Through its role as a certified Community Development Financial Institution, the Northwest Side CDC provides a unique range of financial products and services in economically distressed target markets. A certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is a specialized financial institution that works in market niches that are underserved by traditional financial institutions (www.cdfifund.gov).
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The NWSCDC serves businesses by providing access to alternative capital for borrowers who will make commitments to workforce development solutions within the Northwest Side of Milwaukee. The NWSCDC offers a single financing product that has become our most successful community economic development tool: “mid-sized” business loans to private firms locating or expanding in our area, with an emphasis on manufacturing firms. A few loans are reserved for community development projects. The average loan size is $600,000-$700,000. Our loans are typically layered into a larger financing package with other lenders.
The NWSCDC offers generous loan terms and business development services to borrowers, with a focus on workforce development. The main impact of the NWSCDC’s lending is the creation and retention of jobs in our Target Market. Since 2000, the NWSCDC has lent over $6 Million to businesses that have created hundreds of jobs. The loans have financed catalytic real estate projects, including new minority-owned grocery stores in areas often categorized as urban food deserts. Lending activity is currently focused on the expansion and creation of manufacturing firms in our area.
The NWSCDC was awarded a $309,118 Financial Assistance (FA) grant from the CDFI Fund for FY 2014 to further NWSCDC’s lending activities in our service area. Increasing our lending activities includes the recruitment of bank investors to our loan fund. The impact of the NWSCDC’s lending efforts includes the creation and retention of jobs in our Target Market.
For more information on the NWSCDC’s efforts as a CDFI, contact Director of Lending Edward Bryant.