PeopleFund – Fort Worth

Peoplefund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education, and resources to build healthy small businesses.


Since being founded in east Austin in 1994 as Austin Community Development Corporation, PeopleFund’s financial and educational assistance has helped create thousands of jobs and empowered an even greater number of Texans on a path to financial stability and independence.

PeopleFund is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) serving all of Texas.

Small Business and Nonprofit Lending

Our lending program is the cornerstone of our organization. We provide financing to deserving but underserved small businesses and nonprofits for equipment purchases, permanent working capital term loans, revolving lines of credit, and real estate. With flexible underwriting and no pre-payment penalties, we offer interest rates and terms of up to 60 months (longer in special cases). Learn if you qualify for one of our small business loans today.

Business Assistance & Education

We offer our clients a host of essential business assistance services including educational workshops and One-to-One Mentorship through our network of professional volunteers and partner organizations. We also provide access to critical small business resources and stay connected to the community through our many events.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Write a marketing plan
  • Write a business plan

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Find Funding

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits
  • SBA Loan Guarantee Program
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Loan Providers
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education


  • Mentoring Programs

Networking & Associations

  • Small Business/General
  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade

Nonprofit & Social Enterprise

  • Technical Services
  • Accounting

Startup / Form a Business

  • Startup business counseling
  • Formation & registration

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization


  • Startup or Pre-Launch Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary Contact
Erika Hersh
1150 South Fwy, Ste. 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104