Our Approach

Learn What Makes Us Different

Accion is a nonprofit community lender dedicated to helping entrepreneurs generate income, build assets, create jobs and achieve financial success through business ownership. Our network serves small businesses in communities across the U.S. and is made up of three certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Explore our network. 


Our approach sets us apart: We work hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs to overcome every obstacle standing between them and their dream of owning a thriving business.


Transformational, not transactional:

Accion’s relationships go far beyond disbursement and repayment. We offer repayment terms right for each business and personalized service from lending experts. Every business we serve supports about 3.3 jobs, and in 2016, our clients contributed over $250 million in wages to local economies. We have helped our clients create or maintain over 200,000 jobs.

Customized solutions for every entrepreneur:

Every Accion client has a different background, experience and skills. Many need help to establish their business before qualifying for a bank loan. All need a partner who believes in them. Accion helps every client turn their ambition into opportunity. 

Local connections and knowledge:

Accion understands the small business landscape in every community we serve, and connect our clients to our network of bank partners, fellow mission-based lenders, local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to help them succeed.

Continuous innovation:

The small business lending landscape is changing fast and Accion brings the latest solutions to entrepreneurs. We measure our success by the success of the small businesses we serve, and evaluate our efforts through research and evaluation. We invite you to learn more about our impacts in our first-of-its kind longitudinal impact study here.