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Fifth Third Bank Launches Collaborative Initiative to Assist Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Press Release

CINCINNATI, December 11, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Fifth Third Bank, National Association, has announced the launch of the Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Initiative to ensure the success of small businesses in Hamilton County. The Initiative will provide small businesses of 25 or fewer employees (with an emphasis on small businesses with five or fewer employees) in low-to-moderate income communities that have been impacted by the pandemic with advice and pathways to accessing capital, via the Initiative’s loan and grant programs.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ Celebrates Second Anniversary With the Launch of a Digital Hub and Expansion of Program Into Scotia Wealth Management

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TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2020 /3BL Media/ - In celebration of its two-year anniversary, The Scotiabank Women Initiative ™ has launched a new Digital Hub, in collaboration with Shopify, Google Canada, LinkedIn, Facebook and HubSpot focused on delivering key resources to help women entrepreneurs adapt to uncertain economic times.

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:

Mobile Money Ensures Continued Success Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis in Uganda

by Village Enterprise staff and Whole Planet Foundation's Senior Digital Fundraising Specialist Olivia Hayden
Blog

For three entrepreneurial women business partners in Uganda, the emerging COVID-19 crisis posed an immediate threat to their newly started business. Pictured above, the three entrepreneurs, Nancy, Lilly, and Irene stand on their business premises in Patira East Village.

Nine Outstanding Field Officers Recognized in 2020 Latin American Field Officer Awards

by Stephanie Manciagli, Whole Planet Foundation Regional Program Manager for Latin America and Caribbean
Blog

Whole Planet Foundation’s annual Field Officer Awards for the Latin American region were distributed in August 2020. This special honor is designed to go to a Field Officer who has gone above and beyond his/her role to provide financial services to low income entrepreneurs . Often, award nominations are submitted that showcase Field Officers that have overcome various hurdles and made a particularly positive contribution that enabled their organization to be successful.

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.
Blog

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.
Blog

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

Press Release

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

Multimedia with summary

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. 

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