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Show Me the Money: What Growers Need to Know about Business Lending

February 17 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Free Webinar

If you want a lender to show you the money, it helps to understand that business lending is as much art as science. This virtual panel discussion with three lenders is open to anyone who would like to know more about the many factors that lenders consider when deciding to make loans. Attendees can expect practical guidance on how to ascertain whether a lender can meet their needs and how to prepare to meet with a lender. The panel discussion will be followed by audience Q&A and time in chat rooms to meet the lenders, successful borrowers, and other participants.

About the Panelists

Sherri Falck is Vice President at Pursuit, a community development financial institution that aims to help businesses grow by providing business loans and advisory services when traditional bank financing is not an option. 

Chris Laughton is Director of Knowledge Exchange and FarmStart Program Manager at Farm Credit East, an agricultural financial services cooperative that provides flexible financing options for beginning and experienced farmers. 

Amanda Ritchey is a Farm Loan Manager for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) out of Jamestown, NY.  Her office services farmers in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie Counties with farm loans to help with purchases of livestock, equipment, environmental or land needs along with restructuring of existing debt or operating capital.

There is no cost to participate. Register online or contact Jolie Hibit (716) 652-5400 ext 176 / jah663@cornell.edu.

The event is being co-hosted by Buffalo Go Green (BGG) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie). BGG and CCE Erie are Regional Navigators in the Farmland for a New Generation program (FNG-NY). The FNG-NY program is coordinated by American Farmland Trust in partnership with the State of New York. The focal point of the FNG-NY program is the New York Farmland Finder, a website that helps connect farmers seeking land and landowners who want to keep their land in farming. Website users can post a farmer or farm profile, search for farmers or farmland, learn about upcoming events and browse resources.