Finding Opportunity at OFN's Small Business Finance Forum

June 27, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The sixth annual Small Business Finance Forum, hosted by Opportunity Finance Network, Lisa Mensawas the biggest yet with 202 CDFI practitioners from 40 states, 7 foundations, 33 banks, and 12 government representatives in attendance. OFN's new President and CEO – development industry luminary Lisa Mensah – kicked things off with her welcoming remarks, talking about....

Power in Unity - New York State CDFI Coalition's Annual Conference

June 06, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The New York State CDFI Coalition's annual conference is something we look NYSCDFI Boardforward to each year and this year's conference, which was held May 8-9 in Albany, did not disappoint. Over 70 attendees, including representatives from NYSCDFI member organizations, funders, experts in the field and representatives from local government offices attended for one of the best conferences to date. 

An Art Event with a Heart: Benefiting Refugees

May 16, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

Over 250 people joined BCNA on April 20th at 524W26 Gallery in Chelsea for the opening of BCNA's first ever Art Benefit Sale, a pop-up group exhibition with work by 32 acclaimed and emerging international artists.

BCNA Art Benefit contributing artists

6th Annual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards

May 10, 2017

By Yanki Tshering

Looking back on our 6th Annual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards, I am gratified by what a renewing, inspiring program it was, and what a wonderful sense of community and of unified purpose there was in the room. Never have we felt a deeper conviction and appreciation of the role BCNA plays in supporting the efforts of individuals and families who come to New York seeking safety, security, and a better life - and in turn contribute to the rich cultural diversity and financial success of this country.


April 11, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

This month we're very pleased to profile the Women's Enterprise Action Loan Fund (WEALF),  a terrific resource for women business owners in New York City.  For the past two years, we've been working with WEALF founder and Board member Vicki Weiner, serving as WEALF'S fiscal agent.

WEALF, which fills a niche for women who cannot obtain financing for their businesses from traditional sources, also provides the women entrepreneurs it helps financially with one-on-one to mentors to help them take their businesses to the next level.