by Farah Ahmad of the Center for American Progress
As the U.S. becomes more diverse, women of color entrepreneurs stand to play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.
Women of color are a principal force behind one of the most important components of America’s current marketplace and our nation’s future economy: entrepreneurship. Today, women of color are the majority owners of close to one-third of all women-owned firms in the nation. Increased access to business capital—including microenterprises, venture-capital-funded firms, and crowd funding—has helped the number of women entrepreneurs grow substantially. But women of color face significant obstacles in starting their own businesses, leading to the question of why so many of them turn to entrepreneurship. The growth of women of color as business owners is part of a long-term trend, but the question of why this trend is occurring is often left unanswered. Looking at the alternative to entrepreneurship—the traditional workplace—sheds light on some of the reasons.
Many women of color who become entrepreneurs do so in order to pursue their innovative desires. But too often, structural obstacles in the traditional workforce limit Read more →
KEMBA Financial Credit Union Is a Member Owned Cooperative
Like our local retail food cooperatives, KEMBA and other credit unions are not in business for the sole purpose of making a profit for their shareholders. If their banking services earn a profit, then those extra dollars go back into the business to give member owners lower costs for services and higher interest rates than their for-profit competitors. Click here to see a chart that compares their interest rates with competitors on checking, savings accounts, CDs, Money Markets, etc. KEMBA has been a partner in the SOLE Coalition and a business member of Simply Living because we share a common goal to keep our dollars local and recirculating in the community. KEMBA and other credit unions only serve their members and/or specific geographic areas. If you would like more information about KEMBA banking services, contact Vincent Neal at 614.729.1412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACT: Nearly 75% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, with little to no savings available in case of an emergency.
FACT: 46% of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.
Another great way to keep our money local is to invest in our central Ohio small businesses and entrepreneurs.
ECDI (the nonprofit Economic and Community Development Institute) has created a special “Invest Local Ohio” fund that allows anyone with a minimum of $1000 to earn up to 3% interest for a 5 year note. This rate is higher than typical CDs and money market funds that invest your money in the global economy. ECDI has a track record of creating a new job every day and a new business every week since 2004, right here in central Ohio.
If you are interested in making an investment locally, please join us at this Informational Seminar and get all the details from Steve Fireman, President/General Counsel at ECDI.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 pm This session has been postponed. Date to be announced. For information on the new date contact Douglas Craven, email@example.com
Location: 1655 Old Leonard Ave, Columbus 43219.
Website of the Week: Mosaic, A New Platform that Lets Everyone Invest in Solar Projects!
Co-founded by Billy Parish. Mosaic connects investors to high quality solar projects. Our mission is to open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed. The fundamentals of solar makes it an attractive component of a diversified investment portfolio: reliable technology, predictable energy output, and stable cash flows.
Every Mosaic project is carefully vetted and structured to minimize risk while maximizing benefits to investors and to the planet. Already, thousands of people from across the United States have invested millions of dollars to finance solar projects through Mosaic’s online marketplace. You shouldn’t have to choose between making money and making a difference. We created Mosaic to give people a secure place to invest directly in things that are real and create lasting value.
April Is Earth Month! From visually stunning glacier films to GMO labeling of your food to celebrating locally, here is an updated list of events to consider, including multiple FREE screenings of Chasing Ice, the documentary that shows the visual evidence of climate change using time lapse photography at glaciers around the world. A grant with partner National Geographic enables the Chasing Ice team and director to plan these events in central Ohio.
Local Matters is a nonprofit organization, serving the Central Ohio area, working to create healthier communities through food. Our mission is to inspire action because food impacts the quality of our health, our land, and our communities. We teach children and adults what healthful food is, where it comes from, and how to prepare wholesome, delicious meals at home.
Volunteers help further our mission in many different ways. Our volunteers teach cooking skills to adults and families at risk of hunger, care for learning gardens at schools and recreation centers around Columbus, lead fun food activities for kids inside and outside of the classroom, prepare ingredients in our kitchen for educational workshops, and much more! They are people just like you who are passionate about the link between nutrition and health and want to see a more just food system in Central Ohio. If you want to help others eat more healthfully and grow food closer to home, we want you to join our team as a volunteer. Please go here <www.local-matters.org/volunteering> to find out more information about how to get involved.
Infographic: Ohio’s Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Standards
Voice your support for clean energy standards in Ohio.
A Film-based Discussion Course
This course is being offered by Simply Living’s Transition Hub of Central Ohio
Facilitators: Chuck Lynd, Interim Director of Simply Living
Location: Northwood High Bldg, Room 100, 2231 N. High St. Cbus 43201. Free parking in rear.
Dates & Time: First Thursday of the Month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $25 for entire course; $10 per individual class
Simply Living is part of the Transition Town network, which includes 471 initiatives worldwide and 147 initiatives in the U.S. We share the broad vision of this network:
Our vision is that every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.