How Nonprofits Can Supercharge Your Small Business

    September 27, 2023

    How Nonprofits Can Supercharge Your Small Business

    Learn how partnerships with nonprofits like DreamSpring, SCORE, and others can propel your business to success 



    How Nonprofits Partnerships Can Help Your Business Thrive


    Small business owners face numerous challenges in today's competitive landscape — but the good news is, you don’t have to tackle them alone. Nonprofits can be powerful allies to entrepreneurs as they seek to start and scale their businesses.


    A recent article by Inc. magazine details how nonprofits can help your small business thrive. DreamSpring President/CEO Anne Haines is featured in the piece with her advice on securing small business financing, gained from 30 years of connecting entrepreneurs to the capital they need to start up or grow their businesses at the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) she founded.


    Anne Haines (R) with DreamSpring client (L) and board of directors member (C) - photo credit Steven St. JohnDreamSpring CEO Anne Haines (right) speaks with client Kattia Rojas and board of directors member Jerrie Merritt (center). Photo Credit: Steven St. John


    “The greater the clarity for the loan applicant about why the loan is needed at this time — and the capacity to repay — the easier the process will be,” Anne tells Inc.


    The article features helpful tips from top organizations on how nonprofits can help you connect the dots as a small business owner: 

    • Get tips on increasing your chances of getting loans for your business with DreamSpring. 
    • Find out about free legal support resources for early-stage businesses with Start Small Think Big. 
    • Hear how learning from mentors is a key to business success with SCORE. 
    • Discover the power of peer-to-peer networking with Entrepreneurs' Organization. 

    Read more about how nonprofits can help your small business in Inc. For additional resources and assistance, be sure to check out the other articles in our Business Resources Blog, the DreamSpring Help Center, and our listing of National Resources that exist to support entrepreneurs like you!