We provide micro-loans and business advisory services to small business owners and free financial education to the Columbus community.

 

Micro Loans

Ascent understands the impact of small businesses on the community.  We provide safe, affordable loans to enable small businesses in Linden, Franklinton, and other lower-income areas to reach their potential.

Financial Education

Ascent is a firm believer that knowledge is power, and that financial education is a crucial step to financial stability.  Through our tailored financial education programs, we help our clients achieve financial autonomy. We foster relationships which lead our clients, providing them with resources, financial skills and a pathway to stable banking solutions.

Our Split City

 

179,000

People in Columbus live below the poverty line.

1 in 5

Children in Columbus live below the poverty line

 

Between 2000 and 2013, Columbus's suburbs grew the fastest in Ohio, up 22.8% according to the annual State of Poverty commissioned by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.  In these years, Columbus's suburbs also experienced a 113.6% increase in suburban poverty.

Columbus is a great city, but recent expansion and development has left a large part of our community behind.  A study in 2015  ranked Columbus as the second most economically-segregated major metropolitan area in the country.  There's plenty of examples—take Franklinton and Upper Arlington, Bexley and the Near East, or Weinland Park and Victorian Village.

We're passionate about Columbus, and we want to make it a great city for everyone. 

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About Ascent

We are a student-run, 501(c)(3) founded in March 2017.  Our sustainable business model emulates similar, successful groups such as HMFI, a student-run Microfinance initiative at Georgetown.  We provide micro-loans to businesses in Columbus's developing neighborhoods and free financial education to various in-need groups around our Columbus community.