Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach Confirms Mercedes-Benz Has Partnered With The Conservation Fund
December 13, 2010 – Signal Hill, Calif. – Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach is excited to confirm Mercedes-Benz USA has announced their investment in The Conservation Fund’s ShadeFund program, a new charitable endeavor to raise donated capital that will provide small loans to green entrepreneurs.
Mercedes-Benz USA will invest in 10-12 Mercedes-Benz Signature ShadeFund Entrepreneurs over the next two years: select, small business owners who display an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to environmental values and exceptional artisanship.
While most microloan charities focus on entrepreneurs in the third world, The Conservation Fund’s ShadeFund program will tap into the growing trend of making loans to American small businesses. The program is aimed at giving a leg up to entrepreneurs and innovators who use natural resources creatively and responsibly to spur a greener economy.
“Partnering with The Conservation Fund will provide that opportunity to a group of talented and passionate entrepreneurs who are working to innovate in the area of sustainability,” said Bob Milner, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach. “It’s a great opportunity for the Mercedes-Benz brand to support innovation and our local communities.”
The first two Mercedes-Benz Signature ShadeFund Entrepreneurs, Connecticut-based City Based and Bluebird Hill Farm out of North Carolina, will receive their loans by the end of the year.
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