Loan & Microloan Opportunities

This list of local alternative lenders provide micro lending options to women and minority entrepreneurs who have difficulty accessing capital from traditional banks in the DC Metro Region.

Loan & Microlending Resources

Microloans
The Microloan program administered by the Small Business Administration provides small loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses and certain non-profit childcare centers to start or grow. The microloan can be used for working capital, inventory, supplies and other business equipment. Microloans are available through qualified community lenders.

SBA Microloans

7(a) Loan Program
The 7(a) Loan Program administered by the SBA provides small businesses with financial capital for short or long-term working capital, refinancing business debt, purchasing real estate, equipment or other business supplies. The process for the 7(a) loan program starts with your local lender.
Learn more about SBA’s most common loan program:
7(a) Loans
7(a) eligibility requirements
7(a) loan application checklist

504 Loan
504 loans administered by SBA can be used to purchase machinery, equipment or existing buildings. The loan can also be used to construct new facilities or make improvements on land- including parking lots and landscaping. 504 loans are available exclusively through qualified community lenders.
What is the 504 loan program?
Prepare your 504 loan authorization package

Microlenders and Community Development Financial Institutions

This list of alternative lenders provide micro lending options to women and minority entrepreneurs who have difficulty accessing capital from traditional banks in the DC Metro Region and nationally. 

Accion Opportunity Fund with support from American Express are providing small business loans ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 with interest rates as low as 5.99% depending on financial standing and credit. Applications are submitted online, visit  https://progress.aofund.org/ to learn more. 

Empowering Women International (a program of LEDC) Women’s Small Business Fund will provide 0% interest loans of up to $2500 for businesses within operation for at least 1 year and 51% or more owned by a woman. Businesses must be located in the Washington DMV metro area or Puerto Rico. For more information visit, Women’s Small Business Fund.

 Ethiopian Community Development Council Enterprise Development Group provides small business and micro loans to low and moderate income entrepreneurs in DC, Maryland and Virginia ranging from $500 to $50,000. Repayment may last up to 5 years.

Washington Area Community Reinvestment Fund provides small business loans with flexible repayment options to small businesses in DC, Maryland and Virginia ranging between $5,000 to $150,000.

Latino Economic Development Center provides a range of lending products to eligible start-ups and small businesses in the D.C region ranging from $500 to $250,000. The LEDC CREDIFIRST loan is designed to help entrepreneurs improve their credit scores and the Retail Ready Loan program provides businesses loans to D.C. region Makers.

Life Asset provides microloans ranging from $250 to $1500 and a credit building product for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses in the DC metro region. Additional and larger loans can be approved, check their website to learn more.

City First Enterprises in partnership with Wells Fargo launched the Resilience Capital Loan, this 0% interest rate loan is for small businesses to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and resulting losses in Washington, DC. The Resilience Capital Loan is capped at $30,000 and can be used to relaunch and/or support existing business operations.

City First Enterprises in partnership with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development has launched the DC BLOC program to provide capital for DC government contractors. The DC BLOC program provides bridge payments to cover expenses for certified business enterprises.

For more information on the Resilience Capital Loan and DC BLOC program check the resources below:
The Resilience Capital Loan
DC BLOC Program

The Hilltop MicroFinance Initiative aims to empower entrepreneurs in the DC area who might be excluded from commercial lending by providing affordable access to capital through small business loans. For more information check the link below:
The Hilltop MicroFinance Initiative

SBA’s list of funding sources is for small businesses that still need to access capital and have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Small businesses and entrepreneurs can locate funding by entering a ZIP code. You can access this free resource, here.

Washington DC Rebuild Bond Program will provide small businesses the opportunity to raise capital from their community. Small businesses can apply for Small Business Bonds™ with no origination fees and have access to a free marketing boost. All businesses are encouraged to apply.  

 Capital Impact Partners is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides access to capital by partnering with social and forward-thinking entrepreneurs for projects in underinvested areas that are often overlooked by traditional banks. To learn more visit https://www.capitalimpact.org/ 

 Eats Place’s is a Community Development Financial Institution(CDFI) and food incubator whose mission is to provide loans, venture capital and technical assistance to underestimated farm and food entrepreneurs. 

Halcyon Microloan Fund, created in partnership with the Kimsey Foundation, will support social entrepreneurs looking for alternatives to traditional funding avenues like bank loans or friends and family rounds. Through the fund, Halcyon ventures local to D.C. can apply for loans up to $10,000. 

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