As 2016 draws to a close and we begin our third year, we’re sending our first newsletter to share our successes and let you know about exciting plans ahead!
This has been a busy year for The BALSA Foundation! We received 280 applications for two rounds of the BALSA Grant and selected 20 finalists, reviewed 44 Idea Support requests, and 360 people downloaded our Entrepreneur’s Roadmap - and that’s not counting the new Spanish language version! We stayed busy with more than 25 outreach events, sharing our programs with aspiring entrepreneurs.
2016 has been transformative in less visible ways too. We held our annual elections, elected new members to our Advisory Committee, and updated our Mission and Vision statement. We launched a new web site, and are sharing our stories on our blog, on social media, and now a newsletter!
2017 promises to be even more exciting! We start the year with the opening of the BALSA Grant - we’ll be accepting applications January 1 - 15. We’ll keep improving our programs and expanding our reach, working to empower first-time entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses - especially those who need and can benefit from our help the most.
With best wishes for a joyful, prosperous, and safe 2017 --