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Calling all Entrepreneurs:  Small Business Resource Summit Planned for Charlottesville




Entrepreneurs and small business owners will learn about a groundbreaking strategic model and resources available to pursue their goals at Building Effectual Networks: The Charlottesville Small Business Resource Summit scheduled for August 29, 2013. The half-day workshop presented by Virginia Community Capital (VCC), in partnership with Capital One Bank and Community Investment Collaborative begins at 12:30 and will be held at CitySpace on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

Building Effectual Networks is designed to inspire entrepreneurs to start or expand businesses by helping them understand that they may have more support at their disposal than they realize,” explains Jeff Sadler, Advisory Services for VCC, and event organizer.

The day will feature three sessions to facilitate discussion on asset visualization, understanding relationships with money, and testimonial from two entrepreneurs revealing their concepts, successes, challenges, and concerns.

“This noteworthy program is part of an important partnership between VCC and Capital One Bank,” adds Teri Lovelace, Vice President of Community Impacts and Investments. “A new $500,000 Line of Credit for small business lending has been established through the Capital One Bank support. This educational outreach will help us identify prospects for potential loans and generally enhance the strength of the Charlottesville business community.”

Saras D. Sarasvathy, PhD serves as the keynote speaker, presenting on her new entrepreneurship model, Effectuation, which is the subject of the most viewed online article at Inc. magazine. Dr. Sarasvathy is an Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Jamuna Raghavan Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

 “Money Paradigms & Perspectives” will be led by Randy Howard, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary who also serves as contracted CFO for several foundations. This presentation will address the varied ways we perceive money. The facilitated discussion will explore how core beliefs, as well as day-to-day habits, may be limiting the growth, profits, and success of small businesses. 

An open conversation with two local entrepreneurs and attendees will wrap up the day. Roughly following a format designed by the Kaufman Foundation, our two entrepreneurs will describe their business models, resources and needs while the audience participants will ask questions, offer experience, and, potentially share resources.

Attendance at Building Effectual Networks: The Charlottesville Small Business Resource Summit is free of charge. Interested individuals should register in advance here: Buildingeffectualnetworks.eventbrite.com. Questions on the event can be directed to Jeff Sadler at  804.344.5484, ext. 154, jsadler@vccva.org

About Virginia Community Capital:
With offices in Christiansburg, Richmond, and Springfield, Virginia Community Capital (VCC) is dedicated to the prospect of building wealth for all through our lending, deposits, and advisory services. As a community development financial institution (CDFI), our mission is to offer innovative, flexible financial products designed to support housing and community development ventures, increase jobs, and encourage sustainable communities. In partnership with our for-profit bank, Community Capital Bank of Virginia (CCB), the non-profit VCC offers loan capital broader and more flexible than bank lending in low-to-moderate income communities in underserved geographies and markets. Learn more at  vacommunitycapital.org.