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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:
Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.
CDF Development, LLC
Charter Facilities Funding, LLC
Community Capitol of Maryland, Inc.
Community Development Ventures, Inc.
Development Credit Fund, Inc. (DCF)
Enterprise Foundation Inc., The
ESIC New Markets Partners, LP
Faith Fund, Inc.
First Combined Community Federal Credit Union
Harbor Bank of Maryland
Harbor Bankshares Corporation
Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc.
Mid-City Community CDE, LLC
Native American Capital, LP (NAC)
Urban Research Park CDE, LLC
The Value-Added Producer Grants program is geared towards helping the Independent Producers of Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures in developing techniques that would create marketing opportunities and establish business plans involving viable marketing opportunities that involve the production of bio-based products from agricultural commodities.
The Small Business Investment Companies Program revolves around the notion of developing privately owned and managed investment companies which will be licenses and regulated by the Small Business Administration, so as to provide equity capital, long term loans, and advisory services to small business requiring such services.