Our Initiatives

Small Business Lending

What we do

Small businesses sit at the heart of an energetic, local economy. They provide goods and services to residents, create jobs, nurture economic opportunity and innovation, and foster a sense of community. 

LISC helps small, for-profit businesses open or expand in hundreds of underserved neighborhoods and rural communities where we work through flexible loan options and technical support. We’re committed to empowering entrepreneurs who’ve been overlooked by traditional financing channels and supporting them as they turn their visions into reality.

Small business owner, Philadelphia, PA
Small business owner, Philadelphia, PA

What we offer

Lending: We provide financing to small businesses through the SBA 504 and Community Advantage programs and Kiva Zip’s online loan crowdfunding platform. We serve small businesses overlooked by traditional financing channels, with a special emphasis on serving businesses in low- to moderate-income communities, startup companies, and veteran-, woman-, and minority-owned businesses. We help entrepreneurs that put down roots in underserved neighborhoods, as well as to those looking to expand into these areas. 

of our loans go to minority, women and veteran entrepreneurs

Digital advisory services: LISC Small Business partners with Pacific Community Ventures to bring its mentoring program to our clients, matching them with seasoned business advisors. And our online financial tool, LISC Insight, helps small businesses track their finances to improve performance.


Steve Hall, Vice President of Small Business Lending