After working for a construction company for many years, Carlos wanted to make a change and focus his efforts on making a difference in his own community. He approached Community First Fund for a $5,000 loan to start his own business. That was the beginning of C.G. Plumbing and Electric, Inc.

Over fifteen years later, and with several subsequent loans from Community First Fund, Carlos has purchased more than 15 homes on South Ann Street and renovated them for resale. “Community First Fund is wonderful”, says Carlos, “they believe in me and my view of making a profit in the neighborhood, not in the pocket.”

The growth and success of Carlos’ business is a direct result of his commitment to his neighborhood and the support of his family. Carlos’ wife, Lucciola, serves as the bookkeeper, and his son, Carlo, and a nephew help him with construction work. Carlo has followed in his father’s footsteps and also received financing from Community First Fund to successfully complete additional community renovation projects.