Are entrepreneurs in your ecosystem struggling to find and access the capital to start and grow their businesses? Are you struggling to make an impact?

Join the EIC Catalyst Network Discussion Series on Thursday, March 24, to hear trailblazing approaches to solving the capital access problem. This session will feature local case studies and new and noteworthy advancements in lending, technical assistance, and philanthropy. We’ll explore opportunities for innovation and actionable ideas for economic developers looking to improve access to capital in their communities.

Discussion will include live Q&A with participants. Following the panel discussion, participants are invited to a 30-minute workshop to further integrate ideas inspired by the discussion into their own work. 

Topic: Fixing access to capital for small businesses with leaders from the fields of lending, technical assistance, and philanthropy

Guest Panel:

  • Aaron Seybert, Managing Director, Social Investment Practice, Kresge Foundation, (
  • Steve Wanta, Cofounder & CEO, Just (
  • Chanell Scott Contreras, Executive Director, ProsperUS (
  • Moderator: David Ponraj, Founder & CEO, Economic Impact Catalyst

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET // 30-minute workshop to follow

ICYMI – Find a recording of this discussion along previous webinars here.



About the EIC Discussion Series
EIC is proud to present the 2022 Catalyst Network Discussion Series, featuring conversations with nationally recognized thought leaders, experts, and visionaries about the practice of entrepreneurship-led economic development. Speakers offer diverse and innovative ideas to the professional community, giving audience members the opportunity to advance their ability to catalyze economic impact in their communities through entrepreneurship. For the second year, these live virtual discussions will be open to the professional public free of charge. 

2022 Series:
March 24 – Access to Capital
June 23 – Power of Microbusinesses
September 22 – Equity & Inclusion
December 8 – Measuring Economic Impact

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Video recordings will be made available to members of the Catalyst Network Hub. Click here to join.