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Who Can Help

To locate a business assistance providers or lenders near you, visit the business assistance provider map on Venturize.

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.

SimpleGrowth is an online lending marketplace that connects Chicagoland small businesses to local lenders and business assistance centers. The goal of SimpleGrowth is to provide both education and support to business owners all on one simple platform.

State: IL

The Small Business Empowerment Center (SBEC) offers one-to-one business counseling for individuals interested in starting, expanding or improving a business. The SBEC offer regularly scheduled business training classes, access to lending programs and other specialized business assistance. The SBEC's technical assistance partners can help urban entrepreneurs with business coaching, micro enterprise development, SBA 8a certification, SBA's Women Owned Business Contracting Program and access to capital.

State: MO

At Start Small Think Big (“Start Small”), we believe that access to high-quality legal, financial management, and marketing services is an essential part of starting or growing a successful small business, especially for small businesses owners who are currently lower income. We are a nonprofit organization that focuses on pairing entrepreneurs positioned to grow their businesses with top pro bono attorneys and financial and marketing experts. Our thoughtful and highly curated blend of one-on-one legal, financial management, and marketing services equips businesses with a solid foundation on which to create jobs and build wealth through entrepreneurship.

State: CA

The mission of Stockton Impact Corps is to act as a catalyst mobilizing community assets to create economic opportunity in Stockton. To achieve our mission, Stockton Impact Corps offers business owners small business development training and micro-loans. These loans will provide entrepreneurs with initial capital to get their business started; during the repayment of the loan, Stockton Impact Corps will work with loan recipients to prepare them for more traditional borrowing from a financial institution. We believe that financial stability is attained through the combination of knowledge, opportunity, and access to capital; by offering these services, the organization will be able to have a traceable impact on Stockton, providing more economic stimulation.

State: CA

Sunshine Enterprises (SE) launched in 2012 to begin the work of training and equipping neighborhood-based entrepreneurs in business management and development. In line with the vision to help seek community renewal, the mission of SE is to start and grow 200 businesses in Woodlawn and expand throughout the south and west sides of Chicago.

State: IL

The Resurrection Project’s mission is to build relationships and challenge individuals to act on their faith and values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets.

State: IL

The University of La Verne Small Business Development Center (SBDC) empowers people start and grow a successful small businesses by providing free consulting, low-cost workshops and access to resources.

State: CA

VEDC is a leading non-profit small business lender offering microloans and small business loans up to $500,000 in 8 states. Their mission is to create jobs and promote small business development in under-served communities. To learn more, visit www.vedc.org or find a microlender near you through their interactive map at www.microloan.org.

State: CA, IL

Wade Co. Capital is a business and capital development company specializing in financing and building business strategies to include business modeling, marketing, and business planning for small to mid-sized businesses seeking alternative methodologies to improve, grow, and sustain their business.

State: CA

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.