We’re thrilled to announce our 2014 Access to Capital event tour will commence on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 8AM – 1PM in Phoenix at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. Access to Capital events aim to foster lending to small businesses and educate small business owners around their different financing options at the local, regional, and national level. Our events, which began in 2012, have since been held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Seattle, with over 2,000 business owners and lenders in attendance.
These events involve guest speakers and influencers from organizations in each area. There are also presentations and panels featuring experts on equity, crowd funding, and business credit. Attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with lenders who can assess whether or not they offer loans that would suit the attendee’s business and can start processing loans on site.
Our event in Phoenix will feature regional and national experts including :
Robyn Barrett, Managing Member and Owner of FSW Funding
- Through her company, FSW Funding, Robyn Barrett aims to help small to mid-sized businesses gain the capital they need to see their businesses thrive. As a true supporter of her community, Robyn will be able to use her expertise to help attendees learn more about the opportunities in their areas.
Roberto Valdez-Beltran, Regional Senior Lender at Accion
- Roberto Valdez-Beltran has helped hundreds of clients secure millions of dollars worth of loans as a senior loan officer at Accion, and now works in loan production, portfolio management, and team management in the Arizona market. He specialized in providing consultation and assistance to small business owners through the loan process.
Mark Young, Executive VP at Arizona Bank & Trust
- Mark Young from Arizona Bank & Trust focuses on assisting clients with improving cash flow, funding growth, acquiring assets for expansion, financing acquisitions, commercial real estate purchases, and creating options for succession/ownership transition. Over the past 30 years, Mark has become skilled in learning about his clients needs and desires, and translating them into the right solutions for their situations.
Chris Webster, City President of Commerce Bank of Arizona
- An active member of the Phoenix business and charity community, Chris Webster uses his experience gained over more than 30 years working in banking to help businesses secure funding. As City President at Commerce Bank of Arizona, he is committed to fully understanding customer needs and offers local support for small businesses.
Gordon McConnell, Assistant VP for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at Arizona State University
- Gordon McConnell, Assistant Vice President at The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at Arizona State University works towards fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. While it originally aimed to create high-potential startup companies, it has since expanded to also help other entrepreneurship-related endeavors on a national scale. The group helps those in the community learn about classes, programs, and resources that may be helpful to them as well as launching for-profit and non-profit ventures.
Craig Jordan, Lender Relations Specialist at Small Business Administration (SBA) Arizona District Office
- Having worked in the financial services for over 14 years in addition to the commercial and residential lending industries, Craig Jordan, a Lender Relations Specialist from the SBA Arizona District Office has an broad background in finance. Along with his work with the SBA, his extensive knowledge will be able to help address the pressing concerns that come with owning a small business.
Visit our Phoenix Access to Capital event page for more information. If you are unable to attend our Phoenix event, keep an eye out for our upcoming Access to Capital events that will take place across the country in 2014.
Want to learn more?
Here are some additional links that you might find helpful:
- Access to Capital Video
- Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Experiences
- Funding Tips and other Advice from Experts at Access to Capital Atlanta