Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Small Business Loan Options

November 8, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Topic: Fundraising

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Los Angeles Area

Small Business Loan Options for Creative Entrepreneurs
with CDC Small Business Finance

Artists and creative entrepreneurs often struggle to obtain traditional business loans due to high debt, low profit margins, and other factors common to creative lives. But there are options out there that may be right for you! In this workshop, representatives of CDC Small Business Finance will give you the lay of the land and help you understand best practices and what to look for when it comes to small business loan options for new and non-traditional businesses. You will also learn about crowdfunding for a loan through microlending platforms like Kiva, and how that differs from other crowdfunding strategies (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc.).
The presentation will be given in English, followed by a bilingual-friendly (Spanish/English) Q&A. 
La presentación será en inglés, seguida por una sesión bilingüe (español / inglés) de preguntas y respuestas.
About the Presenters:
Anna Marie Cruz is a loan officer providing financing to small businesses in Los Angeles. Prior to joining CDC, Anna Marie worked in residential real estate financing dealing directly with consumers and representing large institutions to brokers. She has a unique blend of experience in financing, international/economic development and marketing. Anna Marie has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Sociology from Cal State University Long Beach.
Antonio Pizano, a 12-year veteran of community and economic development lending, joined the Small Business Finance Fund to expand small business lending services to businesses in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. With over 17 years of financial services and community development experience, Antonio is a recognized expert in credit, small business lending, consulting, and underwriting. Antonio has held Director of Small Business Lending and Business Development positions at VEDC. He is fluent in Spanish and accomplished in business development and workshop facilitation. He has served on executive boards of various organizations.
Workshop Details: 
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Mercado La Paloma Community Room, 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Cost: $10 EARLY REGISTRATION PRICE EXTENDED! $15 after November 2, 2018.
20% de descuento por inscripción anticipada: $10 antes del 2 de noviembre; $15 después.


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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees non-refundable after that date.

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