If you’re like many of our clients, the last few months likely have been a trying time, and you’ve been doing the best to get by. Perhaps you or someone in your family may have lost a job, access to reliable childcare, or God forbid, a loved one. Expenses may have gone up, like groceries and electricity, because your kids are home all day and doing remote schooling. You may be stressed about money, feeling overwhelmed, and unsure how to start planning for a future that is so full of uncertainty and unanswered questions.

You are not alone.

Based on our conversations with hundreds of clients in this situation to date, we’ve put together a brief summary guide that we hope can help you: prioritize your expenses, identify resources that you may now qualify for, and make a plan to help you get through this time.

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After 11 years in business, Christine Gutierrez, owner of Cosmic Life LLC., continues to appreciate her entrepreneurial vision and inspiring mission as if it were day one.

Cosmic Life provides psychologically grounded empowerment, spiritual tools, experiences, programs, retreats, and products for all women but specifically women of color, that are looking to heal from past traumas or feel disconnected from their true self-worth.  Christine has nurtured a community called the “diosahood” (diosa means goddess in Spanish) where soul medicine is created through sisterhood. “When woman gather there is power and when we come together, we heal, inspire one another and rise in our worthiness.”

It was especially important to Gutierrez to create a wellness community for Latina women as she felt the wellness space was lacking Latina representation.

Christine first found Ascendus through a company called “Start Small Think Big”.  She knew Ascendus could help with getting some capital for her completely self-funded  business. Extra cash flow was needed to help build her business and to invest in better marketing, a website, new venues for her retreats, and videography and photography to help increase sales.

Ascendus loan consultant, Andrea, helped Christine through the loan process every step of the way.” Everything felt personalized and Andrea made things very digestible and easy to understand. He seemed to genuinely care about my business and seeing my company succeed.”

Recently, Christine has received 2 PPP loans through Ascendus to help her through the pandemic and is now launching her first book, “I Am Diosa”.  “Ascendus helped me not only with the money I needed, but most importantly the resources and information I needed to continue to run a successful business.”

Cómo acceder a préstamos para mi negocio

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En esta sesión, aprenderá los conceptos básicos de cómo mejorar su crédito con el fin de obtener acceso al capital en forma de préstamos. ¡Este capital puede ayudarle a crecer su negocio! Este seminario es posible en parte por JPMorgan Chase & Co.

New York State Commercial Eviction Programs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021 (S471A/A3207) establishing eviction and foreclosure protections for small businesses. These new protections build-off of the Governor’s Executive Order and commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium that has protected businesses in New York State from eviction or foreclosure since COVID-19 first arrived in New York in March 2020.

The legislation will initially apply to small businesses with under 50 employees that demonstrate a financial hardship, as well as small businesses with 10 or less unitsLearn more and apply here.
VISA She’s Next Grant Program for Black Women-Owned Businesses

In celebration of International Women’s Day, VISA is continuing to take action and remove the disproportionate barriers faced by Black women founders by offering $10,000 and a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership to 60 Black women-owned businesses across six (6)key cities in the U.S. Applications are open through April 16, 2021. Learn more and apply today.

Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching Event
Do you own a small food, beverage, or brewing business? Are you looking for advice on
operations or financial management
for your business? We can help! Samuel Adams
Brewing the American Dream and Ascendus are excited to bring our signature Speed
Coaching event online! Learn more on our site.

TrustPlus is a confidential personal financial coaching service available to the small
business community and their workers. TrustPlus coaches will work to help demystify
personal finance with empathy, providing on-demand, one-on-one support, and expert
guidance by creating a tailored Financial Action Plan to meet personal financial goals.
Coaches are available via phone, SMS, and video chat and can help with debt
management, credit repair, budgeting, connecting to resources & benefits that support
financial stability, and much more! Find out more.

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