50 Kitchen

50 Kitchen is a restaurant and catering service in Fields Corner, Dorchester. The fusion cuisine menu featuring Asian and Southern influence is inspired by the neighborhood’s multicultural population. Husband-and-wife owners Anthony and Evette Caldwell are committed to creating job opportunities in the local community. In 2019, BII Fund partnered with LEAF, the City of Boston, and a landlord improvement allowance to provide start-up capital. Learn more

 

Care Academy

Care Academy provides professional and family caregivers with high-quality online training classes to help deliver the best care to older adults with the support, guidance and compassion needed to improve their quality of life. The platform makes it easier for caregivers to upskill and continue their education to better serve clients and advance their careers. Co-founders Helen Adeosun and Dr. Madhuri Reddy are committed to serving caregivers who, like themselves, are often women of color and immigrants. In 2018, BII Fund participated in an equity round. Learn more

Maven Construction

Maven Construction is a woman- and minority-owned general contracting firm that provides construction management services. The Dorchester-based start-up focuses on energy efficiency projects with healthcare and research institutions, multi-family housing, educational institutions and municipal projects. Founder JocCole “JC” Burton is a construction industry veteran who plans to develop innovative construction careers for people of color and women. In 2018, BII Fund provided project finance to support an energy efficiency project with Howard University. Learn more

Sweet Teez

Sweet Teez Bakery is a nut-free bakery founded by Dorchester native Teresa Thompson Maynard. Growing up with food allergies and now raising kids with food allergies, Teresa realized that just one peanut can make the search for a good cupcake near impossible. So she set out to provide customers with high quality baked goods made to meet their nut-free needs and delight their taste buds. In 2018, BII Fund provided purchase order finance to help Sweet Teez fulfill a Whole Foods order of 48,000 pies. Learn more

Quality Interactions

Quality Interactions is an e-learning platform that provides cultural competency training for healthcare professionals. The platform helps healthcare providers reduce unconscious bias and as a result improve health outcomes for patients of all cultural backgrounds, including people of color, immigrant, bilingual and LGBTQ patients, and those who are uninsured. In 2018, BII Fund made a convertible debt investment to support product development and growth. Learn more

TC’s Repair Service

TC’s Repair Service specializes in repairing commercial coffee brewers, grinders, espresso machines, hot water towers and juice dispensers. The company serves coffee chain shops, cafes, restaurants and coffee machine manufacturers. Husband-and-wife team Mario and Rachel Rodrigues decided to acquire the company based on Mario’s experience as a customer of TC’s Repair when he worked at Equal Exchange. In 2018, BII Fund provided financing for the acquisition. Learn more

COHIF

Coalition of Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF) works to stabilize the Greater Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester by helping residents of foreclosed homes to stay in their homes, developing permanently affordable housing, and helping extend these efforts in other neighborhoods. The organization intends to place its homes into a community land trust. In 2018, BII Fund provided a loan to support COHIF’s Community Stabilization Pilot Project, advancing crucial anti-displacement strategies in Boston. Learn more

Mobile Cuts

Mobile Cuts is a mobile barbershop that brings salon services right to your doorstep. The company is capitalizing on the growing trend of corporations and universities to offer services through vendors that stop by one day a week or for a couple hours at a time. In 2018, BII Fund provided a loan for working capital and to purchase and renovate a second mobile truck. Learn more 

Urban Farming Institute

The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, located at the historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan, provides farmer training, creates green collar jobs and engages urban communities in building a healthy, local food system. The non-profit organization reclaims and restores vacant lots, transforming them into functioning urban farms.  In 2018, BII Fund provided bridge finance to support the acquisition of equipment and supplies for the upcoming farming season. Learn more

Fresh Food Generation

Fresh Food Generation is a cafe, food truck and catering business serving on-the-go real foods. The company sources ingredients from local farms and prepares meals inspired by Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. After three years of operating, the company is now becoming a competitive city-wide catering business. In 2018, BII Fund provided a line of credit and convertible debt coupled with an innovative “self-liquidating equity” structure which allows management to buy back equity at fair and mutually agreed upon price. Learn more