FORGE, Inc., a nonprofit based in Huntsville and the oldest revolving community loan fund in the state, has welcomed Latanyua Robinson as its new East Arkansas Regional Director.
Robinson comes to FORGE with over a decade of entrepreneurial and technical assistance experience. She has almost three decades of experience in industrial manufacturing and engineering, workforce and business development. In her role as regional director, she will help to expand the organization’s services and impact with a focus on the Delta Region.
Robinson has a passion for uplifting the community and developing local talent. As a small business owner herself, Robinson understands the experience of entrepreneurs who need access to non-traditional funding sources and technical assistance to develop their businesses.
In 2010, she founded LATROBE, a personalized consulting firm dedicated to preparing individuals, businesses, and institutions to achieve their goals through readiness assessments, training programs and proven profit-driven processes.
“The most rewarding synergies happen at the intersection of shared interests,” Robinson said. “My plans are simply living my version of the Golden Rule: to build upon my experiences as a small business owner to help others access capital for their businesses, doing the things that I wish someone would have done for me as I was starting my business.”
FORGE provides access to capital for small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have difficulty obtaining loans from banks and other conventional lenders. Since its founding in 1988, FORGE has served entrepreneurs throughout the Ozarks and the state of Arkansas with technical assistance, business development training and microlending. The nonprofit works primarily with low-income individuals and offers services tailored to those communities. More information about FORGE, Inc. can be found on its website.
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