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

Startup / Form a Business

  • Startup business counseling

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Find Funding

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


  • Mentoring Programs

Startup / Form a Business

  • Formation & registration


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup or Pre-Launch Training

Find Funding

  • SBA Loan Guarantee Program

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Networking & Associations

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

Nonprofit & Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Technical Services

Business Planning

  • Write a business plan
  • Write a marketing plan

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization


  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary Contact
Erika Hersh
1150 South Fwy, Ste. 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104