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.

deployed by our clients to small businesses in 2018
small businesses served by our clients in 2018

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: variable rate loans looking more attractive, shifting relationships between banks and fintechs, and how mayors can support small businesses

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Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week: Variable Rate Loans Become More Attractive For Small Businesses As Fed Mulls Rate Cut: Whether you are a…

‘Ecosystem builders’ unite to help Kauffman deliver on ESHIP Goals

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On May 21-23, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation hosted its third annual ESHIP Summit, a convening that brings together entrepreneurial ecosystem builders — leaders connecting communities to accelerate entrepreneurship. This…

Heard on the Street: DEI, implications of who manages wealth in cities, and how AI could help small businesses

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Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week: Breaking Through Barriers to Racial Equity: The latest series by SSIR aims to shake up contemporary discussions around…