FSC First’s “Step into Success” Gala & Sneaker Ball

FSC First’s “Step into Success” Gala & Sneaker Ball

FSC First’s “Step into Success” Gala & Sneaker Ball held at the Hotel at UMD was a great night of celebration and networking. We honored our remarkable small business awardees and acknowledged our valued partners. ABC News Anchor, Adrianna Hopkins brought the...

Resource Roundup: Financial Education and Resources from FSC First

As a business owner, seeking continuous learning and support is important. FSC First offers educational opportunities and financial resources to assist businesses and their leaders at every stage of growth. From seasoned entrepreneurs to novice business owners, FSC...

3 Healthcare Capital Fund Program loans

FSC First administers the Healthcare Capital Fund. The program is funded in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System. Healthcare providers and businesses aiming to sustain and improve health are the targets for this loan and can use it to help expand...

Path To 1555

As National Black History Month ends, let’s take a moment to delve into the Path To 1555 initiative. Launched in 2020, Path To 1555 is a collaborative effort aimed at bolstering black business ownership and entrepreneurship to foster the economic prosperity of...

Are you Prepared for Your Initial Meeting with Your Commercial Lender?

Did You Know? Small business owners often need access to capital to grow and sustain their business. When this becomes a short term and/or long-term reality, the small business owner must first prepare for a meeting with their intended lender. During this preparation,...
Protect Your Business (and Yourself) Through Adequate Insurance

Protect Your Business (and Yourself) Through Adequate Insurance

Business owners, focused on building their success, can often forget to safeguard the entities and assets they’ve worked tirelessly to build. By proactively securing adequate business insurance, entrepreneurs and small business owners can diminish the impact of...
Business Spotlight: Sew Creative Lounge

Business Spotlight: Sew Creative Lounge

Sew Creative Lounge: positioned to keep the art form of sewing thriving in Prince George’s County and beyond. Cecily Habimana’s affection for sewing began in her youth watching her mother sew clothes for family members. Fast forward to 2017, she and her co-owner,...

FSC First Celebrates Economic Development Week in Maryland

October 23 – 27 marks Economic Development Week in Maryland, a time to spotlight and celebrate the significant impact of economic development on our state. Instituted by the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) in 2011, this annual observance...
FSC First Shines a Spotlight on NALCAB for Hispanic Heritage Month

FSC First Shines a Spotlight on NALCAB for Hispanic Heritage Month

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, FSC First is highlighting our meaningful collaboration with the National Association for Latino Asset Builders (NALCAB). NALCAB represents a crucial partner in our continuous pursuit to foster community development and support,...
Master CEO Coaching Series Guides Prince George’s Entrepreneurs

Master CEO Coaching Series Guides Prince George’s Entrepreneurs

CEOs seeking guidance and support to elevate their businesses can now benefit from the Master CEO Coaching Series by FSC First. This program provides personalized solutions to CEOs, empowering leaders to overcome obstacles and accomplish their goals. Sponsored by FSC...
Bowie BIC and Level Up Help Businesses Blossom

Bowie BIC and Level Up Help Businesses Blossom

The Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) is an invaluable resource for businesses in Maryland and Prince George’s County businesses, providing support for growth and development. As a proud partner of FSC First and a Level Up resource partner, Bowie BIC...
All Star Flooring Navigates Pandemic with BRI Grant

All Star Flooring Navigates Pandemic with BRI Grant

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, All Star Flooring owner Joe Nusraty was determined to keep his business afloat without impacting his staff. A Business Recovery Initiative (BRI) grant from Prince George’s County administered by FSC First helped him do just that. All...
The Benefits of Good Financial Literacy

The Benefits of Good Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a skill that has tangible benefits for business owners at all stages of their careers. April is Financial Literacy Month, but the FSC First team and our partners work together to help entrepreneurs cultivate these skills all year long. One of our...
Talking with Steward Smith, FSC First’s “Money Man”

Talking with Steward Smith, FSC First’s “Money Man”

When small business owners want to grow, they know who to talk to: FSC First’s very own “Money Man,” Vice President of Business Development, Steward Smith. Steward brings a wealth of experience to FSC First. He has been with FSC First for ten years but has more than...

