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COVID-19 relief grant update

A little over three months ago, Baltimore Community Lending awarded COVID-19 relief grants to 30 small businesses in Baltimore City. Each business received $10,000 thanks to the support of Truist Cares, a cooperative effort between Truist Financial Corporation, Truist Foundation, Inc., and Truist Charitable Fund. As a community development financial institution (CDFI), we recognize that…

Catonsville CO-OP brings together food, community, and local businesses

In the summer of 2011, a few Catonsville residents met at the local library. They shared a passion for supporting local businesses and wanted to bring those products into their community. Eleven years later, that idea has blossomed into the Catonsville Cooperative (CO-OP) Market and Grocery, a market and community hub owned and operated by…

In memoriam: Frank B. Coakley

No one wore the title of “Chief Business Development Officer” better than Frank Coakley. Frank’s commitment to affordable housing and community development made him a well-known and beloved figure throughout the city of Baltimore, an “industry giant” who served with “expertise, relationship and consensus building proficiency, and a kind and gentle heart,” recalls Sean Russell,…