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June 6, 2019
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Cal State Center East Bay
1000 Broadway
Suite 109

Oakland, CA 94607
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Business Workshop: Finding Money to Start & Grow Your Business

Thursday, June 6, 2019

At this workshop presented by East Bay SCORE you will learn about the types and sources of funding available to help you start and grow your business, and what you need to know to maximize your chances to obtain that funding.

You will learn and discuss:

Types and sources of funding
- Personal: personal savings, family and friends, home equity loans, credit cards
- Traditional: banks and SBA loans - Non-traditional: angel investors, venture capital, crowdfunding, KIVA/Zip, Y-Combinator, incubator

What lenders and investors consider in making decisions
- Business plan
- Financial statements
- Credit history

What you should do to maximize your chances to obtain funding
- Have a thoughtful, well-researched and realistic business plan
- Know your SWOT: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats


Kathy Donovan has 35 years of banking experience, with a concentration in lending to small businesses, large corporate customers and consumers. In recent years, Kathy has focused her efforts at SCORE and, before that, at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, on helping entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Kathy holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University. She is a world traveler, speaks some Spanish and is fluent in Portuguese. Education is her passion!

Jo Baig has 32 years in banking, including service as a branch manager of Bank of the West. Her experience includes extensive work with small and medium sized businesses.