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VetNet: Veteran Entrepreneur Lending Program in Partnership with CDFIs

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

VetNet: Veteran Entrepreneur Lending Program in...

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IVMF VetNet Live Streaming Participant Ended Free  

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In partnership with Bank of America and People Fund, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is excited to bring you a VetNet webinar on Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that offer startup & growth loan capital. 

Traditional banks encounter barriers to offer business startup/growth loans during the first two years of operation due to the Entrepreneur’s limited track record, limited revenue generation, or personal financial situation. The Veteran Entrepreneur Lending Program initiative offers a network of national entrepreneurial learning providers and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners in seven States that offer startup & growth loan capital. 

Veterans can directly apply for loans with the CDFIs, can be referred by the learning providers, regional Veteran networks, and through Bank of America when the bank is unable to offer our own small business loan solution. The learning program participation is not required to apply for a CDFI small business loan. Eligible are active military personnel, veterans, surviving spouses/partners and caretakers (varies by region).


Tuesday, October 8 - 12 p.m. EST

Guest Speaker
Gary Lindner | President & CEO | People Fund

In 2010, Gary Lindner became President & CEO. Since then, PeopleFund, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) has grown from a five county central Texas service area to a statewide lender (254 counties) with enormous social and economic impact. Gary hired a high-energy staff, successfully opened seven PeopleFund offices across the state, and quadrupled outstanding business loans primarily to minority, women, veterans and those in low-income areas. From 2004-2010, he was Chief Operating Officer at ACCION Texas where he quadrupled the outstanding loan portfolio to over $30 million. From 2004-2019, Gary has been responsible for over 7,000 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) loans to Texas small businesses. During his distinguished 29-year military career, Gary flew intensive combat missions in Vietnam, followed by a series of challenging flying, staff, and three high level CEO assignments. A highly decorated service disabled combat veteran, he achieved the rank of Colonel and Command Pilot status. An Air Force Academy graduate, Gary earned a master’s degree from Auburn University. He has served on numerous local, regional, state and national non-profit boards.

Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) delivers no-cost career training and entrepreneurship programs across the US and globally. And we help ease the transition after service back into communities for service members, veterans, and their families, as well as prepare them for successful careers and business ownership. We've supported over 100,000 to date. It's our mission to support theirs. 
Please note, VetNet webinar sessions are held on YouTube, and you must have an account to participate in the chat feature. Google accounts work across all Google platforms including Gmail, Google+, and YouTube. If you have any questions, please email us at

We would like all viewers to know that the live broadcasts will not be closed captioned.  Recorded sessions will be edited as soon as possible once archived and will be made fully accessible for future viewing.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who are unable to participate in the live broadcasts.
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