Small Business Advisor

Posted December 10, 2022

Organizational Description:

Neighborhood Progress Fund (“NPF”) is a community development financial institution (“CDFI”) that offers small business loans and business advisory services to entrepreneurs in distressed communities throughout Philadelphia.

NPF provides various loan products to businesses and entrepreneurs that are located within our target markets. Many of these businesses have been turned down by traditional lending institutions because they are not considered creditworthy. Our range of lending products supply newly formed and established businesses with the necessary capital to hire additional employees, to purchase supplies, materials, inventory, equipment, furniture and fixtures. These loans are directly responsible for the creation of jobs and ultimately improve the local economy and financial opportunities of the residents in our target markets. Over our history, we have provided approximately $33 million in capital to approximately 455 businesses and were responsible for the creation of over 3000 jobs.


NPF provides in-depth business advisory services to existing clients, past clients, and business owners that operate within NPF’s primary target markets.  NPF’s Small Business Advisor reviews all service requests, approves whom receives services, and selects the service providers to provide the agreed-upon services.

Position Responsibilities:

Small Business Advising

Communicate directly with small business owners, identifying their business and financial needs, effectively communicate NPF’s scope of services, working with business owners on strategies to improve their businesses (including the facilitation of professional consulting services).  Establish and build client relationships, rapport and trust towards business advising strategies.

Develop Provider Network

Create a network of independent contractors who are experts in the field of accounting, bookkeeping, finance, credit and tax matters, legal and risk management, marketing, and IT.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The position has no supervisory responsibilities. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in finance, economics, accounting, business management, organizational strategy or other related fields required.
  • Prior work-related experience with economic development, consulting or small business lending.
  • Strong analytical ability.
  • Previous experience as a small business owner.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to thoughtfully analyze and critique business plans and financial statements.
  • Comfort making presentations to a small audience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and CRM software.
  • Flexible, self-motivated and strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and successful track record developing new client business.
  • Ability to take ownership of assignments and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume electronically.

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