The Pig & The Penny

The Pig & The Penny

CNote
Did you grow up with a piggy bank? You know, the pink kind that smiles end to end as you proudly plop each copper penny into its thin slat? Plunk. Plink, plink. Yep, me too. But, what I’ve come to realize is the psychology behind that little pig is much broader than I thought. To me, that piggy bank was the first representation of “savings” - or the idea of storing money for another day. As a kid, it could sometimes feel like torture, waiting endlessly for that 50 cents to grow to $5 so I could finally buy that special toy. As a teenager, it started to feel like power, where I didn’t have to ask my parents for every purchase. As a grown adult, it feels like safety,…
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Echoing Green – Social Impact Talent Report

Echoing Green – Social Impact Talent Report

CNote
We’re proud to announce that our founders Cat Berman and Yuliya Tarasava have been selected for consideration for the Echoing Green Fellowship. Each year Echoing Green evaluates thousands of applicants and roughly only 1% of applicants are selected. Congratulations are in order for Cat and Yuliya, who are working to democratize and simplify finance through CNote. The two will travel to New York for interviews and could be selected as finalists for the “Echoing Green Fellowships – [a] two year immersive leadership development program that provides seed-funding and hands-on support, and embeds them in the Echoing Green network.” Echoing Green is a truly remarkable organization that “identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today.” Echoing Green works to find extraordinary individuals, who have influential ideas and original solutions. "We unite this diverse group of innovators,…
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Borrower Story: Meet Maria Cruz with Heavenly Flowers

Borrower Story: Meet Maria Cruz with Heavenly Flowers

Borrower Stories, CDFIs, CNote
Keeping The Florist Business Local Who knew the flower business was so competitive? Most of your revenues come from just a few days out of the year and its a supply chain and logistics nightmare. Not only that, but with online ordering and distribution networks, it takes real dedication and talent to separate yourself from all that competition. An entrepreneur that is up for the challenge Meet Maria Cruz from Long Island. Her passion is flowers. She has the chops to make stunning arrangements and provides the kind of customer service that keeps five-star reviews rolling in on Yelp. The road to get there wasn't easy, but she's a dedicated entrepreneur that wouldn't give up on her dreams. Maria in her store, Photo Credit: Heavenly Flowers Too Owning her own…
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