The Transformative Power of Impact-Driven Lending

We tailor our services to our clients’ unique stories and find ways to invest in their futures. Read how our investments in people help them revitalize and strengthen places.

New Ken

In New Kensington, Pennsylvania, revitalization is in the air. New Kensington is changing for the better, you can see it and feel it. Bridgeway is at the intersection of it all, providing capital and entrepreneurial support to help a wide variety of endeavors succeed. We are working with many different small businesses and nonprofits in many different ways, from providing access to capital through our lending team to working with our programming team to provide capital readiness.

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96% of dollars deployed was to low-to-moderate income areas or nonprofits serving low-income individuals.

Second Baptist

Second Baptist Church is a mainstay on Erie’s Lower East Side with big plans to serve the community in a greater capacity by expanding its programming. That includes programs like the church’s food pantry, a long-standing offering in the community, as well as their mission ministry, which serves Erie’s homeless and underserved population. Second Baptist is also expanding into new areas of service, like workforce development, but high-interest debt and looming facility repairs were holding them back.

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$15 million to real estate projects that revitalized communities.

Rev Real Estate

Rev Real Estate Holdings founder Jon Boyd says that he’s not so much in the property business: He’s in the people business. With every house Rev Real Estate purchases, Boyd seeks to give people the opportunity to love where they live. Based in Sharon, Pa., Rev Real Estate offers affordable housing to low-to-moderate income residents and those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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$9.6 million to housing developers that created or preserved 220 affordable housing units.

Blinkfly Beauty Lounge & Academy

Shalaia Green loves her work as an aesthetician specializing in eyelash extensions. She loves running Blinkfly Beauty Lounge & Academy, her salon and educational center dedicated to the craft. But what she loves most about her work is the sisterhood it’s forged. Creating beauty and community by mentoring others on how they too can become entrepreneurs.

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$5 million to small businesses that built successful businesses and provided quality jobs.

Hazelwood Cafe

When Dasawn Gray looked around Hazelwood, where he was born and raised, he saw a neighborhood changing fast. As more and more development projects began, Gray wanted to create change that would support his community from the inside: to set the standard for new businesses coming in. That’s exactly what he’s done with Hazelwood Cafe.

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34 loans to early-stage businesses that spurred new business creation.

Inspiring Minds

After an injury ended Deryck Toles’ hopes of playing professional football, he spent a lot of time reflecting on the guidance and wisdom he’d been given throughout his life by the people who helped him see that anything was possible. These memories led him to found Inspiring Minds, an organization that supports students from kindergarten to college with after-school programs, community, and mentorship.

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$4 million to nonprofits that invested in facilities and expanded vital social services.


Joe O’Connor had a passion for woodworking from a young age, but it took him a long time to make a career out of it. “I never thought it was possible,” he said. “I never thought it was a real business. I went to college for everything else.” He was working a job that he hated when his wife told him about Bridgeway.

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972 clients served by programming and consulting services that maximized growth.

ErieMade Business Academy

The ErieMade Business Academy is a business development program for creative entrepreneurs. The cohort-based program was designed to support artists who are focused on the unique challenges of professionalizing their creative practices into viable businesses. Through ErieMade, creative businesses gain the tools and resources to achieve financial resilience and social impact in their communities.

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4,800 hours of programming delivered from group workshops to one-on-one consultations.

Read the next chapter of our 2022 Annual Report.