Stories

Assisted Living
"Customers told us, 'You saved our businesses. You saved jobs. We wouldn't have made it if you guys weren't here and didn't walk us through this.'"
Steak’M Take’M
Kansas City’s Steak'M Take'M needed help when the pandemic paralyzed the economy. A lender supporting minority-owned businesses provided PPP relief, made to order.
Germaine Simonson
Germaine Simonson owns essential businesses in Arizona's Navajo Nation. Parched for support, she turned to a rural lender to get through the pandemic dry spell.
Los Angeles Koreatown
PPP money has reached a range of businesses, but it didn’t come easily for many. An accounting firm in Los Angeles experienced the struggle on behalf of its clients—and firsthand.
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant
Thanks to a PPP loan, San Francisco-based Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant has kept people working and margaritas pouring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Opportunity Occupations: Joining the Workforce
Toledo, Ohio has the nation's highest share of good jobs that don't require a Bachelor's degree. Our video series explores what's working.
Opportunity occupations, which are good-paying jobs for people without a four-year college degree, are the focus of a short documentary by the Federal Reserve.
Keith Wardrip, community development research manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, defines "opportunity occupations."
Keith Wardrip, community development research manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, explains why identifying opportunity jobs is important to the economy.
Gary Thompson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo, Ohio, shares the importance of local teamwork for building opportunity.