DPOs and Investment Crowdfunding
How businesses can raise capital from the general public—including customers, employees, suppliers, and friends.Read More »
The co-operative model can be leveraged for job creation, local investment, and business development.Read More »
Community Banks, Credit Unions, and CDFIs
While significant barriers exist, many local banks and credit unions are finding creative ways to partner with the community to invest locally.Read More »
Learn how consumers in our region are providing start-up or expansion funds for local businesses in return for perks.Read More »
Local Investor Clubs & Networks
How community members can self organize and pool their resources to invest in local businesses.Read More »
Check out other players on the local capital scene, from micro-lenders and creative community loan models, to community foundations and development funds.Read More »
Community capital is an emergent field, and a catch-all term for efforts to harness the financial wealth existing within a region to support community-serving businesses and organizations—and keep it recirculating for the benefit of the whole community.
At a time when job creation is of paramount importance, often the biggest challenge facing our best local entrepreneurs is access to capital. Here we explore successful models in Seattle and around the region for channeling money into local businesses to build thriving resilient communities.