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Financing for Regenerative Agriculture
Production methods such as regenerative agriculture are associated with climate adaptation and resilience. Such methods offer the best path forward to preserving long-term viability of an industry that is foundational to basic societal needs. From a...
National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling OrganicsMembers only Login
The Strategy will help the U.S. meet its National Food Loss and Waste Reduction Goal, to halve food loss and waste by 2030 and contribute to achieving the National Recycling Goal to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2030, as well as contribute to the...
SSBCI Guidebook: Communications and Media Relations
The U.S. Department of the Treasury published the SSBCI Guidebook: Communications and Media Relations to provide general communications best practices and how they could be applied to State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) programs in...
SSBCI FAQs, Updated May 10, 2024Members only Login
On May 10, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published updated FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Capital Program. The update covers the Conflict-of-Interest Standards for Equity/Venture Capital Programs.
CDFA Tribal Finance Webinar Series: Empowering Native Entrepreneurs Through Access to Capital
During this installment of the CDFA Tribal Financing Webinar Series, practitioners present strategies and highlight finance programs that are helping to increase access to capital and aiding the creation of successful small businesses.
SSBCI Small Business Opportunity Program FAQs, Updated April 4, 2024Members only Login
On April 5, 2024, the U.S. Treasury Department published updated FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP).
SSBCI Quarterly Report Through December 31, 2023Members only Login
On March 29, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published its second State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) quarterly report, covering the period of October 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.
SSBCI Technical Assistance Reporting Guidance, Updated March 28, 2024Members only Login
On March 28, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published updated reporting guidance for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance Grant Program.
SSBCI Small Business Opportunity Program Informational Webinar - March 26, 2024Members only Login
On March 26, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury held an informational webinar on the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP). The webinar also had guest speakers from the...
State Small Business Credit Initiative FAQs, Updated March 18, 2024Members only Login
On March 18, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published an updated FAQ for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The update provides clarity on conflict-of-interest standards.
Small Business Opportunity Program FAQs, Updated March 18, 2024Members only Login
On March 18, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published updated FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP).
SSBCI FAQs, Updated February 21, 2024Members only Login
On February 21, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published updated FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The update provides an answer to the question: "How does Treasury identify CDFI Investment Areas for purposes of...
Bridging the Regenerative Agriculture Financing GapMembers only Login
This issue brief produced by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment examines the varying definitions of regenerative agriculture and details the three types of factors that make financing regenerative agriculture difficult: outdated...
USDA Equity Action Plan - 2023 UpdateMembers only Login
A groundbreaking report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Equity Commission features more than 60 recommendations designed to make policies affecting farming and rural America more fair. A few key recommendations include...
2024 RI Food System FactbookMembers only Login
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council has released a first-of-its-kind resource providing a data-driven assessment of the status of Rhode Island's food system, incorporating the best available research and data, and presenting information on the...
SSBCI Capital Program Reporting Guidance, Updated February 21, 2024Members only Login
On February 21, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published updated reporting guidance for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Capital Program.
SSBCI SEDI Reporting ClarificationMembers only Login
On February 16, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury clarified the State Small Business Credit Initiative's (SSBCI) socially and economically disadvantaged individual-owned (SEDI-owned) business reporting certifications. Treasury stated that...
U.S. SBA Small Business Size Standards Rule on Inflation AdjustmentMembers only Login
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) adopted the alternative size standard for its 7(a) Business and Certified Development Company (CDC/504) Loan Programs (collectively “Business Loan Programs”) and the statutory limits for contract size...
Finance for Resilience: An Overview of Risk Mitigation in Agricultural Systems for Farms, Lenders, and GovernmentsMembers only Login
This report, developed by the Croatan Institute in collaboration with the Meridian Institute, explores major on-farm, off-farm, and systemic risks that the agricultural industry faces and how finance can increase the resilience of those systems...
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture: Reflections from the Past DecadeMembers only Login
The SLM White Paper, Investing in Regenerative Agriculture: Reflections from the Past Decade, sets out the investment and environmental case for regenerative agriculture, while also highlighting the risks and challenges. It is an update to an...
U.S. Department of the Treasury Provides SSBCI Quarterly UpdateMembers only Login
On January 31, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury provided a quarterly all-jurisdiction update for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).
CHIPS for America and Small Business OpportunitiesMembers only Login
During the January 2024 State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) quarterly all-jurisdiction call, the National Institute of Standards and Technology provided an overview of the CHIPS for America program and its small business opportunities.
U.S. EDA Regional Technology & Innovation Hubs Program OverviewMembers only Login
During the January 2024 State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) all-jurisdiction overview, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) presented a summary of the Regional Technology & Innovation Hubs Program.
