True Access Capital is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that offers access to capital, technical assistance and business support to small businesses and entrepreneurs, located in Delaware, and in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Helping Build Communities

Vandell Hampton, Jr., President & CEO

Our hope is that we’re able to help build communities by providing access and opportunity for small business owners through our lending and technical assistance services, which enables communities to prosper. Since our founding in 1992, True Access Capital has provided over $58 million to support more than 1,500 small businesses and community organizations.

Vandell Hampton, Jr.
President & CEO

Supporting Entrepreneurs Through The Northeast Revitalization Fund

The Northeast Revitalization Fund was established by True Access Capital in 2021, with $2 million investment from the State of Delaware, to support small development projects in Wilmington’s Northeast corridor. The program provides loans up to $500,000, at a low-interest rate and the potential for 30 percent loan forgiveness, upon completion of the project.

In 2022, TAC received an additional $1,000,000 from the City of Wilmington to expand the NWR Fund to the entire City. To date, TAC has committed over $2.4 million through this initiative. All of the loans made through the Revitalization Fund have gone to businesses/developers led by People of Color.

Matthew Minor, Subcool Properties

“At Sub Cool Properties, we buy, rehab and sell properties. I focus on the north side of Wilmington because I’m from there. True Access makes it possible for young people who look like me to own a business. Hopefully, we come up with businesses that benefit and lift this community up.”

Matthew Minor
Subcool Properties

David Wilford, Wilford Enterprise, LLC

“I acquired a large commercial building — an old firehouse — with a parking lot. I worked on it for several years with my own funds, but it got to a point where I needed assistance to continue with the dream that I had for that building. That’s where True Access came in.”

David Wilford
Wilford Enterprise, LLC

Richard Dyton, Ark Learning Centers

"True Access Capital provided me with funding to purchase and rehab a nice facility. A lot of people go into projects not having enough funding and fall short. True Access Capital is focused on seeing the community evolve and seeing people succeed."

Richard Dyton
Ark Learning Centers

True Access Capital’s Empowerment Fund — Enabling Entrepreneurs to Realize Their Dreams

To date, True Access Capital has awarded over $1.5 million in loans and $158,400 in grants through the Empowerment Fund.

In 2021, True Access Capital established the Empowerment Fund. This initiative supports businesses, led by People of Color that are located in the City of Wilmington, by providing loans and accompanying grants, up to $20,000.

>Matthew Minor, Subcool Properties

“The best part of working with True Access Capital is that from beginning to end, they wanted you to succeed. They provided resources in every aspect of business, from funding to assistance with marketing and accounting.”

Kamil Bass-Walker
Eat Clean Juice Bar
North Market Street, Wilmington

David Wilford, Wilford Enterprise, LLC

“As a new business, there were somethings that we didn’t know we needed, which True Access helped us work through. Their technical assistance programs and initiatives were exceptional.”

James Bradford III
Troisieme Café
Brandywine Village, Wilmington

Richard Dyton, Ark Learning Centers

"Because we were so new and growing so rapidly, traditional banks looked at our company as a risk. So even if we did get approved for financing, the rates and terms were unfavorable. True Access Capital was much different because they offered better terms and held our hands through the process."

Alan Yang (left), and Elorm Ahiamadjie CEO & Co-founder
Delaware Limo, Wilmington

The Women’s Business Center at True Access Capital (WBC) provides intensive, outcome-oriented business services and in-depth technical assistance and training to primarily women-owned businesses. WBC trainings, events, and one-on-one counseling cover fundamental and higher level trainings to assist in starting or growing a business.

In 2022, the Women’s Business Center counseled 320 businesses and provided 87 separate training events – reaching 1,101 persons.

Training courses include business planning, business financing, social media and marketing. In addition, all WBC clients have the opportunity to network with and learn from successful business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Women's Business Center partners with Small Business Administration (SBA), Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), the Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), provide resources to ensure that entrepreneurs know the business fundamentals. We focus on helping small- and women-owned businesses succeed!

True Access Capital's Impact

True Access Capital builds wealth and strengthens communities by helping small businesses, primarily led-by and in-service-to, women and all people of color. Most of True Access Capital’s work is focused in low-wealth communities.

Since its founding in 1992, True Access Capital (TAC) has disbursed over $58 million in loan capital to more than 1,500 small businesses. Over the last 5 years, TAC has experienced significant growth, which is highlighted by a 95% increase in loan receivables and an 89% increase in total assets.

True Access Capital Statement of Financial Position

2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Assets $11,567,842 $14,544,564 $20,176,608 $22,058,882
Total Liabilities $7,845,853 $9,579,054 $9,502,145 $7,328,950
Net Assets $3,721,989 $4,965,510 $10,674,463 $10,307,283
Total Liabilities & Net Assets $11,567,842 $14,544,564 $20,176,608 $22,058,882

Investors and Contributors


Artisans’ Bank
Barclays Bank of Delaware
Borough of Kennett
Catholic Health Initiatives
Citizens Bank
Customers Bank
Delaware Community Foundation
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
M&T Bank
Northern Trust
Opportunity Finance Network
TD Bank, N.A.
USDA — Rural Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

Individual Contributors

Glenn Christman
Vandell Hampton, Jr.
Deborah Harrison
Daniel Kempski
Delores Lee
Phyllis McCollum
Clinton Tymes
Pedro Viera
Jimmy Jarrell


Artisans’ Bank
Ashley Biden Livelihood Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Citizens Bank
City of Wilmington Department of Treasury
Comenity Bank
Community Development Financial Institution
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Delaware Community Foundation
Delaware Hispanic Commission
Discover Bank
Economic Development Administration
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Laffey-McHugh Foundation
Losco & Marconi
M&T Bank
New Castle County Government
Opportunity Finance Network
PNC Bank
Santander Bank
State of Delaware
TD Bank, N.A.
USDA - Rural Development
U. S. Small Business Administration
Wells Fargo Foundation
Wilmington University