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In this rapidly changing COVID-19 environment, Small Businesses are struggling to navigate all the funding resources available to them – some have already applied for loans, but have not heard back.
Given the different eligibility requirements for federal, county, state and city funding resource, this webinar will provide status updates for all of the small business funding options, including helpful tips on what is still available, how to prepare and how to check the status of an existing application.
- Rosa Escareno, Commissioner, City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Rosa Escareño is a dedicated public servant with more than 20 years of government experience. As Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), Ms. Escareño is a key member of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s administration bringing modernization and equity to Chicago’s marketplace. Ms. Escareño has made public service her life’s work: she has worked under three Chicago mayors and managed day-to-day operations and implemented policy reforms across multiple City agencies. Most recently she’s focused on growing Chicago’s economic landscape by supporting small businesses and establishing strong regulations protecting consumers and workers.
- Xochitl Flores, Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Xochitl Flores is the Bureau Chief of Economic Development for Cook County. In this role, Flores oversees the activities of the three departments within the Bureau, which include the Department of Planning and Development, Building and Zoning, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. She is responsible for leading the work of the Bureau, collaborating with the seven counties of northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago to develop and implement initiatives to grow the regional economy. Flores began her tenure with Cook County as the Assistant Deputy Bureau Chief of Economic Development, working to advance President Preckwinkle’s plan.
- Erin Guthrie, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Erin Guthrie serves as Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Guthrie most recently served as the regional general manager for Uber Midwest in Chicago where she partnered with cities and regulators to create safe, positive experiences for customers and residents. From 2013 to 2017, she was a client engagement manager and partnership portfolio manager at McKinsey & Company in Chicago. Previously, Guthrie worked as a product manager MBA intern at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, as an account executive at 4INFO and as a business development manager at Nokia in San Francisco. She received her MBA from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Stanford University.
- Brad McConnell, CEO of Accion, Serving Illinois and Indiana
Brad McConnell is Chief Executive Officer of Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana, a nonprofit that helps neighborhood entrepreneurs grow by providing the capital, coaching, and connections small business owners need to create wealth and jobs throughout Illinois and Indiana. As the largest microlender in the region, Accion serves thousands of clients annually, working hardest in the most challenging neighborhoods. McConnell brings more than two decades of financial and economic development experience to his role. For five years he was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer at the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, where he managed five units that supported the City’s development priorities.
- Robert Steiner, District Director, Illinois District, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Small Business Administration
Mr. Steiner’s serves as District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office. Steiner joined the SBA in February 2013 and leads SBA’s operations across the state of Illinois. The Illinois District team of small business experts strengthens the entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem by supporting the efficient delivery of capital, comprehensive technical assistance, and access to government contracting. Prior to joining the SBA, Steiner served with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service. With the FPS, he managed a $68M budget while overseeing all human capital, logistics, procurement, and support activities.