Financial Support

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Seattle. Business owners face new sets of challenges, including navigating the permitting process, securing financing, deciding how and where to expand, and addressing issues related to attracting and retaining quality employees. OED is here to help businesses access local resources that will help them grow.


Contact OED's Business Finance Team:
Ken Takahashi - 206.684.8378


Businesses Financing

New Markets Tax Credits
OED manages a federal New Markets Tax Credit program to attract low-cost private financing for business and real estate projects in low-income areas. Financing ranges from $5 million to $20 million per project. Visit seattleinvestmentfund.com to learn about the investment criteria as determined by geographic eligibility, project readiness, and public benefits; view video application tutorials; and download an application.


Community Lenders

Seattle has several community lenders that offer small business loans with greater flexibility than provided under conventional bank financing.

Business Impact Northwest (BINW)
BINW provides entrepreneurs access to capital and business assistance. As a Preferred Lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), BINW can work with businesses towards achieving their lending goals from $2,500 to $250,000. BINW also provides free one-on-one business coaching as well as various workshops, courses, and seminars.
Contact Joe Sky-Tucker at 206-324-4330 x140.

Craft3
Craft3 is a non-profit community development financial institution that provides loans to individuals, organizations, and businesses that promote the Craft3 triple bottom line mission and commitment to economic, ecological, and family resilience. The organization offers an array of capital products, including small business start-up, working capital, acquisition and expansion loans, commercial real estate and tenant improvement loans, loans to non-profits providing essential services, land conservation, and energy efficiency loans. They provide a wide variety of term loans ranging in size from $26,000 to $10 million.
Contact Andrew Mattingly at 888-231-2170 x128.

Evergreen Business Capital
Evergreen Business Capital is a non-profit Certified Development Company that aims to foster economic development by funding the start-up, growth, or expansion of small businesses. Utilizing the SBA 504 program, they assist with the purchase or refinance of commercial real estate and large equipment. Loans can range from $100,000 to $5.5 million. For smaller needs, they offer the SBA's Community Advantage, USDA's IRP and an in-house Microloan program. Loan sizes range from $1,000 to $250,000, depending on the program. Loan proceeds can be used for working capital, small equipment, inventory, refinancing of business debt, and a variety of other small business financing needs. Contact Patti Kibbe at 206-622-3731 x431.  

Grow Seattle Fund
The Grow Seattle Fund provides business owners access to capital and a complete review of their business investment preparedness. As a Preferred Lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Grow Seattle Fund can work with businesses towards achieving their borrowing goals with loans from $75,000 to around $2,000,000 (more if needed). Grow Seattle loans have competitive rates and terms with little or no down payment. The Grow Seattle Fund provides a wide array of capital products including permanent working capital, real estate acquisition and expansion loans, tenant improvement loans and funds for the purchase of machinery and equipment. The Grow Seattle Fund also provides free one-on-one business coaching as well as various workshops, courses, and seminars. Contact Sheldon Bartel at 614-499-0476.  

Mercy Corps Northwest
Mercy Corps Northwest is the U.S. economic development office of Mercy Corps, an international relief and development agency. Mercy Corps Northwest is an SBA Intermediary Microlender. They provide financing to small business owners who may not qualify for traditional loans. Loans range from $500 to $20,000 for startups, and up to $50,000 for existing businesses.
Contact Edwin Rios - 206.547.5212 x103.

Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVDCF)
The RVCDF assists business along the MLK corridor in southeast Seattle. The non-profit organization’s loan criteria are not the same as those at traditional lending agencies. They look at factors including character, business capacity, and projected cash flow, as well as the impact a business will have on the Rainier Valley community. They additionally have payment terms and interest rates that are very flexible. Loans range from $50,000 – $2,000,000.
Contact Bob Luciano at  206-722-5282.