Bay Area Nonprofits Offer Support To Boost Statewide Microlending EffortsWith self-employment as a noted labor market trend, supporting smaller businesses is seen as a way to lower the unemployment rate.
San Francisco Wants To Expand Peer Lending ProgramSince 2007, more than $551,000 has changed hands among more than 300 participants in a program seen by many as a bridge between the formal economy and the informal economy that sometimes flourishes in immigrant communities.
San Francisco Makes Loans To Small Businesses San Francisco officials said they're rebuilding the backbone of the city's economy one small business at a time. One example is a new specialty shop that opened up in the Mission District this past month with the help of the city's Revolving Loan Fund.

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