The State of Small Business & Rural Development: Tools of the "Trade" The State of Small Business & Rural Development: Tools of the "Trade"

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Thursday October 22, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Quinebaug Valley Community College
The Community Room
742 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT 06239 (Directions)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), US Small Business Administration (SBA), and USDA Rural Development invite you to join your fellow community bankers, community development experts, community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and municipal government representatives in discussing small business development opportunities within rural communities and various ?tools of the trade?.

Rural small business development lending requires creativity, collaboration and the ability to balance multiple organizational priorities within the context of today?s economy. Join your peers for a discussion on the state of rural small business development highlighting the various lending products offered by each participating organization and how their respective lending products are leveraged to meet your evolving small business development needs. This half-day session will also include a locally representative case study example.

There is no cost to attend this event, however advance registration is required and space is limited.

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Registration and a continental breakfast will be available beginning at 9:00a.m. and the workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.

  • Agenda


9:00am - 9:30 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking
9:30- 9:45

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Introductions

Anthony Poore, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Scott Soares, USDA Rural Development State Director, Southern New England

9:45 - 10:45

The State of New England Small Business Development Products

Moderators: David Robinson, USDA - Rural Development

Participants include:

Ili Spahiu, US Small Business Administration (MA)

Kenneth Willis, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

David Brown, USDA - Rural Development - Business Loan Guarantees and Energy Programs

Steve Bonavita, USDA - Rural Development - Community Facility Loan Guarantee Program

Maria Heskes-Allard, Clinton Savings Bank - Partnering with USDA Rural Development with loan guarantee products.

10:45 -11:00


11:00 - 12:00PM

Case Study

David Robinson-USDA leads this part of the day

Includes representation from banking and non-profit partners

12:00 PM


Alternative Communication Services (e.g., sign language interpreters (SLI), Video remote/relay interpreting (VRI), and/or communication access real-time translation (CART)) are available upon request (via the online registration system).

For questions about Alternative Communication Services or regarding this workshop please contact Bonita Irving of the OCC at (857) 415-3412 or via e-mail at