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

Posted by Hopeton 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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New Orleans Business Focus of August 29 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on August 27, 2011

L-R: Gil Scott-Heron, Gina Montana at Essence Music Festival

New Orleans native and entrepreneur Gina Montana discussed her experiences surviving as an entrepreneur post-Hurricane Katrina on the August 29 edition of Economic Perspectives.  To listen to a podcast of the interview click here: Gina Montana.

Montana, owner of Montana Productions, has been an arts and festival producer for over 15 yea  She was worked on numerous festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Essence Music Festival, and Voodoo Experience.  In 2012 she’ll be launching the Black Rock Festival which will explore the roots of rock and roll in the African American community.

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Listen to Interview About Advancing Your Career Through Understanding Your Power Persona

Posted by Hopeton on August 13, 2011

Listen to our interview with Maggie Craddock, author of Power Genes: Understanding Your Power Persona–and How to Wield It at Work .  To listen click here; Maggie Craddock Interview.

In Power Genes, executive coach Maggie Craddock reveals how to kick bad habits and use your power more effectively to advance your career. Craddock identifies four “power types”–Pleaser, Charmer, Commander, Inspirer–and explains how to diagnose your type. Next she walks you through a process for avoiding your type’s signature destructive reflexes and replacing them with new behaviors. She also shows how to interact productively with other people–peers, bosses, employees–of each type. “Power Genes” helps you jettison unproductive habits and take charge of your workplace relationships.

Ms. Craddock has worked with clients at all levels on the professional spectrum – from people reaching the Vice Presidential ranks for the first time to Fortune 500 CEOs.  Ms. Craddock is the author of The Authentic Career, a popular career guide that has been featured at business conferences across the nation.  She has also written several nationally syndicated articles on behavioral dynamics in the workplace, and her work has been discussed in Oprah Magazine.  She was recently a panelist at Deutsche Bank’s annual Women on Wall Street conference and is a regular speaker at leadership conferences for her corporate clients who include Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan.

Before building her executive coaching business, Ms. Craddock worked for over a decade on both the buy side and the sell side of the financial services industry.  As a Portfolio Manager at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Ms. Craddock managed $3 billion in short-term global assets

Ms. Craddock received a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, specializing in Capital Markets.  She also received an MSW from New York University and is an Ackerman certified family therapist.  Ms. Craddock holds a BA in Economics from Smith College.

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Emergency Homeowners Loan Program and Advocacy of Ideas Focus of July 10 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on July 7, 2011

Raquel Valdez, manager of the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program for BCL of Texas, and John Daly, author of Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others, are the guest for the two segments of  the July 10 edition of Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

Raquel Valdez, Emergency Homeowners Loan Program

EHLP is designed to provide mortgage payment relief to eligible homeowners experiencing a decrease in income of at least 15%directly resulting from involuntary unemployment or underemployment due to adverse economic conditions and/or a medical emergency. The deadline for pre-applicant eligibility screening is July 22.

Raquel Valdez

Some of the eligibility requirements include;

a. Own fee simple title to the mortgaged property; property must be a single-family (1-4 unit), condominium, cooperative or manufactured home that is secured by a mortgage.

b. Involuntary unemployment or underemployment due to the economy or a medical condition

c. Current income at least 15% less than it was in 2009.

d. At least 90 days delinquent on your mortgage.

For more information on eligibility for the program click here.

John Daly, Advocacy

When a group of people gather together to generate ideas for solving a problem or achieving a goal, sometimes the best ideas are passed over. Worse, a problematic suggestion with far less likelihood of success may be selected instead. Why would a group dismiss an option that would be more effective? Leadership and communications expert John Daly has a straightforward answer: it wasn’t sold to them as well. If the best idea is yours, how can you increase the chances that it gains the support of the group? In Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others, Daly explains in full detail how to transform ideas into practice.

Dr. Daly is a professor in the College of Communications and McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.  He has worked with more than 300 public agencies and private organizations around the world in consulting, training and speaking roles including 3M, Apple Computers, Dell Computers, Goldman Sachs, and Home Depot.

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The Value of the MBA

Posted by Hopeton on July 4, 2011

Firdos Vohra was interviewed yesterday for the 2nd segment of EP for July 4. The discussion with Firdos, a 3rd year MBA student, was on the value of an MBA. Firdos is a student at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Listen to her interview today on KAZI 88.7 FM or live online at (click the microphone on left side of page).


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EP Features Interviews About Management Guru Peter Drucker and Value of MBA

Posted by Hopeton on June 29, 2011

On the July 4th edition of Economic Perspectives, Jim Champy, Chairman Emeritus, Consulting, Dell Perot Systems and author of the ebook What I Learned from Peter Drucker, and Firdos Vohra, a student in the MBA program at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business will be the guests 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

What I Learned from Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker is universally acknowledged as one of the most influential business thinkers of all time.  His theories on how to effectively manage businesses and organizations of all types have profoundly shaped the way we live and work today.  In this brief eBook, his friend and New York Times bestselling author Jim Champy offers unique insights into Drucker’s legacy.

