Sessions Agenda


Sunday | September 7
12:00 – 4:00 PM Exhibitor Set-up
6:00 PM Opening Night Reception – Beechwood Hotel
Monday | September 8
7:00 – 7:30 AM Coffee & Registration
7:30 – 9:00 AM Opening: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club, CEO, New Balance, Central MA term papers Business Expo Show Floor
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Exhibits Open
9:15 – 10:00 AM Plenary Session – Conference Welcome and Economic Development Discussion, Grand Ballroom
Seminars NADCO WBDC NEDA: Nuts & Bolts NEDA: New Thinking 7a LENDER 7a LENDER B Small Business Lecture Series
10:15 – 11:30 AM

CDC Governance Changes

Mary Mansfield, NADCO, Vice Chair, Linda Reilly, SBA, Chief- 504 Branch

Brownfields/ Urban Redevelopment Panel

Henry Fredericks, Senior Project Manager, HRP Associates, Daniel Titus, Vice President, HRP Associates, John Wadsworth, Partner, Brown Rudnick, Ralph Conner, Director US GSA, Robert D. Cox, Jr., Partner, Bowditch and Dewey

Using Digital Technology for Economic Development

Christa Franzi, Camoin Associates and Anthony Capece, Central District Management Association, Inc.

What Do Young People Want from Work: Let’s Ask Them!

Carmen Lorentz, Director of Economic Development for the State of NH, Karen Pollard, Economic Development Director for Rochester, NH, Abby Straus of Maverick & Boutique as the maestro and young people from Worcester, MA

Protecting the SBA Guaranty

Ethan Smith, Starfield & Smith

Growing Communities Together—Collaboration Between Lenders and write my paper for me Alternative Sources of CapitalCommunity Reinvestment Fund, USA; Jennifer Sporzynski – Director, Microenterprise Resource & Policy Development- CEI, Sam Ortiz, Common Capital, Victoria Stein, Community Reinvestment Fund

STEM as an Economic Driver

-1st Floor, Central MA Business Expo

11:30 AM Visit Sponsors and Central MA Business Expo Exhibits (1st Floor)
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Luncheon – “Showcasing Small Business Success from Across New England”Seth Goodall, New England Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, and Dave Andelman, CEO of Phantom Gourmet
Seminars NADCO WBDC NEDA: Nuts & Bolts NEDA: New Thinking 7a LENDER 7a LENDER B Small Business Lecture Series
1:15 – 2:30 PM

504 Closing Issue

SBA District Counsel, George A. (Tony) Hewett, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C., Mary Russell, SBA District Counsel

Creative Placemaking and Economic Development

Erin Williams, City of Worcester, Lynne McCormack, City of Providence, RI, Meri Jenkins, Massachusetts Cultural Coalition

Using New Tools to Finance Economic Development

Rick Kiernan, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

CM | 1.25

The University as an Economic Developer

John Shemo of Metro Hartford Alliance, Rich Overmoyer, Fourth Economy, Sara Love, Penn State Hershey Medical School and Todd Watkins, Lehigh University

Regulatory Panel

(Federal Reserve of Boston, FDIC, National Credit Union Association, Office of the Comptroller of Currency)

Caplines — Contract and Working Capital Caplines Made Easy

Darrell Dante, Lender Relations Specialist, Massachusetts SBA

Entrepreneurship is a Team Sport: Introduction to SBA Programs & Resources

Ray Milano, Economic Development, SBA Massachusetts District Office Assistant District Director

2:30 PM Visit Sponsors and Central MA Business Expo Exhibits (1st Floor)
Seminars NADCO WBDC NEDA: Nuts & Bolts NEDA: New Thinking 7a LENDER 7a LENDER B Small Business Lecture Series
2:45 – 4:00 PM

Liquidation Hot Topics

Little Rock Loan Servicing Center, Caileen Driver, Bay Colony Development, Portfolio Corp., Hollis Carter, 504 Loan Servicing Center, SBA

Outside the Bubble: Using Systems Planning and Business Incubation to Drive Economic Development

Kevin O’Sullivan CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Vincent DeVito, Executive Director of Institute for Energy and Sustainability

Site Selection: Trends That Make a Difference

Janet Ady, and Brandon Rutz, Ady Voltedge

CM | 1.25

Cultivating Entrepreneurship Ecosystems – Urban and Rural

Karl Seidman, MIT, John Mandeville Lamoille, VT and Amy Shapiro, Franklin County, MA

CM | 1.25

SBA One & Credit Scoring / Credit Underwriting Changes

SBA Office of Capital Access- Deputy Associate Administrator Patrick Kelley

Export Finance 101 — Export Express; Export Working Capital and International Trade Loan

John Joyce, International Trade Finance Specialist, US Export Assistance Center

Urban Renewal: An Owner’s Manual

A panel of experts discusses the powers and possibilities of the Massachusetts urban renewal program.

