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Open4 is a partnership of community-based organizations and funders who work together to connect entrepreneurs and small businesses with the resources, support and guidance they need to thrive.

Open4 was created to help small businesses overcome the challenge of accessing the right capital and support necessary to grow – a challenge that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was formed by a collaborative of foundations and corporations to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Western New York and Rochester regions, with a specific focus on businesses owned by women and people of color in underserved, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

ABOUT OPEN4

Open4 takes a strategic approach to strengthening the small business community and promoting resiliency and inclusive economic growth. Open4 assesses and addresses the needs of the small business support network based on the evolving circumstances posed by these uncertain economic times.

Open4 invests in, supports, and enhances organizations that bring resources and expertise to entrepreneurs and small businesses that need it most. At the outset, Open4 will help expand the reach and impact of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that are trusted partners in the neighborhoods they serve. With the right investments and support, these CDFIs will expand their reach and impact. Open4 provides these CDFI partners with:

● Direct funding so they can offer additional business and financial support programs and services
● Technical assistance and support to build their internal capacity and ability to assist more small businesses
● Marketing and promotion to build awareness of the CDFIs’ offerings within the business communities they serve – this helps increase small businesses’ access to funding and resources

Currently, Open4 is looking to help small businesses in the following ways:

Capital

We’ll help connect you to the loans, grants and funding that you may be eligible for and that can make the biggest impact on your work today and down the road.

Collaboration

From marketing plans to pipeline development, our group of trusted, tenured advisors can work with your team to navigate this next chapter of your business.

Counsel

We’ll help you work through issues and provide technical assistance in needed areas.

Community

Through in-kind donations of talent from our community partners, we can help provide the operational and support staff your business needs to run efficiently.

PARTNERS

Community partners.

Open4 is made possible with the generosity, support and resources from these community partners.

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