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Who Can Help

Need assistance understanding loan paperwork requirements or getting your financial house in order? These groups, many of which offer their services for free or low cost, can help.

Accion is a nonprofit that helps communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. We provide customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

State: IL

The Alameda County SBDC provides tools and expertise to business owners interested in minimizing risk and accelerating the success of their ventures.

State: CA

Pacific Community Venture's BusinessAdvising.org is a nonprofit small business accelerator that matches small business owners with expert advisors and mentors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to grow their businesses and to create new quality jobs in their communities. We have a pool of hundreds of professional mentors from all industries and areas of expertise. BusinessAdvising.org also removes geography as a barrier. Wherever you are in America, we’ll find the best advisor to help your company grow.

State: CA, CO, IL, MD, MO, OH

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income, working families as a trusted provider of tax and financial services. Everything we do, from direct service to informing public policy, improves the financial stability of those we serve.

State: IL

The Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center was founded in 2007 to assist African Americans launch, grow and sustain businesses. The Center provides entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to maximize revenue growth, profitability, job creation and innovation.

State: IL

The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center offers no-cost, individualized and confidential consulting to both pre-venture entrepreneurs and existing business owners. In addition, we offer business seminars and support services so that entrepreneurs and small businesses can grow and contribute to the region’s economic vitality.

State: CA

Founded in1976, Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) provides loans up to $500,000 to finance small businesses and startups unable to secure traditional bank funding. With a mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, CEF has provided over $54 million in loans to almost 1,900 businesses to help create and retain over 16,000 jobs in the state. A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CEF is based in Denver with lending services available statewide.

 

State: CO

Community Enterprise Development Services supports the American dream of financial self-sufficiency by assisting refugees, immigrants, and low to moderate income people in metro Denver who desire to own or strengthen businesses, develop assets, and empower themselves financially.

State: CO

The Contra Costa SBDC, in collaboration with community partners, delivers small business advising and training to promote economic and human capital development. Our workshops and individualized advising are always no-cost and our business/strategic planning classes are very low cost We proudly serve the entire County of Contra Costa and support current and aspiring small business owners with access to capital, government contracting/procurement, exporting and management consulting assistance on myriad topics including marketing, operations, human resources and finance.

State: CA

The Economic & Community Development Institute is a Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development organization founded in 2004. As the third largest US SBA intermediary micro-lender and a U.S. Treasury designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), ECDI's mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change.

State: OH

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