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SIUE Small Business Development Center Forms Alliance With ACCION

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, operated by the SIUE School of Business in East St. Louis and Edwardsville, has announced formation of an alliance with ACCION USA-known as a leader in U.S. microfinance.

According to SBDC Director Kwa Mister, ACCION USA will be used by his office as a referral partner to provide access to capital, as well as business technical assistance and financial education to underserved small business owners in the region. "With this partnership we sought to bring more resources to Southwestern Illinois," Mister said, "in an effort to develop and support the growth of small business throughout the region."

ACCION USA "empowers low-to-moderate income business owners so that potential successful entrepreneurs-often minorities including women-can build assets, better provide for their families, create employment and strengthen communities," Mister pointed out.

Since its inception in 1991, ACCION USA has provided more than $119 million in small business loans, ranging from $500 to $50,000, offered nationwide via the ACCION USA on-line lending platform.

For more information about small business loans, call the SBDC at the East St. Louis office, (618) 482-8330, or the Edwardsville office, (618) 650-2929, or visit the SBDC Web site:, or the ACCION USA Web site:

The Illinois Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


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