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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Small business owners invited to Access to Capital conference

If you’re trying to get a new business off the ground – or thinking about becoming an entrepreneur – and you don’t have ready access to capital, the 2016 Multicultural Business Conference is for you.

This half-day conference is April 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church. It’s organized by the Business Development Assistance Group, a nonprofit based in Annandale that helps newly arrived immigrants join the American economy through entrepreneurship. The honorary host is Sen. Mark R. Warner.

The “Access to Capital” conference is targeted to the owners of small businesses and businesses owned by women, veterans, or minorities.

There will be information on bank loans, microloans, crowdfunding, investor financing, and export financing. Business owners hoping to expand will have an opportunity to showcase their company to prospective customers and investors and network with community and financial industry leaders.

Participating organizations include M&T Bank, Mason Enterprise, One Degree Capital, Refraction, StreetShares, TD Bank, the U.S. Export Import Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, and the Washington Area Community Investment Fund.

The conference fee is $35 if you register by April 25 and $50 on site. Register online or call 703-538-7412.

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