A New Satellite Office for ACE! 
ACE has a new satellite office in Atlanta! In addition to our existing downtown location that opened last year at the Flatiron, ACE has joined forces with the Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project (WEOP), which has provided space in their office at 250 Georgia Avenue. This collaborative partnership will accomplish the goals of providing a loan referral system, business advisory services, and specialized training workshops for businesses located in the local neighborhoods. ACE offers special thanks to the Annie E. Casey Foundation for making this work possible.

Vonda Echols, Director of Community Outreach and Business Lending for ACE, will work out of the WEOP office. "Statistics confirm that access to capital is still the biggest obstacle facing minority businesses," said Ms. Echols. "We're excited about having a local office where we can get to know the businesses in the area and provide coaching, connections, and access to capital."

An Open House is slated for February 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for business owners and community outreach programs whose businesses are in the NPU-V area of Atlanta (Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Adair Park, Summerhill, Peoplestown, and Capital View). Join Ms. Echols and the WEOP staff for an afternoon of networking and connecting. Refreshments will be served, and you may register HERE.

If you would like to talk more with Ms. Echols about the availability of a small business loan in the NPU-V area, please contact her at 404-797-7769 or email echols@aceloans.org for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you at the new office!  
ACE Thanks Regions Bank for a $500,000
Investment for Small Business Lending
Pictured (Left to Right):  Joshua Brackett, ACE CFO; Grace Fricks, ACE President and CEO; Rob D. Keith, Regions VP Commercial Banking; Ryan Densmore, Regions White County Branch Manager
ACE Client Spotlight
Yesterday's Kitchen for Today is not just any retail store in the healthy diet industry. It's a place to buy cookware, food canning equipment, butter churners, dehydrator equipment, heirloom seeds, grains, local produce, and more. You'll also find workshops and seminars that teach you how to use the equipment and the healthy benefits of doing so. Via seminars and workshops, visitors can learn the ways previous generations made delicious food, such as homemade breads and butter, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and many other healthy dishes designed to heal your body.

Marsha Thadison, owner of Yesterday's, is a passionate lady who tells people she envisions her store as a Home Depot of healthy eating. "You know when something in your house breaks down, you can go to Home Depot to fix your kitchen or your bathroom. You can find everything to rebuild a house. But there is not a place that shows us how to rebuild this temple, our body," explains Marsha.

In business since 2006 offering seminars and workshops, giving speeches at healthy eating fairs, and doing business online, Marsha yearned to have a storefront. She reached out to the ACE Women's Business Center (WBC) for business guidance, help implementing her plan, and access to capital. Now located in downtown Newnan, Georgia, Yesterday's Kitchen for Today celebrated its grand opening in September 2015. The injection of capital from ACE helped her secure the store location, buy a laptop and purchase accounting software.

Marsha has taken WBC workshops on the importance of an online presence and business fundamentals. She continues to learn how to become a better manager of her business. Of her time and effort invested in Yesterday's, she adds, "As a mom and a grandmother, I truly believe it is our responsibility to share this knowledge with our kids. My purpose is to teach members of the next generation how to take care of their bodies through what they eat, and teach them how to grow their own food." 
Upcoming Workshops and Events 
Workshop on Certifications: Certify, Win and Grow! 
Thursday, February 23 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM
Consider attending this workshop if you are a woman business owner and have an interest in and the potential to do business with the federal government. Registration is required.
Register here!

Securing Capital to Grow Your Business
Thursday, March 23 from 9:00 AM to Noon

Learn to access capital and fuel the growth of your business - you'll find out how to apply for financing and what to expect after the application process.
Register here!

DreamBuilder: A Brand New Tool for WBC Clients!
This new tool will allow you to create your own business plan online and receive help from the WBC. We'll guide you through the process and review your finished plan. Registration for this new, free resource will be available soon. Be sure to check our website for updates!

ACE is a US Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which provides loans and business consulting services to help its borrowers create and grow stable, sustainable businesses. Since 2000, ACE has made more than $37 million in loans to more than 725 small businesses, helping create or retain approximately 6,200 jobs for Georgians. 
Our locations: 
3173 Hwy 129 North, Cleveland, GA 30528
84 Peachtree St, NE, Suite 8D, Atlanta, GA 30303
ACE Women's Business Center - 10 College St, NW, Norcross, GA 30071

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