Greater Than The Sum of Our Parts

  • By Evan Baehr
  • Published 7/29/2015

At Able, we firmly believe that our community is at the center of what we do and that we are successful because of the company we keep. When we launched The Able Network a few months ago, we wanted to give everyone a spotlight to shine on their favorite Austin businesses, and to bring together Austin’s most promising main street entrepreneurs.

Since then, we have been humbled by the power of the network. We made a call-to-arms for local entrepreneurs to support each other, and they’ve responded in powerful ways that have validated just how impactful the network truly is.


We’ve joined forces with a fashion maven empowering women all over the world through their unique design skills, a favorite local coffee shop and roasting company, an award-winning sustainable craft brewery, and the home of the ‘Original Kimchi Fries’ to name a few. And just this month we welcomed Capital Factory, an Austin-based accelerator, into the Able network. Capital Factory itself has created a network and environment that fosters entrepreneurial collaboration, mentorship, and encouragement, and we’re thrilled to help them grow. Read more about our partnership with Austin’s center of gravity for entrepreneurs here.

What we especially love about our most recent addition to our current cohort is that they are no strangers to the Able family. Capital Factory Executive Director, Joshua Baer, is also a longtime supporter, investor, and Able Backer of that home of the delicious kimchi fries, Chi’Lantro, Able and Backers like Josh helped to fund the buildout of its first brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Speaking of Chi’Lantro, on July 16th, they were crowned as the Food Truck Taste Off winner against Burro Cheese Kitchen at Hops & Grain Brewery. The aforementioned craft brewery is also an Able Borrower, who used their loan to expand the existing tap room. We were proud to join forces and host an annual event that Austinites have grown to love.

We’re constantly inspired by the entrepreneurs in our community and in the Able network, who continue to find ways to lift and support each other. It is because of people like them that we are one step closer to achieving our mission — helping Main Street entrepreneurs grow by providing them with the resources and network they need to succeed.

We are all in this together, and we hope to be a part of many, many more great entrepreneurs’ stories.

Know of someone you’d like to nominate to be a part of the Able network? Please email Heather Miller, and mention the business you’d like to nominate.

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