Neighborhood Lending

While finding large employers for communities is important, so too is encouraging local entrepreneurs who are rooted in the life of the community.

CNI’s Micro Finance Group is committed to bringing affordable microfinance solutions to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing.

Microloans from the Micro Finance Group, currently ranging from $500 – $50,000, feature flexible underwriting criteria to allow borrowers to start up and expand their businesses.


Impacting Communities with Mission-Based Lending

  • 67 microloans have been funded since founding
  • $942,000 in lending since December 2012
  • 293 jobs created and retained

Microloan Program Impacts to Date

Each loan must meet one of the following mission-based requirements:

  • Creates new and / higher paying employment opportunities
  • Save existing jobs
  • Creates more spending within communities on the South and West sides of Chicago, adjacent suburban communities and Northwest Indiana
  • Promotes community development by revitalizing commercial strips in underserved neighborhoods

Funded Micro-loans

Jobs Created and Retained


Micro-loans Funded to Low-to-Moderate Income Entrepreneurs

square feet of commercial and retail space developed

Dollars Funded Since 2012

Average loan size in dollars

For further information about our Microlending Program, please visit our site or contact Vice President Lending, Erica King at 773.341.2072.

Visit Our Micro-lending Site