Building Inclusive Financial Spaces Convening: Chicago

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Conference Chicago at University Center

Lake Room

525 S. State Street

Chicago, IL 60605

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You are invited to attend Building Inclusive Financial Spaces: A Convening Supporting Returning Citizens in Entrepreneurship and Credit Building an event made possible by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration and organized locally by Heartland Alliance Human Care Services.

About the convening

This convening is one of three organized by Credit Builders Alliance and is designed to increase the impact of mission-driven organizations serving or seeking to serve Returning Citizens, in particular entrepreneurs and those facing credit challenges. We hope to facilitate dialogue among community stakeholders about the existing and/or potential role of credit building in reentry and recidivism-prevention efforts.

The event will provide:

  • A discussion of the challenges faced by Returning Citizens, including legal barriers;

  • Facilitated discussion around legal services, credit building and small business development products/services that support the financial stability of returning citizens pre- and post-incarceration;

  • Training on the use of CBA's toolkit, "Achieving Credit Strength: A Toolkit for Supporting Returning Citizen Entrepreneurs"; and

  • A look at policy victories and how to successfully advocate for change.

Learn about collaborative models with proven success and share best practices, resources and ideas that meet the needs of local programs and beyond!

Who should attend?

The convening is open to all (local and national) and is free to attend.

The target audience includes those engaged in the criminal justice space, particularly those who focus on the aspect of economic justice. Attendees may include non-profit and community-based organizations, municipal leaders, funders and/or financial institutions, attorneys, and other stakeholders (including those with lived experience) supporting the pre- and post-release efforts of those who are justice exposed. While some content may be Chicago focused, we hope that the takeaways will expand beyond.

**Limited sub-grants are available for those traveling from out of town, to help defray travel costs. Learn more, or apply here.


Registration will begin at 9:30 am and the first session will kick-off at 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided. The day will conclude by 4:30 pm. Draft agenda forthcoming.

The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this training do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the U.S. Small Business Administration or its affiliates.


What are my transportation options?

See public transport options and driving directions here.

How much is the sub-grant for?

Sub-grants are for $500.

Are sub-grants guaranteed?

No, unfortunately, there are limited funds available. If you are travelling from out of town, and have an interest in applying, please do so here.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Maria Sennett at with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You may transfer your ticket to another person but please contact us by email in advance to ensure that we have the contact information for that person.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?


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Conference Chicago at University Center

Lake Room

525 S. State Street

Chicago, IL 60605

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