Meeting Archive:
Money Matters: Accessing Capital for Asian American Small Business Owners

Meeting Description:
Small Business Majority and the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) invite you to join us for a free webinar on responsible ways to access capital for Asian American small businesses.
Through this webinar, Geri Aglipay of Small Business Majority and Emily Nordquist of LISC Small Business will help you understand the funding landscape to start and grow your business. Learn about safe forms of small business financing – from alternative to traditional methods –including how to navigate the growing online lending space. Dr. Karen Eng, National ACE Advisory Board member, will provide introductory comments and insight into growing a small business. This webinar is suitable for small business owners with less than 10 employees, startups, home-based operations and sole proprietors.
Topics of discussion include:
  • An overview of alternative and traditional lending options, including microloans, SBA loans, and reputable online lenders
  • 5 cs of credit
  • Key questions to consider when seeking funding
  • The Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights
  • Helpful tools and resources  
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization focused 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 with our rapidly growing network of 40,000+ small business owners nationwide. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
ACE’s mission is to serve as a strong advocate of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business interests and affect positive change on all issues that enhance and advance the goals and aspirations of AAPI business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Date: Thu, Jan 18, 2018
Time: 05:00 PM EST
Duration: 45 minutes
Host(s): Small Business Majority
 Presenter Information
Geraldine "Geri" Sanchez Aglipay
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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 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, and has learned much from being a consultant soloproneuer herself. She cultivates collaborations with small business owners, government agencies and organizations to support advocacy on state and federal policies impacting the financial empowerment of entrepreneurs. This encompasses an array of issues such as: access to capital and credit; predatory lending; healthcare and retirement; tax and budget; immigration; and, workforce issues, such as wages and leave.

Emily Nordquist
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Emily grew up in the Twin Cities and now resides in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. She works directly with small business owners applying for financing from LISC, helping them secure capital through the SBA Community Advantage program. Emily is passionate about helping women and entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses and is invested in diversity and inclusion work throughout the city. She previously worked at the Kaleidoscope Group and Davidoff Strategy in supportive marketing, sales, and client service management roles. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with her B.B.A. in Economics and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. Emily is a huge fan of the Hamilton musical, and would gladly see it weekly if she could.

Dr. Karen A. Eng
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Dr. Eng is the President & CEO of CSMI which specializes in engineering consulting specializing in packaging & process automation to the FDA & USDA regulated industries. She is also the founder of Crush2Press, Inc. a wine branding and marketing firm. 
She currently chairs the Board of Trustees for the Illinois College of Optometry & sits on Board of Directors of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the National Asian American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE).
She is a graduate of University of California, San Diego with a Biochemistry and Biology degree, and a Doctorate from the New England College of Optometry.