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Re-Opening Realities 2: Small Business Needs
Supporting Small, Minority & Women-Owned Businesses in the Age of COVID
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm, followed by virtual Happy Hour at 5 pm

Micro, minority and women-owned businesses are the sources of growth and vibrancy in our downtowns, town centers and neighborhood districts. Access to capital can determine if businesses can make it through reduced revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic, and micro, minority and women-owned businesses often face greater challenges in securing capital. With our panel of distinguished guests, we'll discuss the overall and capital needs of small businesses, including restauranteurs, retailers and service providers, along with strategies communities are using to address and support the wide range of small business needs, particularly those of WMBEs.

Our webinar will be held via GoToWebinar and at its close, all participants are welcome to join us for networking in a Virtual Happy Hour on Google Meet (BYOB!). Just before the start of the webinar, we'll send registered participants a calendar invitation and link for our Happy Hour gathering.

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Tracy Corley

Tracy Corley, Ph.D. | Mass INC
Dr. Corley is MassINC’s Transit-Oriented Development Fellow. In this position, she convenes political and community leaders to spur inclusive development in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. Previously she lived in Seattle, where she coordinated strategy and planning for the Seattle Jobs Initiative, founded two consulting firms and served on the board of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce as vice-chair of small business. She has worked in the fields of sustainability, energy efficiency, clean technology, finance, banking, telecommunications, architecture and graphic design. Dr. Corley holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture design from Clemson University and a master’s in public policy and a Ph.D. in law and public policy from Northeastern University. 


Anthony M GaddyAnthony M Gaddy | Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Gaddy is co-founder, president and CEO of the Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce, committed to building and supporting Black and minority-owned businesses throughout New York and the United States, while also helping to build a stronger overall business community in the Capital Region and upstate New York. Mr. Gaddy worked at a prominent investment firm before becoming an entrepreneur. He has experience in the apparel, music and magazine publishing industries and is currently in the process of launching a media and public relations agency and a film and television production company. He attended the University of Chicago as an economics major before transferring to the University of Southern California. 


Sarah GueretteSarah Guerette | Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Ms. Guerette is director of the Women's Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), which integrates financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises and shared prosperity in Maine and other rural regions. As director of CEI’s Women’s Business Center, she provides technical assistance on topics such as business planning, financing and sustainable growth to new and existing small businesses in southern Maine, with a focus on women-owned businesses. Ms. Guerette has also worked with small- business owners in Boston and in Ecuador, where she lived for several years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master of business administration degree. from Boston University. 


Delpha Very

  • Delpha Very | Putnam Redevelopment Agency
    Ms. Very is director of Economic and Community Development in the northeastern Connecticut town of Putnam and also heads the Putnam Redevelopment Agency. She served as First Selectman for the nearby town of Woodstock, spent time in the corporate world, and started her own business and developed its brand for 15 years. Experience within these diverse sectors has taught her that the critical skills of team building, strong communication and being a champion of community building are no different in any sector. Ms. Very is a proud recipient of the CT Main Street Center’s Founder’s Award. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State College.