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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:
American Street Financial Services Center
Beech Capital Venture Corporation
Berean Federal Savings Bank
Borinquen Federal Credit Union
Commonwealth Cornerstone Group
Community First Fund
economic opportunities fund
Enterprise Center Capital Corporation, The
Housing Opportunities, Inc.
Impact Loan Fund, Inc.
Landmarks Community Capital Corporation
Mon Valley Initiatives
Murex Investments, Inc.
National Community Capital Association
New Horizons Community Federal Credit Union
New Life Credit Union
Northside Community Development Fund
Philadelphia Commercial Development Corp
PIDC - Regional Development Corporation
PNC Community Partners, Inc.
Progress Fund, The
Reading"s Future, LLC
Reinvestment Fund, Inc., The
Rising Tide Community Loan Fund
Rural Enterprise Development Corporation
Technical Resources, Inc.
Tri County Community Loan Fund
United Bank of Philadelphia
Universal Capital Investment Fund, Inc.
West Philadelphia Financial Service Institution
Women and Families Facilities Fund
Women"s Opportunities Resource Center
The The Minority Business Development Agency has recently constituted the Minority Business Enterprise Centers (MBEC) Program wherein it aims to support minority-owned businesses by providing them with electronic and one-on-one business development services for a reasonably nominal fee.
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.