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Startup Grind San Antonio Hosts Janie Barrera (Accion Texas)

Startup Grind San Antonio

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Janie Barrera , Accion Texas

Janie Barrera is founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Accion Texas Inc. Created in
1994, Accion Texas has grown to hold the nation’s largest microlending portfolio. The
nonprofit agency provides small loans and management training to microenterprises of all kinds
— from startups to long‐established businesses — and operates in the states of Alabama,
Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.  Since its
inception, it has disbursed more than 14,000 loans totaling more than $150 million – with
an impressive 96 percent repayment rate.

As President and CEO, Ms. Barrera is responsible for the organization’s financial management,
oversight of its annual budget and the development of methodology and loan delivery procedures.
In  particular, she  has  worked  hard to  level the  playing field for  women  entrepreneurs,  who
historically have faced considerable obstacles when seeking the financing they need to start and
grow their businesses.  Since 1998, under her leadership, Accion Texas has made more than 660
loans totaling $7.3 million to women business owners in the Dallas‐Fort Worth area – and has
ensured that all of them receive the education and other tools they need to succeed.  In fact, 40
percent of Accion’s DFW clients are women.

Ms.  Barrera  has received  nationwide recognition for  her  accomplishments,  including the  Small
Business Administration  Financial  Services  Advocate  of  the  Year  and  the  Minority  Enterprise
Development Consortium's Corporate Advocate of the Year.  The  San Antonio Business Journal
listed Ms. Barrera as one of “Twenty Defining Players: People Who Have Helped Shape the City,”
and also named her as one of 2013’s “Legacy Leaders.” Ms. Barrera has served on many national,
state  and  local  boards,  including  the  Federal  Reserve  Board’s  National  Consumer  Advisory
Council. President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Barrera to the President’s Advisory Council on
Financial Capability and she also was named to the board of directors for the Federal Reserve of
Dallas’ San Antonio Branch.

She has dedicated her professional life to helping others. She is a change‐agent in the field of
microfinance  and  helping small  businesses reach their full  potential.  Experience from  her 35‐
year career has given her a unique viewpoint as to how microfinance relates to a community’s
economic growth and social well‐being.

Ms. Barrera began her career as director of telecommunications for the Diocese of Corpus Christi
in 1977. There, she helped found the area's first nonprofit radio stations, KLUX and KHOY, as well
as two television production studios. After completing her MBA at the University of the Incarnate
Word, the Corpus Christi native remained in San Antonio where, in 1989, she became marketing
director  for  the  U.S.  Air  Force  Morale,  Welfare  and  Recreation  Division  headquartered  at
Randolph Air Force Base.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By

Laura Lorek, San Antonio Chapter Director

I'm the founder of Silicon Hills News, an online technology news site covering entrepreneurs and companies in the Austin and San Antonio region. Founded in 2011, SHN won a New Media Women Entrepreneur grant to provide seed stage funding to launch the site, which now has a staff of five reporters. Previously, I worked as a senior writer covering technology and business news at the San Antonio Express-News, a senior writer for Interactive Week Magazine and a specialty writer and technology columnist at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. I'm interested in startups, entrepreneurship, technology and storytelling.  I live in Wimberley, in the Texas Hill Country, with my husband, Charlie, teenage son, Teddy, and two Labradors, Apollo and Zeus.

Email: lauralorek@gmail.com | Twitter: @SiliconHillsNew

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112 East Pecan, 11th floor
San Antonio, TX 78205

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)


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Startup Grind San Antonio

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.
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