About the Center
The Center by Lendistry is a nonprofit organization that aims to impact small businesses in underserved communities by providing necessary business resources for success. The Center provides aid through education, funding, business consulting, and additional opportunities to support small businesses. The Center takes a hands-on approach to ensure that these businesses obtain the most essential elements to succeed within their particular industry or business model.
The Center is the educational and technical assistance arm of Lendistry, and an independent tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Lendistry is a minority-led, technology enabled Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides loans and other financial products to underserved small business owners.*
Meet Our President
Constance Anderson is an accomplished community economic development and banking executive who has worked successfully in the Southern California market for 20+ years. In her current position as President of The Center by Lendistry, she is committed to making The Center the premier supporter of underserved small businesses. During the pandemic, she has driven The Center to help nearly 4000 clients and small businesses and aided them with more than $180 million in funding.
Ms. Anderson recognizes the importance of customized coaching and working with businesses individually to fully understand how The Center can set them up for success. The Center partners with other nonprofits, businesses, and government-sponsored entities to provide a wide range of resources including technical assistance, educational training, and financial lending. She has a passion to help small businesses thrive to become the best they can be. In our current environment, Ms. Anderson believes it is now more critical than ever to guide sustainability in the workforce.
Prior to becoming the President of The Center by Lendistry, Ms. Anderson worked at Pacific Coast Regional (PCR) Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and lead an advisory council representing 5,000 small business owners throughout Los Angeles.
Ms. Anderson is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has served on the Foothill Workforce Investment Board (WIB), board member of California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity “CAMEO”, Urban Financial Services Coalition, Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles, and past board member of YWCA Greater Los Angeles.
She is also a member of the Mayor’s Office Minority Business Development, the National Association of Female Executives, and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA).
At The Center by Lendistry, we believe that underserved small businesses need a good sounding board, education, and support from various resources. To meet that need, we blend our resources with other nonprofits, businesses, and government-sponsored entities. Our mission is to help small businesses reach their dreams by listening to their needs, providing education and innovative solutions, and creating a vibrant business community based on collaboration and synergy.
Our Partner Program
The Center by Lendistry is a nonprofit organization that aims to impact small businesses in underserved communities by providing necessary business resources for success. We welcome and encourage new community partners to help underrepresented and small businesses owners with access to educational and financial resources, capital, accounting, and marketing and business support.
We are proud to be working with the following partners: