Focus Area: Rural Founders

September 15, 2021

Self-Help Ventures Fund

The Ventures Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) loan fund capitalized with loans and grants from foundations, religious organizations, corporations and government sources.

Valley Small Business Development Corporation

Valley Small Business Development Corporation was incorporated in 1981 as a nonprofit, public benefit, small business development corporation. Valley is authorized to make direct loans to farmers and small businesses, as well as to guarantee small businesses and family farms with increased access to capital through both such direct financing mechanisms. Generally speaking, our lending footprint encompasses the nine counties that make up the San Joaquin Valley; Stanislaus County is the farthest north and Kern County is the most southerly county.


Justine PETERSEN provides small business loans in Missouri, Illinois, and Eastern Kansas for entrepreneurs who do not qualify for mainstream financial products.

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is the economic empowerment of African American communities and small businesses in Beaufort County. The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to offering products, services, and educational programming for multi-cultural business owners and professionals within the Beaufort and neighboring communities.

Partner Community Capital (formerly Natural Capital Investment Fund)

By providing flexible capital and advisory services to small businesses, non-profits, and farms, Partner Community Capital (PCAP) catalyzes environmentally and socially responsible business development and wealth creation in rural, minority, and low-wealth communities.

Southern Bancorp Community Partners

Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP) is a certified nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution that provides lending, financial development services, and public policy advocacy in economically distressed communities.

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