ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia (SBEC) is a certified non-profit Community Development Financial Institution serving urban and rural communities of Oregon and Washington. SBEC strengthens family, ecological, and economic resilience through consulting, financial and business assistance. ShoreBank works with entrepreneurs, non-profits, and others that deliver economic, social, and/or environmental benefits to local communities and the larger region. SBEC is an affiliate of Chicago-based ShoreBank Corporation, the nation's first and leading community development financial institution.
SBEC offers a range of financial and consulting services that deliver economic, social and/or environmental benefits to local communities and the region as a whole. We provide both capital and informational resources to help start or grow a business, provide childcare services, sustain non-profit organizations, launch new products, or improve the community you call home.
ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia makes loans to people who are unable to access traditional sources of capital and who are looking to further new concepts and business practices. These include businesses owned by low-income people, minorities, women and immigrants; homeowners with failing septic systems in Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason or Pacific counties of WA; American Indian tribes and their members; child care businesses; businesses that deliver economic, social and/or environmental benefits to local communities and the larger region; businesses dependent on natural resources, employing sustainable "green" building practices, or that create family wage jobs in low-income communities, and non-profit organizations.
ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia believes that what gets measured gets done. We also believe that our mission includes being a permanent institution that supports itself through mission-based work appropriate for a charitable organization.
Mission performance is measured in environment, economy, and equity by an internally designed system. We found that traditional systems do not accommodate our belief that the health of a community and its people are linked to the health of their environment.
Enterprise uses a Balanced Scorecard approach to measure business performance. This emphasizes the relationship between sustained positive impact and disciplined, responsible stewardship of financial resources.
Shorebank Enterprises is committed to the growth and support of conservation economy--business and services that promote social equity by generating economic activities that strengthen the region's natural and human capital. These efforts to promote economic relationships which maintain ecological integrity while advancing social equity have led Shorebank to provide financial support to a variety of businesses, including Sea Resources, an organization dedicated to the conservation of the Chinook Watershed in Washington state. Full Story