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NCW loan fund at a glance

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The North Central Washington Business Loan fund is a catalyst for creative economic development in the region.

It proves counseling, resource referral, training and direct lending services to startups and expanding businesses in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties that are unable to access traditional financing, according to executive director Rich Watson.

Since it began in 1991, the organization has made $7.1 million in loans and created or retained 670 jobs. About a third of the total loan portfolio is to…

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