Our Stories

11.21.2018 -

A Small Business That Puts People on Par with Profits

Ovenly is a beloved Brooklyn-based bakery and small business committed to providing quality jobs for people who have been denied access to economic opportunity. It is also the first recipient of a loan from The Good Jobs Fund, a cutting-edge initiative from our affiliate, the New Markets Support Company, that funnels transformative private equity capital to businesses dedicated to creating living-wage jobs in under-resourced communities.

10.03.2018 -

To Make Real Change, Sometimes You Have to Make a RUCKUS

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sharing the story of Consuelo Poland, founder of the Latinas Welding Guild and director of RUCKUS, a flourishing makerspace in the North Mass Avenue industrial corridor of Indianapolis, where LISC has been supporting the growth of a new and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Poland is dedicated to connecting Indy’s residents, Latina and otherwise, to satisfying work in creative, hands-on and entrepreneurial jobs, and building a supportive community for small businesses and makers in the process.

9.18.2018 -

Top Reads, Week of 9/17/18

Check out our top three reads of the week covering the challenges and opportunities of American communities. This week, we're reading about the life-expectancy gap, worker cooperatives, and the link between housing and family stability.

9.18.2018 -

What’s immito? LISC’s Powerful New Catalyst for Small Businesses

LISC is ramping up its national economic development work with the launch of a new small business lender called immito. “Nothing catalyzes opportunity in a community like new businesses launching and expanding,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. immito is expected to do $100 million in annual lending and will spark entrpreneurship and growth in communities across the country, especially those where demand for capital access is high.

8.23.2018 -

A Match Made in (Carrot Cake) Heaven

In Cincinnati, LISC’s one-to-one matches for Kiva loans to local entrepreneurs are producing some sweet results. An article in Soapbox Cincinnati tells the stories of creative area women, including a gourmet carrot cake baker, who have grown their businesses thanks to the no-interest, no-fee—but big impact—loans.