LiftFund transforms lives by opening doors, leveling the financial playing field and building the community of shared success. In 2017, LiftFund provided 1,177 small business loans totaling $29.9 million and provided thousands of hours of business and finance advice.
LiftFund helped us when nobody else would.
Owner of Azteca Mexican Candy
$45,000 loan to buy equipment and expand family business.
Unfortunately, my boss was not receptive to my ideas for growth, so I knew I’d have to go out on my own.
Owner of 3G Chemical Solutions LLC
$11,000 micro loan to lease a warehouse and professional office space.
I want to go further and serve more people.
Dr. Martha Manquero-Butler
Owner of New Light Primary Care
SBA 504 loan to acquire real estate for her clinic.
I am proud to be of service to those who need me the most.
Owner of The Mastectomy Boutique
$15,000 loan to open her boutique, purchase inventory and office equipment.
[LiftFund] was a great fit for us. It's comforting to know they're in our backyard.
Owner of Truckin' Tomato
$81,000 EDA loan to expand the business and relocate to a larger, customized location.
I was approved for the full $25,000 literally the day before payroll was due.
Owner of Bayou City Interpreting
$25,000 Harvey relief loan to cover payroll after the hurricane.
To see how far we’ve come from our first meeting with LiftFund to where we are now, is exciting.
Owner of Reserva Coffee Roasters
$225,000 SBA 7a Community Advantage loan to build out the coffee shop and purchase professional equipment.
2017 Lending Impact
“Lifters” Are Our Greatest Advantage …..
The power of LiftFund begins with our company’s strong culture and commitment to our values. Our “Lifter” associates are our greatest advantage and the key to fulfilling our mission and success.
President & CEO of LiftFund 24 Years
“When we started LiftFund in 1994 in one city with 3 employees, I had no idea that we would grow to serve small business owners across 13 states and employ over 100 employees. Making the organization self-sufficient and to be able to serve many more diverse entrepreneurs is what drives me. I love the tangible impact we make in our communities.”
In the fall of 2017, Janie received the Community Spirit Award from the Mexican American Unity
Council during their 50th Anniversary Celebration for a successful career empowering individuals
to create wealth and opportunities to prosper.
Senior Business Development Officer 17 Years
“The opportunity to help those in need is what drives me. I love guiding and coaching our clients through our education and financial services to help them reach their goals, and connecting them with the resources and partners that I have developed in the community for the last 17 years.”
Marlene was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley
District Office as Financial Services Champion of the Year for her commitment to connecting
small business owners with the capital and resources needed to succeed.
Vice President Delta Region 6 Years
“I feel so privileged and honored to work at LiftFund because I believe in the work that we do. Our efforts are not only life-changing, but life-saving in some cases. I get up every morning with a heart to make someone’s life better.”
Lisa Riley was selected as one of 25 professionals to participate on the inaugural class of
Opportunity Fellows Program in Birmingham, Alabama. The leadership program by BBVA
Compass and Opportunity Finance Network aimed to explore opportunities for leading
necessary change to give underserved communities equal access to capital.
Lending Assistant 4 Years
“LiftFund’s core value Strive to Be Better aligns with my work here. I feel everyone has an opportunity to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. The local and corporate offices of LiftFund provide a positive, learning environment, always willing to learn more and make things happen for the better. I appreciate LiftFund being a good organization to its employees.”
SBA 504 Loan Servicing Officer 3 Years
“My passion for economic development is what drew me to LiftFund and the organization’s mission is what keeps me here. For many nonprofits, their beneficiaries depend on their help forever. At LiftFund, we work to help our beneficiaries outgrow the need for us.”
591 donors, 112 investors, and 700 partners propelling dreams and championing business ownership.
High Impact, Trusted Performance
LiftFund is recognized by AERIS and Charity Navigator. We are committed to high standards recognized in our industry and in the non-profit sector.