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New Grant Received

The 20th annual Penguin Plunge was a record-breaking success, with 841 participants and the largest amount raised to date! New Years Day, 2023 was sunny and mild (thankfully), with 68 degree air temperatures and the…

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First Rung helps launch two new businesses

Spring is a time for growth, not only in the natural world but also in our local small business economy. In March and April, respectively, First Rung made loans to Jerry “Jay” Johnson, Jr. at…

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New entrepreneurs apply for funding

In partnership with the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College, First Rung receives micro loan applications from entrepreneurs who have completed the Small Business Academy, the Money Management course, and have a formal business…

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