Success Story: MedCode Professional Career Academy

Mother of 3 launches affordable medical coding academy to give others opportunity for higher paying career Jasmine Hall’s first job in her teens was in medical collections, a role where she found a natural talent for understanding the terminology and explaining bills to patients. Later, as a young mother, Jasmine was looking for a higher


Success Story: Crescent Sock Company

4th generation tenacity powers oldest continuously operating sock mill in America Crescent Sock Company is a 116-year-old sock mill in rural Niota, Tennessee. Opened to create jobs in this small community, it is currently managed by the fourth generation of the founder. Cathy Allen has taken on the role of CEO and is assisted by


Wall Street Journal video examines small business growth in America

WSJ reports on CDFI industry’s responsible funding to entrepreneurs Episode 5 of The Wall Street Journal’s “Financial Inclusion in America” video series hit a familiar note for our staff. The episode shares the stories of two entrepreneurs – one needing expansion capital to scale her business, and the other needing a quick loan for equipment


Success Story: Collins & Co. Barber Shop

Experienced stylists make the cut as first-time business owners Longtime stylist Tabitha Parsley and master barber Robert Collins worked for years at the original location of Red’s Class Barbershop in Indianapolis. After relocating to Nashville to help run the second location, these young entrepreneurs dreamed of owning their own shop. “One day we looked at


Travis Hughes Joins Pathway Lending Team

Pathway Lending hires Memphis-based business lender and certified business advisor as VP of Commercial Lending and Client Relations Pathway Lending is excited to welcome Travis Hughes as the newest member of our staff. As our Vice President of Commercial Lending and Client Relations, Travis is leading our efforts to bring funding, education, and support to


2018 East Tennessee CDFI Forum

Bank representatives invited to Knoxville area forum on CDFIs and their role with traditional banks. On Thursday, April 19, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC and local CDFI’s are hosting the Interagency East Tennessee CDFI Forum. Scheduled for 10am until 2pm at the Magnolia Avenue

Success Story: JMK Martial Arts

Success Story: JMK Martial Arts & Fitness

New entrepreneur turns passion into family business “This all started because my dad stood up to a bully when he was 15,” says Charles Owens II, owner of JMK Martial Arts. “He stood his ground, but got handled pretty bad by an older, bigger guy. He swore he’d never let that happen again.” Owens’ dad 

6 tax tips for small business owners

6 Small Business Tips for Tax Season

Helpful hints for business owners to lessen the stress of filing taxes. With the deadline to file taxes fast approaching, we asked one of our Business Advisory Services Consultants, Phylicia Moye, to share some tax tips for small business owners. Throughout the year, I help our loan clients navigate tough decisions and work with them

Meet the team: Pam Theis at Pathway Lending

Meet the Team: Pam Theis

Get to know the lending staff at Pathway As small business owners apply for funding and move through the loan application process here at Pathway Lending, they’ll work one-on-one with several members of our team, including lenders like Pam Theis. Pam is often the first person a business owner will meet from Pathway when they

Success Story: MeTime Drop-In Childcare (owner Sara Bullock)

Success Story: MeTime Drop-In Child Care

Female entrepreneur opens convenient daycare for local families Sara Bullock is no stranger to owning a business. She spent her childhood helping her mother run successful childcare services. “It was inspiring to me that she was able to make her own hours to be there for school functions,” says Bullock. “I saw the kind of