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.

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

The latest from Next Street

Heard on the Street: Celebrating workhorse small businesses, using NMTC for small loan funds, and why black banks need policy support

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Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week: Forget Unicorns – As More Tech Companies Go Public, It’s Time To Celebrate Workhorses: Opportunity Fund’s Luz Urrutia…

At OFN, Experts Share Ideas To Recession Proof Small Business Loan Portfolios

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Next Street CEO Marina Linhart used that age-old adage to introduce our panel at the OFN 2019 Small Business Finance…

Heard on the Street: record high small business loan approvals, employee ownership, and the best places to launch a small business

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Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week: Small business loan approvals by big and small banks reach record high in June 2019: The Biz2Credit Small…