The SBDC has been working in collaboration with the Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator to host our upcoming Investment Marketplace event. The event will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 8a.m – 12:30 at the Waldorf Jaycees. The purpose of the event is to connect our regional lending community with area small businesses in a speed dating simulation which will allow multiple lenders to meet with an array of small businesses in one setting.
The agenda includes a morning discussion with lenders about community reinvestment and a panel discussion from our partners at SBA, TEDCO (invited) and the Maryland Casino Fund to talk about utilization of those resources as gap funding partners. Starting at 10:30 the doors will open to area small businesses and we will host our Funders Lounge – 3 rounds of speed dating. Each round is 30 minutes. We anticipate 20-30 businesses per round. Registration for area small businesses will be opening later this week. We will be promoting each 30 minute round separately, and as one fills up, the second round will be promoted, etc.