CDC Small Business CEO Kurt Chilcott and Capital Impact Partners CEO Ellis Carr

Alliance Video Series – CEO Conversations: Redefining the Paradigm

Ellis Carr is now the president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance. Kurt Chilcott, formerly president and CEO of CDC Small Business Finance, has transitioned to Board Chair of the combined organization. We invite you to learn more about our new enterprise at


CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners recently announced a new alliance between the two companies.

We recognized that we had a special opportunity to create greater change together than we could individually in the communities we serve and beyond. This is an exciting journey we are embarking on and we want to share how the idea of creating an alliance came about and our vision for the future.

Check out our fourth episode of our “CEO Conversations” series, “Redefining the Paradigm.” Listen to CDC Small Business Finance’s CEO, Kurt Chilcott and Capital Impact Partners CEO, Ellis Carr discuss the alliance’s goal to use new mechanisms to unlock impact capital so it can be effectively utilized in underserved communities.

Watch the video, or read the transcript below to hear Kurt and Ellis’s discussion. You can also watch the whole video series here.

CDC Small Business CEO Kurt Chilcott and Capital Impact Partners CEO Ellis Carr

In the fourth video of our CEO Conversations video series featuring CDC Small Business Finance CEO Kurt Chillcot and Capital Impact Partners CEO, Ellis Carr, we discuss the alliance’s goal to use new mechanisms to unlock impact capital so it can be effectively utilized in underserved communities.


One of the big aspirations that both you and I have is how do we unlock, right? How do we unlock that investment capital that we know is sitting there and that is now, probably more than ever before in our careers, ready to deploy.

And yet, we potentially do not have the mechanisms to be able to effectively deploy that investment capital. This is another piece of our work together that I think is really critical. I wonder if you would just elaborate on that a little bit.


Absolutely. Thinking about our history and track record at Capital Impact around capital and development, we’ve been extraordinarily successful in accessing the capital markets. Both from individuals and also institutions.

A little over three years ago, we created the Capital Impact Investment Note, which is an S&P rated notes offering, which is a debt instrument, that is offered on a monthly basis to both retail and institutional investors.

Over that time, we’ve raised over $170 million from the likes of individuals making investments of as little as $1,000 to institutions and socially conscious mutual funds that are looking to invest over multimillion-dollar investments.

We are really proud of that track record because we’ve been able to connect the traditional capital markets to communities and give other investment opportunities to folks who are not only wanting to invest their dollars but invest them into things that they really care about. We are able to do this through the Capital Impact Notes offering.

As Kurt and I have sat back and thought about how we can leverage that capacity over time, coupled with CDC Small Business Finance expertise in leveraging large amounts of capital through SBA, we begin to envision a world where we can redefine the credit paradigm in this country.

Thinking about ways to unlock and utilize that impact capital to invest in underserved communities where there really is an opportunity to highlight the disparity that currently exists between real and perceived risks.

Both Capital Impact and CDC Small Business Finance have, over the course of their histories, effectively debunked this with other CDFIs and mission-based organizations.

Because we as an industry have lacked the scale, we have not been able to begin to change the narrative in this country around how credit can and should be provisioned.

This opportunity with the alliance allows us the opportunity to do that. Leveraging Capital Impact’s knowledge and expertise coupled with CDC Small Business Finance’s strong knowledge of small business and providing capital to small businesses across the country at scale.


To learn more about the new alliance, watch other videos from the series:

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