This past month, we celebrated National Disability Day. An inclusive workspace is one that offers equal opportunities to learn, succeed, and advance. It is crucial to allow people full access to opportunities without barriers obstructing them from achieving their goals. We recently shared several resources for disabled entrepreneurs from federal grants to organizations such as Accion or StreetShares. To learn more, check out our Instagram post!  And here are some ways that everyone can make their businesses more accessible and inclusive.

Our Program Manager, James Banks, led an Introduction to Entrepreneurial Concepts session for high school students at KIPP’s Career Academy. The session was Envolve’s introduction to working with young adults and it was a rewarding experience to dive into the entrepreneurial mindsets of tomorrow’s leaders in the startup space. The students were challenged with finding their mission statements and even developing an elevator pitch for their business ideas. The session was very helpful for students to gain confidence to continue to craft their passions as young entrepreneurs and imagine what they can achieve without limits. We look to expand on this programming as Envolve aims to inspire the next generation to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. The new forgiveness platform will begin accepting applications from borrowers on August 4, 2021. Borrowers that need assistance or have questions can call the PPP customer service team from Monday – Friday, 8:00am-8:00pm EDT at (877) 552-2692. For more details on this announcement, check out their press release!

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