FIRST ANNUAL BANKERS' BREAKFAST
Ms. Joann Soto, ACCION client and proud owner of J.S. Imports was referred to ACCION New York by her Citibank branch for alternative financing and technical assistance. As a speaker at the event, Ms. Soto explained that the â€œACCION loan had incredible impact, not only on the business, but also on the livelihood of so many othersâ€? that she employs locally.
Photo:Â Michael Flanigan, Vice President and Director of Community Relations, Citibank, N.A., Janet Thompson, Chair of the Board, ACCION New York, Joann Soto, Owner of J.S. Imports and Client of ACCION New York, Robert Espaillat, President and CEO, ACCION New York, Lucia Mendieta, Branch Manager, Banco Popular, Keila La Court, Vice President of Business Development, ACCION New York, Sylvia Figueroa, Community Reinvestment Officer, Banco Popular
Photo Credit: Andy Kropa
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Ms. Joann Soto, ACCION client and proud owner of J.S. Imports was referred to ACCION New York by her Citibank branch for alternative financing and technical assistance.Â As a speaker at the event, Ms. Soto explained that the â€œACCION loan had incredible impact, not only on the business, but also on the livelihood of so many othersâ€? that she employs locally.
Mr. Michael Flanigan, Vice President and Director of Community Relations for Citibank saluted the work of ACCIONâ€™s management, staff, and board of directors for their work building strong households and vibrant communities.Â â€œBy facilitating and supporting the creation and strengthening of individual businesses, ACCION helps to ensure that individuals, households, families, and communities are provided with the tools to make tangible contributions to their development and sustainability. We are delighted to partner with ACCION in these endeavors,â€? said Mr. Flanigan.
The event also honored the banking organizations that play a crucial role in promoting alternative financing within the banking community.Â Citibank was awarded the â€œ2006 Community Development Awardâ€? for their commitment to community development through financial education and the creation of business opportunity.Â
In addition, Banco Popularâ€™s Rockefeller Branch was recognized with the â€œEntrepreneurial Spirit Awardâ€? for the branchâ€™s commitment to providing alternative financing to the small business community.
(www.citigroup.com), the pre-eminent global financial services company has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset management. Major brand names under Citigroup's trademark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney, Banamex.
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