More Than Lenders, We are Partners for Business Growth

When Bridgeway works with small businesses, we become trusted advisors that connect them to resources that accelerate business growth. Our business assistance programs provide critical capacity-building guidance that helps our clients pursue new opportunities for economic mobility, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods.

281 clients served

with business assistance services that accelerated business growth

5540 hours

of business assistance delivered from group workshops to one-on-one consultations

$261,275 of support services funded

to help small businesses build stronger business fundamentals

$815,434 in facilitated transactions

that helped clients with sales opportunities to catalyze growth

96,000 SF of space activated

with clients to expand small businesses, with 97% of properties in low-to-moderate Income areas

Erie Minority-Owned Business Accelerator

Krystal Robinson, the owner of Taste and See, enrolled in the Erie Minority-Owned Business Accelerator with a vision to launch a fruit and veggie bar that shows fresh produce can be delicious and accessible. Krystal was motivated by her own experience of being unable to find healthy options – like fruit and vegetable smoothies – in downtown Erie.

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ORIGINS Room to Grow Residency

The Room to Grow Residency provides Black creative businesses with a critical element for creative business success – a stable and accessible space. In its first year, three creatives from the Pittsburgh region were selected to participate. While in the space, the creative businesses accessed other resources provided through the ORIGINS program and its parent program, Bridgeway’s Creative Business Accelerator, including flexible capital, market opportunities, entrepreneurial guidance, and more.

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Building Inclusive Development (BID) Program

“10 years ago I was actually learning how to read,” says Charles Jones. “And since I couldn’t read I was always good with my hands. I knew one day I wanted to start my own business. I had 21 years in the labor union and was taking on contracts. Then I decided to take a chance to launch Charles Jones Contracting and it grew from there.”  Charles Jones was able to expand his emerging business Charles Jones Contracting by increasing the average size of his contracts with the Building Inclusive Development (BID) Program.

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Read the next chapter of our 2021 Annual Report.