The Chelsea Business Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in the development of the business community in Chelsea, MA and fosters increased access to resources for Chelsea’s Latino business community and other small businesses. Its goal is to create an engaged community by hosting events and providing resources, technical assistance, and financial support. CBF is an enabler for small business owners to grow and scale their businesses. In 2020, BII provided a loan and a line of credit to Chelsea Business Foundation to support its technical assistance for small businesses.
El Planeta is an integrated Latinx news company producing content and events relevant to the Latinx community in Massachusetts. Its reach spans to more than 200K people on a weekly basis through print, television, and digital. During the pandemic the readership increased to 500K. With more than 10 countries represented in the staff, El Planeta is an essential link between organizations, companies, and government to the Latinx community and highlights stories of under- represented Latinx communities. In 2020, BII provided a line of credit to El Planeta.
El Planeta’s Javier Marin on working with Henry Noel Jr. to close his loan from BII:
“[Henry] knows exactly how to speak to a small minority business owner. We are small in size but giants in spirit. Our companies are our life. Henry managed to convince me that BII was more a partner than a lender. At the end, we both worked tirelessly to get the loan efficiently closed before year-end. I will always be grateful to him and BII. You guys bring more than just funding, it is like air to breathe, energy to think and force to grow.”
Lioness Magazine, a media outlet for female entrepreneurs, recognized BII Founder Deborah
Frieze as a Lioness Changemaker. In this video interview, Deborah lays out the origins of impact
investing, how impact investors fund businesses, and the importance that BII places on
collaboration in entrepreneurship. Watch video
MentorWorks is a platform that helps to originate and facilitate Income Share Agreements (ISAs) in partnership with different universities and technical colleges. It is the first platform to provide income-share based education financing with career mentorship. In 2020, BII committed invested in MentorWorks through a special funding vehicle (SPV), enabling the company to fund the higher education of students, primarily of color, who are attending community colleges or enrolled in technical training programs in Boston. Learn more
MentorWorks aims to make higher education and technical training more accessible through income share agreements (ISAs). In partnership with different universities and community colleges, MentorWorks provides both income-share based education financing and career mentorship, the first platform to do so. In addition to expanding access to higher education, MentorWorks models inclusive ownership. 50% of the business is owned by people of color, and employees have equity in the company.
In 2020, BII invested in MentorWorks through a special funding vehicle (SPV), along with ECMC Foundation, enabling Mentorworks to fund the higher education of students, primarily of color, who are attending community colleges or enrolled in technical training programs in Boston.