Who We Are

Who We Are

A Black-Led Loan Fund for Indiana

We are a Black-led team of business, government, and philanthropic partners creating the first Black loan fund in Indianapolis. Our primary focus is to improve the Black experience and relationship with banks. Our approach and offerings will address root causes and disparities in the small business ecosystem but create products and services based on real needs expressed by the Black community.

We Meet Business Where They Are

Our Vision is...

To create an inclusive economy where Black businesses and other business owners of color form, develop, compete, and thrive.

Our Mission is...

To leverage social, financial, and human capital resources with a focus on Black and other businesses of color in pursuit of racial equity in the small business ecosystem.

Value-based/CARE Priorities

We Meet Business with the...

Capital They Need
Assistance They Need
Relationships They Expect
Experiences That Make It Easier To Do Business

Meet the Board

Willis Bright


Chairman, African American Coalition of Indianapolis

Tony Mason

Vice Chairman

President, Indianapolis Urban League

Latoya Botteron


Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Central Indiana Corporate Foundation

Alice Watson


Incoming President, Indiana Black Expo

Phil Johnson

Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Head of Corporate Transaction, Eli Lily & Company

Nick Bontrager

25 years of financial services and 23 years of banking experience.

Greg Hicks

Chief Financial Officer, Indy Black Chamber of Commerce

Robert Shegog

President, Indianpolis Recorder Charities

Jeff Bennett

Deputy Mayor, Community Economic Development for City of Indianapolis

Organizational Consultants

Marshawn Wolley

President and CEO
Black Onyx Management, Inc.

Tamara Cypress

Black Onyx Management, Inc.

What We Do

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 a certified CDFI with the U.S. Department of Treasury – 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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