Crowdfunding VS Business Loans

Harlem Community Development Corporation and U.S. Small Business Administration are hosting a one day event to compare crowdfunding with traditional business loans.


8:30am - 9:10am : Registration and Breakfast 

9:10 AM – 9:20AM:  Opening Remarks: Hon. Inez E. Dickens

New York City Council Member, 9th District

9:20 AM  – 9:30 AM:  Comments By SBA Regional Advocate Teresa Coaxum

9:30am - 10:30am: Crowdfunding Panel + Q&A

Panel moderator

Alex Feldman, CEO of Crowdsunite

Alex helps small businesses with raising money online. He is CEO of CrowdsUnite which is the largest review site for funding platforms. Alex was mentioned in publications like the Huffington post and Entrepreneur Magazine. His writings about crowdfunding were published on major websites like and Crowdfund Insider. 


Rob Wu, CEO at CauseVox

CauseVox is a online fundraising platform for crowdfunding and peer to peer fundraising campaigns. 

Amanda Barbara, Vice President at Pubslush:

Pubslush is a global crowdfunding publishing platform for authors to raise funds and gauge the audience for new book ideas, and for trendsetting readers to pledge their financial support to bring books to life. Through a publishing imprint, powered by readers, Pubslush acquires high potential books from the platform, and for every book sold, donates a children’s book to a child in need. 

Ameet Padte,  Business Development at SeedInvest 

SeedInvest is an equity-based, crowdfunding platform that connects accredited investors to high-quality start-ups and small businesses seeking funding. 

John Vaskis, Gaming Vertical Lead at Indiegogo

John heads up Indiegogo's gaming vertical which includes all videogame board/card game campaigns on the worlds biggest crowdfunding platform. 

10:45am - 11:20am:  Business Lending Panel I – Lending for Start-ups and Non-traditional


Christian Damiba, Director, NYC Business Solutions, Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights

Lloyd Doaman, Loan Officer, TruFund financial Services, Inc.

Rosa Franco, Director of Lending, Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union

Angel Garcia, Business Development Specialist, LES People’s Credit Union

11:30 AM – 12:05 AM:  Business Lending Panel II – Lending for Business Growth and Expansion


·  Jorge V. LaCourt, VP Managing Director, Sterling National Bank

·  Runi Mehta, Small Business Specialist, Santander Bank

·  Niles Stewart, Branch Manager, Carver Bank

·  La-Shawn E. Talley, Small Business Banking Officer-Citibank

12:10 PM – 12:30 PM  Closing Remarks

Expo Tables

Crowdfunding and Lenders 8:30am - 12:30pm

To register for this free event please contact Harlem CDC: (212)[masked] or [masked]

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  • Doo A.

    I was going to! Stop me at the door , camera not allowed? I tried twice ...any way , I heard it was good and very's a five star for me!

    February 20, 2014

    • David J.

      The guards did not know anything about it and did not even try to help. I had to go to mcdonalds wifi across the street to see that is was by the sba. Unacceptable security.

      February 20, 2014

  • David J.

    Good information on crowdfunding as a new form of funding

    February 20, 2014

  • Alex F.

    I updated the Agenda for the event.

    1 · February 18, 2014

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