Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Kicks off 2013 Access to Capital Tour May
22 in Chicago
Events Will Bring Together Small Businesses with Lenders and Experts in
Chicago, Atlanta and Seattle
LOS ANGELES -- April 29, 2013
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the leading provider of credit building
and credibility solutions for businesses, today announced that registration is
open for its Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event which will be held
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Additional stops on the tour include Atlanta on August 14^th and Seattle on
November 12^th. These events are designed to foster lending and educate small
businesses about the various types of funding that are available through
expert panels and on-site 1:1 meetings with a broad spectrum of debt and
“With over 99% of American businesses classified as small by the Small
Business Administration, it is crucial that this important sector gets access
to capital if we want to grow the economy and cut into the nation’s
unemployment rate,” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet
Credibility Corp. “We are very passionate about our Access to Capital events
which we believe are a step in helping lead American small businesses back to
prosperity. We know from our Los Angeles event, which resulted in tens of
millions of dollars in loan originations, that these loans were spurred by the
unique access that businesses had to lenders.”
Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet’s initiative is to educate and grow
local small businesses. The events are comprised of two main areas – the “town
hall” area where speakers, spotlight series, and panels ranging from topics on
traditional bank lending to crowdfunding will take place - and the “financial
district” area where small business owners can meet one-on-one with various
lenders, legal, business resources and advisors. Key sponsors for the Chicago
event include Bank of America, Microsoft, TransUnion, AEO, LegalZoom, and
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s Los Angeles Access to Capital event held
last year was attended by over 500 Los Angeles based small business owners who
took part in hundreds of 1:1 meetings with loan officers, resulting in tens of
millions of dollars in reported loan originations.
Lending appointments for Chicago’s event will include representatives ranging
from Bank of America to local Chicago area financial institutions such as
Accion Chicago, AEO, American Chartered Bank, BMO Harris, First Eagle Bank,
Franklin Capital Network, Inland Bank, Merchant Cash and Capital, North Side
Community Federal Credit Union, Standard Bank, Ridgestone Bank, and SomerCor
504. Community and business resources that will also be on hand include
Microsoft, LegalZoom, TransUnion, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses,
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, SCORE
Chicago, Women’s Business Development Center, Built In, and more.
“According to the Federal Reserve of Chicago, large bank lending to small
businesses has fallen by over 50 percent since the start of the 2007
recession, yet Accion Chicago, a CDFI microlender, reported an 80 percent
increase in loan applications from small businesses from 2008 to 2011,” said
Stibel. “We need to be providing small businesses with roadmaps to a wide
variety of capital sources, as well as help them be prepared when it comes to
actually qualifying for financing if this glaring gap is to be bridged.”
At the Chicago event, attendees will be given access to a free copy of their
business credit report, a key factor in many lenders’ credit decision process.
Leading up to the event, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with a
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. certified Credit Advisor to help them
prepare for their lending meetings at no cost.
To register for the event or to learn more, visit
About Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is the leading provider of credit building
and credibility solutions for businesses. The company helps businesses
establish their credit with a D&B® D-U-N-S ® Number and provides the only
business credit solution available to companies looking to build, monitor, and
impact their business credit and credibility. The company’s headquarters are
in Los Angeles, CA with offices throughout the United States. For more
information on the company, please visit www.DandB.com or follow the company
on Twitter via @DandB.
Aaron Kellogg, 617-275-6526
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
Liz Gengl, 310-919-2266
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