Classroom Training

Community First Fund offers one-on-one counseling to clients as well as numerous classes aimed at educating prospective and current entrepreneurs.

Classes Are Available Now.  Register Below!

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Encore Entrepreneur Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Entrepreneurship empowers you to use your experience, knowledge, and  skills to become a job creator. Leverage your career expertise to start a new business.  Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn and learn more on the following topics:

  • What you need to know to start a business
  • Panel discussion and Q&A
  • Networking opportunity to meet the speakers and schedule an appointment with counselors and mentors

Lancaster – Thursday, May 1, 2014,  12:00pm-1:30pm


The Loan Approval Process: “Making a Winning Loan Presentation”

The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund is offering an informative training event that teaches individuals the fundamentals of the loan approval process. This event focuses on basic banking practices in this credit culture and how financial institutions use the loan approval process to determine an individual’s creditworthiness. This training is designed for those interested in becoming a stronger loan candidates, are in need of capital to finance a project, or are simply interested in learning how to evaluate their own financial capacity.

No Fee.

Lancaster – Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9am-11am


Find Your Target Market:  Market Research Best Practices

This 1.5 hour training will cover different types of market research and the importance for your business success.  It will also teach participants about existing resources and databases. This workshop is ideal for entrepreneurs planning to start their own business or for business owners looking to grow their existing business.

Lancaster – Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9am-10:30am


How to Use LinkedIn as a Business Tool

A hands on workshop to learn the ins and outs of LinkedIn and how it is used as a professional tool.

Lancaster – Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9am-10:30am


Government Procurement: Marketing Strategies

This hands-on class will enable participants to begin navigating the various federal databases for
federal contracting.  The SBA staff will provide a live demonstration of the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) and FedBizOpps, focusing not only on the mechanics of searching these systems, but how to effectively interpret the data that is presented.  By using the data found in these systems, small businesses can better target sales opportunities to maximize efforts is pursuing federal contracts.  This training is co-hosted by the Duke St Business Center at the Lancaster Public Library.

No Fee.

Lancaster – Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10am-12pm


Government Procurement: Certifying your Business WBE/MBE

Learn about the different certifications offered at the Federal level and how certifying your business may help win government contracts.  Topics to be covered will also include the process and steps needed to certify your business as women or minority owned and a description of the Hub Zone and 8a programs.

No Fee.

Reading – Wednesday, May 28, 2014 9am-12pm


Managing Conflict and Resistance

During this 3-hour training, you will (1) learn your conflict style; (2) understand the impact that your conflict style has on others; (3) identify reasons others oppose or resist your ideas and suggestions; and (4) explore ways to manage conflict and reduce resistance

This class is taught by Kathleen King of The Power of Possibilities.

No Fee.

Lancaster – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1pm-4pm


Biz 101: Are you ready for business ownership?

This free hour and a half seminar sets the stage for understanding the fundamentals of what it takes to be an ideal entrepreneur. This seminar will help you:

    • Weigh considerations in starting a business
    • Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in starting a business
    • Understand and adapt your life experience (skills) to the business arena
    • Understand the need of developing the business idea through sound research and development

No Fee.

Lancaster  – Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9am-11am

Harrisburg – Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9am-11am

Harrisburg – Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1pm-3pm

Harrisburg – Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9am-11am


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Informational Session

Come and learn about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.  This informational session will cover why this program may be right for you as you try to grow your small business.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses provides entrepreneurs with access to practical business courses, financial capital, and powerful networking opportunities to help their businesses grow. Through the support of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, business owners selected to participate will receive a scholarship covering the full cost of tuition and program materials. For more information please click here.

No Fee.

Reading – Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9am-11am


Get Your Business Online – For Free!

Join the WBC, SCORE-York and NET-AID in a hands on workshop at the Goodling Center, HACC York Campus to create a webpage for your business.  To register please call 717.845.8830 . Space is limited!

York – Friday, May 2, 2014 9am-11am


Power of Email Marketing & Social Media Marketing Made Simple – Seminar and Workshop

Join us for this two part seminar and workshop so you can jumpstart your email marketing and discover how to get the results you desire.  Presented by authorized Constant Contact local experts, Chuck Holder and Alice Buchman

Email is everywhere – you reach for your keyboard more then the phone anymore – which in most cases involves hitting the delete button 9 times in a row deleting unwanted emails that land in your inbox.  Did you ever ask yourself why? Why did you get all of those emails in the first place? You didn’t sign up for them. And secondly, they are useless to you but how can your emails be a welcome sign when your contacts hear a “ding” upon your email’s arrival?

