Synergy Contracting

Synergy Contracting is a fully bonded, unionized, women-owned construction company specializing in Environmental Remediation, Demolition, and Cleaning Construction Services based in Lawrence, MA. Jeysi Zuniga, the founder and CEO, is an immigrant from Guatemala and is determined to provide opportunities and entry points for women in the construction industry. In 2022, BII provided a line of credit to smooth cash flows as the company grows. Learn more

ChopValue

ChopValue Boston manufactures and sells a variety of commercial and residential wood products made out of previously discarded chopsticks. ChopValue’s business model exemplifies the concept of the circular economy: chopstick waste is recycled, converted to a useful good at a microfactory, then purchased by local customers. CEO, Elaine Chow, focuses on hiring young adults facing barriers to employment, including returning citizens. In 2022, BII made an equity investment to start the microfactory that will have a structured exit. Learn more

Hillside Harvest

Hillside Harvest is a Caribbean-American natural condiment brand that sells at regional grocery stores, local farmers markets, direct-to-consumer on their website, and even at Fenway Park! Hillside Harvest has developed three hot sauce flavors and two Jamaican jerk marinades. Founder Kamall Jarrett’s vision was to create a brand that would bring the Caribbean flavors of his heritage out of the specialty international markets and into mainstream supermarket aisles. In 2022, BII partnered with other investors to make a loan to Hillside Harvest with a revenue-based repayment structure to fuel the company’s early growth. Learn more.

All In Energy

All In Energy is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that seeks to accelerate an inclusive, clean energy economy for underserved communities in Massachusetts. They are also increasing energy sector job opportunities for diverse talent through their internship program with local universities and community colleges. In 2021, BII made a term loan to All In Energy to grow their team and in 2022, BII provided a line of credit to assist the organization with contract financing. Learn more

99 Degrees Custom

99 Degrees Custom is an apparel manufacturer in Lawrence, MA. With fast turnaround times and a skilled staff, they aim to produce performance activewear and wearable technology faster than any factory in western hemisphere. The company is dedicated to creating quality jobs for its 350+ employees by paying living wages with a path to $35/hour, providing frequent training, and benefits like health insurance, life insurance and paid vacation. In 2021, BII provided a subordinated loan to 99 Degrees Custom for expansion of the factory. Learn more

Eastie Farm

Eastie Farm is a community-based nonprofit focused on climate justice, food access, and building-community resilience. They address these issues through creating green spaces throughout East Boston. With the help of neighborhood volunteers, they have transformed several vacant lots into community gardens. In 2021, BII provided a line of credit to Eastie Farm to finance grants and contracts from city and state agencies, as well as foundations. Learn more

The LAZU Group

The LAZU Group is a DEI services firm that offers strategies for product development, marketing, talent recruitment and retention, and community engagement. They use a motivational-based approach designed with the principles of community organizing, traditional DEI, and mental health, to help people create better personal and professional connections, ultimately resulting in happier individuals and healthier organizations. In 2021, BII provided a line of credit to The LAZU Group to smooth cash flows as the company grows. Learn more

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