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Small Business Capital and Development

On Thursday, November 10, 2011, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Indiana Minority Enterprise Center will co-sponsor a conference entitled, “Small Business Capital and Development—An Informed Conversation on Surviving the Economic Storm. The conference will focus on informing our audience of the current statistics, data, and state of play of the business climate in northwest Indiana, especially as it pertains to small businesses. Speakers will have information on federal and state programs to assist small businesses in this economic downturn and advice on locating new markets, preparing marketing strategies and financial statements to increase the chance of obtaining bank financing. In addition, we will explore new methods of connecting small businesses and start-up businesses with sources of investment—both new and traditional.

Registration is $40.00 ($25.00 for nonprofit organizations with the discount code, SmBusDev1110).

Monday, 11/17/14
8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Helen Mirza, Community Development Program Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Sondra Ford, Director, Indiana Minority Enterprise Center
9:15 AM
Economic Development: Building the right foundation and providing the right resources for success
Joseph B Hornett, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and COO, Purdue Research Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana
10:00 AM
The Perspective of Two of Northwest Indiana’s Small Businesses
Andrea Pearman, President & CEO, Diversified Marketing Strategy, Crown Point , Indiana
Vance Kenney, President & CEO, Advance Construction Services, Merrillville, Indiana
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
Nurturing and Assisting Small Businesses of High Potential
David L Clark, Venture Partner, Elevate Ventures
12:00 PM
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker
Clifton Kellogg, Program Director, United States Treasury Department
1:30 PM
SBA Export Initiatives for Small Businesses and Financing for Export Transactions
Jack Nevell, Regional Director, Small Business Administration
Jan Blaho, Business Development Officer, Export-Import Bank
2:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

  1. Q&A and Technical Assistance for SBA export programs – John Nevell, SBA, and Jan Blaho, Business Development Officer, Export-Import Bank, or
  2. Technical Assistance for small businesses in the process of applying for bank credit - Greg Boyan, Executive Director, Hammond Innovation Center

3:30 PM
Panel Discussion
Brian Rusin, Peoples Bank, Munster, Indiana
Richard (Ric) Brunskill, Managing Examiner - Indiana, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
John M Hanak, Statewide Director, Purdue Technology Centers
Cecile Petro, Director of Redevelopment, City of Highland, Indiana
4:30 PM
Adjourn to Ice Cream Social and Networking Opportunity

Last Updated: 11/04/2011

Event Information
Event Contact
Rhonda Branham
(312) 322-8232
11/10/11  - 11/10/11
Registration Deadline
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dynasty Banquet Center
4125 Calumet Ave
Hammond, Indiana 46320


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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