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Resilient Businesses

Helping small businesses thrive

Resilient Businesses

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Dealing with People

  • remaining flexible (even supple!) when working with friends and family
    Ira Bryck
  • finding and holding onto the pulse of your many stakeholders
    Kirsten Bonanza

Driving Collaborative Economy

  • reinventing yourself when markets change; embracing trends in the new economic era
    Prakash Laufer
  • fostering collaborations among peers and competitors in order to sustain and grow revenues
    Dan Finn
  • Create It! A "money multiplier" simulation game and discussion on creating money locally
    William Spademan

Alternative Funding

  • bootstrapping your organization when cash is scarce; growth with non-traditional capital
    Tim Cohen-Mitchell
  • planning for and attracting investment opportunities
    Terry Mollner

Sustainability and Resilience as a strategic focus

  • making the case for resilience as a strategic focus
    Jan Morgan
  • local politics: what works and what could be better
    Catherine Ratte

Creating and spending your money

  • debt versus equity; balancing the two and planning ahead
    Mary Hoyer
  • taking on debt; how much do you really need?
    John Waite
  • once you get the capital, what do you do with it?
    Rick Feldman
Last Updated on Monday, 08 November 2010 21:55
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Resilient Businesses Summit

One Day. Hundreds of Small Businesses.

One Goal. Build a Bridge.


Small businesses are at the heart of our economy: their resilience is essential to a strong, successful, and influential industry.  It is well documented that small businesses generate more jobs than any other scale business or sector per investment dollar. With their dollars remaining in their communities, they have the largest impact on local economics which increases the impact of the dollars invested in such businesses.  But their inherent success is challenged by a lack of big business and federal support that comprehends the particular needs of small and micro-businesses.

The support services currently in place to help small businesses are mis-targeted.  For example, the Small Business Association (SBA) has emergency loans as part of the Recovery Act.  All studies of micro-loans show a higher payback rate then larger business loans and yet the SBA loans under $30K have an extra 'high risk' surcharge.  There is a disconnect between services providers and the very Small Businesses they propose to support. 

In this summit, we bring together the voices of small businesses and their potential support systems. We lay the cards on the table and discuss the needs, the challenges, and the practices, and leave with a plan for instigating change.  What does it mean to be viable and successful? What are supportive policies? What exactly will the new Small Business Funding law provide? What are the necessary community structures that need to be in place in order for this to happen? How can existing organizations and government programs provide for scaled services?

We lay the foundation to

Bridge the Gap

between the needs of Small Businesses

and their Big Business and Federal supporters.


Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 19:00

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