ACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides loans and business development resources to help its borrowers create and grow sustainable businesses. ACE is the resource of choice for those who are typically not financed fully by traditional lenders. With a focus on underserved people and places, ACE connects small businesses owned by women, people of color and low to moderate income entrepreneurs in metro Atlanta and North Georgia with capital and coaching to sustain their businesses, retain their employees, and thereby support their local communities. Since 2000, ACE has loaned more than $125 million to over 2,000 entrepreneurs, who have created or saved more than 14,000 jobs in Georgia. ACE is supported by grants and other forms of funding from banks, foundations, government entities and corporations to assist in its mission to help underserved business owners. For more information, visit https://aceloans.org.
Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. ABA's member bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
AMIBA was founded in 2001 to build a movement that supports the development of locally-owned and independent businesses. The strength of AMIBA lies in the fact that it consists of more than 60 local IBA's with active leadership, representing over 20,000 small business members who provide crucial grassroots support; and maintaining the capability to deploy resources both nationally and locally. The vast networks of local businesses that comprise AMIBA support each other and contribute to the vitality of their communities. Our networks have promoted the terms “Buy Local” and “Local First,” and played a key role in helping those concepts and language become prevalent across the United States.
Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI) advances community wealth building strategies through thought leadership, movement building, and new systems and structures of capital to challenge systemic bias and close the racial wealth gap. As an intermediary, AWBI’s work is centered on the support and coordination of the nonprofit business support ecosystem with the intention to build leaders, promote wide-spread engagement, and advance bold ideas that move the sector forward for greater collective impact.
CAMEO is California’s statewide micro-business network made up of over 300 organizations, agencies, and individuals dedicated to furthering Micro-Business development in California with small and micro-business financing such as loans and credit, technical assistance and business management training. Annually, CAMEO members serve about 84,000 very small businesses with training, business and credit assistance and loans. These firms – largely start-ups with less than six employees – support or create 101,000 new jobs in California and generate a total of $7.5 billion in economic activity.
Common Future incubates, resources and co-creates economic solutions that are building wealth and economic power in marginalized, POC-majority communities. As a think and do tank, Common Future is a platform for thought leaders and community advocates who are actively transforming our economy by leading a better way forward.
Defy Ventures is a national nonprofit with a vision to cut recidivism in half by leveraging entrepreneurship to increase economic opportunity and transform lives. Defy's programs are helping currently and formerly incarcerated people across the country defy the odds by providing pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, and a successful reentry.
Founders First Capital Partners is building a comprehensive ecosystem through its proprietary platform to empower underrepresented founders to become leading premium wage job creators within their communities. We provide revenue-based funding and business acceleration support to service-based small businesses located outside of major capital markets such as Silicon Valley and New York City. We focus on supporting businesses led by women, people of color, and military veterans, inclusive teams, and businesses located in low- to moderate-income areas. Our proprietary business accelerator programs, learning platform, and growth methodologies transition these underserved service-based businesses into $5M to $50M recurring revenue, tech-enabled companies while providing high-yield investments for fund limited partners (LPs) that perform like bonds but generate returns on par with equity investments. Each year, Founders First Capital Partners works with hundreds of entrepreneurs and offers 3 cohort programs through our Founders Business Growth Bootcamp and 4 cohorts through our FastPath Funding Growth Experience program.
Get in Motion Entrepreneurs is a Nonprofit organization whose purpose is to create a new generation of Latino Leaders to create sustainable communities. We educate and provide business and community tools and resources for the development of communities, entrepreneurs and small business owners in the greater Coachella Valley region, Riverside County, and ultimately streaming online including YouTube and Podcast channels. With years of experience in education and outreach particularly with the Latino community, we work with highly underserved small business populations in the language of their preference: Español.
Growth Partners Arizona is an Arizona-based CDFI that provides affordable, responsible financial products to local underserved communities. As a trusted intermediary between the public and private sectors, Growth Partner Arizona aims to achieve economic justice through forward-thinking, collaborative, and inclusive approaches to capital access in Arizona. We are committed to building a more inclusive economy that works for everyone.
Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small and medium-sized businesses take care of their teams. In addition to full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, employee self-onboarding, and team management tools. The company serves more than 200,000 businesses nationwide and has offices in Denver, New York City, and San Francisco.
We empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. We envision an America where all young people can pursue and complete an education with confidence and without constraint.
Inclusive Action for the City is a community development organization and Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI), whose mission is to bring people together to build strong, local economies that uplift low-income urban communities through advocacy and transformative economic development initiatives.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of a broad spectrum of organizations across the private, non-profit, academic, and public sectors, including the business community, job creators, and innovators in the Los Angeles region. Our mission is to design and advance opportunities and solutions for a thriving regional economy that is inclusive and globally competitive. As the oldest and largest business association in the region, the Chamber has a long standing history of convening business leaders, communities, and policy makers to promote a vibrant economy. The Chamber’s vision is A Thriving Region for All. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.
The Main Street Alliance is a national network of small businesses and their supporters working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Main Street Alliance members are working throughout the country to build policies that work for business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve.
Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (MAFE) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting and promoting the economic growth and advancement of women entrepreneurs in Michigan. MAFE's mission is to help women overcome barriers to business success by providing access to education, information, resources, and opportunities focused on business growth and advancement. MAFE creates a platform for women to build, grow and sustain viable businesses that contribute to economic growth and job creation.
Multicultural Business Alliance was developed by needs of the current business and community landscape. Small business and entrepreneurship in general have taken a
steep hit with no true relief in sight. This is especially true of small businesses in marginalized communities particularly in low-income cities. In light of current global and national events, we felt pressed to respond as business owners and community leaders in a different way. Thus, we developed an alliance - that would continue to forge equitable business and economic opportunities for business owners, entrepreneurs, community and leaders - especially in times of crisis.
The National Veterans Chamber main goal is to promote collaboration and empowerment in support of innovative ideas that will have a positive impact in the Military/Veteran community. The NVCC focuses on programs and Projects that show transformative potential, including Education, Employment, Family, Wellness and Entrepreneurship. The National Veterans Chamber is a Collaboration-Driven Organization open to new ideas and new strategies that will benefit the Communities we serve.
NOVAHCC is a privately funded organization of trailblazers, partner sponsors, luminaries entrepreneurs, investors, community and philanthropic leaders who provide advise and support to enhance B2B and B2G opportunities, thru procurement, business matchmaking and networking for our members and partners alike.
We are an international business solution center which welcomes people of all nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and gender.
Pacific Community Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community investor that envisions a world of thriving communities where everyone has a fair shake. Our mission is to invest in addressing racial and gender wealth gaps, and build community wealth by investing in small businesses, help them create good jobs for working people, and make markets work for the common good. We achieve our mission through a “Good Jobs, Good Business” model that combines affordable loans with pro-bono advising, small grants, and tools and incentives to create dignified good jobs. Through September 2021, 84% of PCV’s loan capital has gone to women and/or BIPOC-owned businesses, and 85% has gone to small businesses located in economically distressed areas.
The Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce empowers minority business communities by developing and implementing educational programs. Since its inception in 2000, the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has grown many distinguished programs to educate and enhance the Southern California Business Community. We continue to work to increase the visibility of Latinos and promote an image of diverse professionals. We realize the enormous potential of the Hispanic business community, and we are proud to represent its interests before the public and private sectors. The Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a vibrant and prosperous business community while embracing economic and professional development. Our mission is to advocate, promote and facilitate the success of businesses in the Southern California Region and its trade areas. For more information on the RHCC, visit www.regionalhispaniccc.org.
Each of us holds the spark to start and grow a dream into a business. Everyone has the right to pursue that dream… a Right to Start. To fulfill that right, we must unleash entrepreneurial opportunity for everyone. Regardless of race, place, or background. Across every community.
