Lenwood V. Long, Sr.

Lenwood V. Long, Sr. is the President/CEO of Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and statewide nonprofit organization. The mission of Carolina Small Business is to foster economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services and policy research to support small businesses.

In his role as President/CEO of CSBDF, Lenwood has led the organization through a period of transformational growth. In 2009, under his leadership, the organization went through a strategic shift and rebranding, establishing its direct small business lending program. Within five years, loan volume totaled over $35 million. In 2016, the organization rebranded again as the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, ushering in a renewed phase of growth and expansion. 

Lenwood has more than twenty-five years of experience in community economic development, human resources and business management. He has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including statewide economic and community development agencies, national consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Lenwood also served as the Minority Affairs Assistant in the Office of former North Carolina Governor James E. Holshouser and the Chief of Staff for former Congresswoman Eva M. Clayton. 

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