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While the federal government does not provide grants for starting or growing small businesses, one of the mechanisms in place to promote small business growth and economic development is the Community Development Financial Institution Fund managed by the US Department of the Treasury.
Community Development Financial Institutions fall into four categories:
Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc.
Aleutian Financial, Inc.
Aleutian Housing Authority
Bristol Bay Native Association
Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc.
The government has launched innumerable programs that are all geared towards the achievement of this goal. Some of these programs involve the provision of technical assistance, training sessions, and strategies that would potentially help business owners in marketing their products and in expanding their businesses.
Community Development Financial Institutions are basically financial institutions who possess the ability to provide credit and financial services to underserved industries and communities.