Access to Capital

Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Hilton Charlotte Center City

The Charlotte Chamber hosted its Access to Capital 2016 event on July 28 to address one of the greatest challenges for many small businesses and entrepreneurs. Access to capital, or the lack thereof, continues to be an obstacle for many businesses regardless of how much the economy is growing.

The audience heard from a knowledgeable and experienced set of panelists who provided insight on helping business owners identify the right funding and financing strategy and preparing to take advantage of opportunities that match the business. .

Videos from Access to Capital

Access to Capital: Alternative Funding (Noda Brewing Co. and Street Spice Food Truck)

Access to Capital: Creating a High-Growth Enterprise (AvidXchange)

Access to Capital: Small Business Loans/Traditional Financing (Savory Moments)


7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Opening Address

9 - 9:50 a.m.
Panel 1: Getting Ready for Small Business Loans (Traditional Debt Financing)
Increase your understanding of traditional debt financing and explore its challenges and opportunities. Discover what it takes to be approved for a small business loan.

Jamie Westmoreland, Wells Fargo
Steve White, U.S. Small Business Administration
Jeff Roegge, Suntrust Bank
Matt Andress, Bank of America

Jenna Kelly, Regional President of Suntrust Bank

10:05 - 10:55 a.m.
Panel 2: Getting Ready for Alternative Funding
There are a variety of funding vehicles that your business may be eligible for. Learn more about local financial resources that you may not have considered, and how your company can benefit from them.

Elaine Fairman, BEFCOR
Eric Nelson, City of Charlotte Community Capital Fund
Ron Fisher, The Support Center

Nepherterra Estrada Best, PRIDE Communications

11 - 11:50 a.m.
Panel 3: Getting Ready for an Angel Investor
Explore whether or not an angel investment is right for your business. Explore how to build a high-growth enterprise that will attract the interest of an angel investor.

Rob Cummings, Deal Cloud
Eric Baum, Solidea Capital 

Greg Brown, Charlotte Angel Network

12 p.m.
Session Wrap-Up

12 – 1 p.m.
Access to Capital Resource Room
Visit with our sponsors and resource partners who will share information on the services they provide to help small businesses and entrepreneurs secure financing and funding.