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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:
Albina Community Bancorp
Albina Equity Fund, I LLC
Ecotrust CDE, LLC
Hacienda Community Credit Union
Historic Rehabilitation Fund I
Innovative Housing, Inc.
Mercy Enterprise Corporation
National Community Fund I, LLC
Portland Housing Center
Portland New Markets Fund I, LLC
Warm Springs Community Action Team
The Small Business Administration has established the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Empowerment Contracting Program wherein they aim to provide federal contracting assistance to eligible small business corporations which are located in underutilized business zones so as to improve their employment opportunities, investments, and their area's economic development.
The Small Business Administration was established in 1953. Since that time the agency has dispensed millions of dollars in loans and loan guarantees, contracts, consulting assistance and other programs for small business across the United States.