LiftFund Founder Janie Barrera Receives National Award
Texas Border Affairs
SAN ANTONIO, TX– LiftFund founder Janie Barrera was in Washington, DC this week, meeting with leaders at the White House and on Capitol Hill to advocate for access to capital for small businesses.
During the trip, Janie and Amy Hereford, General Counsel and Director of External Affairs for LiftFund, visited Special Advisor to President Biden Julie Chavez Rodriguez at the White House, US Congressman Henry Cuellar and the offices of the US Senator. John Cornyn and US Representatives Tony Gonzales. , Veronica Escobar and Kay Granger. At these meetings, Janie and Amy shared the “on the ground” perspective of what LiftFund sees in the market and advocated for better access to capital for small businesses.
“We are very grateful to President Biden, his team and the leaders of the Texas Congressional delegation for their continued support for small businesses,” said Janie Barrera.
Also in DC, Janie received the Impact Award for Innovation on Main Street at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) 30th Anniversary Symposium and Gala held Wednesday at the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of African American History. and Culture.
“We chose Ms. Barrera specifically because she was a pioneer in implementing technology infrastructure in microfinance work,” said Connie E. Evans, president and CEO of AEO. “His leadership has not only created progress, but also trained the next generation of industry leaders.”
Barrera was among eight honorees who were recognized for their leadership at the event with the theme “Celebrating 30 years by building a better future”, which is to capitalize on the momentum gained by partnering with critical actors of ecosystem to help Main Street navigate the economy. upheaval caused by the events of the past two years. “I am honored to be among those selected to receive this prestigious award. Small businesses have faced many challenges and our focus has been on finding innovative ways to support them,” said Janie Barrera. “Many have suffered loss of income, supply shortages, increased costs and loss of staff, making it extremely difficult to keep track of bills and monthly expenses.”
Speakers at the event included PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, public sector leaders such as SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman, and well-known actor and author, Hill Harper.
LiftFund is a non-profit small business lender transforming lives by opening doors and leveling the financial playing field in entrepreneurship. Established in 1994, LiftFund provides responsible capital and business education to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. LiftFund has supported small business owners in San Antonio with more than $77.8 million in small business loans since 1994. Since its inception, LiftFund has issued more than 25,000 loans totaling more than $428 million in its 15 States, which include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, and Texas.
Since 1991, AEO and its member organizations and partners have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO’s more than 1,700 members and partners include a wide range of organizations that provide capital and services to help underserved entrepreneurs start, stabilize and grow their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so they can create jobs and opportunity for all.