Access to Capital Chicago a Huge Success!2017-09-14T11:21:02-07:00

Thank you to all the business owners, community organizations, lenders and expert speakers who participated in Access to Capital Chicago on May 22, 2013.

Over 400 attendees had the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with lending officers and access community resources that specialize in helping small businesses in Chicago, all in one day!

Our expert panelists addressed what lenders look for and educated attendees on the variety of funding options that exist in a Town Hall setting. This was the place to be to gain insight into accessing capital and the ins-and-outs of lending opportunities and local services.

Straight Talk: Getting Traditional Loans in Today’s Economy

– Carol Roth of WGN hosted this panel of bank executives who explained what the banks are looking for and gave actionable tips on how to secure financing.

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

– There are many alternative capital options available: micro-lenders, CDFIs, and credit unions. Tammy Halevy of AEO and six representatives from alternative lenders spoke about how these powerful sources of capital differ from traditional lenders and how they can benefit small businesses.

Startups Start Here: Strategies from Entreprenuers

– Linda Darragh of the Kellogg School of Management moderated this panel of real entrepreneurs who shared how they grew their businesses from concept, to prototype, to expansion.

Crowdfunding: Should You Be in with the “In Crowd?”

– David Carmen of Blackline Review moderated this panel of experts and entrepreneurs who spoke about how crowdfunding organizations are successfully funding thousands of projects.

Access to Capital Chicago Panelists

Town Square gave guests the opportunity to partake in roundtables as well as meet one-on-one with a variety of lenders, and legal and business advisors. Five specialized communities provided start-ups and small businesses with a well-rounded curriculum of resources in a comfortable and modern Main Street setting.Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet is coming to Atlanta on Wednesday, August 14 and Seattle on Tuesday, November 12. Register now!

If you are interested in participating in Atlanta or Seattle as a partner or sponsor, please contact