Racial Equity

Scaling Lending to Entrepreneurs of Color: Part I – Core Operational Challenges

November 17, 2021  • Eric Weaver, Joyce Klein & Tim Ogden

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Because business ownership has been a means for many Americans to build wealth, providing loans and grants to entrepreneurs of color has been seen by many as an important way to address the racial wealth gap. Although successfully reaching excluded entrepreneurs will require practices and competencies that meet their specific contexts, the lessons we have learned and practices that have proven successful will apply to all entrepreneurs who face barriers in accessing credit because of low levels of wealth, thin or nonexistent credit files, differences in cultural experiences and languages, discrimination, and/or the amount of credit they are seeking. This brief — the first in a series on this topic — discusses the core operational challenges that community development financial institutions (CDFIs) face in scaling their lending to entrepreneurs of color.


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Brief: “Scaling Lending to #Entrepreneurs of Color: Part I – Core Operational Challenges” by Joyce Klein (@Aspen_BOI), @ericthefez, and @timothyogden (@financialaccess).

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Videos

We recently released two short videos on this subject, including Getting Capital to Small Businesses in Low-Income Communities and How Loans Sales Can Boost Lending to Low-Income Communities. Click below to watch.

Getting Capital to Small Businesses in Low-Income Communities

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Getting Capital to Small Businesses in Low-Income Communities (Video)
October 18, 2021 • Business Ownership Initiative

How Loans Sales Can Boost Lending to Low-Income Communities

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Microenterprise
How Loans Sales Can Boost Lending to Low-Income Communities (Video)
October 18, 2021 • Business Ownership Initiative


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