We're Celebrating Black History Month
Through Entrepreneurship

Health + Growth = Chef Arga @ LiftFund

February is Black History Month and we'd like to take time and celebrate black owners for their dedication and valuable contribution to our communities.

When we think of diversity and resilience, we think of Chef Arga Bourgeois, owner of Sunshine Health Food Store. Chef Arga and her father, Vergis, started Sunshine's to create a healthy culture in their community. Since 1983, Chef Arga has been able to grow not only her business but her commitment to a healthy lifestyle in Houston. 

We recently filmed a piece about Arga and our work in Houston. Arga was one of our first customers in Houston and we are proud of her dream of a healthier community and passion to make it a reality. Learn more about Chef Arga's journey and LiftFund's commitment to strengthening entrepreneurship and black business by watching our video here

Reduce your small business headaches! Sign up for ThriveHR 

We know working on your business, not just in your business can lead to great growth. LiftFund with SWBC is now offering ThriveHR, a state-of-the art payroll and HR management solution to help you and your business grow at an affordable rate.

With ThriveHR, you'll reduce your administrative headaches in payroll and taxes. We know this is important to you and hope you take advantage of this offer. To learn more, visit our partner site here

H.E.B. Primo Picks Quest for the Best in Texas is Taking Entries

You could be the next primo pick @ HEB! The company is seeking original, authentic, and customer loving products to be sold at their stores and yours could be it! Have some doubts? Lamar Jones, a LiftFund family customer, from Weslaco won for his amazing barbeque sauce, The Jank, check out his video here and a review of his latest in-store promo here

Lamar's path from capital to success is built on so many opportunities that fell into place, and as you know, lots of hard work. The call for entries is live for H.E.B.'s primo picks, submit your products here!

Gearing up for Tax Season? Here are LiftFund's Top 5 to get ready!

As you gear up for tax season we wanted to share our top 5 tips. We know you have 'till spring, but the IRS has already started accepting tax returns! 

1. Take time to gather all your business documents, including expenses and income/revenue now; 

2. Make sure your tax form aligns with your business structure, i.e. a Schedule C for self-employed small business owners;

3. Make sure you know your accounting method -- Cash or Accrual basis for reporting purposes; 

4. Study any deduction options including homestead, insurance, retirement, vehicle, and more; 

5. Take time to visit with a trusted financial advisor -- whether that be your business confidant, your CPA, or your bookkeeper. 

If you need to file an extension, it is important to make sure you complete the extension with the anticipated reporting numbers, if an extension is not filed it can be a challenge to access more capital.

Share the love! #ReferAFriend to LiftFund

Do you know of someone in need of business support and capital to start their business? We'd love to help! Refer a small business owner to us - we'll take good care of them!

LiftFund is a non-profit financial and business consultation organization that helps diverse entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes and assets, create employment and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. 

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