Alternative Financing For Small Business

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

July 11, 2016: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Panel discussion by family office and micro-lending specialists on innovative techniques to raise capital for small business.


National Louis University
850 Warrenville Rd
Lisle, Illinois

Event Details

While it may be debatable that "misery likes company", one of the ongoing legacies of the Great Recession has been an ongoing small and medium business credit gap, estimated by the World Economic Forum to be more than $2 trillion globally. Even when funds are available, the terms can be stringent with suppliers and users separated by divergent priorities.

Markets develop to provide solutions to such problems, and this month our focus will be on some creative means to infuse that lifeblood crucial for a thriving business. Speakers will discuss the methods of a family office whose principals invest only their personal capital via platform acquisitions and the operations of the area's largest microlender which also closely monitors developments in crowdfunding.


Entrepreneurial Roundtable members, facuty and students of Booth: $15 thru July 6, then $20.

General public: $20 thru July 6, then $25.


Register Online

No credit cards at the door - only cash and checks.
• Dress is business casual.

•Note that you can save $5 if you register by July 6.

Deadline: 7/11/2016

Speaker Profiles

Jonathan Brereton (Panelist)
CEO, Accion Chicago

Jonathan as CEO since 2004 has led the region's largest microlender whose scale has expanded 20-fold during his tenure and which created/retained almost 2000 jobs in 2015. He implemented the Chicago Microlending Initiative which has been a model for financing growth via this channel. He serves on Chicago's Small Business Advisory Council and has been named an SBA Financial Champion of the Year and a Chicago Ideas Week Fellow. A graduate of Wheaton College, he also has earned a Harvard Business School fellowship.

Chaoran Jin (Panelist) '03
Principal, Keystone Capital

As a Principal at Keystone Capital, Chaoran works with Keystone's portfolio company executives to build their operations. She previously worked for Owens Corning as the Site Leader and General Manager of two large manufacturing facilities, and earlier as a McKinsey consultant, in M&A for Citigroup in Hong Kong, and in product development at Motorola. She earned her BA at Tsinghua U. (Beijing), MS at U Illinois and MBA at U Chicago.


Greg Gocek, '84 

Other Information

Networking and light refreshments from 6:15 - 7 PM

Program starts at 7 PM.