NDC’s business development and capacity building programs help neighborhood entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations maximize their positive impact within their own communities.
Entrepreneur Training Program – NDC partners with community-based organizations to provide culturally sensitive entrepreneur training programs for low-income residents who do not have access to traditional sources of capital and want to learn the skills to successfully start and operate a business. This core program is currently offered twice each year, in five languages.
Small Business Lending & Reba-Free Financing – NDC provides access to credit for start-up and existing businesses that are unable to access traditional loans and sources of capital.
Small Business Incubators – NDC engages in targeted real estate development projects to transform strategically located commercial buildings into business incubators that support small businesses while serving as catalysts for the revitalization of the surrounding communities.
Capacity Building Program – NDC assists community organizations both locally and nationally to build effective collaborations and to expand capacity of their organizations.
Community Collaboratives - NDC also convenes, facilitates and provides administrative support for collaborative community initiatives. Current collaboratives include the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) and the University Avenue Business Preparation Collaborative (U7).