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The Capital Institute is a non-partisan, transdisciplinary collaborative launched in 2010. The mission of the Institute is to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and sustainable way of life through the transformation of finance. The Capital Institute’s Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy is a storytelling collaborative that seeks to illuminate how the global economy can operate as a restorative agent in support of enterprises and practices that empower individuals and regenerate the land and communities in which they operate.

 

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The Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC) is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) offering comprehensive and innovative ways to build wealth for historically underserved residents and small business owners in South L.A. and across L.A. County. The organization provides commercial lending opportunities- including micro loans, peer lending, and small business loans – along with business training, asset development programs, and banking programs. CFRC has served nearly 100,000 low income clients since its inception in 1992. Its programs have resulted in nearly $14 million in economic activity and the retention and creation of thousands of jobs. The transformative power of CFRC’s services – combined with its clients’ enterprise and hard work – improves the financial standing of individuals, launches and sustains small businesses, and generates economic activity that strengthens entire neighborhoods.

 

FundWell is a small business loan matching and financial wellness platform that helps borrowers get the best loan they are eligible for today, and improves their eligibility for more capital at lower interest rates in the future. FundWell provides borrowers with up to three lender matches for free through their referral network of national lenders who directly provide 11 different types of loan products for amounts as low as $500 with 0% interest up to $2 million dollars with varied interest rates. FundWell provides education, transparency and assistance with the loan application process, and a financial plan and tips to help small business owners improve their financial health, credit score and fundability over time.

 

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Lift Business Design offers consulting in the areas of mission and vision alignment, strategic planning, organizational assessment and design, operational systems, company culture, financial modeling, budgeting, tracking and reporting, sales and marketing. They pull from their extensive personal experience running successful organizations as well as time tested frameworks, models and strategies to train business leaders on how to stay strategic while executing operations in order to evolve to the next level as a perpetual cycle.

 

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Transform Finance brings together impact investors and social justice leaders to deepen their collective impact. They provide investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, and communities with training, convening, and advisory services that build investment and enterprise models aligned with a community focus. Transform Finance empowers all players to engage deeply with the communities they purport to serve by advising funds on how to align their impact investment strategies with community empowerment values; by providing curricula and consulting to social entrepreneurs who wish to engage with communities; and by providing communities involved in revenue-generating activities with the knowledge base needed to ensure that investments and enterprises align with their long-term needs and aspirations.

 

Working Solutions is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to provide microentrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to start or grow a successful business. They prioritize serving low-income individuals, women, and minorities. They support microenterprise growth as a strategy to strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build strong communities. They provide assistance in the form of small business loans (microloans) from $5,000 up to $50,000, five years of post-loan business coaching and advising, and referrals to small business resources.