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Native CDFI Practitioner Certification Training – Fundamentals Week May 8 -...

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Native Learning Center

6363 Taft Street

Hollywood, FL 33024

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center and First Nations Oweesta Corporation are partnering together to present a four-day Fundamentals Week (Intro to the Field) as part of a Native CDFI (Community Development Financial Institutions) practitioner certification training at Native Learning Center in Hollywood, Florida. The objective is to orient Native CDFI practitioners to the Native CDFI field and help them understand more about different aspects of Native CDFI operations. This Fundamentals Week will help them become certified Native CDFI practitioners and strengthen their work in their organizations and Tribal communities.

Anticipated Training Agenda

Day 1 – Discussion/Orientation Day

  • History of CDFI industry with focus on Native CDFI industry (unique opportunities/challenges) + discussion on theory of change/mission driven organizations and what that means

  • Robust CDFI 101/Products & Services

  • Discuss sustainability, growth, scale, organizational models & importance of strategic planning

Day 2 – Evaluation of CDFIs, Capitalization & Policy

  • Basic financial management

  • Calculate key ratios and discuss importance

  • Discuss capitalization and capitalization strategies

  • Public policy – at local level & working with Tribal Council

Day 3 – Impact Measures & Evaluation, Development Services, and Marketing

  • Discuss importance of impact measures and evaluation/OTIS

  • Discuss state of Native CDFI industry in relation to this topic

  • Development Services overview & importance to mission

  • Discuss importance of marketing and strategies

Day 4 – Loan Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

  • Best practices for policies, procedures, and guidelines, and why they’re important

  • Client Management Process

  • Wrap Up – Lessons Learned


Lanalle Smith and Heather Rademacher Taylor of First Nations Oweesta Corporation


The Native CDFI Practitioner Certification Training will be held at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center located at 6363 Taft Street, Hollywood, Florida. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The training is tuition-free, however we do ask that if you register and are unable to make it please call 954-985-2315 to cancel (this will assist us in our breakfast and lunch orders).

Travel Accommodations Details:

Below is a list of hotels that are within driving distance to the Native Learning Center Training Facility. For reservations, call or book online. A guest room block is not available for this training: however, any one of these hotels will honor the GSA rate. Guests will need to show their government ID upon check-in.

*All listed hotels are within 9 miles of the Native Learning Center.

Hyatt House| 954-922-0217

90 SW 18th Ave, Dania Beach, FL, 33004

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Hyatt Place| 954-922-0436

91 SW 18th Ave, Dania Beach, FL, 33004

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Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale | 954-771-4800

191 SW 19th Court, Dania Beach, FL, 33004

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Hampton Inn Suites Fort Lauderdale | 954-922-0011

2500 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL, 33020

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Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale ARPT | 954-926-7300

1900 Stirling Road, Dania Beach, FL, 33020

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Holiday Inn Airport | 954-925-9100

2905 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL, 33020

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Extended Stay America Suites | 954-476-1211

7550 State Road 84, Davie, FL, 33317

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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton | 954-922-0011

2500 Stirling Road, Hollywod, FL, 33020

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