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Councilmember Hardin Holds Hearing for Kiva Columbus

Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin

Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 pm

Hot Chicken Takeover
59 Spruce Street, North Market


Access 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 to capital. 

Please 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!

Kiva 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 for entrepreneurs.

This 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.