December 7th we teamed up with our friends and colleagues at Funding Fresno and the Central Valley Community Foundation to co-host an important and engaging conversation around the newly released findings of the Fresno Small Business Capital Flows and Gap Analysis survey.
Participants learned of the $3 billion capital gap in Fresno County and the importance of the small business ecosystem and economic mobility. A lively Q&A discussion explored causes and potential remedies for closing the $3 billion gap and thoughtfully examined the contribution of racial and financial inequities to local funding priorities and definitions of risk and loan readiness.
The diverse panel of local leaders shared the impact of the findings from philanthropic, banking and lending, business support, and economic development perspectives.
A special thank you to Jason Friedman with Friedman Associates, Matt Brewster with P2Advisors, Fresno DRIVE’s Betting Big on Small Businesses, all of the panelists, and the Funding Fresno Collaborative. Also, a special thank you to The Heron Foundation for supporting the study.
Lunch for the event was catered by Access Plus Capital client PS Productions, home of PS Grill & Ice. You can watch a preview of the event by checking out the video below.