Connect with small businesses looking for investors. Invest in the world you want to see and earn monthly passive income in the process.

Investment risk


Min investment


Target return

5% - 9%



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SMBX is a marketplace connecting everyday investors like you with small businesses to invest in. You can earn up to 9% interest by investing in small businesses. SMBX is the creator of the Small Business Bond™, which is a new way for you to invest in the local businesses you love. These bonds are like a loan, but instead of borrowing funds from a bank, a business borrows from everyday investors like you. Anyone with a US-based bank account can choose small businesses on the SMBX platform to invest in and receive a monthly principal plus interest payments.

Why Invest

  • Earn a 5-10% return on your investment
  • Monthly payouts–great for passive income and compound interest
  • Invest directly in small businesses to help local communities thrive

How you make money

You choose specific businesses on the SMBX marketplace to invest in by buying their bonds. Once a bond offering closes that you’ve invested in, you’ll begin receiving monthly payments for the duration of the bond as the business pays you back. Unlike many bonds which pay back principal at the end of the bond term, SMBX Small Business Bonds™ pay out principal and interest monthly, so you can reinvest and compound your money further. You can either keep the funds in your book, reinvest in new offerings, or withdraw to your bank account.

How SMBX makes money

Investors can invest with zero fees, and SMBX doesn’t make any interest on your money. SMBX makes money by charging businesses a 3.5% service fee of the total amount raised, but only if the business meets its fundraising goal. For example, if a business raises $100,000, they charge them $3,500 at the close of the offering. They also charge businesses a $100 annual maintenance fee through the maturity of their bonds. There are multiple fees for businesses but SMBX does not charge any fees to investors.

Is it safe?

SMBX’s underwriting team holistically reviews businesses that want to raise capital on the SMBX based on standardized criteria for risk, and it only qualifies those businesses that meet the minimum criteria. Detailed information, including financial statements and whether the bonds are secured against collateral is provided for investors’ review. SMBX is a FINRA-registered and SEC-governed regulation crowdfunding portal. SMBX does not offer investment advice or recommendations regarding the suitability of a particular investment opportunity for any particular investor. Investors must be able to assess businesses and their offerings and make investment decisions on their own.

Things to know

  • You make money onInterest
  • Fees0%
  • Payout frequencyMonthly
  • Term of investment36-60 months
  • LiquidityHard
  • Open toAll Investors


  • Country availabilityUS only
  • Assets under managementUnknown
  • Established2018
  • Mobile ApplicationIOS

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Forward-looking statements, including without limitations investment outcomes and projections, are hypothetical and educational in nature. The results of any hypothetical projections can and may differ from actual investment results had the strategies been deployed in actual securities accounts.


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