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429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1900
Pittsburgh, PA 15219






Business Financing & Assistance

This list is for informational purposes only.  Inclusion on the list does not represent an endorsement by Neighborhood Allies. The list is not all-inclusive, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.  We encourage you to independently verify the information.


Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

LISC connects local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life.

Contact: Neighborhood Allies (LISC local office)
225 Ross Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 471-3727


Bridgeway Capital

Bridgeway Capital works with companies and nonprofits in western Pennsylvania that have a strong, positive economic and social impact — igniting growth, stirring healthy competition, creating job opportunities, and strengthening communities. They focus on helping western Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed in order to create a thriving region for all.

Information on loan applications.

707 Grant St., Suite 1920
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 201-2450 x19


Urban Redevelopment Authority – Loan Program

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers a variety of financing products for commercial real estate development and small and medium sized business development. These are gap financing products and work in conjunction with private equity and private debt to help businesses close the financing for their business growth and expansion.

Application (PDF)

200 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: (412) 255-6669


Tom Link, Director  | 412-255-6540 |

Karlee Turkaly, Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist |  412-255-6556 |

Josette Fitzgibbons, Neighborhood Business District Manager |

Rochelle Lilien, Senior Business Development Specialist | 412-255-6553 |

Quianna Wasler, Manager of Façade Programs | 412-255-6550 |

Jennifer Wilhelm, Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurship | 412-255-6580 |

Ellen Bateman, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist |

Josh Summits, Business Expansion & Attraction Specialist  | 412-255-6427 |

Diamonte Walker, MWBE Program Officer |  412-255-6610 |

Lynnette Morris, Administrative Support  | 412-255-6547 |


Kiva City Pittsburgh

Kiva Cities are a partnership of local community groups, microfinance organizations and Kiva Zip Trustees working together to connect Kiva lenders to entrepreneurs that they know and trust in their communities.

Contact:  To learn more about Kiva City Pittsburgh, or explore becoming a borrower or trustee, contact Emily Keebler (Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead) at


Brightwood Merchants Association

Working to increase use of local businesses through beautification efforts as well as funding initiatives and business recruitment.

2137 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: (412) 732-8153

Service Area: Northside
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Eligibility Requirements: Merchants


Northside Civic Development Council

Business development services to start-up and small businesses. Services include business plan assistance, loan packaging, site location and office space rental.

700 River Avenue, Suite 531
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: (412) 322-3523

Service Area: Northside
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm


Northside Leadership Conference

Coalition of neighborhood groups within the Northside that provides assistance in housing development, business development, partnership growth, and employment training and opportunities.

415 East Ohio Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: (412) 231-4714

Service Area: Northside
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm


 US Small Business Administration

The SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts, and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses.

411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 395-6560

Local Assistance


Minority & Women-Owned Business Assistance

African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pa. offers a variety of programs and services to members and guests that will assist them in their development and gaining access to decision-makers for business growth. From September through June, the Chamber holds a monthly Power Breakfast Meeting. A CEO is invited to address the membership and guests on how to do business with their company or organization. There is a cost differential for members versus guests on all programs and Power Breakfast Meetings.

Programs include:
Advances In Health Care
Ask The Expert Program
The Chamber’s Business Institute – A two-year commitment designed to help business owners achieve excellence and compete in the global marketplace.
Strengthening Your Business Acumen
Candidates Forum – Held each year to ask candidates and elected officials the question: What have you done to promote minority businesses?
How To Do Business with a major company, authority, or organization.

436 Seventh Ave. Suite 2220
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 392-0610


Allegheny County Dept. of Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

In 1981, the Allegheny County Commissioners established a county-wide Minority Business Enterprise Program because they recognized that minority and woman business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs) had not participated in county contracts for supplies and services to the extent that was desirable. The Commissioners also recognized that there were certain impediments to achieving greater participation.

DBE Certification Application (PDF)
DBE Personal Net Worth Statement (PDF)
PA UCP Certified Firms

Advisory Committee
Annual Reports
Certification Forms
Events & News
Mission Statement
Program Objectives
Progress Reports

542 Forbes Ave Room 204
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 350-4309


Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship – Chatham University

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking.

Become a Member

Entrepreneurial Training & Mentoring

Braun Hall – Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: (412) 365-1253


Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) strives to provide equal opportunities for business growth and development to minority and female business owners. All projects in excess of $250,000 are required to submit a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Plan, which is is analyzed both internally and by the City’s M/WBE Review Commission, to ensure success in this area. The URA expects all contracts of this size to achieve or exceed the goal of awarding 18% of the total project costs to MBEs and 7% of total project costs and 7% of total project costs to WBEs.

Economic Opportunity Policy Statement for Minority and Women-Owned Business

Overview of Minority and Women-Owned Business Participation in Development Projects

MBE/WBE Supply Contractors Regulations (PDF)

For more information on the MWBE program, contact Diamonte Walker, MWBE Program Officer at (412) 255-6610 or via email.


Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) is the principal regional advocate for the Hispanic business community’s civic and economic interests and provides regional business opportunities for economic development.

The PMAHCC Board of Directors represents a diverse tapestry of well-respected, successful business and community leaders who execute a practical approach to the needs of the business community.

One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, Suite 4300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 577-4008


Women’s Business Network Inc.

Women’s Business Network provides opportunities for individual growth through Chapter Leadership Training and Annual Retreat programs. They also provide business growth through table topic discussions and their membership’s dedication to the use of member network resources. They provide a networking structure through meetings and events.

P.O. Box 528
Jeannette, PA 15644


 Christian Evangelistic Economic Development

CEED is a faith-based organization that provides pragmatic economic development solutions and free micro-enterprise/small business assistance to underserved and disadvantaged entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding region.

6435 Frankstown Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: (412) 450-8070


Urban Innovation 21

Urban Innovation21 is a public-private partnership supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in our region’s innovation economy and connecting that growth to underserved communities and the residents that live in those communities.

1901 Centre Avenue, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 281-0102

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