Small Business Loans

The Trail Town Program’s parent nonprofit, The Progress Fund, funds small businesses.

In our Trail Towns, we’ve funded businesses like:

  • Bike shops
  • B&Bs
  • Restaurants
  • Outfitters
  • Hostels
  • Campgrounds
  • & more

Most conventional lenders don’t give to small, rural businesses.  But The Progress Fund specializes in tourism and hospitality loans that can benefit the local community, so we’ve made $10 million in loans to 32 new or expanding businesses in the Trail Towns along the Great Allegheny Passage.

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Explore stories from other Trail Town business owners who have borrowed from The Progress Fund.

If you’re in a PA, WV or MD Trail Town and want to grow a business, we may be able to help. Learn more about our loan options.

Ask about funding your business


Our loan officers will be happy to talk with you about your business plans. Reach out to them at (724) 216-9160.




Need funding?

If your trail town is in PA, WV or MD, our nonprofit organization may be able to help you finance small businesses and growth projects.

Learn about options