you believe in a good business and a good job, then do we have a good deal for you.
An economy thrives when it has a skilled workforce
and locally owned businesses that provide quality jobs.
The Initiative Foundation’s combination of targeted business financing and consulting services helps to leverage private investment and create living-wage employment in the region.
From 2020-2022, the Initiative Foundation is working to building a thriving economy through:
- Entrepreneurship Support: Foster growth of businesses by providing training, financing and technical assistance, with an emphasis on underserved communities and social enterprise ventures.
- Workforce and Career Development: Tap under-utilized pools of talent and support career exploration and skill development in high-demand fields.
- Childcare Availability: Catalyze innovation within the region and coordinate with partners in support of economically sustainable, quality child care.
The Initiative Foundation accomplishes results through a range of partnerships with fellow CDFI organizations* and through the following activities and programs:
- Business Financing
- Enterprise Academy
- Initiators Fellowship
- Workforce Development
- Child Care Solutions
* Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, are certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The designation signifies that an organization meets stringent federal requirements as a financing entity with a mission to help people in underserved communities join the economic mainstream.