Constant Contact, the world’s leader in email marketing is going to show you why and what you can do about it. With so much noise being made about “open rates” we will demonstrate something much more important- Best Practices.  Chuck Holder and Alice Buchman, local experts on Constant Contact’s Philadelphia Metro region team, will show you what no to do; include examples of what works – and why! This program is generic: it doesn’t matter what email program you currently use, Best Practices apply everywhere.   In the for-profit and in the non-profit world, much is at stake in this economy.  Come and learn how you can be productive, trusted, and grow your business.

In just a few short hours, this information-packed seminar will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand to successfully get started with social media marketing.

This seminar will cover:

  • What social media marketing really is and why it’s important;
  • Various social media networks and tools: how they interact, ways, to leverage their strengths, and how to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization
  • How other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships, and drive sales and engagement;
  • How to incorporate social media marketing into your business life without losing productivity

Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers.  And you will leave with real-world insights and knowledge that they can put to work immediately, to help their business or organization succeed.

After the seminar. Stay for a workshop to receive hands on training to help you get your email marketing and social media up and running!

Each seminar runs from 9am-12pm and workshops run from 1pm to 4pm

You can register for one or both sessions!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Harrisburg




Keys to Success: Tools for Business Planning

Your time is valuable, let the  Women’s Business Center provide you expert training in 4 weeks time (one day a week).

This business planning course lasts four weeks and details each area of the Core Four Business Model:

1. Success Planning: trainees will take key steps to understanding and building a business plan, learn the importance of setting goals, separating an individual from the business, and the characteristics of a successful business owner.

2. Market Planning: trainees will gain knowledge about their  market place, needs/wants of the customer, distribution methods, learn more about competition and how to stand out, marketing and promotion.

3. Cash Flow Planning: trainer will take the fear out of constructing cash flow projections and help trainees plan the cash flow for their business and understanding financing, financial literacy.

4. Operations Planning: trainers will identify different legal forms of business, zoning and business licenses, and importance of operating a legal, legitimate business.

“…the class was very informative.  Great for a start up business to learn about how to start and where to start.” – Michael A. Key, course attendee

$75 Fee.

Email for more information!




Government Procurement: Maximizing Strategic Partnerships

Maximizing Strategic Partnerships and Relationships:  In many cases, small businesses need to work with other firms in order to meet the requirements on federal contracts.  In this workshop, the SBA staff will outline four different strategies for partnering with other businesses:

  • subcontracting;
  • joint ventures;
  • mentor/protégé programs;
  • channel sales.

We will discuss the positives and negatives of each strategy so that firms can make appropriate decisions on which strategy or strategies may be the best fit for their firm to better take advantage of federal contracting.

No Fee.


The Basics of Doing Business with the Government

Learn how small businesses can pursue contracting opportunities at the federal and state level. The seminar will cover the following topics:

          • How to be a government contractor
          • How to become federally certified as a woman-owned or minority-owned business
          • Understanding federal purchasing procedures
          • Understanding which federal agencies need what you sell
          • How to market your business directly to deferral agencies
          • Where to locate bid opportunities online

“The information was practical and their (presentation) styles were engaging.  I learned a lot for free!” – Michelle McCall, course attendee 

No Fee.



Paying Taxes as a Small Business Owner

Just in time for the tax season! Learn the ins and outs of business taxes and how to correctly file as a small business owner.   The seminar will also explain best practices that could save you hundreds of dollars!

The course will be taught by Dave Shiley who has been helping small businesses and individuals file their taxes for over a decade. Read more about Dave on his website at:


Networking, Networking, Networking!

Face-to-face business networking with other entrepreneurs is an important part of being a successful small business owner. Not only can business networking help you grow your customer base and generate referrals, but it can also provide numerous opportunities for learning, development and growth.

Have you perfected your elevator pitch yet?  If not, come and learn how to network while you network!  This two hour event will help you create your 30 second commercial to sell yourself and your business in any situation.  Build valuable contacts to grow your business while you enjoy refreshments.



Proposal Preparation and Submission

Learn how to respond to a federal government Request for Proposal (RFP).  The workshop will cover how to dissect the solicitation, organize your effort and team and writing the proposal document.  This workshop is designed for situations where the government issues a solicitation for qualified businesses to respond to a detailed scope of work.  The workshop will assist you in creating the documents from scratch to meet the RFP instructions.



Business Resources in Lancaster County

Join the Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund,  ASSETS, the Duke St Business Center at Lancaster Public Library and SCORE-Lancaster for a panel discussion on business resources available to small business owners and to people who would like to start their own business.

No Fee.