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VCC Chosen as Participant in OFN and Goldman Sachs

5/23/2011

Launch of New, Three-Year Education Effort to Expand Small Business Lending Capacity

Christiansburg, VA - May 20, 2011 – Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the nation’s leading network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative announced that Virginia Community Capital (VCC) is one of the 21 distinguished participants of the 10,000 Small Businesses CDFI Growth Collaborative. VCC was selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants vying for a space in this innovative educational experience.

Jane Henderson, President and CEO of VCC commented, “VCC’s selection will help us approach our small business strategy with both mission and sustainability in mind. It will allow us to learn from other CDFIs successes and implement programs that are impactful, growing, and performing in Virginia.”

The CDFI Growth Collaborative is a three-year program that will provide participating CDFIs with a unique, “tuition paid” learning program to help CDFI loan funds address the needs of small businesses in underserved communities across the country. By participating in it VCC will strengthen its capacity to lend to small businesses through practical peer learning opportunities. The CDFI industry will benefit from new technical assistance and resources published as a result of the program.

“CDFIs are an important vehicle through which the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative continues to spur and support lending to small businesses in underserved communities across the U.S.,” said Alicia Glen, Managing Director and head of the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs. “Through a learning network of in-person peer exchanges and online education workshops, the CDFI Growth Collaborative will help CDFIs develop both the capacity and knowledge to grow their small business lending portfolio and stimulate the growth of more small businesses in their communities.”

CDFI loan funds participating in this innovative, new program will enjoy learning opportunities including:
• Information exchanges, meetings, online learning, and networking opportunities
• Opportunity to apply for one-on-one or small-group consulting services
• Focused training on topics of importance to the Collaborative
• Discussions/development of tools, policies, and best practices
• Opportunity to present on behalf of the Collaborative at the OFN Conference

“OFN congratulates VCC for being selected as one of the CDFI loan funds participating in the10,000 Small Businesses CDFI Growth Collaborative. While the current outlook for small business financing remains challenging, we know that CDFI small business lending is vital to economic growth in distressed markets. This innovative, new program will certainly contribute to the body of small business financing knowledge for the industry, and we expect participants to incorporate new learning that will benefit the low-wealth and low-income communities they serve,” said Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of OFN.

CDFIs not participating in the Collaborative can also benefit from this program by: downloading new reports being published by OFN, such as the free technical assistance memo; attending Small Business sessions sponsored by Goldman Sachs at the annual OFN Conference; and by participating in small business-focused conference calls.

To schedule an interview with Jane Henderson, President & CEO, please contact her at jhenderson@vccva.org or (540) 260-3126 ext. 104.

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About Virginia Community Capital (VCC)

Virginia Community Capital (VCC) is a non-profit, community development financial institution (CDFI) providing innovative loan, deposit and investment solutions for affordable housing and economic development projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia.   VCC offers loan capital that is broader than bank lending to projects that have a positive community impact in lower-income communities or underserved geographies and markets.  Community Capital Bank of Virginia (CCB), a VCC subsidiary, is a certified community development bank providing deposit services targeted to institutional and socially conscious investors and community banks. Bank deposits support community development lending activity. Additionally, the bank offers savings and financial education programs to consumers. VCC offers Advisory Services to help small businesses, nonprofits, and government entities operate more effectively. These advisory services focus on creating jobs, increasing affordable housing options, providing access to critical services such as health care, and supporting economic revitalization. Advisory Services also works with organizations and communities individually and as a facilitator for collaboration and education.

About Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the leading network of private financial institutions, creates growth that is good for communities, investors, individuals, and the economy. Members of OFN are community development financial institutions (CDFIs) who deliver responsible lending to help low-wealth and low- income communities join the economic mainstream. Opportunity Finance Network originated more than $23.2 billion in financing in non-conforming urban, rural, and Native communities through 2009, which generated or maintained 298,511 jobs; 60,261 businesses and microenterprises; 635,528 housing units; and 6,465 community facility projects. More information is available at: www.opportunityfinance.net

About the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative that will unlock the growth and job-creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the United States through greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services. It is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that a combination of education, capital, and support services best addresses the barriers to growth for small businesses.  It is now operating in New York, Houston, New Orleans, Long Beach and Los Angeles and will continue to expand to communities across the country.