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Who Is CBAC?

About Us

Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) is a non-profit, "mission-based" community lending organization. We were created in 1987 to encourage the growth and stability of small businesses in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, helping them to create jobs in our communities and fully contribute to our regional economy.


As the premier Microlender in the South Jersey region, we achieve our mission by making direct, transparent, fair, and competitive interest rate loans with low fees. Our loan amounts range from as little as $1,000 to $50,000 for businesses in all stages of growth, and as much as $250,000 in partnership with other lenders for established businesses. We also offer no cost training, coaching, and technical assistance to our small business borrowers in all stages of development -- from start-up to experienced.


One of the things we do that is unique is we work in partnership with area banks to make larger business loans that traditional lenders might not be able to do without CBAC’s participation.  Some of our current bank partners in the region include:

1st Colonial Community Bank    
Columbia Bank
First National Bank of Elmer
Franklin Bank
Newfield Bank
PNC Bank
Santander Bank N.A.
TD Bank, N.A.
Truist Bank
Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS)

Bank of America, N.A.
Citizens Bank
First National Bank of Absecon
Fulton Bank
Liberty Bell Bank
OceanFirst Bank N.A.
Republic Bank
Sturdy Savings Bank
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

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Is your business is located in Camden, Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, or Cape May Counties in New Jersey, or in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?


CBAC offers loans with flexible repayment plans and customized business support services that can help you achieve your goals.

CBAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Certified Development Entity (CDE) through the U.S. Department of Treasury. CBAC also has multiple agency partnerships and affiliations, including: 

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Microloan Intermediary Lender 

  • U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Intermediary Relending Program Participant

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Lending Program Participant

  • New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Participating Lender 

CBAC has been the #1 SBA Microlender in New Jersey for 19 of the past 23 years for number of loans made, and we consistently rank in the SBA top ten nationally for loan dollars made. Our loan programs have been recognized as a model for small business lending in low-income urban environments by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, U.S. Department of Commerce, Woodstock Institute, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

CBAC’s team is passionate about helping small businesses like yours to start, grow, and succeed because doing so strengthens communities and local economies throughout our region.  Our loans and support services help entrepreneurs like you to create and retain jobs and fully contribute to the communities in which we all live.


CBAC’s dedicated team has many decades of diverse experience working with small businesses. Several of us owned small businesses, which helps us to understand and empathize with your unique needs.

1 - Harry
2 - Steve
3 - BarbaraAnne

Harry Stone

President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Steven M. Winheld

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills

Director of Compliance & Engagement and Technical Assistance Officer

4 - Brian
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Brian Stone

Senior Commercial Loan & Technical Assistance Officer

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Indah Nuritasari

Commercial Loan  & Technical Assistance Officer

6 - Nancy
5 - Indah
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Nancy Wiesenthal

Business Development & Technical Assistance Officer

7 - Leidy
8 - MaryLou
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Leidy Ramirez

Loan Administration & Technical Assistance Officer

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Mary Lou Bears-Groff

 Credit Analyst & Technical Assistance Officer

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10 - Ana
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Lisa Polidora

Technical Assistance Officer

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Ana O'Reilly

Funds Management Assistant

Our Board of Trustees

Board of Directors




DJ Adams

Vice President

Republic Bank

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Joseph Tredinnick

Senior Vice President & Market President

Republic Bank

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Lisa Viscusi

Vice President, SBA Lending

Fulton Bank

Mount Laurel, New Jersey


Douglass Smith

Senior Vice President,

Business Banking Sales Manager

PNC Bank N.A.

Wilmington, Delaware


Patricia Boyle

Former Director, External Affairs    


Trenton, New Jersey  


Clarence Fullard

Former Director

America’s Small Business Development Center at Rutgers’ University Business School – Camden Campus

Camden, New Jersey


Reynold Cicalese III, CPA, MST

Associate Partner       

Alloy Silverstein Accountants and Advisors

Cherry Hill, New Jersey


Adam Butter

Vice President

TD Bank, N.A.

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Harry W. Stone

President & CEO


Camden, New Jersey



Rod Sadler


Pyne Point Marine

Camden, New Jersey

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Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC)

328 Market Street

Camden, NJ 08102

Tel: (856) 966-8181

Fax: (856) 966-0036

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