Small Business Finance Forum 2018 is shaping up to be OFN’s strongest yet, with a jam-packed agenda offering a variety of sessions, from pricing discussions to product development to research-driven marketing and beyond. 

Here are a just few standouts to check out:

Innovation: Hero or Hype? What Does Innovation Look Like and How Can We Foster More of It?
June 26, 11:00 AM

Join industry leaders pushing the field forward to meet the lending needs of small businesses in new ways. Participate in a discussion where practitioners and funders answer probing questions. The challenges in bringing innovative ideas to fruition inside a CDFI as well as tangible “hacks” to move organizations forward will also be discussed.         

The Role of Pricing in Driving Scale in Microbusiness Lending
June 26, 11:00 AM

The economics of small dollar business lending are difficult—CDFI microlenders are challenged to scale because they lose money on every transaction. Microlenders that have scaled charge rates on their smallest loans comparable to most business credit cards, but face push back from funders, board members and staff. Are rates of 15-22% too high? According to whom? This session features members of FIELD at the Aspen Institute’s Microfinance Impact Collaborative and other CDFIs and funders who will debate the pros and cons of microloan pricing.

Understanding the Small Business Owner: Innovative Approaches to Market Research & Digital Marketing
June 26, 2:00 PM

To compete against fintech companies that spend millions on marketing, CDFIs desperately need better understanding of how to build trust with borrowers who use technology for loan research and applications. Through examples of successful market strategies, this session will explore how qualitative and quantitative research can yield a deeper understanding of target customers, leading to more effective marketing campaigns.

Diverse Community Capital: Product Innovations to Serve Diverse Small Business Owners
June 27, 9:00 AM

Hear from a panel of CDFIs that have designed products to specifically meet the needs of diverse small business owners in their target markets. The CDFIs will share how they identified demand for their new product and insights into the process for creating them.

Partnership Models for Creating Entrepreneurship Support Ecosystems
June 27, 9:00 AM

While small business owners understand the importance of their role in supporting the success of their community, many lack the capacity to stay operational and reach the next level in their growth. In this session, you will learn about two different partnership models CDFIs can use to become part of such an ecosystem.


Register today and join us in Chicago June 26-27


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