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New Microloan Program is Driving Economic Empowerment for Small Businesses in Brooklyn, Harlem, and Across New York City

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Carver Federal Savings Bank ("Carver"), a Community Development Financial Institution ("CDFI") and a certified Minority Depository Institution ("MDI"), is helping drive economic empowerment for small businesses in New York City through its innovative microloan program. Carver's program assists entrepreneurs in accessing capital to grow their businesses in a post-pandemic world. Leveraging algorithm-based software, Carver goes beyond traditional credit scores that historically have hindered borrowing eligibilities and capacities for black and brown entrepreneurs.  

Small businesses operating in Carver's community continue to be impacted by persistent economic headwinds. Notably, 41% of small businesses run by black and brown entrepreneurs have closed or are on the cusp of closing as a result of financial hardships stemming from the pandemic. More to the point, roughly 45 million U.S. adults today do not have traditional credit scores.

"The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce is very proud of Carver Bank's leading role in providing much-needed microloan assistance to support and sustain deserving and needy small businesses in major development hubs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem," said Lloyd Williams, President of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.  "We are pleased to recognize and partner with Carver Bank as it celebrates its 75 years of outstanding service to New York City small businesses."

Carver's microloan program makes critical capital of between $5,000 to $50,000 available to small business entrepreneurs to address these long-standing small-dollar loan/capital challenges in Carver's communities. The bank's efforts are producing fruit and stimulating local economic activity. Please hear more from four local NYC small business entrepreneurs who have accessed microloan capital from Carver and how it is helping propel their companies to new heights:

"Carver's mission is to provide access to capital and to be champions for the underserved community in New York City," said Michael T. Pugh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carver Federal Savings Bank. "Our microloan program is an opportunity for us to help small businesses recover from the pandemic and economic downturns and build a thriving future. We thank Charter Communications, Webster Bank, UBS, M&T Bank, and all our partners who have played a vital role in successfully launching our new microloan program."

For more details on the Carver microloan program, please click here or email Lloyd Doaman, Executive Director, Carver Community Development Corporation, at [email protected].

About Carver Bancorp, Inc.
Carver Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARV) is the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank. Headquartered in Harlem, NY, Carver was founded in 1948 to serve African-American communities whose residents, businesses, and institutions had limited access to mainstream financial services. The U.S. Treasury Department has designated Carver as a Community Development Financial Institution ("CDFI") because of its community-focused banking services and dedication to its local community's economic viability and revitalization. Carver is one of the largest African- and Caribbean-American managed banks in the United States. The Bank recently expanded its online presence to include consumer checking and savings accounts across nine states, from Massachusetts to Virginia, and Washington, D.C. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.carverbank.com. Be sure to connect with Carver on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Michael Herley for Carver

SOURCE Carver Federal Savings Bank

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