Thought leaders and executives from both the public and private sectors gather Tuesday for the “NC Investor Day” conference, its purpose being to discuss ways in which new and emerging businesses can find funding sources.

Topics include:

  • Crowdfunding
  • Investing
  • Starting new companies
  • Buying into a franchise
  • The changes in world of finance

And much more.

The Support Center, which made 115 loans totaling $7.6 million to businesses last year and focuses on underserved communities, is putting on the conference.

The conference is set to take place at the N.C. Biotechnology Center starting at 9 a.m.

Here’s the lineup of key sessions and speakers;

  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM – Investing 101

Moderator: John Maron, Director, Investor Education Program, North Carolina Secretary of State – Securities Division
Panelist 1: Josh Dorfman, Asheville Angels
Panelist 2: Mariel Beasley, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke Univesity
Panelist 3: Alexander T. Arapoglou, Finance Professor, UNC Kenan Flagler Business School

  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM – Starting New Ventures & Buying into a Franchise – Steps to a good investment

Moderator: Patrick Rodriguez , SBA
Panelist 1:, Lewis Sheats, Director, N.C. State Entrepreneurship Clinic
Panelist 2: Joe Battle, Director of Business Consulting, The Support Center
Panelist 3: Daniel Crabbe, N.C. Secretary of State, Corporation Division

  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM – Crowd Funding & New Capital Raising Options for Investors

Moderator: Leo John, Legal Specialist, Investor Education Program, North Carolina Secretary of State – Securities Division
Panelist 1: Joseph Nixon, VP Business Development, NC Biotechnology Center
Panelist 2: Benji Jones, Smith Anderson Law – Crowdfunding
Panelist 3: Christopher Gergen, co-founder, HQ Raleigh

  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Changing World of Small Business Finance

Moderator: Edward Timberlake, Business Services and Lending Director, The Support Center
Panelist 1: Fred Barringer, SBTDC Chapel Hill
Panelist 2: Jackie Green, Sweet Cheeks Bakery
Panelist 2: Jeffery Lyons, President, Liquid Capital Corp.

  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Challenges Facing Investors

Moderator: Steven M. Virgil, Executive Director of Experiential Education & Director, Community Law Clinic, Wake Forest University School of Law
Panelist 1: Ron King, Capital Investment Strategies, Cybersecurity
Panelist 2: – Lori Schock – Investor Education, U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, Changing Regulations
Panelist 3: Allan Russ, Securities Division, N.C. Department of the Secretary of State

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