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Posted on: March 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] March 10 @ 10-11am - Illinois Financial Capital Resources for HER

Illinois Financial Capital resources for her

Thursday, March 10 2022 @ 10:00am - 11:00am (CST)

Securing financial capital is a major obstacle for women-owned businesses, and it's even more challenging for businesses owned by women of color due to historical inequities. With women being underinvested - only receiving around 2% of venture funding in 2021 compared to men, we'll discuss avenues for financial capital to help women in Illinois start, sustain, and expand their businesses during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


  • Kala Lambert:  Southeast Region Manager, DCEO Office of Regional Economic Development (RED)
  • Michelle Lura White:  Women's Business Development Manager, DCEO Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Vanessa Uribe:  Deputy Director, DCEO Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)


  • Dr. Gloria Sweida:  Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Business


  • Abigail Scanlan:  Director of Access to Capital for the WBDC (Women's Business Development Center)
  • Darrah Perryman:  Outreach & Marketing Speicalist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Illinois District Office
  • Kristi Dula:  Deputy Director, DCEO Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Sadia Naveed:  Vice President-Lending Specialist Small Business, Bank of America
  • Emily Mattes:  Vice President of Business Banking, First Women's Bank

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