Business Development

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) operates a variety of business development initiatives that support business ownership and entrepreneurship among people of color and women. NCRC identifies synergies among the services offered by individual programs to leverage their effectiveness.

NCRC’s business development initiatives currently include: 

•    Washington, DC Women’s Business Center (DC WBC) 
•    Small Business Teaming Center
•    NCRC Community Development Fund (NCRC CDF)
•    Neighborhood Planning and Investment Services

The DC WBC is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and managed by NCRC.


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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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