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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 You can register online by clicking the time and date underneath each course description

Current Class Offerings:

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Encore Entrepreneurship

Designed for mid-career individuals considering using professional expertise in a new venture, t
his training provides information about how to use your experience, knowledge, and skills to build a business.

Wednesday. Aug 5, 8:30-12:00
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

Email Rachel Hess at  rhess@commfirstfund.org for more information or to register.

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Government Contracting Certifications Made Easy

George Murray of the Small Business Administration will explain how certifying your small business may help win government contracts.  The presentation will include the process and steps to certify your business as woman-owned (WOSB), minority-owned (MBE), disadvantages business enterprise (DBE) and a description of the SBA 8a program.

Thursday, Aug 6, 10-12
30 W. Orange St. Lancaster

Email Rachel Hess at rhess@commfirstfund.org for more information or click here to register

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Biz 101 – Are you an Entrepreneur?

This seminar sets the stage for understanding the fundamentals of what it takes to be an 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

 September 15, 9-11am

Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, 604 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA

Email Rachel Hess at rhess@commfirstfund.org for more information or to register.

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Accessing Capital: The 5 C’s of Credit

Get the inside scoop on what it takes to get a business loan approved and gain insight into what you can do to become a stronger loan candidate. In this seminar you will learn about the 5 C’s of credit:

Concept Character Credit Cash flow Collateral

  Tuesday, September 22, 9-11am

Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, 604 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA

Email Rachel Hess at rhess@commfirstfund.org for more information or register online

Summer “Shorts” Series Seminars

Summer Shorts Series Seminars - Chuck & Alice

This summer we are bringing a series of digital marketing seminars to the Southeastern Pennsylvania area with you and your busy lives in mind. These 5 seminars will take you through the basics of email and social media marketing where you will learn the right strategies, tools and tactics to make your marketing efforts as effective as possible. All “hemmed” up in a few short hours.

Presented by Authorized Constant Contact Local Experts, Chuck Holder and Alice Buchman

See below for descriptions of topics and locations near you.

#1 – BUILD YOUR MARKETING TOOLKIT A framework for small businesses and organizations

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important.

Join us to build a foundation of marketing knowledge! Click the date you wish to attend below to register.

Friday, July 17, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC Building 3211 N. Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17110 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Community First Fund 30 West Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17608

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Berks County Community Foundation/SBDC 237 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

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#2 – The Power of Email Marketing Featuring Social Media Engagement

At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing  activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and  Announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than  ever to the communication efforts of businesses and organizations everywhere.

Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective Click the date you wish to attend below to register today!

Friday, July 31, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC Building 3211 N. Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Community First Fund 30 West Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17608

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Berks County Community Foundation/SBDC 237 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

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#3 – Social Media 101 – Marketing for Small Business Success

This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who have been using social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts.

Please click the date you wish to attend below to register for this seminar.

Friday, August 14, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC Building 3211 N. Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Berks County Community Foundation/SBDC 237 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

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#4 – Social Media 102 You’re Social, Now What?

You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your organization, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This session is best suited for beginners who have begun to use social media for business but are ready to go a little further.

Please click the date you wish to attend below to register for this seminar.

Friday, August 28, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC Building 3211 N. Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Berks County Community Foundation/SBDC 237 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

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#5 – Social Media Timesavers and 60 Ways To Grow Your List

Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time.

Having any interested and qualified list of contacts, that you can stay top of mind with, is vital to every business. Continuing to grow that list is just as important.

In this 2-part seminar learn tips for saving up to ten hours a week managing your social media and 60 easy ways to grow your contact list today.

Please click the date you wish to attend below to register.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 8:30 am – 11:00 am Community First Fund 30 West Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17608

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm  Berks County Community Foundation/SBDC 237 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

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FUTURE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

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Is Crowdfunding right for your business?

 What is crowdfunding? Can it be used as a tool to help your business raise funds? How can you effectively create and execute a crowdfunding campaign that will give your business needed capital?

Get the answers to these questions and more at the Crowdfunding and Your Business training seminar!

Watch for dates and locations.

No fee.

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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. Watch for dates and locations. No Fee.

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1st Step to Starting Your Business!

This monthly workshop covers a number of critical issues relevant to starting and operating a small business. Professional presenters include attorneys, insurance agents, accountants, financial specialists and zoning and codes staff. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup”.

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Breaking Into Government Contracting: How a small business can sell to the federal government

Are you considering selling your product or services to Federal, State or local governments? There are many myths associated with these markets but there are also many rewards! If you are a successful, well-organized business we can give you insights on how to succeed in the government marketplace-thousands of small businesses do NOW! The Federal government buys over $450 billion of goods and services every year and State/local governments buy billions more. Should you participate? Attend this seminar and learn the in and outs and, if selling to the government is right for your business.

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Legal Issues for Business Start-up

Here’s your chance to hear from a lawyer on several key decisions about structuring your business: what legal structure is best for your business, what insurance will protect your business, what to look for as you review contracts, and more

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Facebook and Your Small Business

Join us for a seminar on how to build and maintain an engaging Facebook page for your small business. Learn how Facebook can be a vital marketing tool to help connect you with new and existing customers.

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

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 email Rachel Hess at rhess@commfirstfund.org.