The Small Business Development Program is quite active in Austin. They are hosting its annual "Meet the Lender" Business Loan Information Fair on August 6th, 2009. Meet the Lender is a free event and introduces business owners to business lenders face to face in an informal setting where they can gather information on lending programs.
This year's Meet the Lender event takes place at Palmer Events Center on
Aug. 6th from 3 to 7 p.m. and will feature more than 40 community lenders,
area banks, factoring firms and government loan programs including Greater
Texas Federal Credit Union, Business Community Lenders of Texas, and
OMNIBANK. They also offer their BizAid class at 3:30pm and 5:15pm.
I walked the show last year and found several city-sponsored programs available that I wasn’t aware of before. The SBA loan process has changed dramatically over the past year due to the economy and stimulus funding. In some cases the fees are reduced or waived altogether. If you are raising funding, you may want to check out this event.