Your Access to Capital,
Business Resources, and Technical Assistance
We believe entrepreneurship is a powerful tool that can create jobs, close the opportunity and equity gap, and transform communities.
Our Entrepreneurial Impact Pillars
Access to Capital
Access to Resources
Access to Technical Assistance
Who We Serve
Women and people of color in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and the Bronx looking to:
Grow their small business
Access to Capital
HEF Small Business Loan
Grow your business with the HEF Small Business Loan.
This loan provides low-rate financing up to $150,000.
HEF Credit Builder Loan
Increase your credit score by up to 30 points with a HEF Credit Builder Loan. This loan ranges from $500 to $5,000.
Small Business Recovery Loan
Gain capital and technical assistance to ensure successful business recovery with the HEF COVID-19 Small Business Recovery loan. This loan provides financing up to $15,000 at a 1% interest rate.
We are committed to ensuring the success of minority and women-owned businesses.
Our clients rave about our personal approach. We listen to the passion our clients have for their businesses and provide them with the best loan product or business resources to grow and scale.
The Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund has transformed countless lives since inception. This is because our impact reaches far beyond Upper Manhattan.
from 265 loans facilitated
in grant funding from public and private institutions
local jobs created and retained
HEF provides affordable loans between $500 and $150,000 to women and minority owned businesses in retail, food & beverage, professional services, construction, and technology.
Access to Skills
Opportunity For Growth
Opportunity for growth is a four-month business education program utilizing Interise’s Streetwise ‘MBA'TM curriculum designed to accelerate the growth of businesses owned by minorities and women.
Growth Path is a business advisory service designed to deliver hands-on expertise to minority and women owned small businesses in areas of financial management, human resources, sales, and marketing. Each cohort consist of 20 businesses and receive 20 hours of consulting from a local small business advisor.