Traditional Alternatives: SBA, Bank, Tax Incentives

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Some startups and early stage businesses can get needed funds from angels, VCs, crowdfunding, or sources discussed in other sessions in this track. Yet, many entrepreneurs need to consider options such as self-funding, friends and family, government programs (e.g., SBIRs, contracts), bank loans, and federal, state and local tax and similar incentives. This panel will explore these alternatives to fuel your company.


Natalia Olson
Co-Founder, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at The Disruptive Factory
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur and recognized expert in finance, government, smart cities, commercialization of technologies. Prior to cofounding The Disruptive Factory, she was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. Read full profile…


John Davis
CEO, SBIR Resource Center
John Davis serves as General Manager of the SBIR Resource Center(R), America’s leading provider of business development resources to the SBIR/STTR community since 1994. He is a research scientist and C-level executive with more then 30 years experience in securing federal
financing for R&D projects — the last 15 concentrated on SBIR/STTR. Read full profile…

Charlie Richardson
Vice President of Business Development, Tri-Merit
Charlie is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in technology and finance. As Vice President of Business Development at Tri-Merit he is passionate about working with companies to help them benefit from Research & Development Tax Credits. Based in Tysons Corner, Virginia Charlie works with companies and CPAs from coast to coast. Read full profile…

Charles “Tee” Rowe
President & CEO, America’s SBDC
C. E. “Tee” Rowe is the President and CEO of America’s SBDC, the association representing Small Business Development Centers, a nationwide network of over 1,000 centers providing free, confidential counseling and low cost training to small business owners. He joined America’s SBDC in August of 2009. Read full profile…