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Search Results: Access to Capital\Microenterprise & Microloans
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CDFA Food Systems Finance Best Practices Guidebook
Linking development finance and food systems can be a daunting undertaking for any community. Research on the current ecosystem of food systems finance has positioned CDFA to identify key strategies for the path ahead in this work. The Food Systems...
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Infrastructure Across Value ChainsMembers only Login
Regenerative farms rely on small-to-mid scale, aligned infrastructure to process, transport, and market their products. These middle infrastructure businesses help to improve farm income and bolster regional food economies while providing...
SSBCI Implementation Guidance Highlight Summary and Reader’s Guide - gener8torMembers only Login
Gener8tor produced this summary/reading guide of the SSBCI guidance that the U.S. Department of the Treasury released on November 10, 2021.
Incentives for Entrepreneurial FirmsMembers only Login
Many economic development organizations (EDOs) have embraced the mission to support entrepreneurial firms in their communities. EDOs engage in their entrepreneurial ecosystems, in part, by providing resources, sometimes in the form of business...
Entrepreneur-Led Economic Development: A New Strategy for Generating Local Growth and ProductivityMembers only Login
This report outlines a comprehensive approach, which is called “entrepreneur-led economic development”. The goal is to create feedback loops between entrepreneurial leaders and other local decision-makers and to cultivate networks that connect...
One Year into the Pandemic: New Evidence on How Small Businesses are Faring
The Urban Institute hosted this discussion about how small businesses are faring one year after the start of widespread economic shutdowns due to the pandemic. The webinar explored the disconnect between the fall in business activity and revenues,...
SBA Microloan Program: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Program Performance Measurement, Collaboration, and ReportingMembers only Login
This report from the Government Accountability Office examines (1) characteristics of borrowers and intermediaries in the Microloan Program, (2) program oversight of intermediaries and borrowers, (3) program performance measures, and (4)...
Small Business Administration Microloan Program - Congressional Research Service
This report from the Congressional Research Service describes the SBA Microloan Program’s eligibility standards and operating requirements. It also examines arguments presented by the program’s critics and advocates and presents statistics and...
COVID-19’s Concentrated Health and Wealth Effects in Black CommunitiesMembers only Login
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed acute and deep-rooted connections between physical and economic health. Many of the same places hit hardest by the pandemic are reeling concurrently from the health crisis, business closures, and job losses. These...
Big Ideas for Small Business
This report provides a five-step roadmap towards a more inclusive, dynamic, and productive small-business sector. The report breaks down the five steps into ten major policy recommendations with detailed policy proposals. It was authored by the...
COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Strategies for Catalyzing Investment in Communities
During the April 10, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, Bruce Katz from Drexel University, Rachel Reilly from the Economic Innovation Group, and Katie Kramer from CDFA examined relief efforts run by local governments, philanthropic...
COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Innovative Small Business Relief Programs
During the April 3, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, experts from the North Carolina Rural Center, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the New Orleans Business Alliance discussed their respective approaches to local...
COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Federal, State, and Local Responses to COVID-19
On the March 27, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, we discussed how Development Finance Agencies have initially responded to COVID-19, examined Congressional legislation, analyzed how federal agencies are reacting, and looked at a...
Strengthening Access to Capital ProgramsMembers only Login
James Key-Wallace, Executive Director at New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, discusses access to capital and the benefits of leveraging public sector support for even greater private sector investment and explore a variety of programs...
Audit of the SBA's Microloan Program (2017)Members only Login
This report presents the results of the SBA's Office of Inspector General 2017 audit of the SBA’s Microloan Program. OIG last conducted an audit of the SBA’s Microloan Program in 2009 and made several recommendations to improve program oversight,...
Microenterprise Lending: A Cookbook for Mutual SuccessMembers only Login
This guide by ISED Solutions and the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement discusses the difficulties of microlending and lending to refugees and immigrants. Use this as a guide to find inspiration in developing your own recipe for microenterprise...
Small Business Financing Solutions - WWBICMembers only Login
Wendy Baumann (WWBIC) discusses how small businesses are financed and the various access to capital challenges they face. Baumann discusses WWBIC's services: business and financial education programming, micro and small business loans, one-on-one...
Unlocking Capital AccessMembers only Login
Representatives from the California Association of Micro Enterprise Opportunity and California Pollution Control Financing Authority look at how California creates access to capital for micro businesses and enterprises.
An Overview of Development Finance Programs in California's Treasurer's OfficeMembers only Login
Jeree Glasser-Hendrick of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee provides an in-depth look at the wide range of development fiance resources available through the California State Treasurer's Office.
Undercapitalization as a Contributing Factor to Business Failure for Women EntrepreneursMembers only Login
This study from the National Women's Business Council aims to develop a more nuanced understanding of the impact that undercapitalization and capital structure have on the business outcomes of women-owned firms.
