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Accion Chicago Launches Honor Your Heritage Campaign
Is there a small business owner in your family? Perhaps your
Mom ran a tailor shop or your Dad owned the corner grocery store. Maybe Uncle
Henry was the local mechanic or Aunt Maria taught ballet and tap dance. Does
your sister have a salon or your brother run a restaurant?
In late July, Accion in Chicago launched its first Honor Your Heritage campaign. Inspired
by the many individuals who juggle running a business with their family lives,
Accion has provided an opportunity for you to honor an important entrepreneur
in your life for their hard work.
Donate any amount in your honoree’s name to
Accion. Your tax-deductible donation of any amount will help another small
business owner realize their dream, creating jobs and stabilizing
We at Accion are reminded every day of how support from
individuals like you can help entrepreneurs succeed. Several Accion staff
members have personal connections to small businesses. They understand through
both their families and their daily work all that goes into making a small
“The entrepreneur gene runs in my family,” says Jonathan
Brereton, CEO of Accion in Chicago. “My uncle, my brothers and even some
cousins all have their own businesses. Growing up I saw firsthand how everyone
gets involved in a family business and how hard everyone works.”
Other Accion staff members are connected to entrepreneurs in
their families in the following ways:
Robles’ father has a truck repair business in South Chicago.
- Mary Fran
Riley’s father ran an HVAC business besides having a fulltime job.
Ntamere’s uncle has a retail store offering imported African artifacts.
- Robin Lee
Greiner’s great-grandmother started a dry goods store in a small town in
Bhanpuri’s father has a hardware store.
Brereton says, “I’m so proud of my family’s continued
success and am honoring them with a donation. They will appreciate that in
doing so the money is going to help local small business owners. I urge you to
join me in honoring the entrepreneur in your family.”
Join the community members who have already donated, and
visit Accion’s website to donate today . Be sure to provide include
your honoree’s name and address in the blank space under “Dedication” so we can
notify them of your donation.