Small business access to credit and capital - Events
This Connecting Communities® webinar on July 26 highlighted the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive, which aims to drive long-term equity capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments in Opportunity Funds. Speakers provided details on how the tax incentive is expected to work and highlighted emerging national and local strategies to engage residents around how these funds are deployed in their communities. Presenters included Rachel Reilly, Director, Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners; Eric Robertson, President, Communtiy LIFT; and Amanda Roberts, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Bankers Association hostedTools toward Market Restoration: Where Growth and Opportunity Converge on May 1-2, 2018, in Detroit. The two-day conference explored the impact of policies and practices on place-based inequality. Policy experts and leading practitioners shared knowledge derived from current research, innovative programs, and interventions.
This two-day event provided attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure funding for their businesses or non-profits.
Presentations and videos, as well as the 2016 National Survey of Community Banks, are now available from the 2016 Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). Held Sept. 28-29, 2016, at the St. Louis Fed, research explored the continuing relevance and importance of the community bank business model; the relationship between community bank size and performance; and community bank regulatory issues. Speakers included Fed Governor Jerome Powell, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and CSBS Chairman/Texas Department of Banking Commissioner Charles Cooper. H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, chairman, BancFirst Corporation, provided the evening keynote.
Missed the live webcast? Presentation slides and videos are now available from “Community Banking in the 21st Century,” the third annual community banking research and policy conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). Also available from the conference is a report that details conditions facing today's community bankers. Speakers and moderators of the event, held in St. Louis Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2015, included: Fed Chair Janet Yellen; Fed Governor Lael Brainard; St. Louis Fed President James Bullard; CSBS Chairman/Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks David Cotney; CSBS President and CEO John Ryan; and Houston Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, founding investor and board member, R Bank and R Corp Financial, Round Rock, Texas.
What ignites the innovative spark that leads to a promising community development practice? SHIFT INNOVATION, a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on Sept. 22-23, 2014, provides an opportunity to interactively share and explore how thinking creatively about community development can unlock new and innovative solutions that can be implemented immediately.
Small businesses in Puerto Rico represent a significant portion of the local economy. In 2013 the New York Fed co-sponsored, along with the FDIC and the U.S. Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, a series of forums designed to expand opportunities for small businesses in Puerto Rico. The three forums focused on access to financing, government procurement contracts, and international trade. Presentations from the series are available, along with a Report on the Competitiveness of Puerto Rico's Economy.
The small business credit market is changing rapidly, with new products and new players targeting small and mid-size firms’ needs. This May 2014 summit convened business leaders and policymakers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for a candid conversation about how to maximize opportunities from credit innovations and minimize risk. View presentations and the recorded webcast.
This conference is the premier training and networking event for community development professionals, including CRA officers, CDFIs, nonprofits and government officials. The 2014 program featured a keynote presentation by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; innovations in community development policy and practice; CRA examination training; the National Community Development Lending School; and Community development tours of Chicago. Click to watch videos of keynotes, select sessions, and attendee interviews.
The Community Development Forum highlights the Bank’s initiatives, resources and programs for community and economic development. Topics include workforce needs, developing public-private partnerships, community development research, neighborhood stabilization and entrepreneurial communities.