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Wednesday, May 25 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Take the "Being Strapped" out of Bootstrapping (HINT: It's all about the credit)

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Every startup CEO has assumptions about funding. And while there’s not a right or wrong way, there is a best and better way when it comes to lending. Putting payroll on your personal credit card? Wondering why you got rejected for a loan? Yearning to learn how to get your business credit (that’s separate from your personal line)? Hear thoughts from our industry expert panel on these subjects, then break into small groups for a credit matchmaking “speed date” to understand and learn actionable steps of how to use credit to capitalize on emerging opportunities or deal with unexpected surprises in your business.


Moderators
avatar for Mo Sabbagh

Mo Sabbagh

VP Business Banking RM Area Manager, Chase Bank
Mo joined Chase Bank in 2005 and is currently an Area Manager specializing in helping local entrepreneurs establish their early stage businesses. He is a trusted advisor to many in the Detroit community when it comes to financial series and startup funding. He has been working with Business Owners for over 22 years, including over 10 years of operating his own businesses. Mo was Raised, and educated in the Detroit Metropolitan area, and is a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Cassin

Carolyn Cassin

General Partner, The BELLE Michigan Fund
In 2010 Carolyn and a group of 30 other Michigan women founded BELLE Capital/Michigan, of which she is the General Partner. Under her leadership, Michigan’s first female venture fund was created to invest in women owned companies in the state and other underserved communities in the US. To date the Fund has made five investments and is transforming the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in Michigan.
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James Feagin

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
James is an Outreach Consultant for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. It is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1978 devoted exclusively to supporting Detroit’s economic development initiatives. DEGC has been designed to make business success in Detroit possible. It is dedicated to strengthening the city from the inside out.
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Richmond Hawkins

Division Manager, New Detroit Inc
Rich Hawkins, as Director of Economic Equity and Division Manager for Administration for New Detroit Inc., is responsible for developing initiatives and supporting actions intended to increase the number and success of businesses owned by people of color. He is also responsible for developing initiatives that create opportunities for low and moderate income minority families and individuals to improve their economic standing and to compete for... Read More →
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Wayne Millette

Partner, Sensei Change Associates
Wayne offers leadership development and management training to support learning in organizations. He has an EdD in Leadership and Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His consulting competency centers on communication, diversity management, team building, conflict management, retreat facilitation, and organizational research methods with a global perspective.
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Ray Waters

President, Detroit Development Fund
Mr. Ray Waters is the President of Detroit Development Fund (formerly Enterprise Detroit) and the Managing Director of the Detroit Community Loan Fund (DCLF). Detroit Development Fund and the DCLF provide growth capital to minority owned businesses in the City of Detroit. DDF provides financing packages for Detroit developers working on affordable housing projects and commercial projects in Detroit neighborhoods. DDF also provides lines of credit... Read More →