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Mary Alice Smothers - Nationally Recognized Community Development Expert Small Business Loan Application Mary Alice Smothers

“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,” said nationally recognized community activist Mary Alice Smothers. “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 to promote an inclusive financial system that levels the playing field for all entrepreneurs."

Mary Alice Smothers
Nationally Recognized Community Activist
Syracuse, New York