Access to Capital Seattle Wrap-Up

By |2017-09-14T11:21:18-07:00November 18th, 2013|

Access to Capital Seattle was similar to our other events: hundreds of small business and startup owners attended, there were four informative panels of experts, and over forty representatives from local and national lenders. Though the décor and programming was the same as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, there was one welcome addition to our team, Kelly Kingman, a graphic artist who recorded our panels using images. If you were unable to attend one of our events, missed a panel for a lender meeting or simply cannot remember all of the content covered, take a look at Kelly’s designs below.

Off the Beaten Path: Is Alternative Funding the Route for you?

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Moderator Tina Vlasaty from the Seattle Office of Economic Development discussed the ins and outs of running a small business and utilizing alternative lenders with Stephen Sheinbaum, CEO of Merchant Cash & Capital, Joan Broughton from Craft3, Roland Chaiton of Community Capital Development, Corey Ross, CEO of Fusion Business Finance, Makini Howell, owner of Plum Bistro, and Mike Banfield, owner of SpringStar.

Crowdfunding: Should you be in with the “in crowd?”

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Mary Juetten, CEO and Founder of Traklight, Larry Spelhaug from SCORE Seattle, Ditto Nowakowski, founder of CanCan, and Dan Shapiro, founder of Robot Turtles, discussed how crowdfunding can empower you to grow your business and how to develop a successful campaign. Tom Cock from Vestory moderated this panel of experts and case studies.

Startups Start Here: Strategies from Entrepreneurs


David Nilssen, CEO of Guidant Financial, Andy Shawber from Summit Law Group, Michael ‘Luni’ Libes of Fledge, David Parker from UP Global, and Daniel Todd, CEO of Affinity Influencing Systems, sat on this panel moderated by the director of Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington, Connie Bourassa-Shaw. They touched on resources available to small business owners and startups in the Seattle-area and beyond.

Straight Talk: Getting Traditional Loans in Today’s Economy


Steve Strauss, author and small business writer for USA Today, moderated this panel, discussing the ways to attract a traditional lender with Ruth Ann Halford from HomeStreet Bank, Mark Costello from the SBA, Roger Forman from Bank of America, and Jill Blankenship, CEO of Frontline Call Center.

Kelly also illustrated our Spotlight featuring Kris Schoenberger, owner of BBQ’d Productions, who received support from Accion & Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream Initiative:


There were certain commonalities among the different panels. Though the participating lenders have different focuses and the panelists have different areas of expertise, each of the graphics illustrate that to start a successful small business, you must do a lot of research, make connections and take advantage of all the small business resources that are available. That is why we created Access to Capital – to empower growing business by linking owners and entrepreneurs with lenders and resources in one day. Seattle was a great way to end our 2013 Money to Mainstreet Tour!