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What Small Businesses Need to Know About Expansion

June 21, 2024

As a small business owner, you’ve poured your heart and soul into building your company. Now, as you look to the future, you see opportunities to grow and expand.

Personal Credit Scores: The Key to Small Business Financing Success

June 21, 2024

Did you know that your personal credit score can make or break your business’s ability to get the financing it needs to start or grow? As a small business owner, your personal credit score is one of the most important factors that lenders consider when deciding whether to approve your loan application.

Grow America Diaries: Inoussa Compaore

June 21, 2024

This month, Inoussa Compaore, Burkina Faso native and owner of Zaca Café in Brooklyn, NY, shares his perspective on how a Grow America loan helped him seize an opportunity to grow his physical location and double his revenue projections.

Leveraging Debt Financing for Small Business Success

May 13, 2024

As a small business owner, you have big dreams for your company. With the right resources, you can achieve the success you’ve always envisioned. That’s where debt financing comes in.

Unlocking Growth: What to Expect When Applying for an SBA 7(a) Loan

May 13, 2024

SBA 7(a) loans are a powerful tool for small businesses looking to grow and succeed. With more than 47,500 small businesses borrowing from the program each year, 7(a) is the SBA’s most popular loan option due to the lower rates, longer terms, and lower down payments it offers.

Are You Ready for Your Next Business Loan? A Checklist for Small Business Owners

May 13, 2024

Whether you’re looking to expand your product line, hire more staff, or invest in new equipment, a business loan can unlock your company’s potential.

Request for Qualifications: Community of Practice Subaward – Workshop and Cohort Instructors

May 2, 2024

Grow America is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to partner and deliver content to expand capacity of EDA’s RLF lending entities and grow the expertise and impact of the RLF industry.

The Accelerator Fund: Pioneering Economic Empowerment Through Collaborative Financing

April 24, 2024

A groundbreaking initiative has just launched in the St. Louis Metro area, setting the stage for a resurgence in entrepreneur support and economic empowerment.

Grow America part of group that received $500 million in EPA funding for underserved rural communities

April 4, 2024

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the recipients of the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator (CCIA) competition. Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), Grow America, and a number of other partners were excited to learn that it has been selected for a $500 million award for the Green Bank for Appalachia, Energy Communities, and Underserved Rural America (Green Bank for Rural America) by the EPA under the CCIA.

Save BIG with Truist Bank’s Exclusive Discount on Certification Classes

March 20, 2024

We are thrilled to announce a special, limited-time offer that can propel your career to new heights—and it’s all thanks to the generous support of Truist Bank.