Sam’s Club Giving Program
The Sam’s Club Giving Program has supported Accion’s efforts to increase access to capital and training for women business owners and to improve our ability to reach entrepreneurs wherever they are with the necessary services and support to drive success.
Providing opportunities for more small business owners to have access to affordable loans and navigate the lending process is an important goal for Sam’s Club, and Accion has been honored to collaborate through the Giving Program. Due to the support from Sam’s Club, Accion has been able to to streamline our digital lending systems, laying the groundwork for greater reach nationwide. Together, our work will make it possible for more small business owners to find smart options that lead to economic mobility.
To support women entrepreneurs, Sam’s Club launched the WE-Lend Initiative, designed to grow women-owned businesses and jump-start job creation by increasing access to affordable loans and innovative training for women entrepreneurs. As part of WE-Lend, Accion partnered with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Women Impacting Public Policy to:
- Train Women’s Business Centers to become microlenders
- Strengthen microlenders’ relationships with Women’s Business Centers nationwide, creating a more effective partnership that matches more women with the right lender to access financing to grow their businesses
- Increase the capacity of Women’s Business Centers to provide financial literacy and loan readiness training
Learn more about the Sam’s Club Giving Program’s commitment to small businesses here: http://corporate.samsclub.com/small-business