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CBRE Global Investors Achieves Exceptional GRESB Results Including Recognition of Three Funds as Global Sector Leaders

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NEW YORK, December 2, 2020 /3BL Media/ – CBRE Global Investors today announced another year of exceptional results in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, with three funds recognized as the global sector leaders in the industrial, retail and hotel categories. The results underscore the firm’s continued progress toward being a market leader in sustainability.

With robust sustainability initiatives in place, CBRE Global Investors’ GRESB assessment highlights include:

5 Black Tech Leaders Making a Difference

From HBCU outreach to strategic seed fund investing, these five luminaries are leading the way toward a more diverse, inclusive Silicon Valley.
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The tech industry has long been a beacon for change agents. But the disruptors, the innovators, and the inventors most lauded for their work are a reflection of the racial biases of our broader culture — that is, they are white, and usually men. 

The Inclusive Growth Toolkit Helps Erie Rebuild

A novel tool from the Center helps drive investment to overlooked, underinvested areas.
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Natasha Pacley discovered a talent for cooking at a young age at her grandmother’s side. She had her sights set on sharing those recipes with the world, but life would intervene before she could get back to her love. Homeless at age 18, Natasha found her way to culinary school and worked her way back to stability.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ and Disruption Ventures Launch "RAISE & RISE" Competition for Women Entrepreneurs in Quebec

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MONTREAL, Nov. 24, 2020 /3BL Media/ - In collaboration with Disruption Ventures, The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ announced its premiere RAISE & RISE event – a virtual pitch competition and conference that offers women entrepreneurs the chance to win a cash investment of $25,000 and more.

RAISE & RISE Pitch Competition

Small Business Owners From the Bronx to England Learn How to Thrive During COVID-19 With Paypal

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything for many small business owners almost overnight. In a new film, presented by Innovate Finance, hear how entrepreneurs from New York to the United Kingdom have pivoted their businesses, accelerated their digital payments offerings, and kept afloat in this challenging year with some help from PayPal. 

PayPal Partners with Even to Provide New Tools to Improve the Financial Health of its Workforce

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2020 /3BL Media/ -- PayPal today announced it is partnering with Even, the responsible on-demand pay platform, as part of its continued commitment to improve the financial health of its workforce. All PayPal employees in the U.S. can now use Even to get paid early, automatically budget and grow their savings, and have full visibility into their earnings through an easy-to-use mobile app. 

Built for All: A Global Framework for Building Inclusive Economies

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Our global economic system has enabled billions to lift themselves from poverty. It fueled material success and sustained improvements in health, literacy, and nutrition. As a result, we have seen rising living standards, significant advances in technology, soaring innovation and strong social progress.

However, the benefits of economic growth were not always fairly or broadly distributed, and the models of our past successes might not be those that could lead us into a new era of sustained and shared prosperity.

As Important as Ever: Microloans for Women-Owned Small Businesses in the United States

by J.P. Kloninger, Whole Planet Foundation North America Program Manager
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Whole Planet Foundation has contributed $5.6 million to our primary microfinance partner in the United States, Grameen America, to alleviate poverty by funding microcredit loans for low-income entrepreneurs. 

After five consecutive years of declines in the national poverty rate, the United States is expected to experience a spike of approximately 6.5% (from 12.4% to 18.9%) in 2020.  This means an increase of over 21 million individuals living in poverty, resulting in the highest poverty level in the United States since 1967. Low rates of financial inclusion make the climb out of poverty extremely difficult.

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Whole Planet Foundation has contributed $5.6 million to our primary microfinance partner in the United States, Grameen America, to alleviate poverty by funding microcredit loans for low-income entrepreneurs. 

After five consecutive years of declines in the national poverty rate, the United States is expected to experience a spike of approximately 6.5% (from 12.4% to 18.9%) in 2020.  This means an increase of over 21 million individuals living in poverty, resulting in the highest poverty level in the United States since 1967. Low rates of financial inclusion make the climb out of poverty extremely difficult.

Olympian Turned Bakery Owner Shares Her Race Against COVID-19 To Keep Her Family Business Alive.

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At the corner of 27th Street and Central Avenue in Los Angeles sits 27th Street Bakery, a neighborhood staple for over sixty years. Its third-generation owner, Jeanette Bolden-Pickens, was concerned her family’s business might not survive the impact of COVID-19 this spring. Now, through community support and a grant, she is optimistic for the upcoming holiday season.

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