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​1:00 PM

Exhibitor Check-in and Set-up


Breakfast and Networking in Exhibit Hall


Mistress of Ceremony

   Tara Palacios, Director, Arlington Economic Development BizLaunch

Opening Remarks

   Rob Stalzer, Fairfax County Deputy Executive, Fairfax County Government

Welcoming Remarks

   Antonio Doss, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office

Remarks

   Christopher C. Arabia, Senior Vice President, Metro DC Market, TD Bank, NA 

Keynote

   Diana Doukas, Director of the White House Business Council


Breakout Session I   (choose one of the following)


Salon VI
Show Me The Money: Securing a Bank Loan in 2016
Do you know what it takes to successfully secure a bank loan in 2016?  What should your credit score be?  How many years of tax returns do you need? What can you use for collateral?  What can you do to improve your chances to get approved?  What are the banks looking for in your financials?  Hear directly from the experts as they divulge banking pearls of wisdom.  <This workshop is recommended for businesses seeking funding of $100,000-$500,000>
Presented by: M&T Bank, TD Bank, and Eagle Bank 

Salon VII
Creative Financing Options: Explore the World of Micro Lending
If getting a small business loan from a traditional bank is not an option for your business, then consider a community-based micro lender.  Micro lenders are your best option when you need a smaller loan.  Micro lenders have supported a broad range of small business owners, including restaurants and boutique shops to cleaning and catering companies. Get to know micro lenders and see how they can help your business grow.  <This workshop is recommended for businesses seeking funding up to $50,000>
Presented by: Latino Economic Development Center, Washington Area Community Investment Fund, and ECDC Enterprise Development Group 

Salon VIII
The World is Your Oyster: How to Finance Your Business Overseas
In today’s global economy, the world is your oyster.  Lack of access to financing can stand in the way of your global growth. Hear from a panel of private and public sector specialists about the resources available to help you start and expand your export sales. Learn how the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the U.S. Small Business Administration can help secure financing for overseas sales; provides short-term working capital loans to creditworthy small business exporters; and, provide an insurance policy for your foreign accounts receivable.
Presented by: SBDC George Mason Enterprise, EXIM Bank, Fulton Bank, SBA, Global Insurance Services

Exhibit Hall
One-on-One Meeting Opportunity with the Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall
Use this time to discuss your specific financing needs with the experts.



Break 

Breakout Session II  (choose one of the following) 


Salon VI
It Takes a Village: How to Effectively Use Crowd Funding for Your Business
Outside of the traditional financial system, alternative financial options such as crowdfunding have emerged as a viable source of funding for many startups and merging entrepreneurs.  Are you a good candidate for crowdfunding?  How can you get started?  Learn the crowdfunding process, how to make the most of your crowdfunding campaign, and new developments in crowding in this workshop.  <This workshop is recommended for businesses seeking funding up to $20,000>
Presented by:  Kiva and StreetShares

Salon VII
Stake Your Business:  The Art of the Successful Pitch
Learn what it takes to successfully pitch your business to obtain funding from investors.  At this workshop, five pre-selected small businesses will have 5 minutes each to present their business to investors and receive valuable feedback of their presentation.   If you’re a fan of the Shark Tank television show, this workshop gives you an opportunity to participate as the audience will vote, by text, for their favorite business presentation – “Fan Favorite.”
This workshop serves as a demonstration to learn what investors are looking for in a successful pitch and does not guarantee funding to participants.


Salon VIII
Unraveling the Maze:  The ABC’s of Government-Backed Loans
What does the SBA and VSBFA offer to small business owners? The programs are many and varied, and the qualifications for each are specific. From the 7(a) Loan Programs to 504 Loan Programs and everything in between, understanding how the SBA works is the first step towards receiving funding assistance.    VSBFA is the Commonwealth of Virginia's economic development and business financing arm to help banks make loans to businesses.  They help Virginia's businesses through their extensive portfolio of financing programs. From Loan Guaranty to Child Care Financing to Cash Collateral, the VSBFA has the program to help your business.   <This workshop is recommended for businesses seeking funding of $50,000-$250,000>

Presented by:  U.S. SBA District Office and Virginia Small Business Financing Authority

Exhibit Hall
One-on-One Meeting Opportunity with the Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall
Use this time to discuss your specific financing needs with the experts.


Afternoon Networking in Exhibit Hall


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