Deadline to apply for the cash prize is Friday, December 9, voting begins December 10!

Calvert Foundation small business contest screenshotPathway Lending and Pathway Women’s Business Center clients are invited to participate in a Small Business Competition for a chance to earn a cash prize up to $10,000 from the Calvert Foundation that can be used to enhance their business.

The Calvert Foundation is a nonprofit financial organization that makes loans to organizations like Pathway Lending who create measurable social impact and raises capital from people who want to invest in the places and causes they care about.

Starting now, small businesses are invited to create a short profile on the competition’s website that explains their business and the value it brings to the community. Creating a profile should take about ten minutes.

On December 10th the competition will go live and you will be able to vote for your favorite. Calvert Foundation will award cash prizes to the three small businesses that receive the greatest number of points.

One point will be granted for each vote (one per email address) and an additional point will be granted for each share via social media (Twitter and Facebook) that is made from a small business’ profile page. Prizes are as follows:

  • First Place Prize: $10,000
  • Second Place Prize: $3,000
  • Third Place Prize: $2,000

Small businesses will have between December 1 and December 9 (until 11:59pm EST) to enter this competition by creating a profile at The public can vote for the small business of their choice between December 10 (12:00am EST) and December 23 (11:59pm EST). The winners will be announced on December 26.

Full details and instructions on how to upload your profile to enter the competition can be found at If you enter this competition, please tag the Pathway Lending Facebook page  and the Pathway Lending Twitter account when you post your profile on social media so we can help you win votes!

Good luck everyone!