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Scaling Up: How a CSB Graduate Used a Santander Grant to Transform their Small Business


Darlene Jones is the talented mastermind behind Star Fusion Brand, a series of successful restaurants in West Philadelphia known for their fusion of American and Thai flavors. After leaving her corporate sales career, Jones used her marketing expertise to launch her brand in 2015. Jones participated in Santander’s Cultivate Small Business program, which helped her secure a $20,000 grant. The grant allowed her to invest in her company, acquire new contracts, and purchase a specialty oven to fulfill large orders. The experience of owning a small business has been a positive one for Jones. Despite experiencing some challenges, Jones remains motivated and encourages other business owners not to give up. Read More


Pennsylvania the latest government to try out impact investing


Impact investing is slowly carving out a permanent place for itself in the investment industry, especially as government entities are added to the list of clients eager to see social return on their assets. Pennsylvania is now following in the footsteps of New York City, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts by putting some of its assets into RBC Global Asset Management’s (GAM) Access Capital Community Investment Fund. Read More


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