The FUND Consulting team is excited to be heading back to the Opportunity Finance Network’s Annual Conference next week in San Antonio, TX. We are proud to be a Community Supporter of this year’s conference, and we hope that you will stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the work that we do with CDFIs.
In addition, several FUND team members will be presenting on two conference panels on Wednesday, October 17:
Ruth Barber and Manjima Bose will present on the panel Diversifying Your Funding Base (Native CDFIs Track)
Lolita Sereleas will present on the panel Identifying Opportunity: Using Market Analysis to Guide Strategic CDFI Expansion (Expanding Coverage Track)
The focus of this year’s conference will be on expanding CDFI market and product coverage – a task which so many of our CDFI clients have made great efforts to address in recent years. During the recession, CDFIs stepped up their efforts to fill the gaps in access to capital and credit, and currently alternative lenders like CDFIs continue to have the highest loan approval rates among small business lenders.
We believe this is a trend that will only continue to grow, and in the coming years CDFIs will play a vital role in helping our local communities to grow and thrive. With this increasing demand placed upon CDFIs to expand their offerings and provide credit, capital, and financial services in more communities, this year’s conference will be an excellent opportunity for the entire CDFI industry to strengthen its networks and learn more about the strategies we can employ to help CDFIs build their capacity and expand their reach and impact.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!