Charlottesville Investment Collaborative

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The Charlottesville Investment Collaborative is a micro-lending institution founded in March 2011 by Gordon Bennett, Wendy Brown, and Toan Nguyen.[1]

It aims to foster Charlottesville entrepreneurs who might otherwise lack the resources, education, or capital to establish a local business. It offers an entrepreneur education program, micro-loans of up to $35,000, and mentoring.[2]

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Board of Directors

  • Gordon Bennett, Co-Founder
  • Toan Nguyen, Co-Founder
  • Wendy Brown, Co-Founder and Board Chair
  • Dana Goldsmith, Treasurer
  • Laura Horn
  • Anne Nelson
  • Philippe Sommer
  • Charles Thatcher
  • W. McIllwaine "Mac" Thompson, Jr.


  1. Web. Our Story, Community Investment Collaborative, retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. E-mail. Stephen Davis, Community Investment Collaborative. "Ristau Joins CIC as Program Director." Message to Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow. 2 July 2013.

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