Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) is a non-profit, community development financial institution (CDFI) that believes in the power, drive and daring of local entrepreneurs to transform lives and revitalize neighborhoods.
In the mid-1980s, St. Paul’s Rice Street neighborhood, once a vibrant working class community with scores of mom and pop businesses, was suffering. One by one the shops along the corridor were closing. Muntean’s Department Store, Schwankel Drug Store, Schiller’s Grocery—to name a few—gone with the rise of giant big-box stores in neighboring suburban communities. The slow trickle turned into a torrent—former bakeries, hardware stores and furniture stores were closing, replacing the glass in the windows with plywood.
What We Believe
NDC believes in the power, drive and daring of local entrepreneurs to transform their lives and revitalize their low-income neighborhoods. By building relationships with partners in the communities we serve, we can identify and train local entrepreneurs, there by building neighborhood economies from within.
How We Work
NDC provides culturally competent, integrated business services (training, financing, business services, and incubator spaces) in targeted low-income neighborhoods so that the people who live in those neighborhoods can start and grow businesses that enrich their economic and social fabric.
Beyond Our Cities
NDC offers a unique and highly successful model of micro-enterprise development, training, lending and support that could be replicable in many metropolitan area in the United States. The model, which is currently being replicated in Detroit, Michigan, focuses on connecting with local leadership, partners and assets while maintaining a steadfast commitment to low-income entrepreneurs of color and the challenges they face.