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:


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 for more information or register online


Opportunities for Government Contracting

Wednesday, September 23, 10am to noon

Are you considering selling your products or services to Federal, State or local government?  There are many myths associated with these markets, and significant rewards!  This class will help you learn how to find opportunities to supply goods and services to government agencies.

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Lancaster Business Resource Panel

 100 S. Queen St. Lancaster
October 21, 4-6pm

 Interested in starting a business but don’t know where to start?  You are lucky to be in Lancaster where we have award –winning organizations that are here to help. Join the conversation with key business resource organizations dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs.

Register Here


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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.


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.


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”.


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.


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


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.


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