Valley (McAllen).

 Diversity from top to bottom. Minority majority Board (9 of 12 minorities). Bilingual at all locations. 5 of 6 loan officers Hispanic. 75% staff female. 3 of 4 senior staff female.

We thank all who support our mission and help us lift small businesses – Board, Funders, Volunteers, Partners, Donors, Advisory Councils, and Clients. We invite all of you to join us for our 2015 journey to further expand our services to aspiring small business, and assist them in their pursuit of  the American Dream.

With Gratitude,



Gary Lindner, President and CEO



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