FutureHeights workshop seeks to help Heights business owners access capital

Small businesses are the backbone to a strong and flourishing community. They are destinations and landmarks that make our neighborhoods vibrant. As our local businesses prosper, we all prosper.

FutureHeights invites Heights businesses to attend the Accessing Capital Workshop on Monday, May 4, 4–6 p.m., at Motorcars Honda, 2953 Mayfield Road.

FutureHeights strives to recognize the investment of time, energy and money our small businesses make in the local economy, boosting the neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for those who live here. 

Access to capital, however, is an issue for many small businesses. In fact, the presumed upfront costs for upgrades or other expenses often prevent businesses from even analyzing their opportunities for improvement and growth.

As business owners make plans to grow their businesses, FutureHeights wants to support them in making the most of the resources they have, as well as gaining access to the capital that is available. This workshop is designed to assist business owners in identifying resources and shifting their mindset to imagine the possibilities. The presenting organizations will highlight the tools, technical assistance and support that is available to help businesses succeed.

This free workshop is focused on current capital challenges, questions, and projects, with the goal of walking business owners through a range of available options.

Join FutureHeights to discuss your business's challenges, questions, ideas and projects with local experts who include: Greg Zucca, vice president of lending and lending operations at Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), and former economic development director for Cleveland Heights; Ray Graves, lender relations specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration; Brian Rosenfelt, CPA, CGMA vice president and senior business banking relationship manager at Key Bank; Kara Hamley O'Donnell, Cleveland Heights city planner; and Matt Fish, owner of Melt Restaurant.

These experts will discuss how their organizations support businesses on the pathway to accessing capital for new and established businesses, as well as other services that can help develop a new business into a loan-ready client.

RSVP online at http://futureheights.givezooks.com/events/accessing-capital-workshop.

For more information and questions, e-mail FutureHeights Board Member Julia Kious Zabell at julia@beinvigorated.com.

Nicole Stika

Nicole Stika is a member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors and is the senior director of energy services for the Council for Smaller Enterprises.

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