November 30: Access to Capital November 30, 2022, 6:00pm EST November 30, 2022, 8:00pm EST
Norwalk Library
1 Belden Avenue
Norwalk, CT, 06850

Small businesses face a landscape forever changed even as this COVID-19 economic interference settles. A new normal is taking shape, but there still are gaps in access to capital and federal contracting opportunities. Join us to hear from area experts on what resources and opportunities are available for small, minority and women-owned businesses.

The following will be covered by our panel:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on small and medium businesses
  • Traditional sources of capital for businesses
  • Targeted financial loans and grants
  • Alternative sources for loans and grants
  • Basics on pursuing federal and state contracts
  • Incentives and programs for small, minority and women-owned businesses

The workshop will start at 6:30 p.m. after networking / attendee check-in from 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Presenter: Louis Silva

Louis Silva is President & CEO of the Community Investment Corporation. He joined CIC in 2018 and previously served as CIC’s Vice President and was responsible for economic development financing via the administration of the SBA 504 loan program & other loan programs. Louis also serves as a legislative committee member for the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO). He spent 10 years in banking in several capacities within the retail, operations, and commercial sectors of Banking. 

Presenter: Sylina Jacobs

Sylina Jacobs is SBA’s Connecticut District Office, Bridgeport Branch Office Outreach and Marketing Specialist. She has a broad range of experience in banking, lending, entrepreneurship, as a business analyst and an online retail business owner. She values helping small businesses succeed. With formal education from McGill University (B. Com in Marketing and International Business) and the University of Ottawa (M.B.A.) as well as Banking and IT courses. Sylina has worked in many business sectors including manufacturing for a Fortune 500 aerospace company, banking and in IT (FinTech). 

Presenter: Steven Semaya

Steven Semaya is an SBDC advisor with 25 years of experience driving growth & cost reduction in multiple industries through strategy development, business process re-engineering, hands-on operations & business development. He has extensive experience in strategy development, operations management, process and organizational design and leadership. Steven developed his consulting and client relationship management skills working with CSC Index, a boutique strategy and operations consulting firm.

Presenter: Frederick Welk

Frederick Welk is the Director of Business Education & Communications at the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF). He has served as a business advisor for the organization’s clients for the past five years before recently taking on additional duties for education and marketing.

Presenter: Sabrina Godeski

Sabrina Godeski is the Director of Business Development and Tourism for the City of Norwalk, CT. She has a Master's degree in Urban Planning, and is a certified AICP planner. Over the last 4 years, Sabrina has helped to release new business programs that relate to a variety of business practices including funding, education, and permitting and licensing. The Business Development and Tourism Department can help you with finding and applying for capital and also provide technical support for all new business-related questions.

Presenter: Stephen Moroney

Stephen Moroney has been a member of the TD Bank team for over 18 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, where he is responsible for overseeing the Commercial Banking activity for the Westchester and Fairfield Market. Steve and his team provide commercial loan financing for small to middle market sized businesses in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Steve started working for TD Bank in 2004 and has served in various capacities before becoming the Westchester/ Fairfield market leader in 2015.

This Workshop is Sponsored by Norwalk Library and the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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November 30: Access to Capital