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The Washington Area Community Investment Fund’s (Wacif) mission is to promote equity and economic opportunity in underserved neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. region. Our mission is driven by three strategic pillars: inclusive entrepreneurship, community wealth building, and equitable economic development, and is fulfilled by providing access to capital products and services, and capacity-building technical assistance to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs.

 

  • Small & Micro Business Loans

    Find the best financing fit for your individual need.

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  • Workshops & Trainings

    Attend our workshops and learn how to run a successful enterprise.

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  • Advisory & Consulting Services

    Work with our in-house advisors to best position you for growth.

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Upcoming Events

Sep
17
Coffee & Conversations September
Join us for Coffee & Conversations every month to expand your network and % receive support fro...
Sep
22
Looking Under the Hood of a Cooperative’s Finances
Join GWCEO and Guilded for an interactive workshop exploring how financial transparency in a coopera...
Sep
23
Electrifying the Tech Industry | Women of Fire Fireside Chat Series
In this electrifying conversation, we will explore how Sheryl uses her background in STEM and real e...
Sep
24
Art All Night Festival
It's that time of the year: celebrate Mayor Bowser's Art All Night festival with Minnesota Avenue ...
Sep
29
Getting More Bang for Your Business’s Buck | Resilient CEO Series
Does your business have an exit strategy in place? Is your business positioned to get the most fina...

 

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Client Stories

Meet our community-minded and locally-owned small business clients who are creating jobs and supporting underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.

 

  • Compass Coffee

    “Wacif’s help through the Microgrant program…”

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  • Nspiregreen

    “Wacif… went above and beyond by serving as business mentors…”

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  • Community Forklift

    “We could not have started up without Wacif’s help”

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Tell Your Story

 

Wacif has been creating meaningful change for underserved neighborhoods in and around Washington, D.C. by providing small business loans to women and minorities for over 30 years.

  • 2000+
    Full & Part-time Jobs
    Created and retained thousands of jobs for local communities
  • $34M+
    Flexible Financing
    Provided millions of dollars in flexible financing for local small businesses and development of affordable housing
  • 2500+
    Hours of Counseling
    Supported local entrepreneurs with thousands of hours of business counseling and technical assistance
  • 79%
    Woman or Minority-Owned
    Support of disadvantaged businesses in Wacif’s portfolio which are Woman or Minority-Owned

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