About Us

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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.

Our Mission

“We help start, grow, and finance small businesses.”

We seek to be the premier provider of a  full spectrum of direct financing opportunities and support services that advances the success rate of small business owners that enables them to make a significant contribution to a vibrant regional community.

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.

Our Clients

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.

Our Impact

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
    35% White
  • 66% Female
    34% Male
  • 12% Veterans
  • 6% Service Disabled Veterans
  • 7% Disabled

Our Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors!


Our Supporters

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.


“The CBP counselors and volunteers have been instrumental in helping me increase my knowledge and confidence in business ownership. Because of their guidance, I’ve been able to expand my practice and move into a larger facility with more employees.”

Debbie Allen, President, Premier Pediatric Therapy Source, Annandale, VA
Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA