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

  • 96 microloans funded since founding
  • $2 million in lending since December 2012
  • 389 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

Million Dollars Funded Since 2012

Jobs Created and Retained


Micro-loans Funded to Minority Entrepreneurs

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