Community Education

Join an Opportunity Circle:

Have you ever wondered:

    How do I build my credit?
    How do I get support in my job search?
    Where can I get affordable healthcare?
    How can I save money on my energy bills?
    How can I do more than make ends meet?

Opportunity Circles meet weekly and consist of a 14-week curriculum that covers everything from personal finance to job readiness to health. Participants can also open Safe Savings Accounts that provide a system of financial accountability to secure financial stability through intensive budgeting and intentional savings. Those who complete at least 10 weeks of the full curriculum and show consistent progress towards the realization of their savings goal become eligible for a CEF Micro-Loan.

For more about Opportunity Circles email: or call us at (919) 200-0233

Take a Small Business Training:

The CEF Small Business Training is a 6-week course which meets once a week during that period. Training sessions focus on developing your business idea, defining your market and your competition, small business accounting, pricing, marketing, and legal measures.

The training is open to all. Please feel free to attend no matter your stage in the process. The training is designed to enrich the abilities of all entrepreneurs, whether you are just starting, don’t even have an idea yet, or have been operating for years.

For more about CEF’s Small Business Trainings: or call us at (919) 200-0233 to find out about our next training .

Incubate Your Business

So you’ve got a business plan, but what’s next? The CEF Business Incubation Program is designed to help you put your business plans into action. Whether you’re looking to get off the ground, develop your brand, refine your products, or just to get your name out there, CEF is here to help.

For more about Business Incubation email: or call us at (919) 200-0233 to find out how you can apply for an account.

CEF Latino:

CEF is working hard to expand their programs to serve the Spanish speaking communities in the Triangle. Microloans, Safe Savings Accounts, and Small Business Trainings are now available in Spanish.

For more about CEF Latino: or call us at (919) 200-0233 to find out what programs we have available.

CEF está creciendo nuestros programas para servirle a la comunidad hispanohablente en Chapel Hill, Carrboro, y Durham. Se ofrecen en español micro préstamos, cuentas de ahorros, y talleres de microempresas. Para más información de CEF Latino/a y nuestro programas: o llame (919) 200-0233

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

Chapel Hill: 919-200-0233 Durham: 919-797-9233