South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced the launch of the Growth & Innovation Fund, a joint effort between the SPSCC Foundation and the Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I). The fund gives entrepreneurs access to small business loans and ongoing support. It aims to encourage entrepreneurship in Thurston County and impact job creation and the local economy.
Growth & Innovation Fund loans range from $2,500 to $50,000. To be eligible, recipients should be current or future small business owners who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Is a current or past SPSCC student in any course or program;
- Is enrolled in the SPSCC Entrepreneurship Certificate, or has already earned the certificate; and/or
- Has completed the “Financing a Small Business” workshop through SPSCC Corporate & Continuing Education.
The Growth & Innovation Fund complements existing SPSCC and CB&I support programs, including advising consultations, educational workshops to support startups, and a four-course Entrepreneurship Certificate program.