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COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Innovative Small Business Relief Programs

During the April 3, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, experts from the North Carolina Rural Center, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the New Orleans Business Alliance discussed their respective approaches to local financing programs to support small businesses.

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Opening Remarks - 0:00
Katie Kramer, Moderator
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies


Local Programs to Address Small Business Relief - 5:11
Alejandra Guzman
Vice President of Performance Management & Strategy
New Orleans Business Alliance

Bill Taft
Senior Vice President
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Patrick Woodie
North Carolina Rural Center


Panel Discussion & Audience Questions - 33:10
Katie Kramer, Moderator

  • Fund capitalization sources and approaches
  • Adjusting terms and rates
  • Technical assistance to borrowers
  • Partnerships with local lenders
  • Advice for communities building their own programs

About the Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefings

CDFA hosted weekly briefings about development finance COVID-19 news and resources. These one-hour phone calls featured legislative updates, news from our members, state and local financing strategies, and lessons learned from previous development finance responses to disasters. The briefings were held every Friday at 1:00 PM (Eastern) from March 27 - May 15, 2020

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