Recent Press Releases and Articles

May 28, 2015: York Office to Move into New Co-Working Space

May 26, 2015: Clients Open Excellent Restaurant in Reading

April 8, 2015: Lancaster Boutique Owner Honored with SCORE Small Business Award

April 1, 2015: Ephrata Client & Nominee Wins SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Entrepreneurial Success Award

April 1, 2015: Longtime Barber School Client in Lancaster Featured in Lancaster County Magazine

March 27, 2015: Client and Advocate Cinthia Kettering Wins Community Achievement Award from CPBJ

March 26, 2015: Small Business Administration Officials Visit Client in Lancaster to Honor Women’s History Month

March 24, 2015: Client John Meeder Highlighted for Redevelopment Work in Downtown Lancaster

March 20, 2015: Lancaster Business Owner Recognized by USA Today as Iconic College Town Restaurant

March 18, 2015: Lancaster Client Chosen to Serve on International Spa Association Task Force

February 27, 2015: Local Lancaster Breakfast Spot Highlighted in Newspaper

February 26, 2015: Community First Fund Chosen for Finance Collaborative

February 25, 2015: Women’s Business Center Featured in York City Newspaper

February 17, 2015: York City Client Expands Bed & Breakfast

February 16, 2015: Board Member Featured in La Voz Latina Central for Work in Education

February 9, 2015: Lancaster Business Owner Featured by the Small Business Administration

February 5, 2015: Board Member Honored with 2015 Gavel of Social Justice Award

February 1, 2015: Board Chairman Featured in Susquehanna Style Magazine

January 29, 2015: Shippensburg Clients Featured in SBDC Newsletter as Success Story

January 27, 2015: Community First Fund Helps Lancaster Man Open Co-Working Space Downtown

January 26, 2015: Community First Fund Employee Spearheads Local Leadership Initiative

January 16, 2015: Community First Fund Highlighted for Work Revitalizing Low-Income Neighborhoods

January 9, 2015: Reading Entrepreneur Wins Businessperson of the Year from the Berks County Latino Chamber

January 7, 2015: Berks County Client Seeks to Provide Housing for Homeless

December 30, 2014: Local Client & Advocate Graduates from Small Businesses Program

December 12, 2014: Tec Centro Featured in CPBJ

December 12, 2014: Community First Fund CEO Daniel Betancourt Named as Finalist for CPBJ Nonprofit Innovation Awards in Leadership Excellence

December 11, 2014: Community First Fund Closes Largest Loan in Company History

December 11, 2014: Featured in Novogradac Jounral of Tax Credits for NMTC Award

November 14, 2014: Quarryville Client Opens Coffee Shop

November 6, 2014: 2014 James Hyson Award Winners are Announced at the Friends of the Fund Luncheon

October 27, 2014: Community First Fund Client Receives Highly Esteemed “Business Person of the Year” Award

October 7, 2014: Super Natural & Fresh Produce Opens in Reading

September 8, 2014: Lancaster Borrower Patricia Bryner Interviewed in La Voz Hispana

September 5, 2014: Gettysburg Area Clients Highlighted in Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine (pp. 32-34)

September 2, 2014: Community First Fund Financed Lancaster City Daycare Center Opens

August 10, 2014: Lancaster’s Own, LLC dba Lancaster Food Co. Opens With Help from Community First Fund

August 6, 2014: SACA Breaks Ground on Community First Fund Financed Project

August 5, 2014: York County Client Expanding Business with Loan from Community First Fund

July 30, 2014: Five Questions with CEO Dan Betancourt – Keystone Crossroads feature

July 17, 2014: Elizabethtown Client Opens Co-Working Space in Former Church

May 28, 2014: Community First Fund Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Downtown Business

May 6, 2014: Community First Financed Business Opens in Downtown Lancaster

May 2, 2014: New Markets Tax Credits Help Fund Big Mill Project in Reading-Reading Eagle

May 2, 2014: Tax Credits Program to heavily fund Big Mill renovations in Reading -LVB

April 16, 2014: Community First Fund receives $2 million from Customers Bank

April 14, 2014: Community First Fund client receives national attention for work with Latino boys and men

April 9, 2014: Community First Fund has Record Year in 2013

March 25, 2014: Community First Fund Mentioned in The Reading Eagle

February 27, 2014: Community First Fund Helps Rebuild a Lancaster County Business

January 26, 2014: Tec Centro opens February 6th – Community First supported project provides bilingual employment training

December 11, 2013: 2013 Annual Report

November 15, 2013: Female Entrepreneurs Finding Assistance Through Community First Fund

