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We were founded in 1990 to promote economic opportunity for all.

As a nonprofit and certified community development financial institution (CDFI), we are passionate about supporting small businesses. Because those who go into business for themselves should never be left by themselves.

We support communities by helping entrepreneurs build the businesses of their dreams.

We are dream catchers.


Our vision

To create economic opportunity for all people.

Our Mission

To foster economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services, and policy research to support small businesses.

We help small businesses succeed by supporting them in four ways. We are:

A partner for small business in the Carolinas.

Partnership is about more than loan approval. Our approach is personal. We build one-on-one relationships with our borrowers.

An accessible funding resource.

The capital we provide bridges a critical gap in funding access to ensure small businesses have the opportunity to flourish.

A trusted business guide.

Within a complex small business landscape, we provide the tools and guidance that allow entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.

A small business advocate.

Our ongoing policy and research work will help to ensure the quality of our programs, while establishing the foundation for healthy small business ecosystems in the Carolinas.

Our Team

Our team brings a high level of competency, professionalism, dedication, and vision. The extraordinary passion the team brings for quality and excellence is reflected in all of the services we offer.

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Our Board

We have assembled a diverse and highly skilled board of directors with varying experiences that will significantly aid in achieving our mission to promote, create, and protect economic opportunity for everyone.

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Research Program

Our work is shaped by evidence-based and apolitical research highlighting why small businesses are the foundation of economic development.

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Programa Empresarial Latino

Nuestra misión es proporcionar servicios de préstamos, asistencia técnica y herramientas de gestión empresarial a los empresarios hispanos y la comunidad latina en Carolina del Norte; en especial a aquellos que están social o económicamente en desventaja o desatendidos.

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Eastern Women's Entrepreneurship Center

The Eastern Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (EWEC) was created through a partnership with Elizabeth City State University. It provides an ecosystem of support to entrepreneurs in Northeastern North Carolina.

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