When it comes to financing your next great idea, it is critical to understand all of the pros and cons of various types of funding opportunities. Not all types of funding are a good fit for all types of companies. This interactive panel will demystify the funding process using case studies and feature representatives from ever major funding type — from crowdfunding to venture capitalists to traditional and non-traditional banks. The audience can see “how the sausage is made” when in comes to deciding when and how to fund new companies. Moderated by Founder of Finance-Ability Stephanie Sims. Panelists include WeFunder, Silicon Valley Bank, Community Investment Corporation, Arizona Commerce Authority, Desert Angels and more.
Caroline Nelson, a native Tucsonan, has spent the last 20 years in the financial services industry. She started with Community Investment Corporation in September 2016 and has spent time in each of CIC’s three program areas. Caroline is currently the Chief Operating Officer and oversees the small business lending program. Prior to CIC, the majority of her career was spent working for Northern Trust where she held various positions in the banking and wealth strategies departments. Caroline earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. She is a graduate of the Greater Tucson Leadership program and earned a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from the University of Arizona.