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Do Good and Invest Locally

Do Good and Invest Locally

I started Common Capital over 25 years ago because I couldn’t get the money for my piano tuning and rebuilding business.  What I didn’t know then was that while I knew a lot about pianos I didn’t know much about business.  I not only needed a loan, I needed assistance in running my business.  Had […]

Take it back!

Take it back!

How we do is as important as what we do. We simply cannot afford to allow any one of us to be invisible. Everyone is needed to take back what is rightfully ours.

One Question, Complex Answers, And a Simple Response

One Question, Complex Answers, And a Simple Response

Why in the most prosperous nation in the world is there such growing poverty throughout the United States? Why have real earnings of 70% of the lowest wage earners gone down even as productivity is rose dramatically by 20%?

Nine Things I’ve Learned as a CEO of a Community Loan Fund

Nine Things I’ve Learned as a CEO of a Community Loan Fund

First of all, my apologies to readers who don’t have a clue as to what a community loan fund is.  I’ve been the CEO of one such loan fund for 23 years and I’m still defining it because it’s constantly evolving. Yes, we  make loans to business and community projects much like a bank – […]

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“Common Capital is an essential component in the Western Massachusetts capital landscape, providing risk tolerant funding for businesses with high growth and high employment potential. As other competing communities do, Western Massachusetts needs to support Common Capital, as a key piece in the economic development puzzle.” Joseph Steig | CFO | www.longriverventures.com

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Learn more about Common Capital and some of businesses we've supported by watching these videos.

Common Capital CEO Chris Sikes on why we do what we do.

Environmental Integrity in Holyoke recycles all sorts of things from computers to remore controls to cables, which means less garbage and harm to our environment.

Common Capital assisted The River Valley Market in Northampton to help secure start-up financing.

Common Capital has been working with Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst to extend their growing season and assist them with business planning.

Common Capital is an equal opportunity provider and employer