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New Loan Fund to Help Strengthen Small Businesses

Michelle Xiarhos Curran, ECCF Communications Writer Small and micro-businesses create jobs, drive community and urban revitalization, and foster local wealth. But oftentimes, they do not qualify for the loans they need to start or sustain operations. This winter, a...

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EEO: Financial Literacy Helps People Prep for the Future

EEO: Financial Literacy Helps People Prep for the Future

Michelle Xiarhos Curran, ECCF Communications Writer PHOTO COURTESY OF COMMUNITY ACTION, INC. In Haverhill, low-income women – mothers who are working to support their children and families – are being empowered to take charge of their finances through an innovative...

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CPL Can Make a College Degree a Reality for More People

Michelle Xiarhos Curran, ECCF Communications Writer According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, by 2020, an estimated 72 percent of jobs in Massachusetts will require a postsecondary education. In fact, Massachusetts is one of 27...

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Essex County Think Lab Focuses on North Shore Blue Economy

Essex County Think Lab Focuses on North Shore Blue Economy

Gloucester, MA – Outside 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester, gray skies hang over Harbor Cove, where the sounds of a bustling luxury hotel next door and the smell of fish linger in the air. The cove, alive with activity, is home to many businesses that rely on the...

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Empowering Economic Opportunity Moves Full Steam Ahead

Updates on ECCF's Project to Help Thousands of Residents Living Below the Living Wage Empowering Economic Opportunity  is the Alpha Project of ECCF’s Impact Essex County initiative, the Foundation’s lasting commitment to address the most critical issues affecting...

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Increasing Financial Empowerment Across Essex County

Increasing Financial Empowerment Across Essex County

According to the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, nearly two-thirds of Americans cannot pass a basic financial literacy test. This is problematic; individuals lacking a strong financial literacy foundation borrow more money, accumulate fewer assets and pay more in...

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Credit for Prior Learning makes college more attainable

Credit for Prior Learning makes college more attainable

According to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, college graduates earn 56 percent more than high school graduates. But in Essex County – where 38 percent of people are living below the living wage – the cost of continued education and the pathway to a...

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Tackling Income Inequality | North of Boston Business

Tackling Income Inequality | North of Boston Business

In her "Giving Back" column in the Spring 2019 edition of North of Boston Business magazine, Beth Francis, ECCF's President and CEO, discusses ECCF's systems approach to tackling income inequality in Essex County. Read the column in its entirety in the latest edition...

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Essex County Uses Data to Take Action on Income Inequality

Originally posted on March 18, 2019 on the CGR Blog. Essex County, MA is just north of Boston and home to some very rich and very poor communities. The median household income in Boxford, for example, tops $155,000, while the median in Lawrence is less than $40,000....

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