George Deeb (Bootstrapping) Managing Partner of Red Rocket Venture Partners
George has a passion for start-ups and formalized his consulting efforts as the Founder and Managing Partner of Red Rocket in 2010. George has consulted over 300 startups since launching Red Rocket. George has a very deep base of relationships in the startup and venture community, in Chicago and nationwide. George desires to help other B2C and B2B entrepreneurs navigate through their start-up, fund raising or other business issues. George’s skills are particularly deep in strategy, corporate evelopment, business development, fund raising, financial planning, sales, online marketing, e-commerce and online media/monetization. As author of 101 Startup Lessons-An Entrepreneur's Handbook, George is also a small business blogger at Crains Chicago and featured speaker at many startup-related events.
Corliss V Garner (Dept Funding) Vice President, Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank
Corliss V. Garner is a Vice President with the Commercial Banking Group at Harris Bank and has been in the financial services industry for more than two decades. Prior to joining the Commercial Banking Group, Corliss managed relationships in the Private Bank, providing unique personal trust, estate and retirement planning financial solutions to high net worth clients. In her current role as a commercial relationship manager, Corliss is primarily responsible for delivering the bank's lending and cash management services for current and prospective business clients across all industries. Corliss is a graduate of DePaul University. She has earned the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. Corliss serves on the advisory board of the Chicago Community Trust African American Legacy Initiative and the DePaul Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.
Joe Dwyer, Equity Funding. Venture Partner, OCA Ventures. Joe Dwyer is an investor, advisor, and serial entrepreneur. He loves to transform businesses through innovation. He is a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as digital innovation, product development, and user experience design at Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He is a mentor for Excelerate, Founder Institute, a Charter Member of TIE, and an advisor for Techweek. He has degrees in International Relations and law degree and an MBA from Northwestern.
Denise Ching (alternative funding), Associate Director, IL Small Business Development Center at UIC Denise is an Associate Director of the IL Small Business Development Center at UIC at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. Her primary role is helping people start businesses through business concept development and business plan writing and assisting existing small business owners plan and implement growth strategies. Prior to joining UIC, she directed the IL Small Business Development Center at ICNC. During her time at ICNC she managed the organization’s revolving loan fund, originating microloans to area companies for working capital needs. She previously worked at WaMu in roles ranging from Sr Personal Financial Representative to Financial Center Manager. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from UIC.
Note on Pricing:
Early Bird Special - $10 (Ends 3 weeks before event date, sign up early!)
Regular Price - $15
Price at the door - $20
6:00pm - 6:30pm Pre-Event Networking Hour
6:30pm - 7:00pm Keynote Speaker
7:00pm - 8:00pm Panel Discussion
8:00pm - 8:30pm Audience Q&A
8:30pm - 9:00pm Post-Event Networking Hour
9:00pm - Event ends
EFactor went west this week to Chicago, with an installment of its “Got Funding?” held at Catapult Chicago, a hub of innovation and collaboration for the windy city’s start-ups.
Tue, Sep 25 2012, 6:00 PM CST - 9:00 PM