Introducing FSC First’s 2023 Annual Award Winners

Every year, FSC First recognizes employees and clients who have contributed exceptionally to our mission and the community. These businesses and individuals exemplify our commitment to excellence and share our dedication to improving the health of Maryland’s economy....

Bolstering Black-Owned Businesses Beyond Black History Month

Black History Month might only be observed in February, but at FSC First, celebrating the contributions of Black Americans in business is a daily practice. While we’ve worked extensively through our lending programs to support Black entrepreneurs, our commitment to...

Purple Line Business Assistance Grant Update

Suppose you’re a business located along the Purple Line Construction Impacted Corridor. In that case, you may be eligible for $5,000 – $10,000 in assistance from a grant sponsored by Prince George’s County and the Maryland Department of Commerce. Construction of...
FSC First Announces Dawn R. Medley as New President & CEO

FSC First Announces Dawn R. Medley as New President & CEO

FSC First is pleased to announce that Dawn R. Medley will assume the position of President & CEO, effective January 1, 2023. Medley will succeed Shelly Gross-Wade, who steps down in December 2022 after nearly 25 years of service. Medley currently serves as FSC...
A Legacy of Leadership: Spotlight on Shelly Gross-Wade 

A Legacy of Leadership: Spotlight on Shelly Gross-Wade 

For 24 years, Shelly Gross-Wade, our indomitable President & CEO, has helped local borrowers, businesses, organizations and communities actualize their goals. As Shelly closes this chapter as FSC First’s lending leader extraordinaire, we want to communicate her...
Access To Capital Matters!

Access To Capital Matters!

Written by J. Steward Smith, Vice President, Business Development FSC First is the premier non-bank lender in our market and a reliable provider of creative and innovative business financing solutions to established and emerging businesses in the State of Maryland....
Celebrating Successes During National Black-owned Business Month

Celebrating Successes During National Black-owned Business Month

August is National Black-owned Business Month; a great time to recognize and celebrate the approximately two million companies in the U.S. owned by African American and Black entrepreneurs.[1] As one of the few Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in...
A Legacy of Leadership: Spotlight on Shelly Gross-Wade 

Retiring CEO Shelly Gross-Wade Reflects on Her Legacy at FSC First

After more than two decades as President and CEO of FSC First, Shelly Gross-Wade recently announced her end-of-year retirement. Shelly has over 35 years of executive-level management experience in economic development finance. Her career includes a 46-year tenure as a...
A Summer Fun Short List from FSC First

A Summer Fun Short List from FSC First

When the summer days grow longer, the opportunities for fun follow suit in Prince George’s County. Whether you prefer low-key experiences or high-octane adventures, you’ll never have to go far to find excitement in our community. Our list of local favorites will help...
A Legacy of Leadership: Spotlight on Shelly Gross-Wade 

FSC First CEO, Shelly Gross-Wade, Announces End-of-year Retirement

After more than two decades as President & CEO of the Prince George’s Financial Services Corporation (FSC First), Shelly Gross-Wade announced to the Board of Directors that she will step down from her role at the end of the year. Diane Brown, Chair of the Board of...
May 2022: Big Wins for Small Businesses

May 2022: Big Wins for Small Businesses

May is National Small Business Month and is our chance to celebrate the resiliency and tenacity of America’s small business owners who create opportunities from their innovative ideas and make important contributions to our growing economy. At FSC First, we know small...
Financial Literacy Month Celebration: Your Finances in Focus

Financial Literacy Month Celebration: Your Finances in Focus

Since 2004, April has been recognized as “Financial Literacy Month” to promote financial awareness and education. Financial Literacy Month originated from Youth Literacy Day, founded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). It was created to raise...

Women Celebrating Women at FSC First

Women inspire us every day, whether they’re shaping strategy in the workplace, or shaping the next generation as mothers, sisters, grandmothers and mentors. Women’s History Month is an opportunity to say “thank you” to the everyday heroines who elevate our ideas and...

Black Entrepreneurs: Moving Boldly Ahead

While the official celebration of Black History Month is four weeks in February, FSC First applauds Black achievements every day. Home to one of a few Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in the country led by an African American, woman President and...

FSC First Receives $105k Grant from Wells Fargo

FSC First receives a $300,000 grant from Wells Fargo! This grant will support FSC’s continuous efforts to support small businesses in Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland. While funding is through Wells Fargo, The National Association for...

