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Overcoming Obstacles to Small Business Lending
The FDIC is hosting a Forum, "Overcoming Obstacles to Small Business Lending," on January 13, 2011, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the L. William Seidman Center in Arlington, Virginia. The Forum will explore ways in which credit can be made more accessible to the small business sector. The FDIC recognizes that small businesses are critical to fueling the nation's economic growth, and their ability to generate new jobs depends, in large part, on access to credit.
The Forum will feature two panels consisting of thought leaders from the government and the private sector, with a moderator facilitating the panel discussions. Representatives from the small business sector will be invited to attend the Forum and submit questions in advance and during the discussions for the panelists' consideration. We hope the robust dialogue will result in workable and effective strategies that will benefit small businesses. The Forum will be webcast on the Internet and archived on the FDIC's Web site (www.fdic.gov) after the event.
We are accepting questions for this event via email. Send your questions to SmallBusinessLending@fdic.gov.
Agenda (as of January 4, 2011)
Framing the Issues Panel
Moderator: Steve Liesman, CNBC
Sheila C. Bair, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Confronting the Obstacles Panel
Moderator: John Harwood, CNBC
Don D. Graves, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business
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