Two of the Nation’s Top SBA Lenders Gather Small Business Lending and Community Development Leaders for Conference in Columbus, August 6-8, 2024
Columbus, OH, Feb. 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, two of America’s leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders, headquartered in Columbus, will join forces to 2024 Great Lakes Lenders Conference: Credit innovations on August 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. ECDIthe #1 SBA microloan lender, will host the event powered by Huntington National Bank, leader, by volume, in SBA’s 7(a) category. This is the first time the long-running annual event will be held in Columbus.
In organizing the conference, ECDI is responding to the need seen by the organization’s leaders, as long-time lending practitioners, to expand the event beyond lending to be more inclusive of the support ecosystem required by business owners with financial resources. insufficient to create sustainable enterprises, and to enable a wider sharing of ideas and best practices. The three-day summit will bring together top SBA experts, industry professionals, business lenders, support providers, business owners and citizen funders from across the Midwest and the US.
In addition to best practices in SBA lending, the sessions will focus on the importance of fostering more equitable prosperity for small business owners of all communities and seek to uncover new and creative ways to foster business investment. small.
“In fast-growing regions like Central Ohio, where corporations like Intel, Google and Amazon continue to accelerate the rate of economic growth, it’s critical to find more ways to help under-resourced small businesses participate in growth and opportunity,” said ECDI founder and CEO Inna Kinney. “This conference creates an amazing platform to start conversations about the need for collaborative, comprehensive strategies across our industry, and we welcome lenders, small business owners, civic partners, entrepreneur support organizations and anyone interested to the table for success. of small businesses in our communities. We couldn’t do this work without the Huntington partnership, which is helping to extend our mission beyond ECDI’s walls.”
“For almost 20 years, ECDI has been a trusted partner in creating a more equal environment for small business lending. We are excited to join together to bring together thought leaders, practitioners and industry experts in our shared hometown,” said Brant Standridge, President of Huntington Regional Consumer and Banking. “We understand the tremendous impact businesses have small businesses in local communities and economies. Together we hope to provide more small business owners with the tools and resources they need to start, grow and thrive.”
Guided networking and field trips are planned throughout the three-day conference to help deepen cross-industry connections, including bus tours where attendees will visit local businesses and hear the owners’ personal journeys.
For more information about Lending Innovations Conferenceincluding programming, guest speakers and more, visit www.lendinginnovators.com.
ECDI is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that underbanked entrepreneurs – regardless of where they come from, where they live, their gender or race – have access to the financing and business incubation services they need to have success. Headquartered in Columbus, with offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Toledo and Portsmouth, we serve small businesses in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana. As the nation’s leading SBA microloan broker and US Treasury-designated CDFI, we’ve helped more than 33,000 individuals, disbursed more than $177 million through more than 6,500 loans, with an average loans of $26,000 and we have created and maintained more than 43,500 jobs. since 2004. Learn more: www.ecdi.org.
ABOUT HUNTINGTON NATIONAL BANK
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $189 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1866, Huntington National Bank and its subsidiaries offer consumers, small and mid-market businesses, corporations, municipalities and other organizations a complete set of banking, payments, wealth management and asset management products and services. of danger. Huntington operates approximately 1,000 branches in 11 states, with certain businesses operating in expanded geographies. Visit Huntington.com for more information.
CONTACT: Amee BellWanzo Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) 614-296-0128 [email protected]