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Financial Lenders for Businesses & Entrepreneurs


Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana is committed to bringing affordable microfinance solutions to small business owners who need them. We're a dynamic organization that reaches deeply into the communities we serve to help thousands of small business owners grow and thrive. We're experts in microfinance - and in helping small business owners use it to build their businesses.

Accion is an alternative lending organization dedicated to providing credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of microentrepreneurs, Accion strives to help businesses and communities grow.

Many Accion clients do not have access to traditional bank loans. The small size of their loan request and limited credit history regularly make them ineligible for conventional financing and unable to obtain the credit they need to grow their businesses. Accion Chicago provides the credit and training necessary to help small business owners increase their incomes, create new jobs, and strengthen their communities.

Women's Business Development Center

The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a one of a kind non-profit focused on fueling the economy through entrepreneurship.  As the oldest, largest and most comprehensive women’s business assistance center in the United States, the WBDC has programs designed to help individuals in every phase of the business development and growth process.

If you are a start-up, click here to find a current workshop on finance, marketing, business development and more. Have you been in business a while and are looking to grow your business?  See how the WBDC can help you by clicking here.

First Eagle Bank

First Eagle Bank's continuing success is closely tied to the economic and financial health of the communities it serves.  First Eagle is committed to putting financial and human resources to work through direct financial support, partnerships, and volunteer resources. First Eagle Bank's "Outstanding" Community Reinvestment Act or CRA rating reflects the depth of this involvement.