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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:
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Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, in a collaborative venture with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and INSEAD, launches its latest Sustainable Investing Challenge.