Community lenders celebrates four years

Community Micro Lending celebrates four years of funding small business in Greater Victoria

Successful entrepreneurs like Gavin Chamberlain will be front and centre Nov. 26 at the Atrium Building, as Community Micro Lending celebrates four years of funding small business in Greater Victoria.

Chamberlain, who started Heritage Landscape and Masonry in 2011 with a loan of $4,970, now employs four people and expects a triple-digit profit for 2013. Community Micro Lending founder and executive director Lisa Helps says his story shows how the organization helps people who may not qualify for bank loans build local businesses.

The Tuesday fundraiser event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Sarah van Gelder, founding editor of YES! Magazine, is guest speaker and music, food, silent auction and an entrepreneur fair are on tap. Tickets are $35 each, available at communitymicrolending.ca/events.