Charlotte Business INClusion

The Charlotte Community Capital Fund is an innovative public/private fund established in 2003 to assist small businesses with gaining access to capital. The City partnered with various other major corporations and foundations to provide a 85% loan guaranty for business loans made by our participating lending partners Self-Help and The Support Center. As such, the Fund enables Self-Help to use more flexible underwriting guidelines than that of traditional lenders. Therefore, businesses that are eligible for financing through the Fund typically would not be able to secure that same financing from a traditional bank.


​For more information, contact one of the Participating Lende​rs:


The Support Center

​The Charlotte Community Capital Fund is made possible by the following community partners:

  • Bank of America
  • Branch Banking and Trust
  • City of Charlotte
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Foundation For The Carolinas
  • Time Warner
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • PNC Bank
  • Self Help
  • The Support Center
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Park Sterling Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • ​Existing for-profit small businesses headquartered in Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan or Union counties and that meet all other eligibility requirements may apply.
  • Business owners must have less than $750,000 of personal net worth (various exclusions such as home equity and retirement funds can be excluded).
  • Business owners must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Prohibited businesses include adult oriented businesses, nightclubs, bars, hotels/motels, tattoo parlors, body-piercing shops, check cashing, pawnshops, car sales lots, gambling including but not limited to internet sweeps and cafes, non-profits, and any non-conforming uses.
  • Although underwriting guidelines of the Fund are more flexible than those required for conventional loans, businesses must still demonstrate, among other things, loan repayment ability, collateral availability, adequate good credit history, management history, etc.
  • Start-up businesses can be considered subject to increased underwriting scrutiny
  • Contact Self-Help for additional eligibility requirements

​Businesses that are ready to seek financing should obtain an application package and submit the completed package to one of our participating lenders (The Support Center and Self-Help) at their Charlotte office for consideration.

Due to the increased credit risk involved in providing financing to businesses with higher credit risk profiles than those of traditional bank clients, both The Support Center and Self-Help conduct sufficient and thorough hands-on underwriting.
The timeline for obtaining loan approval and proceeding towards closing an approved loan will vary depending upon the size and complexity of the loan request.

The Support Center is located in the Carolina Business Center at 2848-B Queen City Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28208

Self-Help is located in the Aunt Stella Center at 926 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 302, Charlotte, NC 28204; 704-409-5900

​Businesses are strongly encouraged to contact a Technical Assistance Provider of their choice to determine if they're ready to seek financing before applying for a loan.

Technical Assistance Providers not only can help assess a businesses' financial condition and readiness to seek financing, they can also help the business develop long-term business planning goals and strategies and provide ongoing technical assistance.

Business Technical Assistance Providers are passionate about the success of small businesses and have a breadth and depth of business knowledge to help take a business to the next level.

​Traditional lenders considering small business loan requests in the Charlotte region that are just under their institution's normal underwriting guidelines can refer those clients to the Charlotte Community Capital Fund as a possible source of funding.