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VEDC Forms National Microfinance Fund with Grant from Sam's Club Giving Program

VEDC announced today that thanks to a $2 million grant from the Sam's Club Giving Program, they will leverage the formation of a $20 million National Microfinance Fund (NMF) to expand their small business loan portfolio to include lending to micro-lenders across the country. The NMF will begin rolling out in California and expand as far as Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Oregon in the initial stages.

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Local Business Opportunity Funds

VEDC is expanding nationally to change the way small business lending is done. Its proven approach is a sustainable and impactful way to make capital more available to small businesses that otherwise can't get it, so they have the resources they need to start up or grow. 

Through a $20 million loan fund, UBS is increasing VEDC's capacity as a national lender. VEDC's growing footprint enables small businesses, banks and foundations to work with one experienced partner and have a greater impact. UBS Business Opportunity Funds with VEDC currently offers small business funds in Los Angeles, Chicago metro area and in New York to serve the tri-state area. 

The Business Opportunity Funds are part of UBS's Elevating Entrepreneurs ("EE") program, which provides mentoring and educational opportunities in addition to access to capital to high-potential entrepreneurs poised to expand their companies. EE is a joint undertaking of UBS Community Affairs Americas and UBS Bank USA, with program offerings in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Salt Lake City. 

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Opportunity Finance Network

*the leading national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities across America.