Appalachian Community Enterprises (ACE) is a North Georgia microlender and has engaged my services as a writer and PR consultant.
If you don’t already know this non-profit, become acquainted with it! Its mission is to provide hope and opportunity for people to create financial freedom for themselves. This is accomplished by providing small business loans, financial education programs, coaching and connections so that people can fulfill their dreams, create economic security for their families and contribute to their communities.
Founded by Grace Fricks, MBA, ACE made its first loan in 2000. Since then, its lending portfolio has grown from just over a hundred thousand dollars to several million. And . . ., there is more to come!
The organization has recently launched a “Georgia Green Loan Fund” and is accepting applications from 34 Georgia Counties and Metro Atlanta from small businesses that want to start or expand green enterprises or engage in the “greening” of their existing operations. The first “green loan” was awarded to Alexander Plumbing & Backflow Services in Whitesburg.
Information about ACE’s lending criteria and procedures is accessible via its web site, www.aceloans.org
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