Small Business Improvement Fund

SBIF Lenders

Because of our agency relationship with the City of Chicago, SomerCor 504, Inc does not endorse any of these lenders, but has provided this list as a courtesy for applicants seeking financing to front fund their SBIF project prior to the disbursement of grant funds.  Please consult several lenders when you are looking for financing.

Microfinance Loans of up to $100,000

Accion Chicago
Accion offers loans as small as $500 and up to $100,000.

Contact: David Johnson, Community Lending Manager, P: (312) 924-2178 E:

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI)

A partner of the City of Chicago, CNI can lend up to $15,000 for start-up business and up to $50,000 for established businesses.

Contact: Erica King, Vice President of Lending, P: (773) 341-2072, E:

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

WBDC provides services and programs to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, with a focus on supporting and accelerating women’s business ownership. They also provide loans up to $75,000 and can be used for working capital, supplies, and equipment, in addition to property improvements.

Contact: Carolina Diaz, Associate Director of Access to Capital, P: (312) 853-3477 x 430, E:

Community Bank Lenders


CIBC’s Community Development Group works with small businesses looking for capital for construction projects and other business needs.

Contact: Hussain Bhanpuri, P: (312) 564-2675, E:

Contact: Sharnell Curtis-Martin, P: (773) 298-5904, E:


Beverly Bank & Trust

Contact: Dante L. Mosely, Relationship Manager, P: (773) 753-9667, E:


First Eagle

Contact: Magaly Arteaga, Community Development Associate, P: (312) 850-2900 E:


Illinois Service Federal

Contact: Brent Connell, P: 773-624-8920, E:



IFF specializes in lending to not-for-profit organizations.

Contact: Victoria Lakes-Battle, Director of Lending – Northern Illinois/Northwest Indiana, P: (312) 521-7375, E:


Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF)

Contact: Wendell Harris, Director of Lending Operations, P: 312-252-0427, E:


Wintrust Bank

Contact: Rosalinda Rivera, Vice President/Small Business Banking, P: (847) 920-3051, E:


Royal Savings Bank

Contact: Andrew Morua, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, P: 773-382-2112, E:


National/Regional Bank Lenders

MB Financial

Contact: Tony Brylewski, Vice President of Business Banking, P: 708-642-6022, E:

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