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Solutions for Rural Development: Raising Capital, Raising the Bar

Join the Arizona Rural Development Council and the Local First Arizona Foundation for our next webinar on Wednesday, June 28th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m as part of the Solutions for Rural Development Series.

Increasing capital for a new or established business or non-profit can be a difficult and daunting task. Understanding opportunities and resources can be overwhelming and confusing when financial growth is necessary.

This month, we have arranged to hear from two highly experienced speakers with background and understanding in financial resources and opportunities with banks, grants, local economic development coalitions, and local chambers of commerce.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:

  • The two most important questions every small business owner and entrepreneur should ask.
  • What does a small business lender look for when reviewing a loan application?
  • The three most important lessons in grant writing.
  • The critical importance of preparation, proofreading and third party review.


Meet the Speakers

Karen LaFrance, Rebuild Superior, Inc.

Ms. LaFrance has had a long career in community economic development, strategic planning, business management, small business lending, micro-loan programs, community organizing, collaborations and coalitions, policy advocacy, asset-building programs, financial and risk management, and fund-raising. She has started two community-based development organizations-- a "CDC" (community development corporation) and a Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation ("NEDCO"), a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). She is currently Project manager for Rebuild Superior, Inc.

Eric Marcus, NARBHA Institute

Eric Marcus is Chief Administrative Officer of the NARBHA Institute responsible for programs, strategy, developing partnerships, and new horizons, which includes, sustainable impact and disruptive technology. Additionally, he has responsibility for the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative subsidiary, which promotes sustainable economic prosperity in northern Arizona through ecological health, social equity, and a resilient economy. Previously, Eric was CTO and CIO for Commerce Clearing House, Inc. where he led a global organization with 1300 employees and managed a budget of $187 million. Eric has been a member of the State Bar of California for more than 30 years.

Can You Hear Me Now? Strategies for Rural Broadband Access
Date: July 26th
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost: Free
Registration information coming soon!

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