Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The Central County Community Development Corporation (CCCDC), a subsidiary of the Urban League of Broward County, has announced a $250,000 investment from Bank Leumi USA to fund its Small Business Loan Fund.
The fund was established in 2015 to improve access to capital for low-income entrepreneurs and small business owners in low-wealth communities across Florida.
The commitment from Bank Leumi USA marks a key expansion of its small business support initiative which aims to create equal opportunities and access to financial security for all.
The investment comes from the Leumi Community Support Fund, a donor-advised fund launched in 2020 in response to the unprecedented challenges endured by its communities, neighbors, and partners with a portion of the fees from its participation in the Paycheck Protection Program.
Leumi began its first initiative from the fund – its small business support initiative – to give back to the very businesses and entrepreneurs who have historically been unable to easily access loans or financial support when they needed it most.
The investment will support the CCCDC’s mission central to the establishment and growth of minorityowned businesses. Since receiving its federal designation as a community development financial corporation (CDFI) in 2020, the Central County CDC has committed a total of $1.6 million in lending to support small businesses throughout South Florida.
“We remain committed to building healthy and resilient communities through economic development,” said Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County and chair of the Central County CDC.
“We thank Bank Leumi USA for being a trusted partner in this effort to increase the CCCDC’s lending capacity – meeting a critical market need for flexible, affordable capital for small minority-owned businesses.”
In addition to lending, small business clients will be offered training and capital development support through the Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center. The CCCDC accepts loan applications for its Small Business Loan Fund on its website at cccdcorp.org.
To learn more about the CCCDC, Small Business Loan Fund, and the Urban League of Broward County, contact 954-584-0777.