DFI team is available to advise local governments creating emergency loan funds for small businesses.

The Development Finance Initiative (DFI), a program of the School of Government, is available to assist local governments who are considering or in the process of creating their own small business emergency loan programs to provide bridge loans to local businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

The DFI team is available to provide one-hour phone consultations at no charge with local government staff to think through loan program structures and financial modeling on a first-come, first serve basis.  Additional advising is also available upon request. To schedule a call, please fill out the webform below.

For information related to small business emergency loan programs, please review these School of Government resources on the topic:

Blog Posts

Local Government as Lender: Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

Local Government Emergency Loans for Small Businesses: Contracting with Financial Institutions for Loan Administration

        Using Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for Small Business Support

        Local Government Support for Small Business Recovery and Reopening

Zoom Call

April 1, 2020  | Local Government Emergency Loans for Small Businesses and Preparing Your Local Government to Apply for Federal/State/Private Grants - NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Hosts: Tyler Mulligan, School of Government; Kelley O’Brien, Owner and Principal, KTO Strategy & Communications; Sybil Tate, Assistant County Manager, Buncombe County; Matt Raker, Executive Director, Mountain BizWorks; Kara Millonzi, School of Government

Topics: COVID-19, small business emergency loans by local governments, federal/state/private grants for pandemic issues, grant proposals. 

Click here to view or listen to this call on-demand. Click here to view slides from this call.