Vincent Pedone – Worcester Redevelopment Authority

Kevin Morrison – Boston Redevelopment Authority

Carol Wolfe – Mass. Department of Housing & Community Development

Mayor Lisa Wong – City of Fitchburg

4:00 – 5:15 PM

Credit Risk Management

Paul Kirwin, SBA Office of Credit & Risk Management, Supervisory Financial Analyst

Challenges to Economic Development: A Panel

Craig Blais, President of Worcester Business Development Corporation, George Tetler III, Partner at Bowditch and Dewey, Deb Favreau, Senior Investment Officer, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

Are We Getting It Done? Establishing a Performance Measurement System for Economic Development

Marnie LaVigne, University at Buffalo and Mike Walker, Commerce RI…Moderated by Rob Camoin of Camoin Associates

CM | 1.25

New Partners in Economic Development: E.G., the Library…Who knew?

John Findlay, Maverick & Boutique and Robert Leaver, New Commons

CM | 1.25

Common Eligibility Mistakes

(Starfield & Smith- Ethan Smith)

Lender Service Providers — Helping Grow SBA Portfolios

Kerri Agee, President, Banc. Serv Partners, Chuck Evans, Prudent Lenders, Vern Hansen, JR Bruno Associates

Financing Your Small Business, What Lenders are Looking For

Ray Milano,
Economic Development, SBA Massachusetts District Office Assistant District Director

5:15 PM Central MA Business After Hours – Featuring Cuisine from Area Restaurants and Caterers
7:00 PM Gala Dinner Featuring NEDA Annual Awards
Tuesday | September 9
7:00 – 7:30 AM Coffee & Registration
7:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast Program – “How Sustainability and Resilience are Shaping Our Communities and the Economy” – Barbara Fields and Curt Spalding, EPA. Facilitated by Robert Leaver.
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM 3rd Floor Exhibits Open
Seminars NADCO WBDC NEDA: Nuts & Bolts NEDA: New Thinking 7a LENDER 7a LENDER B
9:15 – 10:30 AM

Community Advantage

SBA Office of Economic Opportunity – Chuck Evans, Prudent Lenders, President and CEO, Lisa Holmes, SEED Corporation, Hosheus (OC) Isaac, New York Business Development Corporation, Vice President – Economic Development and Strategic Projects, Kitty Barbee, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Deputy Director – Business & Economic Development

Creative Economy, Collaborative Workspaces

Jen Faigel

Responding to Defense Manufacturing Reductions

Michael Gilroy, Project Manager, and Gary Willis, Program Lead (IGA), Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment

CM | 1.25

Do you want to Tango? Using Digital Technology to Build Healthy, Business Ecosystems

Scott Gibbs of the Economic Development Foundation of RI and Maeve Donahue of Tango

CM | 1.25

Roundtable with SBA Regional Administrator Seth Goodall

Understanding the SOP 50 10

NAGGL Training 9:15am-3:30pm

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Changes in the Environmental Industry

SBA Environmental Review Committee, Derek Ezovski, President, ORMS, Valerie Reece, SBA, Attorney Advisor – Massachusetts, Mark O’Brien, SBA District Counsel Maine

Entrepreneurship and College Students: How Can We Keep Them Here?

Amy Whitney, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Clark University

Economic and Workforce Development: Partnering for Success

Colleen LaRose, Northeast Regional Employment and Training Association, Jeff Turgeon, Executive Director of the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board in Worcester, MA and Rafael Mata, CEO of GAMBIT Services

CM | 1.25

Disaster Ready Communities

Thomas Marano, EDP, Economic Development Specialist for Middletown, CT, Patricia Llodra, Newtown, CT, and  and Don Poland, Principal of Don Poland Consulting

CM | 1.25

12:15 – 1:30 PM Luncheon – “What’s Coming in the Economy that We are Not Ready For?” – Eric Garland, Economic Trend Analyst  | 1.25
1:30 PM Exhibitor Breakdown



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