EmVision Productions

EmVision Productions creates video content that helps clients communicate their organization’s social impact. Cofounder Tariana V. Little holds a DrPH from Harvard, focusing on communications and innovation and this expertise informs their Social Impact Storytelling™ framework. Their clients include nonprofits, social enterprises, government agencies, and corporations. In 2021, BII provided a term loan to finance a production vehicle, equipment and team growth. Learn more

Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD)

Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) is a non-profit housing and community development organization that creates and maintains affordable housing in areas of Boston with large numbers of people of Caribbean descent. The organization’s first affordable housing development is Cote Village in Mattapan, which will be permanently affordable and meet LEED Silver Sustainability Standards. In 2021, BII extended a line of credit to CICD to smooth cash flows and facilitate team growth. Learn more

Casabe Fruit Store & Delicatessen

Casabe Fruit Store & Delicatessen is a small grocery store in downtown Lawrence. It is owned and operated by two Latinx Lawrence residents with deep connections to the city as activists and community leaders. The store carries fresh produce and supports local food entrepreneurs by selling their products. In 2021, BII partnered with the Harvard Business School Impact Fund to provide a term loan for startup working capital to the newly opened store. Learn more

Beantown Builders

Beantown Builders is a Brockton-based, Black-owned general contracting firm that specializes in residential remodeling projects in the Greater Boston area. The company works with first-time homebuyers who take 203K loans to remodel the homes, which are often distressed properties, thus making homeownership and home improvement accessible to more families. In 2021, BII made a term loan to Beantown Builders to refinance debt and support company growth. Learn more

Caraballo Accounting

Caraballo Accounting provides accounting and HR services and training to Latinx small business owners in Eastern MA. Through cultural competence and Spanish-language instruction, they are addressing barriers for local entrepreneurs looking to launch, grow or expand their businesses. They have partnered with various Latinx organizations to address the need for advisory support and small-business coaching and serve the communities of Lowell, Lawrence, and Worcester. In 2021, BII made a loan for expanding the team and building out an online training platform. Learn more

Roundhead Brewing

Roundhead Brewing is the first Latinx-owned craft brewery in Massachusetts. The solar-powered brewery will open in 2021 in Hyde Park. The brewery aims to be a community space that will sell a variety of craft beers and fresh pizza in the taproom and beer in cans to-go. In 2021, BII invested in a term loan as part of a larger equipment financing facility in partnership with RSF Social Finance to purchase electric brewing equipment. Learn more

Waku

Waku produces and sells horchata lojana, an ancient Andean herbal beverage that promotes a healthy gut. A Latinx-owned business, Waku sources its herbal ingredients from small-scale indigenous farmers in Ecuador at fair prices and has pursued organic certification for many of its ingredients. After producing and bottling its products in Ecuador, Waku distributes them in New England stores and through its website direct to customers. In 2021, BII provided a line of credit to support the company’s continued growth in the years to come. Learn more

E for All

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is a nonprofit organization that supports small businesses and nonprofits through inclusive English/Spanish programming across Massachusetts and in Colorado. EforAll’s one-year accelerator combines immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. EforAll’s pitch competitions are fast-paced, fun community events that help early-stage entrepreneurs gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea. BII provides an annual grant to EforAll to support programming. Learn more

Chelsea Business Foundation

The Chelsea Business Foundation 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. Learn more

El Planeta

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 has 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. Learn more