When: Nov 30, 6-7:30 PM
Where: WHQR Gallery, 254 N Front Street, Wilmington NC 28401
Cost: Free – just show up!
About the event:
Join CFEDC as international, national and regional experts on financing a small start-up participate in a panel discussion and reveal creative ideas for getting a new business off the ground or financing the continued growth of a going concern.  What topic could be more timely in the midst of the present commercial credit cruch?  Panelists include:
– Fran Scalett, Regional Director of the SBTDC:
The SBTDC specializes in helping businesses identify and prepare for traditional bank loans, SBA-guaranteed loans, Federal R&D and commercialization funding, equity capital investment and International export financing.  The SBTDC helps business owners identify funding sources and increase the quality of our applications and proposals.  
– Clay Brown, President of Commercial Finance at CB3 Capital Funding: 
CB3 is a nationally recognized leader in commercial finance, offering help with Commercial Real Estate Loans, Equipment Leasing, Sale Leasebacks, Heavy Equipment Leasing, Heavy Equipment Financing, Medical Financing, Accounts Receivable Financing, Factoring, Bridge and Hard Money Loans, SBA Financing, Business Acquisition Financing, Hotel Financing, Stock Loans, Portfolio Liquidations, Private Equity, Joint Ventures and more.  They work with small, medium, and large size businesses.
– Nancy Najarian, NAJ Enterprises, LLP:
Nancy Najarian has 20-plus years experience identifying opportunities with the US Government for grants, loans, and loan guarantees. NAJ's focus is on funding to support the start up or growth of green-related businesses and non-profits. Ms. Najarian is a successful grant writer, and government contractor and has assisted clients with responding to requests for proposal, applying for GSA and other contracts.  She has also helped identify international funding opportunities for green and renewable energy organizations.
This won't be the same old panel telling the audience why they don't have anything to offer most businesses – especially start-ups!  We're bringing some creative minds to bear on this timely topic.
About CFEDC:
The Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) represents a vision for the future economic development of the Cape Fear region that is sustainable and builds on existing strengths of the region. We recognize that sheer ‘quality of place’ is the lynchpin of the region’s future.  We recognize the importance of fostering cultural diversity and equality, a thriving arts community and a competitive primary education system to achieving our economic goals.  CFEDC is inclusive, culturally sensitive, yet progressive. We acknowledge that the industrial, economic and cultural past of the Cape Fear region is a valuable part of our heritage with many high points to celebrate. We honor the region’s heritage by moving it toward a prosperous future in the new economy.