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When & Where

December 01 to December 03, 2014

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

2014 EDFS Peer Learning Conference

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Overview

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The EDFS Peer Learning Conference brings together business loan fund staff that are working in rural and small metropolitan regions to hear best and promising practices from loan funds around the nation, learn about federal program updates from agency staff, and engage in meaningful and relevant discussions and information sharing with their peers.

This very hands on conference agenda is being developed to meet the needs of loan fund managers that are working to assist small businesses around the country to thrive and make a positive impact to their local and regional economies, and to be part of the evolving global marketplace.  The focus of this conference is to convene small business loan fund staff and provide a format for intense information sharing and idea exchange, hear about best and promising practices that might be replicated elsewhere, and to create an environment for rich and meaningful peer networking.

Whether you are managing an EDA RLF, ARC Business Development RLF, USDA IRP or RBEG, CDFI, one of the various SBA loan funds, or other program, there will be information of interest to you or your lending staff.

Topics may cover basic loan fund management, working with problem loans, technical assistance delivery, building a strong portfolio, marketing and partnership building, expanding your capital pool, reaching out to minorities, reviewing business plans, and much more.  As always, we plan to end the conference with program updates from federal agencies.  And, NADO’s legislative team will provide an overview of federal policy effecting small business lending.

Come to Cincinnati to participate in this highly interactive learning opportunity!

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE (thanks to DDAA and the EDA Chicago Regional Office):

LDDs in the 13-state ARC Region:  Once again, the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) will offer travel assistance for up to 10 loan fund staff (1 per organization) to attend the EDFS 2014 Peer Learning Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DDAA will provide financial assistance for up to 10 small business loan fund staff from the 73 LDDs based in the ARC region that plan to attend the EDFS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio December 1 – 3, 2014.

Specifically, DDAA will reimburse up to 10 people for up to three nights at the hotel ($134 per night plus applicable taxes).   This offer is for one person per organization and is for hotel room and tax only; and does not include any other costs (travel, meals and conference registration, etc.).

EDA-funded Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) in the EDA Chicago Region:  With support from the EDA Chicago Regional Office, under our EDD Capacity Building Project we can offer up to 10 EDA-funded RLFs in the EDA Chicago Region reimbursements for three nights at the hotel ($134 per night plus applicable taxes).   This offer is for one person per organization and is for hotel room and tax only; and does not include any other costs (travel, meals and conference registration, etc.).

To qualify for either of these special offers:  Contact NADO Deputy Executive Director Laurie Thompson at 202.624.5948 or [email protected] to be added to the first-come, first-served list.  She will either confirm that you are one of the first 10 and will be able to have your hotel room cost covered, or let you know that you are on the waiting list should someone need to cancel at the last minute.

Register for the conference by clicking the Registration button on the left side of this page and registering on line.

Reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati by calling 513.579.1234 and mentioning you are with the NADO conference. You can also click on the Travel & Venue button on the left side of this page and connect to the hotel electronically to make your reservation.

After the conference, submit your reimbursement form to NADO.  NADO will provide the form to you at the conference.

Thank you to the DDAA leadership for this exciting opportunity!

 

Questions?: Contact Laurie Thompson at 202.624.5948 or [email protected]