To empower the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us…
- Give us tools to improve our own lives
- Break down barriers to start
- Shift public resources to us
- Honor what we do
When the Right to Start is widely shared, prosperity spreads through homegrown jobs, higher incomes, better goods and services, and lower inequality.
Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Established in 1993,
RPBA’s mission is to cultivate and sustain a thriving economic environment in the highly diverse Rogers Park community on the far north side of Chicago, IL. RPBA’s innovative work to develop our business community, sustain diversity and grow our local economy is a result of providing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with thousands of hours of pro-bono technical assistance and forging strategic partnerships key organizations in our local community and at the city, state and national level.
The Santa Clara University My Own Business Institute (MOBI) is the world’s leading provider of free online entrepreneurship education. MOBI has served over 100,000 students in 140 different countries since 2015. MOBI believes in fueling dreams and confidence through accessible education. MOBI’s engaging, actionable, and understandable curriculum is for anyone, regardless of educational background, technical training, or previous business knowledge. Through our online courses MOBI provides the educational foundation for students to take the first steps toward business ownership or to gain new skills that can be applied to an existing business. Content is provided in English and Spanish. Thanks to the generosity of founders Phil and Peggy Holland and their endowment, MOBI is offered for free, for everyone, forever. All participants are eligible to earn a Certificate of Completion and/or Digital Badge from Santa Clara University for FREE! All courses are self paced, students can finish a course in as little as 15 to 20 hours.
A strong, well-rounded small business sector is an important economic engine for your neighborhood, and a thriving local business sector greatly supports the community residents that it serves.
Stanislaus County is home to a wide variety of locally-owned businesses, micro-enterprises, and street vendors that truly reflect the rich diversity of the community. Many of these businesses are owned by immigrant families that often struggle to navigate city processes and lack access to the capital they need to develop a viable, self-sustaining business. STEP works diligently to provide access to resources such as technical assistance, one-on-one support, and connections to affordable lending options.
Stanislaus Equity Partners collaborates and builds strategic partnerships with organizations such as Access Plus Capital, Valley Sierra SBDC, Opportunity Stanislaus, Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chambers of Commerce throughout Stanislaus County to develop a thriving and resourceful micro-business entrepreneur ecosystem.
Stockton Impact Corps was founded in 2013 with a mission to "mobilize community assets to create economic opportunity". Our programs are dedicated to educating, supporting, and guiding business development. With a focus to empower underserved and underprivileged persons, we offer business planning, business technical support and business-clinical services. Economic development via equity and equality among marginalized communities is the core of our program. Our programs have demonstrated economic growth in disadvantaged communities. If you need support to start-up or develop business sustainability, contact us at www.stocktonimpactcorps.org.
TMC Community Capital is a nonprofit online microlender focused on empowering underserved entrepreneurs. We provide fast and affordable online financing and foster financial stability among women-owned, low-income, and under-resourced small businesses in California. Community development and small business advocacy are at the heart of our organization.
Founded in 1998, UNITE-LA has established itself as a trusted business intermediary, dedicated to supporting the development of an effective local public education system, so that ALL children and youth succeed in college, career and beyond. Through the intersection of programming, policy, and systems change efforts, UNITE-LA works to increase access to high-quality early childhood education, develop career pathways in high-growth industries, improve college access and success, and ensure workforce readiness, especially for individuals with high barriers into employment.
The USHCC is the nation’s largest Latino Business Advocacy organization. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of five million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $800 billion to the American economy every year. The USHCC is America's largest small business advocacy group, representing more than 260 local chambers and business associations nationwide.
We are a dedicated person-to-person organization invested in the economic success of African Americans; coaching them to a better life.
The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif) is one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on small business development. Wacif’s mission is to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities in the Washington, D.C. area by investing knowledge, social, and financial capital in low-and-moderate-income entrepreneurs. To learn more about Wacif’s mission, visit www.wacif.org.