Workshop: Investing with Rockford Community Investment Fund

June 26, 2023

Unlocking Investment Opportunities in Residential Real Estate with RCIF

By Rockford's Small Business Development Center in collaboration with Rockford Community Investment Fund


Rockford’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is elated to announce an upcoming workshop in collaboration with the Rockford Community Investment Fund (RCIF). This educational session is designed to empower small businesses and individuals looking to contribute to the revival of Rockford's residential real estate. The illustrious Tom Sandquist, Executive Director of the RCIF, will be the presenter for this highly informative workshop​​.

Dates, Times & Venue


August 10th- 6PM - 7PM CST

September 14th - 6 PM -7 PM CST

October 12th, 6PM - 7PM CST


Rock Valley College, Main Campus, Educational Resource Center, Conference Room 2416,
3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114

About the Workshop

The Rockford Community Investment Fund (RCIF) has been instrumental in providing financing to small businesses involved in the rehabilitation of homes in Rockford, particularly in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Tom Sandquist will shed light on various aspects of the RCIF including its history, the loan program, and the requirements to qualify for financing.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • The background and history of the RCIF
  • The minimum requirements for a project to qualify for financing
  • The minimum requirements for a borrower to qualify for financing
  • Loan terms, including the maximum loan amounts, length of the loan term, and interest rate
  • Success stories of how the RCIF has changed lives and revitalized neighborhoods​1​.

Note: The maximum loan limit is $100,000.

Meet the Presenter: Tom Sandquist

Tom Sandquist, a Rockford local, is a man of great repute and experience. He holds degrees from Rockford University and the University of Illinois College of Law. With 33 years of legal practice at the Rockford law firm WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Tom possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise. In January 2022, he took up the mantle as Executive Director of RCIF, which recently received certification as a Community Development Financial Institution by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Under Tom’s leadership, RCIF has already financed the rehabilitation of more than 30 dilapidated homes in Rockford's low and moderate-income neighborhoods​.

Why Should You Attend?

This workshop is a golden opportunity for aspiring real estate investors, small business owners, and community members to gain insights into the real estate investment landscape in Rockford. It is also an excellent platform to learn from the seasoned experiences of Tom Sandquist and understand how the RCIF is making a difference in the community.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

Don’t miss out on this chance to unlock new avenues in residential real estate investment. Reserve your spot today and be a part of Rockford’s bright future.

This workshop is brought to you by Rockford’s Small Business Development Center in collaboration with the Rockford Community Investment Fund.