President/CEO Donna Wertenbach to retire

by admin on May 19, 2015

Dear Community,

After 16 years of service as the President/CEO of CEDF Donna Wertenbach is preparing to retire.

Donna has lead the organization through a period of unprecedented growth, expanding the number of investors from 6 to 23, adding hundreds of borrowers to its roster of clients and adding resources and programs for the community.

CEDF is currently seeking new leadership to take over Donna’s position. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by sending their resume to Donna Wertenbach at CEDF, 965 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450.

Click here for the job description and details on the position. CEDF is hoping to identify the appropriate candidate over the next several weeks. Donna will be staying on board until 2016 in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Donna would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of members of the community who she has had the privilege of serving and who have helped in meeting the needs of the community. It has truly been a broad community team effort for which Donna is very grateful.


Alta Lash
Chairman of the Board
CEDF Foundation Board of Directors

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CEDF is a statewide non-profit organization that helps start, stabilize and grow small businesses in CT that are not bankable. Created in 1994, CEDF provides access to capital, financial skills training and guidance. In 20 years we have provided millions of dollars in small business loans, helped create thousands of jobs and empowered small business through our Business Education Center.

Named SBA’s Top Micro Loan Lender In Connecticut.

The place where Connecticut businesses access customized financial solutions to achieve their greatest potential.
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Donna visits Mohegan Sun

by admin on May 5, 2015

Mohegan Tribal Council Members,  Mark Brown, and Bill Quidgeon right with Donna Wertenbach

Mohegan Tribal Council Members, Mark Brown, and Bill Quidgeon right with Donna Wertenbach, President and CEO of The Community Economic Development Fund