Local entrepreneurs looking for financial backing to help start their small businesses now have a new resource.

South Puget Sound Community College now offers small-business loans of up to $50,000 for current and former students, students who have earned or are working toward the college’s entrepreneurship certificate, or students who have completed the college’s formal workshop on small business financing.

The loan program, which aims to encourage entrepreneurship in Thurston County and impact job creation and the local economy, is made available through a joint effort between the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation and the Center for Business and Innovation.

More information is available online here.