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Sources of Capital for Small Business Focus of September 19 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on September 17, 2011

Janie Barrerra, president of Accion Texas and Sam Thacker, a partner with Business Finance Solutions, are the guests on the September 19 edition on Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

Janie Barrerra, Accion Texas

The mission of ACCION Texas Inc. is to provide credit and service to small businesses that do not have access to loans from commercial sources, and to provide leadership and service to the micro lending field on a national level.

Established in 1994 in San Antonio, ACCION provides individual business loans from $500 to $50,000 for startups and up to $100,000 for established businesses. ACCION also provides business lines of credit from $5,000-$50,000 for established businesses with two years of financial history.

Additionally, ACCION Texas Inc. is a SBA 504 Certified Development Company. The 504 program provides healthy growing businesses with affordable long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. ACCION works with the SBA and Private-Sector lenders to provide commercial real estate financing up to $10 million, to small businesses under the SBA 504 Program.

Sam Thacker, Business Finance Solutions

Business Finance Solutions helps small to mid-sized businesses find working capital, subordinated debt, real estate loans, equipment sale leaseback, import / export financing and business credit insurance. Since 1994 Thacker has funded nearly $400 million for 350+ clients.

His specialty is using multiple types of financing to meet a company’s unique needs, often using factoring or asset based loans combined with other more traditional financing methods.


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Where the Jobs Are and Airport Blvd. Initiative Focus of September 12 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on September 10, 2011

Michael Noer, Executive Editor of Forbes magazine,  will discuss some of the companies that are still hiring despite the economic malaise, and Robyn Emerson will discuss the City of Austin Airport Boulevard Initiative’s Community Vision Workshop on the September 12 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, 5:30-6 p.m.  Listen live online at


Forbes recently published an article online Workers Wanted, that looks at some bright spots on the hiring front. Forbes’ careful parsing of the data reveals opportunities amid the general gloom, including a map illustrating the top (and bottom) ten states for job creation per capita, new $100,000-plus jobs, and more.

Airport Boulevard Initiative Kick-Off Reception and Community Vision Workshop

The City of Austin is working with Airport Boulevard users, owners, neighbors, and other stakeholders on an ambitious initiative to revitalize this important corridor.  On September 13, interested parties will be able learn about the Corridor Mobility Study,  share their concerns and ideas on transportation issues on Airport Boulevard, and provide input to the conception master plan.  .

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REBRODACAST: Interview on Increasing Profits and City of Austin Surety Bond Assistance program

Posted by HH on September 5, 2011

Dr. Jonathan Byrnes, author of Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink:Why 40 Percent of Your Business Is Unprofitable and How to Fix It, and Luke Luper, who leads the City of Austin’s Bonding Consulting Services for minority and women contractors, will be the guests for the two segments of Economic Perspectives on September 5, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.  Listen online at kazifm.orgThe interviews originally broadcast on October 25, 2010.

In Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink, Byrnes uses a systematic, field-tested approach to analyzing profitability, helping companies quickly determine which parts of the business are worth expanding and which parts drain resources. Then, using his concept of “profit levers,” he show them how to implement effective and sustainable change to improve the bottom line.

Byrnes, a Senior Lecturer at MIT, is an acknowledged authority on profitability management. His extensive experience spans virtually every industry, including healthcare, transportation, software, retail, financial services, distribution, and others.

At MIT, Dr. Byrnes has taught at the graduate level and in executive programs for nearly twenty years. He has authored over one hundred books, articles, cases, notes, and expert submissions. In addition, he wrote a monthly column on managing profitability for Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge for four years.

Luke Luper

Through the City of Austin’s Bonding Consulting Services, Luper will meet on a one-on-one basis to provide confidential advice in the following areas:
  • Evaluation of company’s bonding needs
  • Assistance with bonding application
  • Identify qualified surety bond agents

To be eligible for assistance firms must be certified as a minority, woman, or disadvantaged business enterprise by the City of Austin Small & Minority Business Resources department.  For more information email Luke Luper at

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Listen to Firdos Vohra Discuss Value of MBA

Posted by HH on September 5, 2011

Firdos Vohra, a second year MBA student at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, talked about why she decided to obtain an MBA on the July 4 edition of Economic Perspectives.  To listen to the podcast of this interview click here: Firdos Vohra Interview.

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Gina Montana Podcast About Doing Business in New Orleans After Katrina

Posted by HH on September 5, 2011

If you missed the interview with Gina Montana about her experiences working in New Orleans as an entrepreneur after Hurricane Katrina click here: Gina Montana Interview.

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Black Unemployment Stays High

Posted by HH on September 2, 2011

Black Unemployment Stays High

The Black unemployment is at 16.7 percent according to the latest data provided the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read the story on the CNN web site at:

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