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Friday, May 17 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Trusted Connectors: How to Connect Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Opportunities

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Are you a “Trusted Connector?” Join us as we explore creative ways to leverage the “Trusted Connectors” in your community. This panel discussion and interactive workshop will highlight several best practices on how to connect immigrant entrepreneurs to funding opportunities such as micro-loans and alternative incentive programs that exist to catalyze growth. Together we will explore how to leverage existing resources in your area to connect immigrant-owned businesses to services and will demonstrate how equitable access stimulates equitable economic growth in neighborhoods.

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Sarah Allan

Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)
Sarah Allan is a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Toledo, Ohio where she works to support neighborhood revitalization with a focus on commercial district, real estate, and small business development, as well as creative placemaking.  She also leads... Read More →
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Steve Driehaus

President and Managing Partner, Good Government Group, LLC
Steve Driehaus is the President and Managing Partner at Good Government Group, LLC. G3 is a consulting firm that focuses on the intersection of public policy, community engagement and economic development. Steve also serves as the Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, a regional... Read More →
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Guadalupe A. Velasquez

Managing Director, Welcoming City LLC
Guadalupe A. Velasquez is the Managing Director of Welcoming City LLC., a social enterprise that focuses on a holistic approach to economic and workforce development integration specializing on career pathways. She is currently the Co-lead of the Ohio Welcoming Initiative Network... Read More →
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Raquel Garcia

Director of Housing and Special Projects, Global Detroit
Raquel is the Director of Housing and Special Projects for Global Detroit where she cultivates support for immigrant integration and economic development initiatives such as access to affordable home-ownership through local landbank engagement, financial literacy, language access... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level