Newsletter- February (4Feb10)

We at Green For All are excited about the release of the first issue of our Capital Access Program (CAP) Newsletter, which aims to provide readers with information about policy, business, and entrepreneurship related to the green economy.

This inaugural issue includes a federal policy update, a profile of a successful green entrepreneur, exciting opportunities from CAP, and much more!

Apply for the CAP Green Business Academies!

The Capital Access Program (CAP) is partnering with the University of Phoenix to convene two Business Academies aimed at supporting green entrepreneurs and small business owners – particularly those coming from low-income communities and communities of color.  The Academies will be held at University of Phoenix campuses in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March and in Portland, Oregon in May. Learn more and apply.

Policy Update: President Obama Focuses on Small Businesses

President Obama has made clear that small businesses are central to the success of his top priority for 2010: creating jobs for America.  In the past few weeks he has announced several policies that, if passed, would allow small businesses to create jobs and economic growth.  Read an update on these policies that are most relevant to the Capital Access Program’s business network.

Profile: Andy Shallal, Green Entrepreneur

Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur, owns and operates Busboys and Poets, a green restaurant / bookstore / performance space in Washington, D.C.  This profile features a Q&A with Andy that explores his dedication to social justice, and how he’s effectively utilized his business to further a progressive agenda.

Interview: Bonny Moellenbrock, Capital Provider

As the Executive Director of SJF Advisory Services, Bonny Moellenbrock has a wealth of insights into what makes small businesses succeed or fail in the U.S.  In this interview she shares some of the trends, problems, solutions, and common mistakes that she is witnessing in the world of green entrepreneurship.

Win a Green Franchise

Clean Air Lawn Care, the nation’s leading full-service sustainable lawn care company, is giving away one of its fast-growing franchises. One lucky winner will receive a Clean Air Lawn Care franchise for free, along with a startup package of equipment and services – valued at $35,000.  This is a great opportunity for a business-minded entrepreneur with some liquidity to own and operate a successful green franchise.  Learn more and apply now! Participation in the contest is free.

We hope that you find this information useful in your efforts to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Thank you,

Nick Flores

Program Manager – Capital Access Program

Green For All

The Capital Access Program’s mission is to mobilize financial and social capital to help create, sustain, and scale green jobs in the U.S.  Learn more and sign-up here.