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

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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

  • Create jobs

  • Build wealth

Access to Capital

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HEF Small Business Loan

Grow your business with the HEF Small Business Loan.

This loan provides low-rate financing up to $150,000.

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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.

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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.

Our Impact

The Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund has transformed countless lives since inception. This is because our impact reaches far beyond Upper Manhattan.


from 360 loans facilitated


local jobs created and retained

Community Lender

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

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 40 hours of consulting from a local small business advisor.