SSBCI Small Business Opportunity Program FAQ, Updated January 24, 2024Members only Login
On January 24, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published updated FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP).
State Small Business Credit Initiative FAQs, Updated January 19, 2024Members only Login
On January 19, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published an updated FAQ document for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The update concerns questions about a jurisdiction's venture capital fund program.
SSBCI Small Business Opportunity Program Application TemplateMembers only Login
On January 11, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury Published a draft template for the State Small Business Credit Initiative Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program (SSBCI Investing in America SBOP).
SSBCI Small Business Opportunity Program FAQsMembers only Login
On January 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document regarding the Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP) under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).
Community Reinvestment Act: FAQs Regarding SSBCI 2.0Members only Login
On January 8, 2024, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the State Small Business Credit Initiative 2.0 (SSBCI) based on the facts and circumstances presented in the...
CDFA-NASDA Foundation Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Toolkit
The CDFA-NASDA Foundation Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Toolkit is a set of best practice resources designed to provide practical assistance to communities looking to invest in socially disadvantaged farmers and...
Treasury Releases 2023 Q3 SSBCI Quarterly ReportMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Quarterly Report for the Third Quarter of 2023.
State Small Business Credit Initiative Implementation for Tribal GovernmentsMembers only Login
On December 7, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released a snapshot on its implementation of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program with Tribal governments. To date, Treasury has received applications from...
Updated SSBCI Capital Program Policy Guidelines, December 4, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released updated guidelines for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Capital Program on December 4, 2023.
Updated SSBCI FAQs, December 4, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury Released an updated FAQ document for the State Small Business Credit Initiative on December 4, 2023.
Credit Worth and Soil Wealth: An Environmental, Social, and Governance Analysis of the Farm Credit SystemMembers only Login
Croatan Institute and Self-Help announce the release of a major new collaborative report that explores leading challenges faced by the Farm Credit System – the largest lender in the agricultural sector. This new report documents leading...
SSBCI TA Approvals as of November 21, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the approval of 20 additional state awards under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance Grant Program, totaling more than $50.8 million. These awards will be used to...
U.S. Treasury Informational Webinar on Small Business Opportunity Program FundingMembers only Login
On November 6, 2023, the U.S. Treasury Department held a webinar outlining the SSBCI Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP) Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Best Practices for Equitable Lending
The 2023 Caren S. Franzini Fellowship class prepared a white paper summarizing their recent research exploring challenges that small businesses face when accessing capital. This paper presents findings on best practices, strategies, and initiatives...
2023 Small Business Capital: A Place-Based Approach
Accelerator for America and the International Economic Development Council present the first segment in a two-part series exploring the needs and opportunities to drive more equitable entrepreneurship and small business growth in communities across...
U.S. Treasury Announces New $75M Small Business Opportunity Program Under SSBCIMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the new $75 million Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program, a competitive grant program under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to support technical assistance for very...
State Small Business Credit Initiative in Action, October 20, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released an interim report on the progress the Department has made in implementing the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which illustrates how the funding has both supported the small business boom...
Community-Centered Economic Inclusion: A Strategic Action Playbook
This playbook provides community, city, and regional leaders with a set of tools to create more just landscapes of opportunity through actionable, coordinated strategies that target the intersecting structural, relational, and market forces that...
Updated SSBCI Frequently Asked Questions, September 28, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) on September 28, 2023.
2023 Rural Development Finance Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide an overview of the tools in the development finance toolbox -- such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, and revolving loan funds -- and how they can direct and attract capital to rural businesses...
U.S. Treasury - SSBCI Opportunities for CDFIsMembers only Login
State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) credit support programs present an opportunity for community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to expand their lending to eligible small businesses, including to underserved small businesses...
2023 Report on Startup Firms Owned by Peope of Color
This publication uses data from the 2022 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS) to examine startup firms owned by people of color (that is, firms owned by people of color that launched in 2020 or later).
Reframing Farmland as an Investment: A Compelling Opportunity in an Inflationary EnvironmentMembers only Login
The “Reframing Farmland as an Investment: A Compelling Opportunity in an Inflationary Environment” report explains why interest in the farmland asset class has never been higher - from historically being one of the most stable asset classes...
Announcing Active Lending Through the CDFA Equitable Capital Loan Guarantee Program
The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is excited to announce that the Tucson Industrial Development Authority and the Development Finance Agency of Summit County, have begun active lending within the CDFA Equitable Capital Loan...
Indigenizing Catalytic Capital
Sovereignty and Indigenous definitions of wealth make up the core values on which Natives have built their economic and financial power. Yet, there is still the issue of economic invisibility for Native Peoples, and one of the ways to combat this is...
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