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Tuesday, October 3 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Access To Flexible Capital, presented by Chase for Business

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We know small business owners and entrepreneurs of color encounter barriers to entry into the startup world. This panel highlights the work local organizations are doing to help startups gain access to capital, shed light on some of the challenges startups face when seeking loans and capital, and provide recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. Fueling the discussion is a JPMorgan Chase Institute report, “Cash is King: Flows, Balances and Buffer Days”, that explores the financial lives of small business owners.

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Walter Acuña

Senior Business Lender, Craft3
Walter is a Senior Business Lender for the Washington Puget Sound region. Prior to joining the Craft3 team in September 2010, he served as Assistant Vice President – Business Relationship Manager for Plaza Bank in Kent, WA. Previously Walter held positions as a Small Business Banker... Read More →
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Ivan Barron

Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center, University of Washington Foster School of Business
Ivan is Lecturer in Management and Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He has over fifteen years’ experience teaching, researching and managing programs in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Laura Fletcher

Director of Financial Services, Ventures
Laura joined Ventures as a volunteer in 2012, and became a staff member in 2013.Laura oversees Ventures’ financial services department. The department provides matched savings accounts, business loans, financial education and individualized financial coaching to Ventuers clients.In... Read More →
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Tim Howell

JP Morgan Chase
Tim currently serves as the Market Manager for the Pacific Northwest Business Banking Market for JPMorgan Chase. He’s held this position for four years and has been with the firm for over twenty years having held various positions in the Retail Bank and with the Asset and Wealth... Read More →
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Allen Johnson

JP Morgan Chase
Allen has 15+ years of experience with small business lending and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Most of this time was spend with GE Capital, where he worked with entrepreneurs in many roles, most recently as the Managing Director overseeing the western region commercial... Read More →
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Rameez Sajwani

Fuchsia Shoes
Rameez is the co-founder of Fuchsia Shoes Inc. Fuchsia makes inaccessible native craft available directly to its customer's doorstep by working closely with small scale industry artisans. Prior to Fuchsia, Rameez has a 14 years long experience of working as software engineer at Amazon... Read More →