Economic Development

Vin DiCara received the designation of Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council in 1984. Since that time, he has worked with economic development professionals throughout the country who seek financing to assist businesses as they grow and prosper. DiCara Training and Consulting continues to provide assistance to a number of economic development entities whose mission is to help their communities through business development programs.

Training is the foundation for the work that DiCara Training and Consulting does with economic development organizations. Vin DiCara has developed partnerships with a number of nationally recognized organizations to develop and deliver high quality training for community development and economic development practitioners. These organizations include the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), Neighborworks (The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation), and the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development. Specific training engagements have been with the Texas Economic Development Council, the High Ground of Texas, the Finance Authority of Maine, the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, and the Indiana Association of Community and Economic Development. In working with these organizations as well as with others, DiCara Training and Consulting has designed a training curriculum to meet the specific needs of clients as they have defined those needs.

Customized Training Programs
DiCara Training and Consulting tries to be as flexible as possible when it provides training to its clients. This is a distinct advantage with any training engagement. When a client identifies a particular training need, DiCara Training and Consulting will work with that client to develop a curriculum with current and relevant content that meets that specific client’s needs. The ultimate objective of DiCara Training and Consulting, LLC is to increase the knowledge of loan fund professionals and improve the performance of loan programs. Our goal is simple: we will customize our programs to meet your needs so that you can be more successful in servicing your business clients and their needs.

Consulting Services
DiCara Training and Consulting provides consulting services to economic development organizations on a contractual basis. Two organizations which currently utilize these services are the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC). Both of these Portland, Maine based private non-profit organizations administer loan funds which provide financing to businesses on a subordinated debt basis. These Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) serve as partners with banks and credit unions to supplement the financing that those conventional institutions provide to businesses. DiCara Training and Consulting provides loan underwriting and loan fund management services to these two organizations. This arrangement allows the private non-profits to reduce their administrative expenses and use more of their funds for direct lending to businesses.

DiCara Training and Consulting’s thirty years of experience in the field of economic development financing provides clients with the knowledge and expertise to improve the performance of their loan funds. To learn more about economic development services from DiCara Training and Consulting, contact Vin DiCara at (207) 607-4129 or e-mail him at

Very strong instructor, with an excellent knowledge of the field of microenterprise development. Vin used a variety of teaching methods very well, including PowerPoint, Case Study, and small group discussions. He was very dynamic and engaged and was a good listener and facilitator. I would enjoy working with him to learn more.
Neighborworks Training, New Orleans
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DiCara Training and Consulting has earned the reputation of being a leader in training and consulting services. Our primary customers are community lenders in the banking, credit union, and economic development sectors.

With our extensive experience in the financial services industry, DiCara TC knows what it takes to effectively develop and increase financial management skills. The real world experience of DiCara's financial experts provides an unsurpassed learning opportunity. With experience as commercial lenders, entrepreneurial business owners and business consultants, our perspective brings each subject matter alive by using real-life examples. Our teaching style also creates a relaxed environment that fosters interactive participation and empowers students to take control of their own learning.

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