Brenda Buenviaje, Brenda’s French Soul Food

Brenda Buenviaje had worked as a chef for years but lacked business experience. When she wanted to open her own restaurant in 2007, not just banks turned her down but “friends, co-workers, my own parents were like, ‘No thank you,’” she said. Opportunity Fund said yes, taking out a lien against her condo to secure the $100,000 loan.

House Small Business Committee Holds First Hearing of 2019

Thanks to Jennifer Mangone, Madison Services Group (our folks in DC) for this write up of this week’s House Small Business Committee hearing.   House Small Business Committee Holds First Hearing of 2019 By Jennifer Mangone Despite the 116th Congress being sworn in on January 3, the partial government shutdown caused a bit of a

Research on African American Entrepreneurship

According to Prosperity Now’s 2019 Scorecard, 19.1% of white residents in the U.S. are business owners compared to 14.4% of black residents. Though that difference might not seem large, the data also shows that white-owned businesses are valued more than 8 times higher than black-owned businesses. These are just a couple of data points that