Minority and Women Entrepreneurs: Building Capital, Networks, and SkillsMembers only Login
In this report, the Hamilton Project recommends three policy proposals including: expand funding for the SSBCI program; increase and make permanent the NMTC; and new federal funding for local skills acquisitions programs.
Entrepreneurial Thinking for FinanceMembers only Login
Mark Lieberman, Chief Start-Up Officer presented on Oregon State University's Advantage Accelerator and entrepreneurial thinking for financing.
Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is DrawnMembers only Login
John Hull, Executive Director, Business Innovation Institute, presented on seed and venture capital financing tools available in Oregon.
Funding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small BusinessesMembers only Login
This report from University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business outlines the landscape of capital accessibility for small businesses in Oregon. The report recommends policymakers examine incentives, through programs or taxes, to encourage...
Innovations in MicrobusinessMembers only Login
CFED published this report on financing mirobusiness. This report offers an overview of the emerging models of practice, including lessons learned from our partners and similar efforts by other organizations.
Making Microloans for Big Economic Returns PresentationMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, Shufina English and Susan Brown of the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity discussed capitalization options, management tips, and creative...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Making Microloans for Big Economic ReturnsMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, Shufina English and Susan Brown of the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity discussed capitalization options, management tips, and creative...
Incubating Success: Incubation Best PracticesMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded this research study to examine the relationship between incubator best practices and client outcomes.
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District RLF FactsheetMembers only Login
The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District offers loans for the financing needs of businesses with favorable rates, terms and requirements to support businesses and create jobs. This factsheet gives an overview of the business assistance...
Financing the Food System EntrepreneursMembers only Login
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund shares their 'Farm to Plate' strategic plan to support food system entrepreneurs by assessing existing programs for applicability and researching emerging models that could bolster growth.
Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund ApplicationMembers only Login
The Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund is for applicants who are enrolled in or have completed a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or other certified counseling entity program and has revenues of $500K or less for the previous year.
California Reinvestment Coalition Small Business ReportMembers only Login
The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) is a statewide membership organization of more than 300 nonprofit community-based organizations and public agencies. This report by the CRC shows that today’s bank lending to small businesses shows only...
Enhancing Support for Lower Income EntrepreneursMembers only Login
Low- to moderate-income (LMI) entrepreneurs face unique hurdles that can prevent them from successfully growing wealth through their businesses. This report recommends a number of ways federal and state policy makers can support LMI entrepreneurs.
Idaho Collateral Support Program - Assisting Small Businesses Access CreditMembers only Login
Cory Phelps with Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) provides an overview of IHFA's access to capital tools, eligible loans, program highlights, partnerships and more.
An Overview: NYCEDC Culinary IncubatorsMembers only Login
Carly Chase with New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) presents on financing local food systems. Chase provides a background on NYCEDC, the NYCEDC incubators initiative, culinary incubators, and economic impact analysis of NYC...
Oregon Main Street Program HandbookMembers only Login
Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage. Services are based on the successful Main Street Approach® developed by the...
VA Small Business Microloan Program ApplicationMembers only Login
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) released their relatively new Small Business Microloan Program. The program has been successful in meeting financing needs for microenterprises. VSBFA does very little to no underwriting of these...
USDA FSA Microloans Fact SheetMembers only Login
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency created this fact sheet to help beginning, niche and family farm operations understand the Microloan (ML) program. The fact sheet provides information on program overview, eligible uses, application...
SEED Corporation Revolving Loan FundMembers only Login
Powerpoint covering South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation's Revolving Loan Fund and other loan programs administered by SEED.
Ohio Third Frontier 2012 Program Plan & BudgetMembers only Login
Ohio Third Frontier's program plan and budget for 2012 explains goals, future direction, strategic factors, and focus on technology/innovation financing programs.
Ohio Microenterprise Business Development Application InstructionsMembers only Login
Ohio Community Development Corporation's application instructions for their microenterprise business development program.
Grand Traverse County EDC: RLF CDBG Re-Use PlanMembers only Login
This plan from the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation outlines a revolving loan fund supported by Community Development Block Grant funds. The plan describes the policies that will govern the RLF's loans, which will include...
St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation Microenterprise Revolving Loan Fund
The St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation (NY) runs this microenterprise revolving loan fund for companies with five or fewer employees and loans up to $20,000.
Microfinance as Business - 2006 Roodman & Qureshi
Center for Global Development research fellow David Roodman and Uzma Qureshi analyze microfinance institutions (MFIs) as businesses, asking how some succeed in covering costs, earning returns, attracting capital, and scaling up. Key microfinance...
Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD)
The microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD) began in 1998 to identify, develop and disseminate best practices in the microenterprise field, and to publicize the value of microenterprise as an...
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