Who We Are

Black-leader. Black-governed. Black-served.

As an emerging Black-led loan fund, Equity1821 aims to help Black businesses gain access to capital by bringing Black businesses and banks together.

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At A Glance

“Since 1821 Black businesses have been in Indianapolis and they have mattered to the development of the Black community and the city as a whole."

– Marshawn Wolley

We stand on the Shoulders Of those who set the foundation For us.

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We Stand On The Shoulders Of Those Who Set The Foundation For Us.

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Our approach and offerings will address root causes and disparities in the small business ecosystem. 

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What We Do

We meet businesses where they are.

Our primary focus is to improve the Black experience and relationship with banks and create an inclusive economy where Black businesses form, develop, compete and thrive.


Why Equity1821?

In 1821, David Mallory established the first Black-owned business in Indianapolis. Despite the challenges Black businesses face, theyhave been in the city enhancing the larger community for 200 years.


A trusted and credible leader.

Equity1821 is an emerging CDFI Associate Member through the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs. – a network of community-based financial institutions that have a common goal of filling financing gaps in underserved areas. This translates into real change for the communities and people who need it most.

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