Our Mission:

Accelerate Economic Growth in Columbus

We provide small business loans, personalized business assistance, and financial education services to neighborhoods in the Columbus community.


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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. 


Our Mission

Ascent is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that strives to aid and accelerate developing communities. Through our financial education services and small business lending programs, we develop relationships with individuals and local businesses that have the potential to excel but are excluded from the assistance of traditional financial institutions.


Small Business Loans

We understand the impact of small businesses on the community. We provide microloans that enable small businesses in Linden, Franklinton, Hilltop, and other developing areas to reach their potential.

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Personalized Business Assistance

We work diligently to develop trust and personal connections with Columbus’ small businesses. Our friendly lending services incorporate an opportunity to work 1 on 1 with one of our student consultants to prepare financial statements and a wholesome loan application.

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Financial Education

We are 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. Our partnership with other non-profits allows us to reach a broad audience while our 1 on 1 sessions provide a more personal experience.

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