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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Lunchtime Loans!

Learn the inside scoop on what you need to do to get a business loan approved! Gain insight into what you can do to become a stronger business loan candidate!

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Lunchtime Loans will be held each Friday at one of our four offices from  12pm – 1pm

 First Fridays at our office in  Lancaster (30 W. Orange)

Second Fridays at our office in Reading (505 Penn St)

Third Fridays at our office in York (226 E. Market St)

Fourth Fridays at our office in Harrisburg (3211 N. Front St)

No Fee.

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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.

Harrisburg – Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9am-11am

York- Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9am-11am

No Fee.

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Lancaster Business Resource Panel: Finding Your Funding

Turn your business dream into reality!

Join Community First Fund and other local business resource partners such as Assets Lancaster, The Duke Street Business Center, SCORE Lancaster and the SBDC to better understand existing resources for start up entrepreneurs.  June’s panel will focus on how you can find the financing you need to start and grow your business.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 4-6pm

Southern Market , 100 S. Queen St, Lancaster, PA

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

No Fee.

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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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 9-11, Community First Fund,
30 W. Orange St. Lancaster

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 9-11, Community First Fund,
226 E. Market St, York

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

No Fee.

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FUTURE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

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Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms can help you reach customers, but how can you use them effectively? Learn from other entrepreneurs who are using these tools to increase the visbility of their businesses and better reach and serve customers.

Watch for dates and locations.

No fee.

Email Rachel Hess at rhess@commfirstfund.org with any questions.

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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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No fee.

email Rachel Hess at rhess@commfirstfund.org for more information.

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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!

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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.

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No Fee.

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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.