CommunityWorks chosen to help distribute federal funding to small businesses


CommunityWorksa statewide non-profit lending institution, was selected to serve as one of eight participating “shining” organizations in South Carolina for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP).

The program helps reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs face in accessing the programs and services they need to recover, grow, or start their business.

To do this, the CNPP uses state “central” organizations to manage federal grants and a variety of “spokes” to distribute funds.

In South Carolina, the state-designated CNPP hub organization is the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED), which received $2.5 million which it will deploy across its eight “spokes,” which also include:

“CNPP South Carolina has the resources to help small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, especially those who have been traditionally underserved,” said Tammie Hoy Hawkins, CEO of CommunityWorks. “At the start of the pandemic, we pivoted to help small businesses through the crisis, and we haven’t stopped since. CommunityWorks is honored to be part of CNPP to continue serving the community.

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