The Greensboro Community Development Fund (GCDF) is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury.


GCDF serves the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses located in Greensboro and neighboring communities underserved by traditional financial institutions, in the form of loans, subordinated debt, and equity investments to enable such businesses to obtain the capital needed to develop an effective business enterprise. 

Our expertise is in small business lending, and capitalizing Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) with sustained development and service contracts. GCDF provides clients with training and technical assistance to support business development and offers small business loans from $5,000 – $25,000 and contract loans from $10,000 – $50,000.

Our Mission

To generate economic growth, encourage small business development, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods by providing loans and financial services to undeserved businesses in our community.

Our Vision 

To economically empower the Piedmont Triad’s underserved and distressed communities.




Wilson Lester
Executive Director

Wilson Lester is a partnership and program management professional.  His career is focused on advancing economic opportunity through strategic partnerships and education.  His role as Executive Director of the Greensboro Community Development Fund works diligently to create relationships with businesses in urban and rural communities through micro lending in support of operational expansion and new business development for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

MSc Management – Michigan State University
Eli Broad School of Business
BBA – Greensboro College


Board of Directors

GCDF’s Board of Directors helps ensure that we achieve our mission to generate economic growth, encourage small business development, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods by providing loans and financial services to underserved businesses in our community.

Members of the Board of Directors support GCDF by providing strategic vision and long-term planning to our team. Committed volunteers with diverse backgrounds sit on our Board of Directors: They are small business owners, local bankers, community development leaders, real estate professionals and lawyers.


Gerry McCants
McCants Communications Group, Inc.
Black Pages USA
Board Chair

Deborah Hooper
COO of the Greensboro Partnership

Gary Paul Kane
Shepherd Development Co.
Vice Chair

Eresterine Guidry



Ken Bethea
President & CEO, Southeast Fuels

Karen Martinez
Director, Guilford Child Development

Karl Robinson
President & CEO, R&R Trucking

Melanie Tuttle
MST Attorney at Law

Scott Baker
SVP, First Citizen Bank

Mark Hagenbuch
Director, SBC Guilford Technical Community College

Hector McEarhern
President & CEO, The McEarhern Group

Michael Schiftan
Devcon Resources



You can view recent GCDF 990’s here: 201620152014,

Additionally, GCDF audits are available upon request. Please contact GCDF at (336) 256-9350 or info@gcdfonline.org for more information.

GCDF is a GuideStar Exchange Participant.