Tuesday September 30, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT
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UHV, University Center Building, MultiPurpose Room 
3402 N Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901

Driving Directions 
Parking in lot T to the right of the University Center Building.  http://www.uhv.edu/CampusMap.html


Jean Smith 
UHV Small Business Development Center 

Micro Business Lending Forum

No-cost - Registration reserves your seat and includes
continental breakfast, lunch and event materials.
Hosted by:

Developing Small and Emerging Rural Businesses
September 30, 2014

9:00 am            Registration
9:30                  Welcome      
9:45 – 10:30      Opportunities In Rural Microbusiness Lending

Sometimes banks are unable to meet customer needs working alone. Learn how working with technical assistance programs, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and government and state agencies can stimulate the financing needed to meet customer needs and help mitigate lender risk.

10:30 – 11:15    Power Up with Certification & Contracting

Many minority and disadvantaged businesses can grow their business by taking advantage of certification and contracting opportunities.  Opportunities abound at the local, state and federal level.  Certification can lead to many contract opportunities to grow your business.

11:30 – 12:30    LUNCH
                         Keynote Speaker – Rosa Rios Valdez, BCL of Texas 
                         Innovations in MicroLending
12:45 – 1:30      Innovations in Finance:  Feeding the Pipeline

Local community investors will review their innovative approaches for small business, targeting the unbanked and under-banked consumers. There are alternatives to costly financial services to assist small businesses in a path to economic stability and success.

1:30 – 2:15        Maximizing Local Resources and Best Practices in
                         Small Business & Economic Development 
Economic development and chamber partners share their innovative solutions that assist small business in their communities.

2:15 – 2:45        Small Business Resources Roundtable

This informative panel will let you know about resources available to start up and/or expand already established businesses.

2:45                  Closing Remarks