Jim Champy is recognized as the world’s leading authority on the fundamental redesign of business processes, organization, and culture. His bestseller Reengineering the Corporation, co-authored with the late Michael Hammer, sold more than 3 million copies, and his subsequent books on leadership, change management, and strategy have reached wide audiences around the world. His most recent title is Inspire!

Firdos Vohra: The Value of the MBA

Many experts are questioning the value of the MBA. Vohra, a student in the MBA program at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss what she is learning that makes the cost of an MBA worth the investment.  Vohra begins her second year in the MBA program this fall.

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Listen to Podcast of Interview with Founders of Copinionation

Posted by Hopeton on June 22, 2011

Kimberly Bradford-Brown and William Bradford Jr., co-founders of the new social media web site, Copinionation, were guests on the June 20 edition of Economic Perspectives.  Copinionation allows its visitors to create and participate in interactive polls and surveys. To listen to the interview click here: Copinionation Interview.

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Listen to Interview About Using the Crowd for Ideas for Your Business: Crowdsourcing

Posted by Hopeton on June 6, 2011

Renee Hopkin, discussed crowdsourcing on the May 30 edition of Economic Perspectives. Hopking, author of a chapter on crowdsourcing in the new book, Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, defined crowdsourcing as the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people or community (a “crowd”), through an open call.  To listen to the interview click here: Renee Hopkins Interview.

Renee Hopkins is Senior Editor of Texas Enterprise and Media Relations Manager at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She has been blogging about innovation and creativity since she started the blog IdeaFlow in 2003. Previously, she was editor of Strategy and Innovation and the InnoBlog at Innosight, a Boston management consulting firm.

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How to “Rent” Ideas As Entrepreneur Focus of Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on June 3, 2011

In response to a “jobless recovery,” millions of Americans are getting in touch with their inner entrepreneur, choosing to create their own luck. Too often, the path to business success for individuals is scattered with obstacles: the need for funding and the challenges of building supply, manufacturing, and distribution chains, just to name a few. However, thanks to such trends as “open innovation,” in which companies outsource new product development and other key functions, it is easier than ever for innovators to bring their ideas to market.

Few people today understand this better than Stephen Key, who has successfully licensed products in the toy, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, among others, that have generated billions of dollars in revenue worldwide. In One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work  Key provides a step-by-step guide on how anyone can invert the relationship between corporations and individuals by getting them to work for you. Key is the June 6 guest on Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at Key will also be conducting a free webinar on the principles of his book at 8 p.m. eastern time, 7 p.m. central time June 6 also.  To register for his webinar click here.

Central to Key’s blueprint for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs is for them to use their creativity to produce income by “renting” their ideas to interested businesses. Taking readers through all phases of product innovation and development, Key explains the entrepreneurial system he has used to generate wealth without fronting and raising capital or becoming involved in time-consuming product development tasks.

Key’s mission is to foster the spirit and practice of invention while educating, empowering, and inspiring independent and professional innovators. One Simple Idea’s unique, user-friendly handbook to patenting and licensing advances this goal by explaining to readers how to:

  • Be your own boss without formally opening a business or quitting your day job;
  • Protect your idea without spending time and money on a patent;
  • Develop a strategy that fits perfectly into your business plan;
  • Present your invention to companies and negotiating the best deal;
  • Select appropriate manufacturers and finding optimal markets with expansive opportunities;
  • Witness your product go to market without footing a dime in expenses.

Anyone who has ever daydreamed of an outrageous new product or brainstormed a sure-fire way to improve a service that already exists has the innovation gene. In One Simple Idea, Key delivers the direction, know-how, and motivation to help you present and profit from your idea(s!).

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Winning and Keeping Job Focus of May 23 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on May 23, 2011

Paul Stoltz, co-author of  Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need to Win and Keep the Job You Love, is the May 23 guest on Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

In Put Your Mindset to Work, Stoltz  and his co-author James Reed offer a refreshing new, research-grounded formula for delivering what 96 percent of the world’s top employers reveal they really want in their employees: a winning mindset (even over the perfect skillset).

Through their pioneering research, Harvard lecturer and bestselling author Stoltz and Reed, Chairman of Europe’s leading recruitment firm, define and quantify for the first time what mindset means to employers, and reveal the three most important qualities anyone can present in a cover letter, on an interview, or in the workplace: Global (you’re able to see the big picture), Good (you do the right thing), and Grit (you won?t easily let go of a task or mission). In PUT YOUR MINDSET TO WORK, the authors describe why each of these factors is important, how the reader can assess their own competence at each, and what exercises they can employ to strengthen these aspects of their lives.

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