When Banks Say NO! How to Prepare Your Business Plan So You Get to Yes.
Hear from a panel of experts from US Bank, Lending Tree and BEFCOR. Moderated by the SBA.
There will be a Q&A period after the panel.
SCORE Charlotte has partnered with US Bank for this small business series.
This event will be moderated by:
Eileen Joyce, US Small Business Administration, Lead Economic Development Specialist
Eileen has been the Lead Economic Development Specialist at the NC District office for 35 years. Her job is to help folks start and grow successful small businesses by encouraging them to seek out business counseling and sound financial options. She accomplishes this with program management of North Carolina SCORE, the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center, and 5 Women’s Business Centers. In addition to these programs, Eileen works with the NC Small Business Center Network’s 58 Small Business Centers.
Our expert panelists for this event are:
Nicole Dillard, US Bank
Nicole Dillard is a seasoned business executive with 14+ years of team leadership and business development experience in the financial advisory and banking sectors. She's been recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for workflow optimization, as well as for strategic thinking and problem-solving. Professional focal points include consulting services, marketing and sales strategies, management development, client retention and relationship management, business development, sales solutions, and project execution. Delivering superior administration on the latter areas of expertise requires utilization of effective communication skills, negotiation skills, business acumen, and resource management to support efficiency and maximum returns.
Currently, Nicole is a Business Development Consultant with U.S. Bank. In this role, she is responsible for forging relationships with businesses to drive market share growth. She also cultivates fruitful relationships with internal partners in Retail Banking, Treasury Management, Wealth, and merchant processing, holding business calls to identify and meet client needs. In addition, I liaise with senior leadership, financial specialists, and clients to ensure the company’s relationship support structure is driving the business forward with minimal expenditures.
Colleagues describe her as a progressive, driven, down-to-earth, patient and strategic expert who can be relied on to offer superior solutions that deliver profitable results on time and under budget.
Nicole holds a Bachelor's Degree in Resource Management with a specialization in consumer affairs.
Kimberly Edwards, CDFI Team Leader, BEFCOR (Business Expansion Funding Corp)
Kimberly brings 20 years of combined working experience in CDFI, Small Business, Workforce Development, and national Business Management to the BEFCOR team.
She began her career at Self-Help Credit Union in North Carolina, supporting economic development in mission based small business lending, mortgage lending, and affordable residential real-estate development, where she developed a foundation in asset building to under-served communities. She later worked for the City of New York in the Small Business Services division on Workforce and Business development initiatives in all boroughs of New York.
Kimberly holds a Master’s degree in Social Enterprise Administration, and a Minor in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York, where she was selected as a Management Fellow. Upon graduation she served the City of New York, and was selected and completed the City Management Academy for emerging leaders. She is also a proud local Alum of Queens University.
Ramses Meijer, GM, Lending Tree Marketplace
Ramses Meijer is currently active in the role as General Manager for LendingTree’s Marketplace, with a primary focus on facilitating the customer-to-lender relationships in both the consumer (personal loans, credit cards, small business) and home verticals. Prior to joining LendingTree in September 2019, Ramses spent six years at Expedia, with the last three years there quarterbacking the US growth brands of Travelocity, Orbitz and CheapTickets. He and his family recently moved to Charlotte from Chicago!