GRACE FRICKS, President and CEO, MBA
Grace Fricks is the founder and CEO of Appalachian Community Enterprises (ACE), now known as Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs.
ACE is a non-profit organization and Community Development Financial Institution
that provides loans to start and grow businesses in Georgia.
ACE also offers its borrowers business development resources to create sustainable businesses.
Since 1999, ACE has provided more than $9 million in microloans thus creating or retaining more than 2500 jobs.
In 2009, ACE founded Georgia Green Loans
, www.georgiagreenloans.org, a statewide partnership providing loans to help small businesses "green-ovate.
currently serves on the national Appalachian Capital Advisory Committee of the Appalachian Regional Commission
(ARC), is a member of the Advisory Board for Enterprise to Empower (En2Em),a Georgia Institute of Technology
student-led organization and serves on the Policy Committee for Opportunity Finance
Fricks is a past member of the board of directors of the national trade association, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, (AEO) and is past treasurer of Georgia Microenterprise Network (GMEN).
Ms. Fricks, a small business owner for over 15 years, is a former board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Atlanta chapter.
Other community work includes former Board of White County Rotary Club
and former Trustee of the Board of North Georgia Technical College
was the 2005 recipient of the Founders Award for GMEN.