KIVA Columbus
The Ohio SBDC at Columbus State is proud to be the KIVA Columbus Hub for Central Ohio.
KIVA’s mission is, “We envision a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.”

KIVA is a character-based, community-backed lender.

Understanding the challenges that most small businesses experience with access to capital due to limited collateral, credit challenges, limited investments, and early-stage lending, KIVA removes those barriers by providing a non-traditional capital alternative.

KIVA provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs who do not fit into the box of traditional conventional financing. KIVA loans are 0% interest, up to $15,000. The loans offer 6 – 36 month terms with no late fees or prepayment penalties for paying off your loan early. The SBDC is here to assist you in navigating the application process and to champion community support.

Contact us to see if KIVA is right for your business today.

Ellen Harvey
KIVA Columbus Capital Access Manager
Ohio SBDC Certified Business Advisor
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Public Funding

Sweetful LLC

A loan of $7,500 helps a single mother fulfill her dreams of launching a Rolled Ice Cream Dessert Café in the heart of the city.

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