We’re excited to announce the first of our next round of social data projects.

Mission Driven Finance is a San Diego impact investment fund that provides loans to nonprofits, social enterprises, and businesses that benefit the San Diego community.  MDF is interested in helping businesses understand the regional lending landscape and advocating for improvements to make it easier for businesses that have a hard time getting financing to be able to get the money they need to grow.

This project will explore:

  • Characterizing the state of small and medium business (SMB) lending in SD County.
  • Visualizing regions of the county by Credit Score, similar to this map.
  • Demographic analysis of SMB lending

We will be collecting data related to businesses, demographics and lending and creating some datasets and visualizations.

We will probably start project meetings in October, but may get started with wrangling data before then.  More details about the project are in the project wiki and the Initial Questions document, and visit Meetup.com to register for the kickoff meeting

Here is a map that is the inspiration for the project; we’d like to produce something similar for San Diego:

 

 

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