SBAC Empower: Alternative Funding Panel

The Alternate Funding Panel breakout session at SBAC Empower’s Chicago Entrepreneur Expo will focus on crowdfunding, microloans and SBA loans. You can learn more about the Chicago Entrepreneur Expo here.


About the Panelists:

Howard Orloff, Vestlo

Howard is the Co-Founder of Vestlo, a FinTech company that operates an Illinois investment based crowdfunding platform.



Carlos Pena, Accion

Carlos is a Senior Loan Officer at Accion Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing affordable micro-finance solutions to small business owners.


Kate Drane, IndieGoGo

Kate is the Director of Tech & Hardwear Outreach at IndieGoGo, a launchpad for entrepreneurial ideas. They help at every step from concept to market.


Eric Spokas, SomerCor 504, Inc.

Eric is President and Executive Director at Somercor, a non-profit development company certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate SBA 504 loans in Illinois.


About the Moderator:

Michael Cavanaugh, Neurensic

Michael is a Board Member of SBAC Empower. He is also the Chief Revenue Officer at Neurensic, an artificial intelligence company that is committed to helping the financial industry evolve.