As part of our commitment to grow the regional food economy, we’ve created the New Seasons Partner Fund—a loan program funded through sales of our Partner Brand products, available at all New Seasons Market locations.
Through Partner Fund, we provide access to capital and business support to historically underserved businesses in our community who may have trouble qualifying for traditional bank loans. As a mission-based loan program, we prioritize businesses owned by women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ and social mission-based companies.
Whether you are a food producer, farmer, fisherperson or rancher, our region provides the ideal opportunity for small businesses like yours to hone your craft. With Partner Fund, we can provide low-interest loans with negotiable repayment terms that will help your business grow sustainably.
Our goal is to get you the funding you need to help jump start your business growth. If you’re having trouble qualifying for traditional loans because of debt or low credit, Partner Fund can provide the financial flexibility you need.
• Loans start at $5,000 up to $25,000
• Pay-it-forward interest rates start at 3% for the term of the loan and are rolled back into the fund for future loans
• Flexible repayment plans with 2, 3, and 5-year terms
Partner Fund loans come with an array of business support and mentorship options to ensure you’re set up for long term growth and success. We’ll connect you with a combination of community business resources and New Seasons Market staff to assist with anything from packaging and transportation needs to balance sheets and marketing support.
Partner Fund loans are available for new or existing business partners of New Seasons Market.
• A minimum of two years in business, with less than 25 employees
• A business plan showing your growth strategy
• A snapshot of your financial fitness
• Purchasing assets to expand current production
• New product introduction or product expansion
• Transitioning from farmers markets or food carts to a retail-ready product
• Developing marketing programs
• Adding new staff to grow sales
• Personal income or salary
• Emergency funds to maintain general business operation
• Pre-startup research and development
Successful applicants must complete the application and eligibility process by providing the necessary financial documentation and company information required; including a viable business plan with a strategy to repay the loan.
Please review the following information, fill out the loan application and submit it to our team. From there, someone will contact you to discuss your business plan and loan options.
• The application process includes providing a letter of reference from a business mentor and an outline of your business plan.
• Once completed, email all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
• If you qualify: We will outline the details and terms of the loan and share information about other services you are eligible for as part of the loan.
• If you don’t qualify: We will explain why and provide ideas on how you can enhance your application in the future.
• Loan timing: Applicants who qualify will receive funds within 90 days from the time the application is approved by our Partner Fund Team.
We award the Partner Fund loan four times per year, with applications due by the following deadlines:
June 16, 2020
September 15, 2020
December 14, 2020