Business Finance Center

Community Business Partnership established the Business Finance Center in 1998 as its primary financing conduit. The key focus then was to deploy much-needed capital to its target market of underserved entrepreneurs and business owners. Since its inception, the BFC has funded small and emerging businesses who were unable to obtain financing due to credit or other limitations.

The goal of the program is to provide consistent financing opportunities to promising entrepreneurs. The BFC staff works with clients to help them develop their creditworthiness to  become financially strong enterprises.

Loans for Your Business

CBP has many loans products to meet your needs as a small business owner. These include funds for minority tech companies in Northern Virginia, microloans for Fairfax County Businesses, and small custom funds for a variety of neighborhoods throughout the region.

In addition, if we can’t provide you a loan, we’ll refer you to allied CDFIs that might be able to help.  Business Finance Center staff can work with you to:

  • understand the loan process
  • prepare your loan package
  • educating you on what lenders are looking for when you ask for a loan

U.S. Government Certified

CBP is proud to be a US Treasury Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  As a CDFI, the Business Finance Center leads the CBP’s efforts to assist low income communities realize their dreams of prosperity.

CBP is also a US Small Business Administration microlender that can provide loans of up to $50,000 to businesses unable to secure debt capital through traditional means.

BFC Leadership

Karlene Sinclair-Robinson has been named Director, Business Finance Center at Community Business Partnership. Karlene has been a steadfast supporter of the the program and the organization’s mission in delivering valuable services and financial assistance to  the underserved and underbanked community members. She brings over 18+ years of experience to the role including financing, management, and more.

More on Karlene Sinclair-Robinson here.

Financial Resources

Business Finance Center Supporters

The Business Finance Center at Community Business Partnership is proud to have the support of invaluable and effective allies that help us meet our mission.





The Community Business Partnership is an equal opportunity service provider, lender, and employer.

“Those who know, do. Those that
understand, teach.”

Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA