OUR MISSION is to Empower low-income entrepreneurs and community partners to transform their neighborhood economies from within.
Locally-owned small businesses are powerful tools for revitalizing communities. They create jobs, fuel economic activity, promote community role models and leaders and establish dynamic community gathering places.
Community partnerships allow us to earn the trust of local residents, create social capital and establish assets which communities own.
Services that are receptive to clients’ backgrounds and personal history are key to eliminating barriers to success.
Entrepreneurial success in a constantly changing environment requires a comprehensive, flexible and future-focused approach.
Mutual respect and commitment lay the foundation for productive, long-lasting relationships. Healthy, productive relationships are derived from mutual respect and commitment.
Progress and innovation, fueled by regular evaluation, are the driving force behind our sustained success
NDC believes our success and innovation is a result of regular, systematic evaluation. We know our work only matters if it has a real and definable impact on our entrepreneurs and their communities.
Beyond Our Cities
NDC offers a unique and highly successful model of neighborhood focused enterprise development that could be adaptable in many neighborhoods in the United States. The model is currently operating in Detroit, Syracuse, Philadelphia and the Twin Cities. It focuses on connecting with local entrepreneurs through a network of community-based partnership, providing comprehensive, long-term training, financing and support, while tying their businesses to the local neighborhood.