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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 Small Business Administration has established the Loan Guarantees Program wherein they aim to be able to provide guaranteed loans to small business establishments which are not capable of acquiring financing from a private credit marketplace but greatly manifests the ability to repay funds in a timely manner.
A Community Development Credit Union, more commonly known as a CDCU, is a credit financial institution which owned and controlled by its members in an effort to sustain the ability of being able to provide a wide array of financial services.