The flexible small business lending resources offered through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) have been recently refreshed to provide easier access to loans for up to $40,000. MCEDD’s new Microlending program supports entrepreneurs, new business start-ups, expanding businesses, existing businesses for debt refinancing, and most legal business ventures. Women- and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to apply!
As a service to the regional business community and as a strong part of its economic development strategy for the region, MCEDD staff manage several business loan programs. MCEDD’s programs provide an accessible, affordable source of capital for projects that create or retain jobs for businesses whose application has been denied by a commercial bank.
Business loan funds through MCEDD, Mt. Hood Economic Alliance and the Oregon Investment Board can be used to contribute to the financing needed by a business to purchase or build new facilities, purchase equipment, or provide working capital. These funds can support businesses in Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington, and Clackamas, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco Counties in Oregon.
In our recently approved Microlending program, terms of one- to five-years are available and full collateralization is not required. Applicants must supply a minimum of 5% towards the project to receive up to a 95% loan from a MCEDD-managed funding source. Interest rates depend on risk criteria and range generally from 7 to 12% with performance incentives to lower the interest rate during the loan term.
MCEDD staff is available to discuss potential applications and support the application process to make it easy and accessible. Contact Ami Beaver at 541-296-2266 x1004 or email@example.com for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Programs.