Business Lending Partner offers Racine County businesses many established programs to help obtain the funding they need to develop and benefit the community.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) entrusted RCEDC to provide financing for Racine County small businesses affected by COVID-19. The goal of this program is to keep workers employed, stabilize businesses, and strengthen our economy. Through this program RCEDC provides essential financing for businesses to continue investing, and creating/retaining jobs, in Racine County.
Business Lending Partners (BLP) provides up-front eligibility screening services to determine if a small business meets the general criteria to qualify for a loan.
This program was designed specifically to assist businesses in Racine County by offering a revolving loan fund in partnership with a bank loan. The program primarily finances real estate projects, equipment purchases and limited working capital needs. The fund offers a below market interest rate, generally 75% of Prime. Its participation cannot exceed either $200,000 or 33% of the total eligible project costs.
Through funding from the County of Racine, a Matching Grant Program (MGP) was established with the goal of providing a means for existing small and medium-sized companies to obtain the professional services necessary for a strong foundation for continued business growth and to provide jobs for Racine County residents.
The Greater Racine County Revolving Loan Fund (GRC-RLF) program was designed specifically to assist existing businesses in Racine County that are affected by the Foxconn development. Additionally, the GRC-RLF is aimed to assist with recruitment of new businesses to Racine County that have a connection to Foxconn or to assist potential suppliers to automate and grow in order to compete for Foxconn business.
Industries of focus include but are not limited to:
The Racine Development Group (RDG) created a loan fund to promote business development and real estate projects in Racine County, with emphasis on low- and moderate- income neighborhoods. Contributing members include Chase Bank, Johnson Bank, BMO Harris Bank, RCEDC, S.C. Johnson, Tri City National Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.