Accessing Capital and Other Resources for Entrepreneurs


Date & Time:

Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm



Delmar Divine 5501 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112



Developing financial resources to drive new business creation, growth and scale for existing businesses, as well as the place assets that support them, depends on a vibrant and leveraged entrepreneurial ecosystem. This component of the workshop will focus on understanding the local organizational roles within the financial community, at the hyper local, as well as the city, regional, and state/federal levels. In addition, participants will work on exercises to create an inventory as well as an audit of their current gaps and challenges within the financial capital factor of their ecosystem. This session will also focus on alternative financing options for small businesses and real estate development. From crowdfunding to equity to loans, attendees will learn about the various non-traditional ways to help get their project off the ground. Participants should plan to leave the workshop with a much greater grounding in how to map their resources, areas to prioritize, which organizations to leverage to add capacity in developing solutions, and funding options.


Missouri Main Street Connection and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant Entrepreneurial Series:
September 26 – Diverse and Equitable Development
October 18 – Local Partners and Resources Supporting St. Louis Entrepreneurs



MATT WAGNER serves as Chief Program Officer for Main Street America. In this role, he is responsible for driving the organization’s field service initiatives including the development and delivery of technical services for Main Street America and Urban Main programs, directing the Center’s research agenda, as well as the recently launched New Business Development work to focus on national partnerships, brand leveraging and new business growth areas. Matt has a long history of program and service delivery in the area of small business development and place management. He currently serves on the Advisory Council at the Center for Transformative Placemaking at the Brookings Institute. As a testament to this work, he has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Wisconsin Champion for Women-Owned Businesses, for his efforts to support women entrepreneurs. He is also a former Executive in Residence at Cardinal Stritch University and faculty for the University’s Mission Fuel: Social Entrepreneurship program.


JOE BORGSTROM is an accomplished professional in the fields of Downtown Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development, Main Street and Placemaking. His 20 year career includes executive management, project financial structuring and evaluation, fund development, foreign direct investment recruitment, market research, program management, public speaking and consulting. He and his teams have used state and local incentives to leverage more than $2.2 billion in private investment into communities. Joe’s expertise is in the areas of retail market analysis, real estate redevelopment, real estate finance, business recruitment, strategic planning, incentives, and economic development strategy. He has served clients in communities as small as 700 residents to more than 400,000.


KEVIN WILSON, St. Louis-area entrepreneurs have benefitted from Kevin’s ability to help launch successful businesses. Kevin, a highlyrespected small business consultant and entrepreneurial coach, has decades of experience in SBA lending, deal structuring, tax credits, and business strategy. He is passionate about economic development, small business finance, and building community wealth. Kevin is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council and a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, one of the most highly-respected leadership development programs in the nation. He serves as board president of T-REX, a non-profit innovation and entrepreneur development center dedicated to strengthening the economic vitality of St. Louis.

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No charge to attend. Costs are sponsored by a grant from The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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Aug 17 2023


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Delmar Divine
5501 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

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