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Funding Your Start-Up: Beyond VCs, Angels, and Accelerators

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Name: Funding Your Start-Up: Beyond VCs, Angels, and Accelerators
Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
Event Description:
Join Village Bank’s panel of financial industry experts as they dispel common business banking myths, discuss common financing options, and provide valuable financial tips for entrepreneurs just like you!

This event will provide a platform for emerging business leaders to ask questions they may not know to ask, and allows attendees the chance to connect with local banking experts and fellow entrepreneurs alike.

Panelists will be diving deep into discussion topics including:

-What role does a community bank have in your entrepreneurial path, and how they can be a gift to entrepreneurs and the community as a whole
-Demystifying Small Business Administration (SBA) lending; misconceptions will be addressed, benefits will be highlighted, and tips will be shared to determine whether this option would benefit you
-What is Treasury Management? How and when to know which financial products to leverage to mitigate operational and financial risk – it is never too early to start planning in order to safeguard the future of your business
-Pitfalls to avoid as you balance the management of your personal finances alongside your business finances

Whether you’re just starting up or gearing up for growth, this panel conversation is for you.

Morning Session- 8 am-9:30 am

Afternoon Session- 12 pm-1:30pm 

About the Speakers:
Aleesha Webb – Village Bank President & Vice Chairwoman of the Board
At her core, Aleesha Webb is a village builder, continually striving to create life-long connections with her clients, customers and community. She adds true value to relationships by determining the right solutions for individual needs, watching out for their best interests, and offering authentic, high-touch customer service. Aleesha’s banking career spans over 25 years and began on the front lines of Village Bank. With plans to introduce new digital services and increase Village Bank’s community presence and banking locations, Aleesha is on pace to change the future of community banking in Minnesota. While other community banks are being purchased by national banks, Aleesha is recommitting to Village Bank’s mission of serving its communities, and focusing on economic stability. The deeply-rooted difference that makes Village Bank matter to all customers is the genuine community bank approach that comes from being family-owned and operated. Aleesha treasures her time with family, friends and her fellow Villagers! #ItTakesaVillage

Agata Dittfurth – Village Bank Vice President, Commercial Deposits – Market Leader
Agata utilizes her vast commercial and treasury management expertise to partner with businesses to help them grow and succeed. With the insight and understanding that only comes from truly knowing your community, your customers and your products, Agata navigates the landscape of any banking relationship and has answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had.

Sheryl Carlson – Village Bank – Vice President, Community Development
Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of success in the banking industry and a passion for her community, Sheryl is skilled in Consumer Lending, Banking, Sales, Credit Analysis, and Management. Sheryl has the keen ability to evaluate customers financial situation and match banking products and resources that align with their unique life goals. By focusing in on what drives her customers, she is able to identify opportunities that will allow them to plan for their financial future and live their best lives. Sheryl is passionate about community banking and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

Kraig Kliber – Village Bank – Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking
A dynamic small business banker Kraig is dedicated to assisting business owners and entrepreneurs navigate both known and unforeseen hurdles. Kraig specializes in assisting small businesses and their owners overcome hurdles to success (both known and unearthed) through tailored financing and expertise via leveraging the various SBA lending platforms. He is also well-versed in business acquisition financing, professional practice financing, commercial real estate and construction financing, commercial and industrial financing, and of course short and long-term working capital needs and credit lines. Kraig’s village of clients say of working with him, “I feel like I have somebody on my team trying to help me solve my problems.” When it comes to Commercial Banking needs, Kraig is the industry expert you want in your court.

Erin Newkirk – Entrepreneur Extraordinaire
An award-winning innovator with rich leadership in tech, consumer packaged goods, and healthcare; spanning start-ups to growth companies to billion-dollar brands. Erin is well-versed in team building, marketing, branding, product/experience management, planning, strategy, writing, and speaking. One of Erin’s most recent entrepreneurial endeavors was launching Satya in 2018. Satya is focused on helping founders maximize business potential and feel great while they do it. Whether your start-up is in ideation, launch, or full-on growth mode, if you have a vision of how you want to make your mark on the world, Satya can help you achieve success AND happiness.

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North401 Studios
401 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, October 15
Morning Session- 8 am-9:30 am
Afternoon Session- 12 pm-1:30pm 
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