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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:
AHC Community Development, LLC
Appalachian Development Federal Credit Union
ASB Community Development Corp
Cincinnati Development Fund
Cincinnati New Markets Fund, LLC
Columbus Compact Corporation
Columbus Growth Fund, Inc., The
Enterprise Development Corporation
Finance Fund Capital Corporation
National City New Market Fund, Inc.
Neighborhood Capital Corporation
Northeast Ohio Development Fund, LLC
Ohio Capital Finance Corporation
Shorebank Enterprise Group
University Circle New Markets, Inc.
Uptown Consortium, Inc.
Village Capital Corporation
The Recovery Capital Loans Program provides financial assistance to small business with less than 500 employees to obtain a deferred payment loan from the agency, in order to meet existing debt payments, thereby giving the business the opportunity to refocus their business strategy.
The Small Business Administration has established the Portable Assistance Program wherein they seek to provide grants to Small Business Development Lead Centers that provide services to small businesses in an effort to increase the success of small business establishments and their viability in certain communities where economic hardship is apparent and is attributable to the impact of a major disaster.