Businessman and briefcase

Businessman and briefcase

NextFab wins $100K through small biz competition

Philadelphia’s NextFab is a winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition.

NextFab was awarded $100,000 for its Furnishing a Future program. Soon to be relocating to a designated North Philadelphia Opportunity Zone, Furnishing a Future will provide skills and job placement to targeted populations returning to the workforce, including veterans, the chronically unemployed, and those returning from incarceration. NextFab will use the money to expand services and focus on woodworking, carpentry and general shop skills.

Allstate Foundation donates $20K to American Red Cross

Philadelphia Allstate agents recently teamed up with American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania to distribute 1,500 disaster relief kits at 30th Street Station to help commuters prepare for natural disasters.

Due to the volunteerism of participating agents, the American Red Cross will receive a $20,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant to support relief efforts.

Funds will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters, providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance at no cost to those in need.

ACE Cash Express donates $10K to MenzFit initiative

ACE Cash Express, part of the Populus Financial Group, has donated $10,000 to MenzFit, an organization which provides clothing assistance and financial literacy education to individuals seeking to enter the nation’s workforce.

MenzFit’s primary mission is to ensure long-term gainful employment and financial fitness to low-income men in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas.

MenzFit has been a partner of ACE Cash Express for 11 years as part of ACE’s corporate giving program, the ACE Community Fund. The ACE Community Fund is committed to empowering organizations that help children, provide education and promote financial literacy in the communities it serves.

Phila. Bar Association CLE named to ‘Hall of Fame’ list

Philadelphia Bar Association CLE was named to The Legal Intelligencer’s Hall of Fame and Best of 2019 list for Continuing Legal Education Provider and Online CLE Program.

The Philadelphia Bar Association CLE program, a statewide Continuing Legal Education provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as an accredited Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education provider, was started in 2016. It is led by Tara D. Phoenix, director of continuing legal education.

The Philadelphia Bar Association offers high-quality, low-cost CLE and CJE courses — live and via webcast — to lawyers, judges and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region.

Chamber to present talk on women, financial wellness

The African American Chamber of Commerce will a workshop titled Sister Reach: Achieving Financial Wellness from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 at IBX Live, 1919 Market St.

Panelists include Mary Tonita Austin, CEO of MT Austin and Associates; Sonia Lewis, The Student Loan Doctor; Traci Powell, real estate specialist at Sell Fast Realty and Shaquana Watson-Harkness, licensed investment and financial strategist.

To register, visit http://aachamber.org

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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