Meeting Archive:
Access to Capital 101: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Business. A Lunch and Learn Webinar

Meeting Description:
Small Business Majority and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office invite you to join us for a free lunch and learn webinar. For entrepreneurs, getting a loan could mean the difference between success and failure, whether it’s used for renovation, purchasing equipment or working capital. However, one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners and entrepreneurs has been and continues to be the inability to access sufficient credit and capital. If you’ve been turned down by a bank, don’t feel bad: you’re far from alone.

 Topics of discussion include:

  • An overview of alternative lending options including microloans, SBA's loan guarantee program, community banks and credit unions, CDFIs, reputable online lenders and crowdfunding
  • Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights
  • Key questions to consider when seeking funding
  • Tips to help determine the best option for your small business
  • Helpful tools and resources


For more information about funding options, visit our Small Business Access to Capital Resource Portal at

 A question and answer period will follow.
Small Business Majority is a small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses today. We actively engage small business owners  to drive smart public policy and get entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with our rapidly growing network of 40,000+ small business owners across the country to ensure their voices are an integral part of the public policy debate.
Date: Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Small Business Majority
 Presenter Information
Geri Aglipay, Midwest Outreach Manager
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Geraldine “Geri” Sanchez Aglipay is ardent about strengthening small business by improving equitable access to financial security, economic mobility and improved health, which are means to closing the wealth gap and reducing systemic biases to building individual and community assets, especially for women and minorities. She leads Small Business Majority's education and policy efforts in Illinois to grow and sustain small business owners and the self-employed for economic and health security for themselves their families, employees and communities. She cultivates collaborations with small business owners, government agencies and organizations to support advocacy on state and federal policies impacting the equitable access to financial empowerment of entrepreneurs. This encompasses an array of issues linked to economic growth such as: access to capital and credit; predatory lending; healthcare and retirement; tax and budget; immigration; and, workforce issues, such as wages and leave.

Mark Ferguson
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Mark Ferguson is the Lead Economic Development Specialist at the Illinois District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He engages small business owners on the contracts, counseling, and capital needed to support the start and growth of small businesses in Illinois. Mark is also an adjunct professor of business at the Joseph Business School, which is coordinated with the Joseph Center, a recognized Small Business Development Center in Illinois