Global Conference 2017

Since the Great Recession, minority-owned small businesses, in particular, have been starved for capital. In late 2016, the Small Business Administration and the Milken Institute launched a two-year pilot initiative to identify ways to increase the flow of capital to minority-owned small businesses in Baltimore and Los Angeles. In this session, our panel will consider key questions including:

  • What are some of the key issues that have surfaced and how are stakeholders trying to improve their small-business environments?
  • What will it take to reopen the capital spigots and how should we define success?
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Aron Betru

Managing Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute


Jorge Castillo

Chairman and President, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Founder and Chief Strategist, ¡Onward! Estrategias

John Lewis

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Harbor Bank of Maryland

Mark Robertson

President and CEO, Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation

Eileen Sánchez

Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development

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