Small Business + Nonprofit

Dream Big.

Although essential for thriving communities, small businesses and nonprofit organizations experience particular challenges with accessing capital to build their operational capacity or expand. CFE is dedicated to closing this financing gap. Entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders can turn to us for term loans and lines of credit, plus technical assistance, to help with:

  • Bridge capital for expected revenue, including grants and government contracts
  • Business acquisitions
  • Equipment, fixtures, and machinery purchases
  • Geographic expansion
  • Real estate acquisition (See the Commercial Real Estate page.)
  • Vehicle purchases
  • Working capital and inventory

Borrowers often reach out to CFE when a bank deems them too risky for a loan because of a sparse credit history or because they need support with creating financial statements or business plans. This is precisely when our partnership begins. CFE spends hours with each borrower, assisting with pulling together the needed financial and business planning documentation. We’ll pour over the numbers together, eager to understand the vision and how we can help make it a reality.



CFE was a great partner in getting PUSH Studio the financing we needed to grow. It might have been a small loan to them, but it made a big difference for us. We hired more staff, updated our tech, and had the capacity to pursue new landscape architecture contracts.”

— Glenn LaRue Smith, FASLA, Partner, PUSH Studio

This Is CFE: Women-Owned Businesses

A minority, woman-owned company located in DC’s Ward 8, the Shuttle Bus Company employs DC residents to manage shuttle transportation programs for municipalities, colleges and universities, real estate developers, property managers, and construction companies. SBC designs and implements shuttle programs using state-of-the art tools that optimize safety, reliability, and efficiency. CFE supported SBC’s growth through a line of credit to help bridge expenses as they were awarded new contracts.