A voice for small business

From meetings with congressional representatives to supporting the passing of the Truth-in-Lending bill to testifying in front of the house and senate small business committees, we are dedicated to being a strong advocate for small business owners and the mission-driven lending industry.

Key issues & accomplishments


  • Access To Affordable and Responsible Capital
    • Community Advantage permanence and expanded Target Market
    • 504 modernization
    • SBA Microloan modernization
  • Improving Federal Small Business Programs
  • Improving the Community Reinvestment Act to work for neighborhoods
  • Fighting for 1071






Driving change in our industry

Robert Villareal

OFN, Treasurer, 2020

OFN (Opportunity Finance Network) promotes the interests of all CDFIs; institutions delivering affordable small-business financing to historically disadvantaged groups including women, minorities and low-income individuals.

Congressional Small Business Tour Program

Our unique program connects you with small business constituents in your district. The program can be customized to the congress person’s needs which can include:

A tour with two to three small businesses in your district

Professional photos and video of the tour – perfect to share on social media

Guest blog – we’ll share your story on our blog to help you reach our audience of small business owners and industry partners. See Congressman Scott Peters’ guest feature.

Increase visibility by promoting the blog, photos, and video on our social channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Congressman Scott Peters Borrower Tour

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Impact Map

Interested in seeing a wide variety of data about our lending over the last five years?  The interactive map on our Impact page allows you to view our impact by loan type, number of loans and dollar amount.

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Robert Villarreal ensures that legislation and programs are in place to pave the way for small businesses to succeed.


Fueling California’s Economic Growth:
A Study on Latino Small Business and Capital Access


2019 D.C. Trip Recap: How We Can Best Support SBA 504, Community Advantage Programs