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Conference At-A-Glance

Resilient: Small Business Strengthening Local Economies will feature a wide range of speakers with diverse expertise in helping local businesses to launch, develop, and grow. AEO conference attendees are accustomed to meeting and networking with grant makers at AEO’s conferences, but 2020 will mark the largest showcase of funders ever at a single AEO conference. Attendees will have an opportunity to connect with lenders representing private foundations, corporate philanthropy, as well as impact investors. Our conference will offer thought-provoking, action-oriented content for every attendee. Check out the sections below to learn about the different types of sessions and themes that are in development. 


  1. SBA Microloan Training: AEO is proud to host the SBA’s Micro-loan Training Program. This two day event is open to all SBA microlenders and will provide training, best practices, and strategies for managing growth and creating impact.  
  2. Trauma Informed Care: This Hybrid certification training is a pre-conference activity taking place on May 4-5th – with 1.5 day in person training in Houston, TX, as well as 6 hours virtual coaching – that will cover a review of the fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Care, how to build helpful, healing and respectful relationships, how to adopt trauma-informed strategies and more.

Two Events You Don’t Want to Miss

  1. The Art of Entrepreneurship: Vision and Voices for Returning Citizens: A live streamed town hall event focused on the multiple dimensions of economic livelihood after incarceration. Panelists for this event will represent a growing movement that brings social justice activists and entrepreneurship advocates together to posit, shape, and support a vision of business ownership for re-entry solutions and programs

  2. Color of Philanthropy: This segment will explore how philanthropic organizations are changing flow of capital to intermediaries, and as a result, shifting economic paradigms for entrepreneurs—particularly minorities. Experts will share how decisions around grant funding, corporate partnership, and investment capital can shape the economic future of microbusiness, while examining how that impact is felt in communities of color. 

What to Expect

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