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With Roxann Burns (SVP Small & Medium Enterprise Business, Bank of the West), Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia), Paloma Vidgen (SME Segment Strategy, Women Entrepreneurs).
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 01:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Join us for a virtual session on funding optionality with special guests from Bank of the West & Astia
About this event
Are you seeking funding to grow your company? There are so many avenues of capital available for startups & small businesses to explore, but navigating them all can be a daunting task. In this installment of the Funding Optionality Series, join Roxann Burns, Senior Vice President at Bank of the West; Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, Managing Director, Astia Fund, & Managing Member of the Astia Angels; for a deep dive on the differences & requirements for loans, grants, angel funding, & venture capital. By attending this session, you'll get an overview of financial growth resources for startups & small businesses, & be able to ask our experts questions LIVE about your funding options.

During this fireside chat led by Paloma Vidgen, our experts will explore:

Funding options by category & for what stage of business
Different ways to raise money for your business without using venture capital as the fuel
Additional alternative options to consider
Pitfalls to avoid when exploring your funding optionality

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Paloma Vidgen
SME Segment Strategy - Women Entrepreneurs

As the daughter & granddaughter of entrepreneurs, she is passionate about helping business owners & entrepreneurs meet their professional & personal goals. With 13 years in banking, spent developing strategy & building partnerships across wealth management & business banking, she creates programs & solutions that help our entrepreneurial community succeed.

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Roxann Burns, Bank of the West
Senio Vice President, Small & Medium Enterprise Business

Roxanne Burns is a senior vice president with expertise in commercial, community development, & SBA lending management. In addition to her responsibilities within Small & Medium Enterprise Business, Roxann is part of Bank of the West's Leadership Team for the SBA PPP Loan Initiative. Most recently, she & her team processed & funded more than $3 billion in PPP loans that supported payroll for more than 300,000 small business employees in California & across the country.

Roxann brings 30 years of banking experience from start-up finance companies to large complex banking organizations. She is also deeply committed to economic development issues focused on small businesses growth & sustainability.

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Sharon Vosmek, Astia
Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia, a global organization that works to level the investment playing field for startups that include women. In this role since 2007, Vosmek oversees & manages Astia's creative, proven approach to investment - called the Astia Expert SiftTM - that eliminates bias in the investment screening process & contributes to the success of female entrepreneurs & their ventures. Well- regarded around the globe, Ms. Vosmek is known for her opinions, research & commentary on the importance of women leaders as integral to innovation & high-performing entrepreneurial teams. As a highly sought-after speaker, she has also spoken at the United Nations, the Milken Institute's Global Conference & California Summit, & given lectures at numerous universities on the topic of building inclusive ecosystems, most notably at Stanford & MIT. She is a founding member of Astia Angels & Managing Partner of the Astia Fund both which invest in exceptional companies around the globe that include women founders & executives. She is an Advisory Board Member to two venture Funds E2JDJ Venture Fund & Illuminate Ventures & serves on the Boards of Ozo Innovations, Soapbox Labs, & Pagedip. Ms. Vosmek lives & works in San Francisco.

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