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Building a Greater Dallas Through Inclusive Entrepreneurial Growth

  • Thursday, Apr 8, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

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This event was available from Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:00 AM until the event start date.

A Convening for Business Support Practitioners, Capital Providers, Ecosystem Builders and Philanthropic Partners

Join the BUILD Collaborative for an interactive discussion on building a stronger Dallas small business ecosystem. In this session, we will explore alternative funding models that address the personal wealth and opportunity gaps in our region with a panel of subject matter experts. Additionally, a member of the Chicago small business ecosystem on how standard outcomes and metrics for training, counseling, and financial services providers can help improve small business services.  


According to a 2019 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, small businesses make up 99.9% of businesses in the US economy. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 62% of Texas businesses surveyed reported experiencing a financial challenge. Additionally, 37% of minority-owned businesses reported challenges with accessing credit.  Beyond financial challenges, many employer firms require some financing to start their business (Kauffman). 

In this virtual event, we will explore opportunities to improve access to capital for entrepreneurs for inclusive small business growth.  To conclude our convening, we will explore standard outcomes and metrics for business service providers. 

Meet our Panel (Alternative Funding Models): 

  • Zarin Gracey, Director of Office of Business and Workforce Inclusion - City of Dallas, Office of Economic Development

  • Brian Marshall, Director of Entrepreneurship - BCL of Texas

  • Bella Gangnes, Director of Investments - Founders First Capital Partners, LLC
  • Darnell Bowen, Controller - Hello Allice


Guest Presentation on Common Metrics and Standard Outcomes: Geraldine "Geri" Sanchez Aglipay, Director, Midwest Region, and National Women’s Entrepreneurship at the non-profit 501c3 organization Small Business Majority.





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The BUILD Collaborative is a convening of business support organizations and capital providers collaborating to unveil opportunities for economic growth for underrepresented founders.
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