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Wednesday, February 21 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Access to Flexible Capital, Training, and Technical Assistance

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Underserved entrepreneurs, such as people of color, women, veterans, and those with low income, encounter barriers to entry into the start-up and small business ecosystem. This panel highlights the work by local organizations to help entrepreneurs gain access to capital, training and technical assistance; sheds light on some of the challenges these small businesses face; and provides recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. 

Moderators
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Barbara Tripp

Business Banking Market Manager (AZ South), Chase

Speakers
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Ji Mi Choi

ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ASU
Ji Mi Choi is an associate vice president at Arizona State University leading Entrepreneurship +Innovation in service to schools and units across the institution, and the greater community. She has previously served at New York University, including leading a merger of what is now... Read More →
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Tom Espinoza

CEO, Raza Development Fund
Tom Espinoza is the President and CEO of Raza Development Fund, Inc. (RDF), the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the U.S., with more than $350 million intotal assets under management. In 1999, Mr. Espinoza pioneered a faith base approach tocommunity... Read More →
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Koran Hardimon

National Board Member, Seed Spot
Koran Hardimon is a Senior Program Manager within the Global Diversity and Inclusion organization at Intel Corporation. In this role, Hardimon is responsible for setting comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategies that strengthen Intel’s culture ofinclusivity and retaining... Read More →
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Phil Potter

CEO, The Armory
Phillip Potter is the Chief Executive Officer of “The Armory”; a nonprofit incubator facility located in Phoenix, Arizona dedicated solely to providing high-potential military veterans withthe training, mentorship, resources, and access to capital they need to launch and grow... Read More →