Access to capital is the biggest barrier to building a thriving small business sector. Innovation is the only way out. This episode features the audio recording from the virtual EIC Catalyst Network Discussion Series held on March 24, 2022. In a panel moderated by podcast host David Ponraj, we hear from trailblazers with noteworthy advancements in small business lending, technical assistance, and philanthropy. The conversation explores opportunities and actionable steps to help solve the capital problem in the development of inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Panelists include:
  • Chanell Scott Contreras, ProsperUS (Detroit, MI)
  • Aaron Seybert, Social Investment Practice, Kresge Foundation (National based in Detroit, MI)
  • Steve Wanta, JUST (Austin, TX)
  • Moderated by David Ponraj, EIC

About Breaking Down Barriers
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the U.S. to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. 

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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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