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Cliff Bell's

2030 Park Avenue

Detroit, MI 48226

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Luck favors the prepared and 80% of getting funded happens before the first meeting.

Capital is the lifeblood of small businesses. But too often business owners find it difficult, if not impossible, to get the financing they need, when they need it most. Or owners take an incorrect approach applying for capital, and don’t really understand what funders are looking for. This Open City event will help you understand what options you have and how you can best prepare yourself for the process.
On Monday, April 23 join Build Institute and a diverse group of business owners and lenders to discover what gets them to the “yes”. You’ll leave with a better handle on:
  • What lenders look for
  • How to match the right financing program to your needs
  • How to prepare for a meeting with a lender
  • The issues that will “kill” your deal
The panel is sure to provide insight for entrepreneurs low on funds, denied by lenders, or exhausted other resources to grow their business. Understand the process of raising money for your business, which types of financing are most appropriate for your needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, tips on improving your chances for success

Ready to increase your chances of getting your business funded?

Open City is FREE!

MODERATOR- Laura Sigmon, president & CEO, Best Practices Consulting

PANEL
- James Chapman, director of entrepreneurship, Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund
- Cassie Coravos, capital programs manager, Build Institute
- Matthew Bihun, senior loan officer, ProsperUs Detroit


SCHEDULE
6:00 - 6:30 / networking
6:30 - 7:30 / panel discussion
7:30 - 8:00 / networking

(1) Complimentary beverage for each attendee.

Thank you to our sponsor:
Comcast Business

Thank you to our venue partner: Cliff Bells


BUSINESS PITCH OPPORTUNITY
Bring your business cards! Not only will you need them for networking, but we'll also draw a card before our panel discussion. Whoever is drawn has the opportunity to break the ice by presenting the audience with a small business concern.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITY
New to Open City! If you have a business and would like an opportunity to promote your service or product, we are now offering opportunities to showcase at Open City. Limited space available at each event. Opportunity includes a post on Open City’s event page on Facebook. Email
Christianne@buildinstitute.org for more information.

ABOUT OPEN CITY
A program of Build Institute, Open City is a forum for Detroit's aspiring and established small business owners to learn, network, and exchange information in a fun and lively atmosphere. Join us each month this summer at a new Detroit neighborhood location, where a select panel of speakers will discuss a relevant small business topic, followed by casual networking. Events are FREE and open to all with no rsvp required.

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