Jo-Ann Rolle, Ph.D; Dean, School of Business, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York
"Entrepreneurs and small businesses face significant barriers in accessing the financing needed to grow and create jobs. The antiquated process for obtaining financing creates underserved communities and this is a reality we contend with on a daily basis while supporting entrepreneurs both on campus and in the community. Our work with SourceFunding.org is designed to streamline that process in order to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs."
Mary Alice Smothers; Nationally recognized community activist
“Throughout my career working in a community with the highest levels of poverty concentration among African Americans and Latino Americans in the US, I’ve seen how entrepreneurship is a pathway out of poverty leading to sustainable and self sufficient families. However, I’ve also seen that so many youth entrepreneurs and long-standing family businesses in our community and in underserved communities all throughout the country struggle to access the low-cost financing needed to grow and create jobs and I’m proud to be working with SourceFunding.org to promote a more inclusive financial system and to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs and businesses.”
Francine Hardaway, Ph.D;
Professor, Digital Media Entrepreneurship
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Arizona State University
"My experience working with entrepreneurs in the fields of STEM, new media, and technology, has shown me that the challenge of accessing low-cost financing is widespread and limits growth and opportunity,” said Francine Hardaway, Ph.D, a professor of digital media entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University. “Women in particular face considerable barriers in accessing financing and I'm pleased to be advising on the development of SourceFunding.org, which will address this challenge, democratize access to capital, and level the playing field for all entrepreneurs."