MERIDEN, CT— The Citizens Bank Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) to support its Financial Counseling and Small Business Skills Training Institute. CEDF, which works to strengthen neighborhood economies by providing flexible financial and technical support, established the program in 2008 as part of its holistic approach to support Connecticut small business growth.
Educating small business owners in areas critical to their future success, CEDF’s Small Business Training Institute features a series of presentations and workshops addressing a variety of topics including social media, accounting, human resources, borrowing/loans, customer service, as well as many others. Classes are offered at several locations throughout the state three times per year and are designed to help small businesses owners maintain
success and gain a competitive edge. Those interested in participating are encouraged to call CEDF at (888) 835-2333 ext. 2040.
The grant is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program to contribute to the economic vitality of local communities.
About Citizens Helping Citizens
Grounded in the belief that a good bank gives back to its community and to the people who live there, Citizens Helping Citizens is a program embracing the community goals of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. – the commercial bank holding company serving consumer and small business customers as Citizens Bank and Charter One and commercial banking customers as RBS Citizens. The Citizens Helping Citizens program is composed of five key initiatives supported directly by RBSCFG and its nonprofit charitable foundations, the Citizens Charitable Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Charter One Foundation: Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger, Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter, Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities (economic development), Citizens Helping Citizens Teach Money Management (financial education) and Citizens Helping Citizens Give (volunteerism and colleague charitable donations). Across all of these initiatives, Citizens Helping Citizens strives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.