Give the Gift of Opportunity

2017 CDFI Briefing Materials 

The Community Reinvestment Fund recently published a report to provide information and insights into the important role Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) play in stimulating growth and economic opportunity across the country. It was created to present to White House staff and other members in the administration to create conversations and engage them in discussions around the impact of CDFIs. ACE was one of the CDFIs highlighted, with a special emphasis on our work with women business owners. Several of our clients were also featured in the report.

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Partner Spotlight: Minority Business Development Agency

By 2044, the Nation’s prosperity will rely even more on minorities, the fastest growing segment of the population. Today, U.S. Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) represent 29 percent of all firms but only 11 percent have paid employees. If these companies were to obtain entrepreneurial parity, the U.S. economy would realize 13 million more jobs. ACE is joining forces with the Minority Business Development Agency in Atlanta to assist and strengthen minority-owned businesses.

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Client Spotlight: Spirits Tavern

Sabrina Walker looked at the tumble-down saloon and saw potential for something special: gourmet burgers and craft cocktails. Now Spirits Tavern in Dahlonega has become so popular that even Rachael Ray has taken notice. Learn how ACE helped her realize her dream.

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Client Spotlight:  IdeaSpace Career Training Center

Photo: Karen Starks, PhD, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Founder of IdeaSpace Career Training Center   Karen Starks, PhD, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, knew she wanted to start a “business training center” to help teens and adults make sound career... read more

Meet Lynn Sizemore, ACE Loan Operations Specialist

Lynn Sizemore serves as a Loan Operations Specialist for ACE. She prepares paperwork for loan closings, orders title work and appraisals, provides monthly and quarterly reporting, and perfects collateral such as deeds, UCC’s and titles. “Pretty much anything to do... read more

ACE Client Summer Restaurant Bucket List

Visit these ACE clients and let us know what you think! Make room on your summer bucket list for these great restaurants around Georgia from ACE! We have breakfast to late-night covered, with a few sweet treats thrown in for good measure!  We would love to get your... read more

Client Spotlight: ‘R Ventures Medical

  Robin Santana, President/CEO, and Justen Santana, Vice President of ‘R Ventures Medical   When Robin Santana was 35, she had to undergo open-heart surgery to repair her Mitral valve. The timing of her surgery was quite significant, as her surgeon... read more

Linda Hughes Shares Strategic Planning Insights

Linda Hughes, an expert on business tactics, spoke at the ACE High Performing Group luncheon on June 8th about the topic of “Strategic Planning Insights” at the ACE Women’s Business Center. She urged attendees to take time to “get away from it all” — away from... read more

Gifts for Dads and Grads

Summer is finally here and it’s the season to celebrate Dads and grads! It’s always a little tricky to find a great gift so here are some unique shopping ideas from ACE clients. We love our clients and the quality products they offer! Peruse this handy list of gifts... read more

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