Who We Work With

We believe all businesses–both big and small–deserve access to capital, tools, and technology that help them improve their companies.

We provide affordable financing and digital advisory services to small businesses that might otherwise have difficulty finding the appropriate resources to grow. We strive to make the majority of our small business loans to woman-, minority-, and veteran-owned companies, businesses located in low-to-moderate income communities, and startups that are fewer than two years old.

By offering our digital advisory services to our clients for free, we hope to level the playing field so that all entrepreneurs have a fair opportunity to succeed and drive economic growth in their communities. Strategic partnerships with organizations like Kiva, Pacific Community Ventures, CDC Small Business Finance, and other local partners that share our values allow us to help even more entrepreneurs.

Photo courtesy of Tamika Hamilton

Little Bethelites Preschool and Childcare

For more than a decade, Little Bethelites Preschool and Childcare has served the community of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Founded by Tamika Hamilton in 2005, Little Bethelites began as a home day care with six children. But according to Ms. Hamilton, inspiration for the business began long before that. Ms. Hamilton always aspired to launch her own business, but it wasn’t until her uncle’s battle with cancer, during which she became a primary caregiver and educator for her two young cousins, that Ms. Hamilton realized her talent and passion for childcare. “The moment I began teaching them and realized they were actually learning, a lightbulb went off in my head that this would be my business. I loved caring for t... Learn More

A loan from LISC helped MISA to buy a new facility with a showroom.

MISA Los Angeles

Based in Los Angeles, MISA is a women’s apparel and manufacturing company that creates beachy and bohemian designs for women looking to embody the feminine, laidback, fun, and comfortable vibe of the West Coast.  Shadi Askari-Farhat founded the business in 2001 when she was just 22. The original business, Tbags, produced patterned, brightly colored handbags.  She relaunched the company as MISA in January 2016, combining her daughters’ first names, Milla and Sayeh, to represent the business’ evolution over the last fifteen years.  What started as a line of fabric handbags has since grown to a full line of women’s apparel, including plus-sized and maternity clothing, children’s fashion, and home décor.  Today, MISA appar... Learn More

Photo by Gordon Walek

My Chocolate Soul

After 18 years in the education and philanthropy sectors, Ramona Thomas returned to her childhood passion: chocolate. “I remember the candy store in the Bronx neighborhood where I grew up – chocolate candy bars and Swedish fish were my favorites,” she said.  Her love of baking and sweets led her to start My Chocolate Soul® – in January 2011 with the goal of creating delicious, all-natural sweets without the preservatives, colorings, and artificial ingredients commonly found in modern mass-market products. Since its launch, My Chocolate Soul’s sweets have been in high demand. In 2014, the ESPY Awards presented its high profile attendees with Ramona’s confections in their gift bags and in 2015, her chocolates were featured at the NBA All Star Weekend.  As the busin... Learn More