After months  of planning, outreach and tons of community support, we’re getting so close to next week’s Access to Capital event in Chicago! And couldn’t be more excited!

If you’re a business owner from the Illinois area looking to fund you’re business growth, we sure hope you’ll join us at the Navy Pier on Wednesday, May 22nd.

So what will you be getting yourself into? 

startup alleyWe’ve listed the schedule of events below, but it’s so important that you register while there’s still tickets left (with the promo code “social” the event will only cost $24.50!).

And then once you’ve registered, make sure to schedule your lender appointments!  We’ve got over 20 lenders who are willing and interested in talking with you about growing your business. Regardless of whether you’re at the ideation stage or you’re a full-fledged business looking to grow, we have lenders who want to help you make it happen!

Schedule of Events

9am: Opening Remarks in Town Hall

9:30-10:15am: Panel #1: Straight Talk: Getting Traditional Loans in Today’s Economy

10:20-10:35am: AEO presentation by Connie Evans

10:35-10:55am: Break

11:00-11:10am: Microsoft presentation by Marvin Korves and Brian Yamada

11:15am-12pm: Panel #2: Off the Beaten Track: Is Alternative Funding the Route for You?

12:05-12:35pm: Growing Chicago: 10k Business Pitch Contest – Presentations

12:35-1:15pm: Lunch (provided) at Main Street Cafe / Town Hall

1:15-1:25pm: Transunion presentation by Ron Stewart

1:25-1:30pm: Samuel AdamsBrewing the American Dream presentation

1:35-2:20pm: Panel #3: Startups Start Here:  Strategies from Entrepreneurs

2:25-2:40pm: Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses presentation

2:40-3pm: Break

3-3:15pm: WBDC and The Women Vetrepreneur Program presentation by Georgia Marsh

3:20-3:30pm: Growing Chicago: 10k Business Pitch Contest – *** Winner Announcement ***

  • Someone will walk away with $10K!

3:35-4:15pm: Panel #4: Crowdfunding:  What You Need to Know

4:15-5pm Main Street Connections in Town Square / End of Event (lender appointments continue until 5pm). Look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

That’s all for now! Look forward to seeing you all in Chicago!


Can’t make the trip to Chicago? We’ll be in Atlanta this fall and at tons of other events across the country too! Find all the great events we’ll be hosting and attending on our events page! Can’t wait to meet yoU!