Created in 1995, Community Business Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations to promote small business growth.
“We help small business start and grow.”
Our Core Business
Community Business Partnership, as an approved SBA Intermediary Microlender and CDFI-certified organization, is hyper-focused on helping startups and small businesses get access to capital, development assistance, and other support necessary to grow successful companies.
Through our core business function we actively finance qualified startups and small businesses in most industries.
We serve startups and existing small business owners including women, veterans, and minorities primarily located in the DMV Metropolitan region. The business owners we serve are across most business sectors and have a wide range of financial positions. However, we focus on supporting micro-enterprises that are underbanked and underserved in our community.
We empower our clients by providing access to resources in order to fulfill their dreams, to provide for their financial security as well as that of their families, and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.
In 2020, CBP’s 13 member staff and two dozen volunteers created 145 business training events with 2,141 attendees. Over 700 individuals receiving more than 1,400 hours of one-on-one business counseling; a 37% increase from the previous year.
CBP administered Fairfax County’s RISE program that provided over $52MM in small grants to over 4,800 small businesses. CBP also developed Fairfax County’s micro loan program that has provided over $1.6MM to businesses affected by the COVID downturn.
Breakdown of those serviced:
- 65% People of Color
- 66% Female
- 12% Veterans
- 6% Service Disabled Veterans
- 7% Disabled
Special thanks to our sponsors!
CBP management and staff are contracted annually through an agreement with George Mason University and a representatives from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Fairfax County Small Business Commission have permanent seats on the CBP Board of Directors.