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Community Loan Center: A Local Alternative to Payday Lending

Many low-income families are unable to obtain conventional credit and rely on payday and auto-title lenders for small loans that come with predatory interest rates. This session looks at an alternative working in 13 markets across three states that allows local nonprofit organizations to serve as the lender for fairly priced payday loan alternative program […]

Getting Started in CED: How a Michigan CAA Became Involved in a Tourism Development Project

Mid Michigan Community Action discusses their involvement in the renovation of an historic train depot in the town of Clare, how they raised money locally for the renovation, the tourism benefits from the project, and the benefits to the community.

The Basics of the Community Reinvestment Act: How It Can Benefit Your Community

Learn what the Community Reinvestment Act means for low-income communities, how your organization can participate in local CRA coalitions and about some proposed revisions that are currently being discussed.

Managing Loan Funds

This session discusses some of the key areas that differentiate successful funds and looks at some of the key indicators of operating a successful lending enterprise. The session also provides insight into what lenders, investors and grant makers look for when they assess potential partners.

Overview of Community Economic Development

This session provides an introduction to Community Economic Development and the variety of types of activities that Community Action Agencies have successfully implemented around the country. It also touches on why it’s important to consider CED and some of the benefits and challenges that are involved.

CED Business Start Up Series CORE FOUR® Webinar Part 2

Becky Nave of People Incorporated provides a detailed training on how to start a business using the CORE FOUR model.

Assessing the Use of Debt Loans in Community Development Upsides and Downsides

Learn basic underwriting from experienced lenders who have financed many community development and related commercial projects. What types of projects and tenants can best withstand debt? Where are the best sources for obtaining debt? How much debt could I afford or will be limited to? These are some of the questions answered during this session.

Food and Kitchen Incubators: Creating Entrepreneurial Businesses

Through various examples, the session discusses the wide range of activities and opportunities for organizations interested in growing and expanding business opportunities for entrepreneurs while being able to bring healthy food options to communities in food deserts and those lacking opportunities to access healthy and fresh foods. Additionally, the programs and services noted above are […]

What is the Office of Community Services Community Economic Development Program?

This session presents several CED projects funded with OCS-CED grants. Hear what works (and what has not worked) and how the funds could be used in many innovative ways. Learn how your project could benefit from this source of financing. The session provides insight into the funding RFP process and considerations on how you might […]

CED Webinar: Marketing on a Shoe String Budget

This webinar provides detailed do-it-yourself marketing strategies for marketing your organization, business enterprise, project or program on a limited budget.

Community Reinvestment Act: Can the Law Help Me Get Money for My Community Development Project

The session was presented by Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) banking regulators from the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and/or the Federal Home Loan Bank that either enforces CRA or provides financial institutions with assistance in meeting CRA goals. Hear what the regulations are, how they are measured, […]

CORE FOUR® Business Start Up Webinar Session 1

Becky Nave of People Incorporated provides a detailed training on how to start a business using the CORE FOUR model.

Successfully Competing for Funding: How to Build Relationships With Funders

Julie Jakopic of iLead Strategies provides detailed strategies on how to build relationships with foundation funders, funding sustainability and much more.

Creating Employment Opportunities Through a Community Economic Development Strategy

Discover how Community Action Agencies can integrate community economic development strategies to create jobs in their communities.


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