#FinallyFunded | Yummy+Society


If you’ve been following our Facebook page you may have noticed our campaigning for our most recent Kiva borrower Marieme Haynes and her emerging small business Yummy+Society. The business offers delicious, nutritious, healthy, and convenient alternatives for your morning food routine. Marieme set out for a crowdfunding goal of just under $10,000 through Kiva; a popular web-based platform that connects private lenders to aspiring entrepreneurs and families across the world. Kiva allows their borrowers to borrow at zero percent interest with no collateral or credit score consideration. It’s truly a great opportunity for those coming from communities were access to capital (for micro-entrepreneurs) and credit are out of reach.


As a Kiva Trustee, RISE can endorse any local borrower using the Kiva platform. Additionally, we assist in promoting the campaign by reaching out to our network and asking for support. Successful campaigns are ones that use the power of great story-telling across social media platforms to tell a story and get people excited enough to participate.


We brought ‘Drake’ and more ‘Tacos’ to Kiva


We’ve been toying with the idea of either creating or joining a Kiva Team for at least a year now. Yesterday, we finally made the plunge. Why Drake? Why tacos? Well, for starters, there were several other names considered – among them; Kiva South LA, Capital Partners, and other variations. We finally decided on something that would attract some attention…and hopefully, make you smile. So, Less Drake, More Tacos was born. Sometimes in the middle of this endless battle to save the world and bring change to  your community , you gotta remind yourself to smile..laugh..and enjoy the little things. Or as Drake would say “the little tings”.

If you’re a casual Drake fan and lover of tacos (who doesn’t love tacos?) then you can show our team some love and join. The more, the merrier.


Block Party & Job Fair comes to South LA

“Good Jobs, Good Health, Good Life”

(A New Kind of Block Party & Job Fair for People, Veterans and Community!)

Coming To This Community On

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 am to- 4:00 pm

RSVP at http://bit.ly/goodjobsgoodhealth



This Job Fair (and first block party to come to South LA in recent memory) is designed specifically for the unemployed and underemployed that desire the latest information about current jobs, workshops to get resumes ready, getting “on-line” access points up-to-date, mock interviews to prepare “for the real interview”, on-site interviews and employers that are “ready to hire”!

Unlike anywhere else in the City of Los Angeles, South Los Angeles has sorely lagged behind the economic recovery everyone else is talking about. RISE Financial Pathways strives to support its surrounding communities with programs that meet their needs. As you may know, RISE Financial Pathways‘ mission is to create and enhance community development programs that create wealth in disinvested communities. We believe it is the time to deliver on the promise of jobs and employment in a new way.



This one-of-a-kind event will be held at RISE offices, located in the heart of South Los Angeles, will be held outside in the surrounding space of the offices. There will be on-site “healthy” access points including workshops on healthy working environments, how to be healthier in your workspace and on-site blood pressure and basic health check-ups.

We endeavor to bring the latest information, people, speakers and health points to our neighborhood, and we would like you to join us! Your participation is the partnership we are looking for. Please mark your calendar and assist us in making this job fair everything it can be! Sponsorships are available by calling our Business Development Consultant, Faye Geyen, at (323) 944-8356; apersonneltouch@yahoo.com or our offices at 323-233-1900. We look forward to working with you on this spectacular event!

RSVP at http://bit.ly/goodjobsgoodhealth


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Sponsorship Form

Booth Reservation Form

WOVEN LA…Returns for second round in September!

Calling All Women Veteran Entrepreneurs yourmission


The popular WOVEN LA (Women Veteran Entrepreneur Network) program returns for its second round, starting the first week of September. Participants can expect to be connected to a myriad of small business and social services resources, in addition to in-class training, guest speakers, and networking events.

First begins Saturday, September 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm. Follow the link to register.

Making a Website for Your Micro Business Part 2


We had such a great discussion that we decided to add a part two! This time around we’ll be building a sample website together. If you have a laptop, please feel free to bring it! We have free wifi for you to use during the session. Last session we looked at real-world examples of how entrepreneurs are using Wix, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Twitter, Tumblr and other platforms as an alternative to the “traditional” website platforms. The second session will delve into one web platform followed by an in-class demonstration of building a homepage from scratch!

Making a Website for Your Micro Business


Hassan leads a free workshop on the basics and fundamentals of building a website for your micro business. Discussion topics include:

  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • HTML…CSS…and “Do I need to know how to code?”
  • What are the best platforms to use?
  • What’s a domain, a host, and a landing page?
  • How much should I expect to pay?
  • and more…

Small Business Resource Expo 2016

Small Business Resource Expo 2016


You are cordially invited to attend this no-cost Small Business Resource Expo where you can connect with organizations (we’ll be there!) that assist small business owners. The Expo Hall is open all afternoon and you can sign-up to attend the Financing Basics Workshop.

Connect with nonprofit & government agencies specializing in small business resources such as:

  • Technical Assistance & Training
  • Business Plan Development
  • Financing
  • Procurement
  • Mentoring

JUNE 22, 2016
12 noon to 4:00 pm


1:00 pm Financing Basics in English
2:30 pm Financing Basics in Spanish

Friendship Auditorium

3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027 (free parking)
Lunchtime food trucks!



2016 Grant to Serve Military Women Veterans

2016 Grant to Serve Military Women Veterans

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Los Angeles, CA., June 14, 2016: Bank of America, one of the nation’s largest banks, has awarded a $15,000 Workforce Development Grant to RISE Financial Pathways, a local South Los Angeles based non-profit serving underserved communities in Los Angeles County for nearly 25 years. RISE Financial Pathways introduced a new ground-breaking program for Military Women Veterans in January 2016, a severely underserved population. The grant will support RISE Financial Pathways new Micro Loan and Training program for Women Veterans—WOVEN-LA—Women Veterans Entrepreneur Network-Los Angeles. A program specifically for Women Veterans and their spouses that want to start or expand their own small business.

“This new Micro Business Program is particularly exciting as it has a specially designed curriculum and support system for Women Veterans and their spouses, utilizing proven training, small business planning and micro-lending success models” said Forescee Hogan-Rowles, CEO, RISE Financial Pathways.

The Micro Business Program will offer both “hands-on” classroom style training and Microloans. Microloans will be available to everyone that completes the 4-6 week training and follow-up sessions, compiles their business plan, and apply. The process is simple, but important. The Participants will find the process to be encouraging, supportive and sensitive to the needs of budding and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Bank of America is a Founding Member of RISE Financial Pathways, formerly Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC) and have been partnering on community development programs since 1993. For more information about this program and other programs available at RISE Financial Pathways, please call the offices at 323-233-1900 or visit the website at http://www.RISELA.org.