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Minority

An investment firm that focuses on creating diversity and inclusion for the investment community through the investment of women, minorities, and veteran entrepreneurs.

An agency of the U.S Department of Commerce provides resources for minority-owned businesses including information about loan packaging, venture capital sourcing and available grant and loan programs.

Women, Minority

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA is a nonprofit small business lender with more than 25 years of experience helping entrepreneurs in Chicago, and across the country, access the financing they need to grow and create jobs. As a mission-driven lender, we strive to deploy capital to underserved small business owners including minorities, women and veterans, and businesses located/or willing to locate in low-income communities. At our online lending site, Connect2Capital,www.connect2capital.com, you can pre-apply for a loan with responsible terms and our staff will be there to help you every step of the way. We will take the time to find the story behind your business, with an eye towards saying “yes” to your loan request.

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA is a nonprofit small business lender with more than 25 years of experience helping entrepreneurs in Chicago, and across the country, access the financing they need to grow and create jobs. As a mission-driven lender, we strive to deploy capital to underserved small business owners including minorities, women and veterans, and businesses located/or willing to locate in low-income communities. At our online lending site, Connect2Capital,www.connect2capital.com, you can pre-apply for a loan with responsible terms and our staff will be there to help you every step of the way. We will take the time to find the story behind your business, with an eye towards saying “yes” to your loan request.

Women

Supported by the SBA, represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers, which are designed to support women in starting and growing small businesses and seek to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs.

A national membership organization representing the interests of women entrepreneurs, with over 5,000 members and 60 chapters across the country. 

SBA recently launched a first of its kind tool called LINC (Leveraging Information and Networks to Access Capital) that allows entrepreneurs looking for a small business loan to get matched with a SBA lender. Fill out the simple online form of 20 questions and you will be contacted within 48 hours by a local lender in your area. There are no fees or commitments to useLINC.

Nav provides access to free business credit reports, along with tools and information to help business owners build their credit profile, so they can get the best financing. The site also has a marketplace that connects users to business financing offers based on their credit scores and needs.

Locavesting.com is a new media and educational platform that helps entrepreneurs navigate the fast evolving world of alternative finance and community capital. From crowdfunding to community-supported enterprise, Locavesting brings you the latest news and information on the funding models that are leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs and investors.

Lendio, an online aggregator, has spent five years working with hundreds of lenders in the alternative lending industry. Each lender has been identified and screened on a basis including, but not limited to, past track record, customer service, ownership, technology, product diversity, and rates charged to small businesses.

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