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Developing High Growth Small Businesses in Iowa
The Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a nonprofit organization that accelerates the development of small businesses with high growth potential, located approximately within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. EDC connects entrepreneurs with veteran, accomplished mentors who already have developed businesses; with prospective board members who can provide expertise necessary to the development of the company; and with capital from equity and debt investors, such as banks, government sources, and angel investors. EDC also provides entrepreneurs with networking and educational opportunities. Since its founding in 2003, EDC has worked with 250 entrepreneurs, 50 percent of whom were pre-revenue. EDC has raised approximately $2 million in angel capital investments for many of these companies. Among the companies receiving assistance, two already have grown from $0 in annual revenue to more than $2 million. EDC's newest initiative is the development of a seed capital fund that will help capitalize promising businesses in the early stages of development. Banks can be involved with EDC by referring prospective clients to EDC, accepting referrals of companies from EDC, providing operating support to EDC, and investing in the new seed capital fund. For more information, visit http://www.edcinc.org/ or contact Miriam Ubben, Vice President of Capital Formation at (319) 369-4955 or email@example.com.
[Published in News from the Districts, Community Developments, Spring-2007]
The Midwest Assistance Program Loan Fund
The Midwest Assistance Program Loan Fund (MAPLF) is a nonprofit organization that provides predevelopment loans to small rural communities in nine Upper Midwest States - Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Loans can be used for clean water and wastewater projects that serve lower-income populations. Borrowers from MAPLF are rural communities and other public water or wastewater authorities with less than 10,000 in population.
Established in 2003, MAPLF has closed seven loans totaling $105,000, has $250,000 more in process, and has sustained no losses. Loans have been made in four of the nine states in MAPLF's service region. MAPLF is an affiliate of the Midwest Assistance Program, which provides engineering, training, and other consulting services to help small rural communities plan and implement water and wastewater improvement projects. MAPLF typically funds projects that have multiple layers of funding, including grants and loans from a variety of sources. Originally capitalized with $100,000 from the Midwest Assistance Program, MAPLF also funds its loans with the proceeds of a federal grant, and is actively seeking new investors. Banks can participate by investing directly into MAPLF, by referring prospective borrowers that do not meet conventional credit criteria, and by structuring MAPLF into financing packages in which the banks would like to participate.
For more information, visit www.map-inc.org or contact Tom Kopp at (952) 758-4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Published in News from the Districts, Community Developments Investments, Spring 2006]
Iowa Equity Fund Investing in Low Income Housing Tax Credits
The Iowa Equity Fund, LLC (IEF), a limited liability company formed in 2001, promotes the development and sustainability of affordable housing through the use of the federal low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program. The formation of IEF resulted from cooperative efforts of many experienced Iowa affordable housing developers, and financial grants from the Iowa Finance Authority, as well as several banks. In addition to underwriting investments in the federal LIHTC program, IEF staff provides technical assistance to developers, owners, and management companies on the development and management of tax credit properties. IEF will syndicate and assist in all types and sizes of affordable housing properties with emphasis on rural, difficult to develop areas, and service intensive properties, such as rent-to-own and transitional housing. Every 12 to 18 months IEF sponsors an investment fund to invest or syndicate tax credit developments throughout Iowa. Traditionally, the investment funds seek Iowa-based corporate investors. IEF is an affiliate of the Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. (MHEG), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. MHEG staff provides IEF with underwriting, management, and compliance expertise based on extensive experience with syndication of tax credit properties. MHEG also has over $110 million in current investments supporting more than 1,500 units of affordable housing in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.
For additional information, please contact Iowa Equity Fund at (515) 280-6000.
[Published in News from the Districts, Community Developments, Summer 2005]
Cooperative Financing in the Upper Midwest
Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund (NCDF) is a for-profit, cooperatively owned loan fund that provides financing, training and expertise to small producer, consumer, affordable-housing, worker and land cooperatives in eleven states in the upper Midwest. NCDF today has more than $8 million in assets, has made hundreds of loans to cooperatives since its founding in 1978 and has contained losses since 1978 to 0.27 percent of dollars loaned. Investors in NCDF include banks, cooperatives, religious orders, foundations and others. Certified by the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund as a CDFI and as a community development entity, NCDF also has funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help develop and finance rural housing cooperatives, and NCDF last year established a community development credit union that helps members of cooperatives finance their membership shares. Banks are involved with NCDF as co-lenders, as investors and on the board of directors.
For more information, contact Margaret Lund at (612) 331-9103 or at email@example.com. NCDF's web site is www.ncdf.org.
[Published in News from the Districts, Community Developments, Summer 2004]