The Racial Equity track focuses on CDFIs as well as their clients. Sessions include:
We’re just two weeks away from our first-ever virtual Small Business Finance Forum. Now more than ever, the nation’s small businesses need CDFIs. Join us for conversations focused on emergency relief and ensuring an inclusive recovery for all America’s small businesses. We’re pleased to announce our latest confirmed plenary speakers:
Our breakout sessions will include Inequality in the Pandemic: Entrepreneurs of Color; New Lending: Underwriting and Credit Risk Management in Uncertain Times; and CDFIs and State and Local Governments: Sparking Recovery Together. Also, don't miss event breaks featuring CDFI-funded small business owners, including Chef Terence Phillips, owner of Something Fishy, who will lead attendees in a special cooking demonstration. Register Now With our virtual format and affordable registration fees, we hope to reach a wide audience, particularly in this critical time of need for CDFIs and the small businesses our industry serves. Please use our promotional toolkit to help spread the word. We look forward to seeing you June 16-17 at the 2020 Small Business Finance Forum: Virtual Edition!
By the numbers, the 2019 OFN Conference will go down in CDFI history: 1 President William Jefferson Clinton; more than 1,600 attendees (the most yet!); 119 sessions across 11 tracks; special policymaker and industry guests; 5 CDFI-led tours through D.C. and Baltimore; 60 Congressional office visits and 4 Congressional Champions; numerous formal and informal networking opportunities; and 43 Expo vendors... it was a feast of learning for practitioners, funders, investors, and policymakers.
From October 20-23, the industry gathered in Washington, DC to showcase Lending Where it Counts, the 2019 Conference theme. In sessions, plenaries, and meetings, we explored and shared new strategies and opportunities for CDFI investment: making a difference for the people and places CDFIs serve. Reaching deep. Getting the job done... Lending where it counts.
See our full list of highlights, with speaker videos, session materials, photos, and blog recaps at conference.ofn.org!
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