Councilmember Hardin Holds Hearing for Kiva Columbus
Shannon G. Hardin
April 21, 2016
59 Spruce Street, North Market
to capital is consistently identified by local entrepreneurs as their biggest barrier
to business growth and success. The City of Columbus is working hard to address
the problem by building new partnerships with organizations that expand access
join City Council Member Shannon Hardin and the Small & Minority Business
Development Committee for a public hearing in support of Kiva Columbus. The
program will feature testimony from local entrepreneurs, community
organizations, and program sponsors who have been working with the City.
Come learn more about the program and how you can get involved in
expanding access to capital for Columbus entrepreneurs!
is an international nonprofit organization that provides local entrepreneurs
with a platform to crowdfund zero-interest, zero-fee loans. Kiva works in over
83 countries around the world and has raised over $800 million in microloans
summer, Columbus will join 13 other cities across the U.S. to become a
"Kiva City," a partnership program pioneered by Bill Clinton in
Little Rock, Arksansas and New York City, that brings together local
government, community organizations, and financial institutions to promote Kiva
as a tool for empowering local entrepreneurship. Columbus has already deployed
over $80,000 in Kiva mircoloans to local entrepreneurs and is on pace to deploy
over $250,000 before our summer launch.