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Juneteenth—Independence for All

Today, AEO (Association for Enterprise Opportunity) is closed to observe Juneteenth, a celebration of independence for all. Despite the emancipation proclamation in 1863, it was June 19, 1865, when General Gordon announced the freedom of slaves in Texas. Just like the...

Industry News – June 17, 2021

Fifth Third Bank Becomes Largest Investor in Detroit Minority Depository Institution With an additional investment of $2.5 million, Fifth Third Bank has become the largest investor in First Independence Bank, the seventh-largest Black-owned bank. The investment is a...

Policy News – June 17th, 2021

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Vice President Kamala Harris announced an award of $1.25 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to 863 community development financial institutions (CDFIs). The grants will be available through Treasury’s CDFI Rapid Response Program (CDFI...

This Month’s Featured Member

Bootstrap Capital is an investment group that helps early stage companies connect with the resources, connections, and capital they need to be successful. The organization was founded on an intentional strategy to fulfill the gaps that perpetuate a lack of access to capital for diverse communities. Their mission is to create financial returns while connecting high potential entrepreneurs to the innovation ecosystem through access to opportunity. Through their hybrid approach, Bootstrap Capital partners with passionate founders who are looking to transforms large markets.

To find out more about how Bootstrap Capital is helping entrepreneurs get funded, visit

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