Access to Capital Atlanta was on August 14. The event was a great success, bringing lenders and entrepreneurs under one roof for a day of 1:1 appointments with lenders and informative panels of expert speakers and entrepreneurs. If you missed any of these presentations, don’t worry! Check out everything that was going on in our Town Hall here:
Straight Talk: Getting Traditional Loans in Today’s Economy
Our first panel of the day focused on traditional funding. This panel of representatives from banks and other traditional lending institutions covered ways to make your business model attractive to traditional lenders. The panel was moderated by Melissa Long from NBC Atlanta.
If one in three Main Street microbusinesses hired just one employee, the U.S. would reach full employment. Watch AEO’s Connie Evans’ presentation about how to make this projection a reality by adjusting the flow of capital and services to small business owners.
Startups Start Here: Strategies from Entrepreneurs
This panel, which was moderated by Daryn Kagan, founder of darynkagan.com, focused on entrepreneurship and business owners who have successfully launched businesses. If you are interested in hearing tips from people who have been in your shoes and crossed the hurdle of starting a company, check out this video.
Neighborhood Strong: Meet a Few of the Local Organizations that Can Help Your Business Grow
D&B Credibility’s CMO Judy Hackett moderated this panel, which focused on community resources that are available for small business owners. The panel of representatives from some of Georgia’s community resource centers and business owners covered ways these free or low cost services can grow businesses.
Jeff Stibel, CEO & Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp and author of Breakpoint, spoke about how to successfully obtain capital by building a network of customers necessary to own a market. He uses case studies to exemplify this concept, which is further explored in his book.
Off the Beaten Path: Is Alternative Funding the Route for You?
Phil Town, investor and author of Rule #1, moderated this panel of representatives from alternative lending firms as well as small business owners who have benefited from those lenders.
Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative
Yolanda Ramirez, senior sourcing manager and former small business owner, joined us in Atlanta to speak about Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. Watch her presentation on the ways Walmart is working to promote women-owned businesses below.
Crowdfunding: Should You Be in With the “In Crowd?”
Georgia has unique crowdfunding laws, which made this panel our most popular of the day. Knox Massey moderated this panel that addressed how to make such a unique lending model work for your capital needs