Colorado Microfinance

Promoting Enterprise Solutions

Two Great Upcoming Microfinance Events

Microfinance Presents: The Evolution of an Entrepreneur

RMMFI, ACCION Colorado, and Colorado Enterprise Fund are pleased to bring this incredible Panel of Local Business Owners to share what it’s REALLY like to be an entrepreneur in Colorado … With Panelists representing the full spectrum of business: start-up, stability, growth, and super growth we’ll explore what changes as a business grows? What stays the same? And understand how the entire spectrum of the business community can work together to strengthen every piece of it.
Panelists include: …
Eneri Rodriguez: Maple Street Pie Company Juwon Melvin: LifeSoap Company Jim Pittenger: Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs Jon Schlegel: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
A BIG thanks to one of Denver’s newest start-up breweries, Black Shirt Brewing Company, for hosting! Event is FREE! Come and drink beer & engage!
Thursday, October 25th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
3719 Walnut Street, Denver



Microfinance In Latin America – Looking to the Future

On Tuesday Oct. 16 at the Wells Fargo Building downtown, Friendship Bridge and Adelante will be presenting to a group called Philanthropy without Borders.

Tuesday, October 26th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center (1st Floor Conference Room)
1700 Lincoln Street, Denver

Philanthropy Without Borders

October 16th Meet-Up


Adelante Foundation of Honduras:

Since 1999, Adelante has provided small loans to very poor women in Honduras so they can start and grow their own small businesses. Over time, the women use their profits to buy better food for their families, improve their homes, buy medicine when necessary, send their children school, and save for the future.

Mike Wiesner: A Colorado native, Mike graduated from Saint Louis University in 2000. After college, he spent several years in corporate sales, at both national and international levels. In 2005, committed to doing more, he left the corporate world and moved to Honduras with his wife, Michelle. They lived and worked as volunteers with Adelante for over a year. Upon returning to Colorado, Mike founded the U.S. operations of Adelante, serving as Director of Development. Ever increasing his involvement, Mike supported organizational changes within Adelante as well as the worldwide management of the foundation. He was named Executive Director in 2010, as the organization reached sustainability for the first time. Combining his corporate experience and his passion for Micro Finance, Mike brings a real world approach and a dynamic energy to micro-lending in Honduras.

Friendship Bridge Circles:

Friendship Bridge (FB) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that provides microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so that they can create their own solutions to poverty for themselves, their families and their communities. Through our Microcredit Plus program – which combines small loans averaging $300 for four-to-twelve month loan terms and participatory education – women start, expand or diversify their businesses and learn practical, applicable lessons on everyday topics including business, health and self-esteem. With Friendship Bridge’s support, more than 14,000 empowered women made strides toward eliminating poverty in 2011.

Tori Labs-Barnett: Marketing & Communications Manager

With more than 10 years experience working in the nonprofit sector, Tori is delighted to now call Friendship Bridge home. Prior to Friendship Bridge, Tori ran the marketing and communications department at The Wildlife Experience, a Denver wildlife museum. She now manages Friendship Bridge’s communications including eBridge, website, and mailings as well as events like the Building Bridges Gala.  An avid traveler, she spent time studying civil society organizations in Guadalajara and dreams of enhancing her Spanish proficiency to conversational.  Tori is also a part-time faculty member in The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Regis University, and holds a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.


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