Minority-owned businesses are a major component of the U.S. economy. Yet many minority business owners have faced barriers to gain access to capital and banking services necessary to starting, growing and sustaining a business. The COVID-19 pandemic has put more of these companies – and their employees – at risk of sustained economic damage that could last far beyond the current crisis.
Our panel of experts – minority business leaders and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner – will explore efforts to ensure access to government-backed funding programs for minority-owned firms; what the financing community can do to close the gap regarding access to capital; and how minority entrepreneurs can position themselves to increase their chances of being funded.
Join us for a timely and critically important conversation about the survival and growth of 8 million businesses across the nation.
9:00 AM - Welcome Remarks
Victor Hoskins, President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
9:02 AM - Opening Remarks
• Staci Redmon, Founder, President and CEO, Strategy and Management Services (SAMS)
• Mark R. Warner, U.S. Senator, Virginia
• B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., President and CEO, Industrial Bank
• Ellis Carr, President and CEO, Capital Impact Partners
9:16 AM - Q&A
9:51 AM - Closing Remarks