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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:
Affordable Housing Resources, Inc.
Appalachian Fund for Growth II, LLC
Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, Inc.
Church Koinonia Federal Credit Union
First State Development Corp.
Nashville Housing Fund, Inc.
Pinnacle Community Development, Inc.
TMA Development Corporation
United Housing, Inc.
The Small Business Administration was established in 1953. Since that time the agency has dispensed millions of dollars in loans and loan guarantees, contracts, consulting assistance and other programs for small business across the United States.
The Federal and State Technology Partnership Program works around the objective of being able to boost and strengthen the technological competitiveness of small business establishments in the United States of America.
Social Enterprise Associates (SEA), a New Mexico fellowship of consultants banded together to deliver social mission-based services, are the first, B Lab certified company in the region and have been awarded as one of the 2014 Best for the World B Corps for their long-range economic and social impact.