FSC First Board of Directors Host Small Business Lending Roundtable

On Wednesday November 17th, the FSC First Board of Directors hosted the organization’s first Small Business Lending Roundtable event. Presented by Chairwoman of the Board, Diane Brown, the purpose of this event was for small business and resource partners alike...

FSC First Receives $300k Grant from PNC Foundation

FSC First receives a $300,000 grant from the PNC Foundation! These funds will go towards enhancing our ongoing Capital Matters technical assistance program. The PNC Foundation awarded $1.1 million in grants over three years to the Academy of Hope, GOODProjects and FSC...

County Government Buildings Reopen

After three months of planning and preparation, Prince George’s County Government will reopen Government buildings to the public beginning Monday, August 30, 2021. Please check an agency’s website to verify if an appointment is needed prior to visiting. All County...

Capital Matters: How To Get A Yes To Your Funding Request Session 1

Last week, we hosted our first session of the How to Get A Yes series! During this session, businesses were able to get firsthand knowledge of FSC First’s loan application process. This workshop will help small business owners prepare for applying for funding...

FSC First Continues Achieving Strategic Goals

Prolocity, a highly regarded full-service Salesforce consultancy service, conducted a case study on FSC First. As we transitioned into utilizing Salesforce for our newly updated loan application, Prolocity insured that we received premier service. On behalf of our...

Press Release: FSC First $750k CDFI Grant Recipient

FSC First Announces $750k Grant from United States Treasury Department To Continue Supporting Small Businesses In The State of Maryland   FSC First is amongst 863 community development financial institutions (CDFI’s) to receive funding from the United States Treasury...

Meet Our New Hires

We are so excited to announce that we have welcomed two new people to our dynamic team of professionals! Jennifer Burnette is a Maryland native with 8 years of experience surrounding loan operations, loan documentation and quality assurance. She has proactive and...

U.S. Senator Cardin Visits FSC First

On Monday, May 17th, The Honorable United States Senator Benjamin Cardin visited FSC First to learn more about our COVID-19 small business recovery activity. Additionally, Senator Cardin shared next steps for small business recovery and expressed his gratitude to the...

FSC First Receives $500,000 Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20,2020 FSC First selected by Citi Foundation to receive a $500,000 grant Largo, MD–County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and the Board of Directors of FSC First are pleased to announce that FSC First has been selected by Citi...

COVID-19 New Programs Available

FSC First is dedicated to keeping local and statewide business communities updated on the plethora of resources that are available to businesses during this difficult time. Maryland State COVID-19 Impacted Business Assistance  Maryland has authorized $130 million in...

Meet Our New Hire!

Congratulations are in order! FSC First is happy to announce that Eddie Tuvin will lead a new effort as our Chief Lending Officer. Eddie has served on the FSC Board of Directors for the past year. He comes to FSC First as an executive market leader with 32 years of...

Stay Social With Us

We’ve recently concluded our Women’s History Month celebration. Throughout the month of March, we shared the stories of several of the women who make FSC what we are. Check out our social media now!  Facebook Twitter Google...

COVID-19 Response

Dear FSC First Community, Recently, many changes have occurred within our state, region and nation that are requiring us to adjust our daily habits, routines and overall way of life. While these changes may interrupt, or cause an inconvenience to our sense of...

Meet FSC First’s Senior Vice President

FSC First is pleased to announce the promotion of our Vice President – Business Finance Programs, Dawn Medley. As of April 25, 2019, Ms. Medley will continue to lead our loan administration team as Senior Vice President – Business Finance Programs.  Ms. Medley has...

FSC First Announces New Board Members

FSC First is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Board members! With almost two decades of experience in the banking industry, Shanton Kittler currently serves as Senior Vice President and SBA Lending Manager at MainStreet Bank. In this capacity, some of...

FSC First Elects New Leadership To Its Board of Directors

LARGO, MD (February 1, 2019) – FSC First, the premier lending partner for businesses in the region, is pleased to announce the appointment of its four officers and four new members: Kenneth L. White, Senior Vice President, Revere Bank (Chairman); Diane Brown, COO,...

FSC First On The Move: Good Food Market Press Conference

On April 1, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Good Food Markets, a new grocery store offering fresh produce and healthy food options, in Seat Pleasant, MD. FSC First is excited to join Prince George’s County Executive’s Office, Prince George’s County...

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