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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 co-sponsored a conference entitled, “Small Business Capital and Development—An Informed Conversation on Surviving the Economic Storm. The conference focused 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 presented 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, new methods were explored of connecting small businesses and start-up businesses with sources of investment—both new and traditional.

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

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