News From Around the Self-Help Family

Successful Start Child Development Center

Successful Start Child Development Center owners Jayme Williams (back row, 3rd from right) and Darris Williams (front row, 1st on right) with their team.

From Job Dissatisfaction to Success and Growth

Jayme Williams hadn't always dreamt of owning her own business, but after years of low pay and dissatisfaction with the direction of her career, this former school director knew she deserved better. With the necessary experience and a supportive partner in her husband and co-owner Darris on her side, Jayme built a thriving childcare center that now serves working families in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Read about the Williams' journey in our latest blog post.

August is Black Business Month

Celebrating partnerships with Black-owned businesses

We're committed to partnering with Black entrepreneurs to support vibrant and strong communities. Here are some highlights of our partnerships:

  • Out of 63 commercial loans so far this year, we originated 32 to Black-owned businesses, totaling just over $6 million in funds to Black borrowers.
  • 46% of our commercial properties house Black-owned businesses. 
  • We actively partner with businesses led by women and people of color as part of our supplier diversity program, and as of June 31st, we relied on 177 MWBE vendors in 2022. Learn how you can do business with us.

James Jordan Middle School Grand Opening

James Jordan Middle School recently held a grand opening ceremony for their new Reseda, CA site. Our lending team worked with them to originate a $12.9 million loan last August to purchase and build a new school. A distinguished charter school, James Jordan's student body is composed of 94% Latino students and 90% students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. We're deeply grateful for James Jordan's partnership, and we're thrilled to work with them to build a safe and welcoming space for their staff, students and community to thrive and grow.

James Jordan Middle School