Thursday, May 24, 2012

Former Microfinance Client Gives Back as the Newest Accion San Diego Board Member

Accion San Diego stands behind small business owners and in return small business owners are supporting Accion.  Jeff Harding, former Accion client and successful entrepreneur, was elected onto Accion San Diego’s board of directors in May. 

Harding founded Recycle San Diego, an electronic waste collection and recycling facility based in Kearny Mesa, in 2006. When it came time to expand his business, Harding hit road blocks in securing traditional financing due to credit issues and a lack of assets. Harding turned to Accion San Diego and was approved for a $20,000 loan to secure a warehouse and truck. This was the boost Harding needed to reach the full potential of his enterprise. Since Accion financing, he has hired 10 employees, increased his revenues and is now located in an 11,000 square-foot drop-off and processing facility. Harding plans to expand to three more locations in El Cajon, Carlsbad and Eastlake by the end of the year.

Harding is enthusiastic about growing the organization that helped him reach entrepreneurial success. “He is the first former client to serve on the board of directors in the organization’s 18-year history,” says Gordon Boerner, Accion’s board chair. “The entire board and Jeff are very excited about the opportunity to have his perspective as a previous Accion client and his business expertise at the board level which will help Accion’s program best understand the needs of other local small business owners. 

Harding will serve a 3-year term on the Accion board and will also sit on the board’s marketing and fundraising committee. 

We invite you to learn more about Jeff Harding's successful enterprise, Recycle San Diego, and see how their services can help your home or business easily recycle electronic waste. Recycle San Diego has a convenient location at 8222 Ronson Rd, open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm to accept your electronic waste. Visit their website to learn about more events and locations for recycling and how your business can schedule a business e-waste pickup. 

Recycle San Diego
8222 Ronson Road
San Diego, CA 92111

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