Development organizations are CDFIs, revolving loan funds, economic development corporations and
other community-based development organizations. These groups,
regardless of the size of the community in which they are located, have
the greatest opportunity to impact the future vitality of communities
through their support of economic development.
TRADE SECRETS for Development Organizations is a series of hands-on, practical training
workshops for development organization board members, staff and volunteers, and community
leaders interested in business development lending. South Dakota Rural
Enterprise is a non-profit, statewide organization that supports the
efforts of development organizations by providing capital and leadership resources. The
TRADE SECRETS training programs are designed to help staff and board
members save time and increase effectiveness.
TRADE SECRETS for Development Organizations focuses on the lending process, community
economic development and board responsibilities. Conducted by
experienced trainers, the workshops spotlight expert best practices
concepts through high-quality resources in true hands-on training
sessions. This is NOT a lecture class, but concentrated learning
experience with immediate practical applications in your community.
Packaged in one to three hour sessions, TRADE SECRETS for Development organizations can be
delivered on-site for the greater convenience of your organizations
board and staff.
- Opportunities to analyze current community development
- A chance to adjust your course of direction to meet community
- Structures to analyze your development organizations goals, policies and
schedule these workshops?
Board chairs, economic
development corporation leaders or community lending professionals
who wish to learn more about the latest strategies for successful
development financing, create a strategy for future economic growth
and prepare for the future of their communities should schedule
on-site sessions of TRADE SECRETS for Development Organizations.
Available training modules
This training program will be customized to meet the needs of YOUR
organization and YOUR community. Training modules currently
- The Power and Potential of Development Organizations
How to maximize the impact of your development organization on community development.
- Sources and Uses of Development Organization Capital
Identifies the various kinds of capital available to development organizations and
explains how to leverage that capital for maximum community impact.
- Best Practices for Development Organization Boards of Directors
Proven tools to help development organization board members become more effective in
their leadership roles in not-for-profit financial institutions.
- Overview of the Lending Process
From marketing to monitoringa step-by-step review of the lending
process and the roles and responsibilities of staff and board
- Understanding and Evaluating Development Organization Risk
Explores the different types of risk a development organization must manage in order to
- Risk Management Tools
Practical ways to identify and reduce risk to the level that fits
- Loan Policies
The why, what and how of implementing policies to guide the lending
- Underwriting and Loan Evaluation
Improve effectiveness and efficiency of the loan review process and
loan committee and board decision-making.
- Technical Assistance
Beyond capitalan exploration of the role of the development organization to support
borrowers and entrepreneurs.
Learn more about Trade Secrets for Development Organizations training
For more information
or to schedule a session of Trade Secrets for Development Organizations for your
community or organization, call us at (605)978-2804.
Strategic Training Seminars for Boards of Directors and staff of
Development Organizations and Economic Development Corporations