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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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Are you an entrepreneur who has always dreamed of owning your own business. Do you have special skills, talents, or products to offer to the marketplace? If you answered YES! Then you have come to the right place. Or perhaps you’re the entrepreneur who is already in business but you’re lost in knowing how to manage the back end, the financials, the records, the taxes? If you answered YES! Then you have come to the right place. You can not get financing for your business to start, or perhaps a line of credit to help you with a cash flow issue to keep your business stable during times of slow down or perhaps your business is ready to grow to the next level but you need the cash to be able to make that happen? If you answered YES Then you have come to the right place.

At the Community Economic Development Fund commonly known as CEDF we work hard to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams no matter what stage they are in.

  • We make loans to small businesses located in low to moderate income communities whom have not be able to obtain financing through a traditional source (income eligibility is a combined household income of $86,400 or less)
  • We provide our loan customers with a business adviser and offer resources with value added benefits to help our customers when and where they need it
  • We offer business related workshops and programs throughout the year

Click To Register and Pay For Bridgeport Workshop Next Week 10/13/15

If you should have any questions on the workshop please call Nancy Gray 888-835-2333 extension 2040

Attend our 2 night Business Finance and 4 night hands-on QuickBooks financial series workshops.     Our professional instructors will explain why it is so important to keep good records, how to read financial statements, how to setup your business in QuickBooks and show you how easy it connects to your bank and your business account. The education will not only save you time and money it will help you with decision making, because you will know where your business stands anytime with just a push of a button to get the report you need. You have a bookkeeper/accountant? That great. But… It’s your business not theirs. You need to have the financial knowledge to communicate and understand what they are doing with your books. So no excuses. If your own your own business this workshop series is a must for you. Class sizes are limited to 10. So don’t hesitate. Classes fill fast.

 Bridgeport              Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, Nov. 2                    6:00-8:30 pm    Career Resources, 350 Fairfield Avenu

 New London         Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & Dec. 1                6:00-8:30 pm             TBD

 North Franklin    Dec 1, 3, 7, 8, 14, 15                                    6:00-8:30 pm      Solution Center, 210 Rte. 32

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Cost is $189 for the 6 night session and includes a copy of QuickBooks.