The creation of the Southern Appalachian Fund would not have been possible without the commitment, support, and patience of a number of southern Appalachia's most prominent stakeholders. Our institutional investors are committed to the region's growth and prosperity because they understand that their own interests are enhanced by the development of the markets in which they do business.

In addition to our institutional investors, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provided the Fund with significant financial leverage, which more than doubled the money available for investment in southern Appalachia and allows SAF to provide operational assistance to qualified companies.

The Operational Assistance component of the Southern Appalachian Fund was funded in part by a grant from SBA (Grant # SBAHQ-03-G-0005). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.