A better future for small business

Next Street is revolutionizing how our clients provide capital, customers, and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs

We connect the dots

Our work is anchored in the belief that small businesses are the engines of inclusive growth in underserved communities. We partner with public and private institutions to help them drive growth for small business.

 We’re successful when our clients serve more small businesses better.

Financial Institutions

We work with traditional and alternative financial institutions to broaden how they connect with small businesses.

Government Agencies

We collaborate with government agencies to design and deliver programs that serve small businesses and entrepreneurs.


We help foundations develop and implement grant-making and impact investing strategies to drive inclusive growth.

Businesses Service Organizations

We partner with business service organizations to ensure access to the best tools, strategies, connections, and financing for growth.


We help corporations connect to and invest in small businesses that are critical to their success.


Chicago Small Business Report

A research report on the capital needs, challenges, and assets, of the Chicago Small Business ecosystem

Our clients

From large banks to community foundations, our clients are companies, organizations, and institutions that believe in small businesses. They hire us for our small business expertise and ability to deliver solutions where others can’t.

The latest from Next Street

Heard on the Street: ending predatory small business lending, launching minority-owned co-ops, and black women in Chicago getting things done

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Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week: This is how we can end predatory practices in small business lending: When Opportunity Fund realized the scale…

The future of small business must be more inclusive

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At Next Street, we are on a journey to create a more inclusive U.S. economy by driving growth for small businesses in every community. Small businesses create jobs and help build…

Heard on the Street: crowdfunding for entrepreneurs, digital commercial lending, and making loans to co-ops

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Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week: How Entrepreneurs Are Tapping Into the Power of Local: Crowdfunding campaigns being used in Appalachia are “like a…