West Sacramento, Calif. — In the quarter ending Sept. 20, 2021, Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Loan Fund closed 29 loans in 13 states, which totaled $12,650,523.
Despite school closures last year, RCAC’s Agua4All team kept busy. Since the program’s launch in 2014, the team has installed 580 drinking water stations in 121 schools, 71 public places, 37 communities, 43 districts and 14 Tribal communities.
It took Bernard Garcia 14 years to see his dream take shape. It was not for lack of trying, but due to invisible barriers that keep him and other indigenous entrepreneurs who do business on Tribal lands from expanding.
Known for its more than 400 wineries, Sonoma County often conjures images of the California dream. The area, along with neighboring Napa County, is informally referred to as wine country and often seen as a playground for the affluent. The reality on the ground is quite different.
In summer 2020, small business owner Michael Blecha had to take a hard look at his business, Kinnon Entertainment. The concert production industry was poised to have its best year ever just a few months earlier. More than 600 venues booked Kinnon through December—a record-breaking year for Blecha.