How Can Your Community Support Small Businesses in Tough Economic Times?

How Can Your Community Support Small Businesses in Tough Economic Times?

International Economic Development Council

2009 Federal Economic Development Forum
March 15-17, Washington, DC Metro Area

Change has come to Washington, and both opportunities and challenges abound – from a new presidential administration and a significantly altered Congress to the toughest economic climate in decades. Economic developers must understand the players, the priorities and the possible policy responses germinating in Washington that will affect our work for years to come, in regard to both short-term economic stimulus and long-term, sustainable competitiveness.

Monday, March 16
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

The credit crunch and failing economy has made it more and more difficult for entrepreneurs and small businesses need to start and expand their businesses. With small businesses as a leading employer in many communities, the availability of capital resources is pertinent to their success. This session looks at how the federal government will partner with economic developers to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in this perilous economic climate, as well as highlight some of the innovative actions being taken in the private sector.

• James A. Jaffe, President & CEO, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF) was established in 1993 to promote best practices in the formation and deployment of pools of innovation capital across the United States. NASVF is the leading national voice focused on critical issues around seed and early stage venture investing.

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Posted January 7, 2009

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