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BCL of Texas wishes you a season of gratitude and prosperity!  
 
Rosa Ríos Valdez: Serving for Economic Prosperity 

Rosa Rios ValdezRosa Ríos Valdez is now the Chair of the NeighborWorks Capital Corp Loan committee. NeighborWorks Capital is a CDFI that manages a $100 million loan fund to support affordable housing.

Rosa has served on the NeighborWorks Capital board for 5 years and is excited to step into this new leadership role.

In addition, Rosa was recently named to serve on the newly formed BancorpSouth Community Development Advisory Board, which will work on commercial real estate projects through the New Markets Tax Credits program.

Join us in congratulating Rosa on her impact on economic prosperity across both the state and the nation!

BCL's Own Your Dream: Featuring VA Loans for Veterans!

Steven Hanaway Did you know? BCL's Own Your Dream program is designed to help provide access to homeownership to all Texans. This November, we are highlighting our VA Loan option, which provides special loan options for military veterans. BCL's VA loan works with the government VA loan program, but in addition, those using the program have access to our down payment assistance grants of up to 3% of the loan amount. 

Disabled retired veteran Steven Hanaway, who worked with BCL for a home purchase in 2016. To Steven, having his own home is about having a place where he can live in safety and in comfort. 

Steven says, “Take advantage of programs that will help you reach your goals. You’re going to contribute to society and make your impact, so there’s no reason society can’t help you.”  Learn more here.

All Era Militaria

Military veteran Dave Demorrow started All Era Militaria with just two duffel bags of military gear after he left the Army. As a disabled veteran, he knew he couldn’t work a traditional job, so he decided to start his own business using his expertise in military equipment and training.

Over the course of 12 years, All Era has grown, successfully pivoting to include a store, an Air Soft play field, and a military museum, the Temple Museum of Modern Warfare. Demorrow credits his success with being able to adapt and pivot as the business evolved. Read his story here.

BBVA class NovemberA huge thank you to our longtime partners and supporters at BBVA, who have provided funding and support for BCL's programs for many years. In collaboration with BBVA, BCL is offering community financial education classes in 2019 and 2020. 

So far, our impacts include: 
  • 8 class offerings from budgeting and credit to mortgages and refinance 
  • Taught 21 workshops at community centers in East and South Austin
  • Provided financial education to 206 community members 
Thank you for investing in our work, BBVA!   

BCL leaders Rosa Rios Valdez and Brian K. Marshall met with Austin CDFIs to address key issues related to Homeownership, Personal Finance, and Small Business Lending.

At the invitation of the Wells Fargo Foundation, CEO Rosa Ríos Valdez presented “Collaboration Among Economic Development Firms to Advance Minority Entrepreneurs.”
We always love to see our colleagues, like Betty Davis from Frost Bank, who met with us to talk about ways to partner to help homeowners.
Happy Veterans Day! BCL honors our Brian Marshall, who served in the Air Force for 10 years as a firefighter. Thank you to Brian and all of those who served.

 Dec 7: Home Buyer Education - Dallas
 Dec 7: Home Buyer Education - Austin
 Dec 10: Small Business Record Keeping - Austin
               Through our partners at the Austin Small Business Program
 Dec 21: Spanish Home Buyer Education - Austin
 Dec 21: Spanish Home Buyer Education - Dallas

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