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State Launches Loan Program for Small Businesses, Non-Profits

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NBC Connecticut

The state has launched the Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund to provide low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut. The governor’s office said applications are being accepted for loans ranging between $5,000 and $500,000.

The loans have a fixed 4.5% interest rate and small businesses and nonprofits with operations in Connecticut that have 100 or fewer full-time employees and annual revenues of less than $8 million are eligible, according to the governor’s office. The program is intended particularly to help small businesses and nonprofits.

The governor’s office said the fund is a public-private partnership that is hoping to lend $150 million or more to eligible business and nonprofits. The state is making a “foundational investment of $75 million,” according to the governor’s office with a goal for the fund to become self-sustaining as more private funds are invested.

In addition to funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, initial funding has been provided by Citizens Bank, M&T Bank, and First Republic Bank, the governor’s office said.

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply online at CTSmallBusinessBoostFund.org. If they qualify, they will be matched with a lender to help throughout the application process.

These are the local community development financial institutions participating in the program:

  • Ascendus
  • Capital for Change
  • HEDCO
  • NDC Community Impact Loan Fund
  • Pursuit
  • Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (SeCTer)
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