READOUT: Meeting of White House, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Stakeholders for the Initiative for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, June 25, the Office of the Vice President and the U.S. Department of the Treasury co-hosted a stakeholder meeting for the Initiative for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (IIE), an 18-month national pilot program that Vice President Harris announced at Treasury’s 2022 Freedman’s Bank Forum to expand access to capital for small businesses that have lacked opportunity and need additional investment to grow and hire. IIE brings in philanthropic and private capital to maximize the impact of Treasury’s nearly $10 billion State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), authorized under the American Rescue Plan. 

During the meeting, senior White House officials highlighted the Administration’s multifaceted efforts to expand capital access for underserved entrepreneurs. Stakeholders also provided an update on IIE’s pilot program, which concludes on June 30, 2024. 

During the pilot program, IIE has deployed over $10 million to support capacity building and create opportunities for more inclusive program design and delivery; generated more than $177 million in loans, loan matches, grants, and private capital for underserved small businesses and emerging fund managers; and reached nearly 3,200 small businesses. In addition, IIE has launched targeted investment vehicles to raise the private match capital required to leverage SSCBI funds, including the Indigenous Futures Fund, which aims to raise $100 million to help Native entrepreneurs launch and grow their small businesses. 

Participants from the White House and Treasury Department include: Carolina Ferrerosa Young, Ph.D., Chief Economic Advisor, Office of the Vice President; Jon Donenberg, Deputy Director, National Economic Council; Sophie Sahaf, Director of Economic Mobility, Domestic Policy Council; and Janis Bowdler, Counselor for Racial Equity at the Treasury Department.  



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