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.

Lobo’s Ice Cream

Elvio crowdfunded a $5,000 Kiva Zip loan to help grow his Bay Area-based business: Lobo's Ice Cream. Lobo's Ice Cream produces frozen treats with natural sweeteners, seasonal ingredients, and unique flavors influenced by Elvio's Mexican and Italian heritage. The Kiva Zip loan helped Elvio to renew his business permits and buy a mobile ice cream cart for pop-up markets and fairs.... Learn More

Three Babes Bakeshop

Above: Three Babes Bakeshop used BusinessAdvising.org for business development and financial planning advice.

By becoming a volunteer business advisor on the BusinessAdvising.org platform, you can help positively impact a small business looking to scale - like Three Babes Bakeshop. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011 and employing their own social media efforts, Lenore and Anna of Three Babes Bakeshop saw their farm-fresh pies catching national attention. Honored as one of America’s best pie spots with “quite possibly the world’s most perfect pies,” their small business clearly had growth potential. But where would they source their support? They turned to BusinessAdvising.org to access the expertise of its volunteer business advisors, seeking help for business development and financial planning. The advisors of BusinessAdvising.org worked with them on valuing a business, budgeti... Learn More

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Foundry Provisions Café

Above: Manager of Foundry Provisions, Kimmie Burton, outside the cafe.

A licensed real estate broker for several years, Mark Nottingham decided to partner with his brother, Joshua, to open their own real estate brokerage firm, Nottingham Realty. The Nottingham brothers found the perfect property to house their business in Indianapolis’ Herron-Morton neighborhood: a historic, 100-year-old building that had sat vacant and in disrepair for many years but had great potential. The property had room to house Nottingham Realty and additional commercial space where the brothers hoped to open a café. Mark and Josh just needed affordable financing to help purchase the property and get their new ventures up and running.... Learn More