Gaining access to capital and finding funding for your venture is vital to your success. Every dollar is critical at this early stage. To whom shall you turn for financing assistance? What will they require in terms of documentation such as personal credit history and projected financials?

The City of Edwardsville’s Economic and Community Development Division can help you navigate potential avenues of funding. Our professional colleagues include nonprofit organizations and agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), State of Illinois initiatives including Advantage Illinois, Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME), and those from the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA), programs through the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office (such as the Growth and Innovation Fund), SBA micro-loans and emerging market loan funds via Justine PETERSEN, counsel on how to prepare your financials for your initial lending visit courtesy of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE, and many more funding-related resources.

 Contact the City of Edwardsville’s Economic and Community Development Division today so we may begin helping you make these instrumental start-up funding connections.

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