FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Westside Development Corporation Accepting Applications for
2015 Loan and Grant Program for Businesses and Social Enterprises
A total of $165,000 available between the two programs.
San Antonio, TX – The Westside Development Corporation (WDC) announced today its 2015 application period for its loan and grant program benefiting Westside businesses and social enterprises. Up to $165,000 is available between the two programs.
The application period is open from Monday, March 2, 2015 through Friday, April 9, 2015. There is $33,000 available in grant funds for entities that meet eligibility requirements. The grants are available in amounts up to $5,000. There is $132,000 available in loan funds for entities that also meet eligibility requirements. The minimum loan amount is $5,000. Businesses and social enterprises can apply for both a grant and loan.
“Small businesses and non-profit social enterprises are a key engine of growth in our empowerment zone, yet they often struggle to secure conventional loans to help them expand,” WDC President Leonard Rodriguez said. “Finding ways to increase the flow of capital to credit-worthy enterprises is crucial to growing our local economy.”
The WDC has also developed the Business Credit Building University, which aims to provide credit-building technical assistance to small businesses that seek access to loans from traditional banking institutions.
The WDC’s Business Growth Grant and Loan program is generously funded by the City of San Antonio. Since its formation in 2006, the City has collaborated closely with the WDC to deploy approximately $585,000 to area businesses and organizations.
“Economic growth is crucial to the Westside,” WDC Chair Christopher Martinez said. “This business credit initiative will help more business owners get access to the capital they need to expand and create jobs. By also helping to provide financing, we can ensure that the Westside’s local economy continues to grow.”
About the Westside Development Corporation
The Westside Development Corporation is a nonprofit Local Government Corporation of the City of San Antonio responsible for attracting new business and assisting existing business in the Westside of San Antonio. The organization has been responsible for fostering economic development, promoting the development and redevelopment of real estate, creating viable urban communities, and preserving the character, culture and history of San Antonio’s Westside. For more information, about the WDC please visit WestsideDevCorp.com. For more information about San Antonio’s Westside, “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westside-Development-Corporation/ or follow us on Twitter @westsidedevcorp.
Last quarter, the WDC welcomed a new addition to our team, Roy Pachecano, AIA. Roy will serve as the WDC’s Grow West Program Officer. As a licensed architect, he brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector, experience in sustainable development, as well as an appreciation and expertise as it relates to historic redevelopment.
The WDC is now offering expanded services through the Grow West Business and Attraction Program to include professional services such as real estate redevelopment, master planning, market analysis, investment pro-forma analysis, and architectural renderings.