November 11, 2013: Community First Fund is proud to support veteran owned businesses

October 24, 2013: Community First Fund Announces Reading NMTC Project

October 16, 2013: Community First Fund Client nominated for Justice Award

October 3, 2013: Goldman Sachs Expands Small Business Initiative

September 11, 2013: Business leaders named to City Revitalization and Improvement Board

August 29, 2013: Community First Fund Client – Lancaster Trophy House

August 21, 2013: Tax Credit Program Launched in Lancaster

August 11, 2013: NMTC York Area Regional Charter School

June 17, 2013: La Voz Latina Central June 2013

May 3, 2013: Developers enthusiastic about tax credits

May 2, 2013: Local projects to benefit from federal tax credits

May 2, 2013: Investors could get tax credits for Reading projects

May 1, 2013: Community First Fund announces award of $15 million in tax credits

May 1, 2013: Community First Fund receives $15M tax credit allocation -CPBJ

April 30, 2013: Community First Funds gets 15 million new market tax credits

February 27, 2013: Community First client receives national recognition

January 9, 2013: Community First Fund gets $5 million from Goldman Sachs for its loan program

Decemebr 18, 2012: National Penn invests $1M in Community First Fund

December 21, 2011: Community First Receives $2 Million Equity Grant

November 4, 2011:  Community Kitchen Founder Speaks at Community First Fund Awards Function

July 6, 2011:  Community First Fund Finances Thriving Kitchen Incubator

July 1, 2011: M&T Bank Supports Small Business Development in York;Community First Fund Receives Donation

May 6, 2010:  Community First Awarded 2010 SBA Eastern PA Community/Rural Lender of the Year

March 25, 2010: Treasury Department Announces New Microloan Fund in Lancaster

February 3, 2010: Ribbon Cutting Event Expressly Local Foods

November 12, 2009: Community First Fund’s Annual Friends of the Fund Event

For past press releases please see our Archives page.

Podcasts and Audio News

November 6, 2014: 2014 Friends of the Fund Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, Jeffrey Brown – Video

November 6, 2014: 2014 Friends of the Fund Luncheon, President’s Remarks-Video

November 6, 2014: 2014 Entrepreneur Award Winner, Omara Riechi – Video

November 6, 2014: 2014 Community Development Award Winner, Mary Kay Bernosky – Video

November 6, 2014: 2014 Advocate Award Winner, Ruth Devenney – Video

September 22, 2014: Behind the Lines Hosted by Diane Dayton Special

August 25, 2014: York Borrowers Jessica Adams and Julian Boryszewski of Mad Dash Concessions Interviewed on Fox43

August 13, 2014: Jim Mog of Jimmy’s BBQ on 6ABC in Philly

June 4, 2014: 2014 ATHENA Award Recipient Cinthia Kettering Official Video

May 29, 2014: Community First Fund Client & Advocate Wins Business Award

May 1, 2014: President and CEO Dan Betancourt Speaks at Big Mill Press Conference in Reading

April 15, 2014: $2 Million Customers Bank Investment on WFMZ-TV 69

March 12, 2014: Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello cites Community First Fund in her State of the City address (19:21)

December 4, 2013: 2013 Friends of the Fund Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, Bill Strickland – Video

December 4, 2013: 2013 Friends of the Fund Luncheon, President’s Remarks – Video

December 4, 2013: Entrepreneur Award Winner, Hector Ruiz – Video

December 4, 2013: Community Development Award Winner, Carlito Montanez – Video

December 4, 2013: Advocate Award Winner, John Kingsley – Video

May 9, 2013: New Markets Tax Credits press release in Lancaster – Video

May 8, 2013: Making tax credits work for midstate redevelopment

January 2013: Dan Betancourt and Michelle Ramos interviewed by TeleCentro on Goldman Sachs (Spanish)

January 2013: Dan Betancourt speaks on Goldman Sachs during WLCH radio interview (Spanish)

October 2010: Director of Business Lending and Counseling, James Buerger Speaks about Applying for a Small Business Loan

July 2010: Dan Betancourt Speaks at Federal Reserve Event on “Next Steps in Addressing the Financing Needs of Small Business”

December 2008: Community First Fund Wachovia Next Award Video

December 2008: Dan Betancourt’s Speech and Jim Hyson Award Winners from the 2008 Friends of the Fund Anniversary Dinner

October 2007: Dan Betancourt and OFN President and CEO Mark Pinsky at Community First Fund’s 15th Anniversary Dinner

May 2007: Discussion of the Past and Future AEO with Dan Betancourt

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