KIVA Columbus

The Ohio SBDC at Columbus State is proud to be the Kiva Columbus Hub for Central Ohio. 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 is a character-based, community-backed lender. Kiva provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs who do not fit into the box of traditional conventional financing.  Kiva loans are 0% interest, up to $10,000. 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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KIVA’s mission is “We envision a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.”


To do what we love……  Paul intends to do just that by incorporating all his talents, skills, and training into creating his dream business step by step. Support this local, minority artist to bloom.  

Paul’s Story – I have over 10 years in the fashion industry and 5 years experience in retail management. Currently I am attending cosmetology/barber styling school. Both will factor into my fashion and salon brand.
After a career of selling and merchandising others merchandise; I am driven to succeed and make my dream of being a fashion mogul come true.


To Apply :

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