Connecting women entrepreneurs in the U.S. to affordable loans

Over the last 40 years, women-owned businesses have generated trillions of dollars in economic activity and revitalized communities by providing tens of millions of jobs. Yet women entrepreneurs still face significant obstacles, including equitable access to capital and business networks. That’s why Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation launched the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program in 2014, dedicated to helping connect women business owners to affordable loans to help grow their businesses.

Over the five year partnership, we’ve deployed more than $46 million in capital, administered by community development financial institutions (CDFIs), to help more than 2,500  women entrepreneurs across 17 states grow their businesses. In 2019, we’re doubling our overall commitment to $100 million in capital to connect women small business owners to affordable loans.

The program is supporting women business owners in the fields of tax & accounting, construction, fashion, auto mechanics, food service, health & beauty and more.

“We recognize that women entrepreneurs help fuel economic growth in communities across the U.S. and that access to capital remains a key challenge,” said Andrew Plepler, Global Head of ESG, Bank of America. “Partnering with the Tory Burch Foundation to advance women in small business is one way we invest in the future of local economies.”

How does it work? The video below explains the process.

Learn more about the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program and how it empowers women small business owners.

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) – community lenders

Do you own a business? Want to apply for a loan from the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program? For more information, please visit or contact a community development financial institution (CDFI) in your area:


  • Dreamspring in Arizona, 1.602.252.3884, P.O. Box 41237, Tucson, AZ, 85717, website:



  • Dreamspring in Colorado, 1.303.904.9362, 1441 18th St #150, Denver, CO 80202, website:


  • Accion East, 1.866.245.0783, 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 903, New York, NY 10038, website:


  • Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), 1.678.335.5600, 84 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, website:


  • Accion Chicago, 1.312.924.2179, 1436 W. Randolph Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607, website:



  • justine PETERSEN, 1.314.533.2411, 1023 North Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, Missouri 63106, website:

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • Dreamspring in New Mexico, 1.505.243.8844, 2000 Zearing Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104-2045, website:

New York

  • Accion East, 1.866.245.0783, 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 903, New York, NY 10038, website:

North Carolina



– Austin: 1.512.472.8087, 2921 E. 17th St, Building D, Suite 1, Austin, TX 78702
– Dallas: 1.214.942.6698, 2801 Swiss Ave, Suite 120, Dallas, TX 75204
– Houston: 1.888.222.0017 ext 140, 12337 Jones Rd, Suite 407, Houston TX 77070

To join the conversation and see how we’re connecting women to economic empowerment worldwide, visit us here and on Twitter at @BofA_News.


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