Eyes wide open.

Photo Credit: Megan Hryndza

Photo Credit: Megan Hryndza

That's how I'd summarize what happened during our past weeks on the road in Washington DC and Helena, Arkansas, during which time our team put Mighty's developing product into the hands of community leaders, community builders, community fans and shapers of the impact economy.

Whether it was our talking to small business owners and local organizers gathered at the City First Third Annual Community Development Conference, or musicians and educators and travelers gathered at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, people's eyes opened wide as we introduced ourselves as a startup working out of the Polsky Business Incubator at the University of Chicago, dedicated to using public data to help everyone know the community impact of their banking business.

From that point on, we listened as people readily began talking about the importance of supporting local economies; small business development; affordable housing; equity of economic opportunity for low-income populations. We learned that across the spectrum, irrespective of job title or location, everyone cares deeply about the economy. Everyone is touched by it. Everyone is eager to build their agency in supporting the economies they value. A tool like Mighty, providing transparency of information and choice for the public to bank for impact, is an idea whose time has come.

It was exciting to join impact leaders (and Mighty's heroes) on the closing panel of the City First Community Development Conference on October 5th to talk social impact capital in DC. City First Bank of DC is the first of two banks in the country to partner with Mighty to pilot a new digital experience for customers to experience the community impact of their banking business. 

It was exciting to join impact leaders (and Mighty's heroes) on the closing panel of the City First Community Development Conference on October 5th to talk social impact capital in DC. City First Bank of DC is the first of two banks in the country to partner with Mighty to pilot a new digital experience for customers to experience the community impact of their banking business. 

Brandon was one of a dozen entrepreneurs we talked with at Impact Hub DC about banking for impact in DC. Thanks Brandon for joining in on spreading the word to get #mighty.

Brandon was one of a dozen entrepreneurs we talked with at Impact Hub DC about banking for impact in DC. Thanks Brandon for joining in on spreading the word to get #mighty.

Geoff told us that when he moved down to teach in the Mississippi Delta, he moved his money with him as a way to be fully immersed in the local community, and an actively participating community member. Geoff signed up to get Mighty because he says he loves the idea of knowing more about how his money impacts his community. 

Geoff told us that when he moved down to teach in the Mississippi Delta, he moved his money with him as a way to be fully immersed in the local community, and an actively participating community member. Geoff signed up to get Mighty because he says he loves the idea of knowing more about how his money impacts his community. 

Danielle has lived in Chicago and Memphis. She told us she is interested to know how her bank money can help provide equity of economic opportunity to low-income populations. "Mighty is a really important, needed resource," Danielle said.

Danielle has lived in Chicago and Memphis. She told us she is interested to know how her bank money can help provide equity of economic opportunity to low-income populations. "Mighty is a really important, needed resource," Danielle said.

Kory (left) told us he loves the Delta so much, he brought his brother, Casey, and dad, Billy, down for a roadtrip to experience the Blues.  For his love of the Blues and the Delta, Kory told us putting some of his bank money to work in the Delta is a no-brainer. "It's a way for me to give back to a place I love, while I still get the security of banking that I need."

Kory (left) told us he loves the Delta so much, he brought his brother, Casey, and dad, Billy, down for a roadtrip to experience the Blues.  For his love of the Blues and the Delta, Kory told us putting some of his bank money to work in the Delta is a no-brainer. "It's a way for me to give back to a place I love, while I still get the security of banking that I need."

 

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