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Partnerships for Energy Efficiency Lending
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Moderator: Rob Sanders, Consultant, Clean Energy Finance
Panelists: Jack Markowski, Community Investment Corporation and Anne Evens, CNT Energy

Effective energy efficiency lending requires an array of skills and knowledge about which improvements will deliver the most energy efficiency improvements for the least cost and how to structure the loans in a way that works for the customer and the CDFI. In this session, representatives from Community Investment Corporation and CNT Energy describe their successful Energy Savers partnership that has reduced energy costs by 30% in over 9,500 affordable apartments in the Chicago Metro area. This innovative partnership combines the lending expertise of a CDFI and energy efficiency expertise of a nonprofit energy organization to deliver a one-stop shop for multifamily building owners. Hear how each organization has leveraged its relationships and knowledge to reach more customers and improve the rate of property owners making energy improvements after an energy assessment.

Track: Energy Efficiency 
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

New Products in Consumer Financial Services
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Moderator: Joshua Sledge, Center for Financial Services Innovation
Panelists: Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez, Justine Peterson; Bob Annibale, Citi; Steve Zuckerman Self-Help; and Jose Quinonez, Mission Asset Fund

This session covers new consumer financial services products that CDFIs have developed to address individuals and families that are underserved by conventional financial institutions. Drawing on two case studies developed for the Scaling Up Microfinance curriculum, the session focuses on products such as small dollar loans and secured credit cards, and the processes that CDFIs have undertaken to develop successful products.

Track: Consumer Finance 
Level: General 

Cost:
FREE

Credit Union Alternatives to High-Cost Payday Loans
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Moderator: Melanie Stern, National Federation of CDCUs 
Panelists: Alex Horowitz, Pew Charitable Trusts; Nicole Pendelton, Freedom First FCU; and Sarah Marshall, North Side FCU

The payday industry and other high-cost lenders continue to drain wealth from communities and individuals, taking advantage of the small dollar credit needs of low and moderate income borrowers. This workshop will explore Pew Charitable Trust’s cutting-edge research on the reasons people borrow from payday lenders, community responses, and innovative, responsible alternative loan product solutions that credit unions can offer to this population.

Track: Credit Union
Level: General 

Cost:
FREE

Character Can’t Tell the Story: Mitigating Risk in a Changed Lending Environment
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Moderator: Terry Burks, Equifax
Panelists: Michael Stefanick, Equifax and Bonnie Bowling, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs 

In lending days of old, you could rely on the three C’s for mitigating risk: character, collateral, and cash. In today’s lending environment, relying on character can get you into trouble – you need to focus on the facts. This session will provide insights into a major credit agency’s recent analysis of the current market landscape for microenterprises, including risk and growth trends; outline critical factors for identifying and managing risk in your microenterprise loan portfolio; and show you how leveraging a new automated underwriting system can drive efficiency in your loan origination processes. You’ll hear from a CDFI microlender who's adopted the technology and achieved significant loan growth as a result.

Track: Organizational Capacity
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

Fast and Furious
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Moderator: Debby Stefaniak, Opportunity Finance Network

Panelists: Stefanie Arck, Opportunity Finance Network; Nick Burstein, Opportunity Finance Network; Demetric Duckett, TruFund; Andrew Schultz, Garfield Group; Sherry Simmons, Northern CA Community Loan Fund; Allison Starkey, Wells Fargo; Steve Varnum, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

 

TED gives presenters 18 minutes to make their case—our marketing and communications experts only need eight! See eight communications professionals present eight tools or best practices in this engaging and fast paced session. Topics include: Social Media in Five Minutes a Day; Crisis Communications Readiness; Responsive Web Design; Tell Me a Story!; Be Bold with your Marketing; Designs That Scale; How to be an Effective Co-Brand Partner

Track: Strategic Communications
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

CDFI Bond Guarantee Program: Application Basics
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Presenter: Cathy Dolan, Opportunity Finance Network

The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program is live and Guarantee Authority will be available in fiscal year 2014. If you are interested in applying or want to learn more to decide whether to apply, this session is for you. You’ll learn all the basics: what the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program offers, how your organization can benefit, program eligibility requirements, and what to consider in putting together an application. Don’t miss out! Get informed today.

Track: Financial Resources
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

Are You Ready… For Some Funding?!
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Presenters: Kristi Bias, Lisa Wagner and Sarah Sanders, Oweesta

This training provides participants with the essentials to prepare for successful investor conversations. Learn how to be responsive to your organization's funding needs by utilizing sources other than Federal programs. Acquire practical tips on preparing a funder’s packet. This session will shorten your learning curve, help you avoid pitfalls, and accelerate your process of building relationships with investors.

Track: Native CDFIs
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

Learnings from Scaling Up Microfinance: Customer Acquisition and Market Research
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

This is one of three Microenterprise sessions that will share out the work of the Scaling Up Microfinance participants. Part of the CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative, Scaling Up Microfinance includes six mentored Working Groups that are exploring creative ways to: develop new products, conduct effective market research, conduct outreach to potential clients, improve collections, underwrite quickly and effectively, and collaborate with partners. The six Working Groups are just getting underway this summer. In September we will review their findings and update this description with the specific elements of their work that will be covered in this session.

Cost:
FREE

Food Deserts 2.0: Tools and Resources
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Presenters: Caroline Harries, John Weidman and Julia Koprak, The Food Trust; Gary Williams, Hope Enterprise Corporation; and Sajan Philip, Low Income Investment Fund

Over the last few years, many CDFIs have begun to utilize city, state, federal, and philanthropic dollars to fund healthy food retail projects. Terms such as ""food desert"" and ""underserved"" have become commonplace, yet clear definitions can be elusive and vary by state and program. Other challenges include building a robust pipeline of applicants and marketing the program effectively, as well as attracting additional investment to support projects. This session will be relevant to any CDFI that is working to increase access to healthy food, and is designed as a follow-up to the training sessions and technical assistance that were offered through the “Financing Healthy Food” Capacity Building series sponsored by OFN and the CDFI Fund. Attendees will walk away with: a clearer understanding of available data sources to determine eligibility, more confidence about how to prioritize projects in areas of need, building a pipeline of applicants, outreach strategies for the grocery industry, ideas to attract additional investment, and other best practices in healthy food financing. A recently released Healthy Food Financing Handbook will also be distributed.

Track: Healthy Foods 
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

Capacity Building: Community Health Center Lending
Issue Date: 2013-10-17

Moderator: Pam Porter, Opportunity Finance Network
Panelists: Allison Coleman, Capital Link; Kim Dempsey, NCB Capital Impact; and Tom Manning, Primary Care Development Corporation

Community Health Centers (CHCs) in underserved communities are projected to grow by 50 to 100%, triggering a multi-billion dollar capital need with significant investment opportunity for CDFIs. Moreover, evidence consistently shows that CHCs have a direct and measurable impact on the health of low-income communities while additionally serving as engines of primary and secondary economic development. In this context, The CDFI Fund has selected OFN, working with the CDFI industry’s most experienced health care lenders, to provide Capacity Building TA to increase CDFI lending to the CHC sector. Moderated by OFN, with panelists from the Primary Care Development Corporation, Capital Link and NCB Capital Impact, this session will cover the role of CHCs in the low-income communities and the most critical aspects of CHC lending. Participants will also understand the broader and deeper TA that will be available through this CDFI Capacity Building Initiative.

Special Session: Health Care Finance
Level: General

Cost:
FREE

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