Free Access to Capital Event for Small Business Owners Hosted by VEDC, NLP and UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs

Meet the Lender One-on-One at Here’s the Money® Loan Pavilion

What: VEDC, a leading non-profit lender to small businesses, in partnership with Neighborhood Lending Partners, Inc. and the UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs initiative, is hosting an

access to capital event, Ascent: Capital & Connections, for small business owners on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Greater Miami Business Opportunity Fund was created by VEDC in partnership with UBS. VEDC, a Los Angeles based national business transitional lender and established Community Development Financial Institution, is expanding its national footprint into Florida, where it will provide support and training for Tampa-based Neighborhood Lending Partners (NLP); NLP has been operating in Florida since 1991, providing financing to affordable housing and community revitalization projects. GMBOF demonstrates UBS’s ongoing commitment to provide resources for small businesses positioned for growth and is part of UBS’s Elevating Entrepreneurs initiative. Elevating Entrepreneurs is a joint undertaking of UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas and UBS Bank USA.

GMBOF will provide up to $5 million of alternative financing solutions for qualified existing small business owners seeking loans of $50,000 to $500,000, particularly those that are underserved by traditional bank financing, , especially women and minorities. With small business representing 98.9 percent of all employers in Florida, GMBOF meets an important need for the state, as funding of this type is not currently readily accessible.

Here’s the Money ® Loan Pavilion, is where business owners have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with GMBOF loan officers to discuss their business capital needs and walk through the application process.

Event registration is free, and is targeted to established businesses with annual revenues of $500,000. To attend and for a full program agenda, business owners must can go to




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Hilton Miami Downtown

Ballroom – Concerto D
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

Event highlights include:

• Breakfast networking with attendees and speakers

• Remarks by executives from UBS, VEDC and NLP

• Here’s the Money ® Loan Pavilion for one-on-one meetings with GMBOF Loan Officers

• Workshop on step-by-step loan application preparation with VEDC

• Alternative Lending Panel discussion with Accion East, LFS Capital, NLP, SBA and VEDC