OFN’s sixth annual Small Business Finance Forum (SBFF), June 15-16 in Chicago, is shaping up to be our best yet. The agenda is jam-packed with sessions designed to help you increase the flow of affordable, responsible financing to small businesses in disinvested communities. 

Here are a few sessions to check out:

Five Myths of Business Lending Innovation
June 15, 11:15 AM

In a rapidly-evolving digital financial landscape, nonprofit lenders are increasingly aware of the need to embrace digital transformation in order to sustain their missions. But what does that transformation look like in practice? Learn best practices and strategies from practitioners and technology providers.

What Businesses Are Millennial Black Entrepreneurs Entering?
June 15, 11:15 AM

Several recent studies have identified changes in the types of Black-owned businesses and backgrounds of their owners. Are they pursuing more profitable businesses that serve both Black neighborhoods and/or broader markets? Will more CDFIs see this market as a growing and more attractive market? This panel will pursue these and other questions.

State Partnerships in an Era of Diminishing Federal Resources
June 16, 9:00 AM

As federal grants to CDFIs become more competitive, state funding and credit enhancement programs will be more relevant. This session explores opportunities to partner with state economic development agencies and lessons learned by CDFIs that use state credit enhancement programs.

Interested in attending? Register now!



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