Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX


Hopeton Hay

The Economic Perspectives blog was founded by its publisher and editor in August of 2008, Hopeton Hay, to provide a wide variety of information on small business, economics, banking, and finance trends and resources that can empower main street and underserved communities.

The blog grew out of a radio show Hopeton started in July of 1995, also called Economic Perspectives, which broadcasts on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas every Monday from 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.   The radio show features a diverse array of interviews with book authors, entrepreneurs, government and nonprofit officials, that share their knowledge, resources, and experiences that can educate, inspire, and empower listeners.  Past guests have included David Hinson, National Director of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency, Eric Zarnikow, Associate Adminstrator for Capital Access at the U.S. Small Business Administration; Ken Blanchard, author of the One Minute Entrepreneur; and Melody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, the 2nd largest African American investment firm in the nation.

Hopeton is also host of KAZI Book Review, a weekly radio show on KAZI 88.7 FM featuring interviews of authors of recently published books in the areas of business and economics, public policy, history, biography, and occasionally fiction.  It comes on Sundays 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Hopeton has over 20 years experience providing business training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses with a special focus on access to capital and access to surety bonds.  In addition he has served on the board of directors of three major community development financial institutions serving small businesses in Texas: Texas Mezzanine Fund, PeopleFund, and BiGAustin.


3 Responses to “About”

  1. Barry Hall said

    Congrats on such a professional looking and designed website. Your vision is clear and your focus on the ultimate goal is commendable. Keep on keeping on Bro.

  2. I am loving the show and the website. It really brings clarity on issues having an impact on our community…even with my background in mortgage banking and housing issues in Austin it is still confusing. In fact, I refer my clients to your website.

    Keep it flowing….

    • econpers said


      Thanks so much for your kind comments. Sometimes I wonder if all the work I do with the web site is reaching an audience it can help. Now I don’t have to wonder. have a HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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