We recognize the role that small businesses play in our economic resilience and their positive impact on communities and millions of people around the country.

Small and medium-size businesses account for roughly 48 percent of the US economy and provide employment to about 60 million people in the United States. Ongoing national analysis shows that these businesses, many with less than $5 million in revenues, have been disproportionately affected by the shelter in place and coronavirus crisis.

Investing in small businesses means ensuring businesses have investment, strategic support and access to innovation – the very resources that impact investing encourages us to cultivate and share.

Business Loan Fund

Working with state and local government, building an investment fund to unlock private and public funds for small businesses

Community Business Partnership

Pairing MBA students with small businesses and community networks across the Bay Area for strategic and resource support

Innovation and Research

Mapping evolving needs of small businesses, impact of interventions and new investment vehicles

Our program is driven by data and research. We are creating partnerships in the private, state and local levels. We are working to leverage diverse and innovative investment strategies so more resources reach the small business sector. Reach out to sustainablefinance@berkeley.edu for more information.