In August 2016, I hosted my first Small Business Assistance Workshop for Minority Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. This event was created after speaking with minority small business owners in the Rockford and Peoria communities, where many told me the challenges they face accessing capital to start or grow a business.
That’s why I’m reaching out to you today– I hope you’ll join me on February 23rd when we bring this event to Rockford, Illinois. This workshop will bring together business owners, lenders, and representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address access to capital within the minority business community. Specifically, the event will engage business owners and entrepreneurs looking to better understand the different lending resources available to prospective borrowers as well as the components of a successful loan application.
The event will feature presentations from the SBA as well as a panel discussion highlighting success stories in our community and what businesses need to prepare for when borrowing. I will be joined by special guests Jeffrey Fahrenwald, M.B.A. Program Director at Rockford University and Valerie Ross, Branch Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Moderator: Jeffrey Fahrenwald, Director, MBA Program; Associate Professor of Economics, Business, and Accounting Rockford University
Brenten Witherby, Vice President - Commercial Services, Alpine Bank
John Phelps, Executive Director, Rockford Local Development Corporation
Karl Swanson, Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Rockford Bank & Trust
Jason Swan and David Johnson, Loan Officers, ACCION
When: Thursday, February 23, 2017. Registration begins at 5:30. The event program will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Where: Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101
Parking: City lot adjacent to Veterans Memorial Hall
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
*Panelists subject to change.