Over 100 entrepreneurs gathered to learn from top-tier business school professors and connect with capital providers at a recent forum hosted by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The organization’s Inner City Capital Connections program was held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.
Colleagues from Santander Bank, N.A. volunteered as coaches and panelists at the event, including Ben Cooper, Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager, who participated in a panel discussion about accessing debt finance and advised the audience on best practices for accessing bank loans. Colleagues from Santander also provided feedback to participants on their business plans. Risk Manager Meuysinh Saelee stated, “I believe all achievements begin with an idea. The business plans presented at the coaching sessions showed that these business owners are at the forefront of innovations. Their passion and impetus will create momentum for success, not only for the participants, but for our community as a whole.”
ICIC is a nonprofit research and strategy organization founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter and led by former Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman. Its mission is to “drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents.” ICIC’s signature initiative, the Inner City Capital Connection (ICCC) program, supports small businesses in their effort to accelerate growth and access capital through executive education and intensive coaching.
Santander Bank looks forward to participating in future events to support local entrepreneurs.
Congratulations Santander Bank N. A.!