We have knowledge and resources to share with small businesses and entrepreneurs about access to capital. All entrepreneurs and innovators are welcome to join this virtual roundtable series. Learn more about CDFIs – Community Development Financing Institutions and the importance of community banking when you are building your business.

Choose one of 3 options to attend on Zoom – or attend all 3!

  • Thursday, June 22 – 9am-10am
  • Friday, June 23 – 10am-11am
  • Friday, June 23 – 11am-12pm

You’re welcome to join us for as many of the 3 sessions as you can! Each session will be recorded, with information excerpts shared on the RISE YouTube channel. Each session will follow the same agenda, but the discussion may vary based on who shows up!

Who should attend?

New AND seasoned business owners! We need to hear from you! In this roundtable, you’ll have the opportunity to share: What is your business? When did it start, and how has it grown? What do or did you need when you were starting your business? What resources would help you grow your business faster?


Community Investment Collaborative | Community Investment Collaborative(cicville.org) is a Community Investment Financing Institution (CDFI) based in Charlottesville, Virginia. With 10 years experience as an entrepreneurial support organization (ESO) focused in Charlottesville and surrounding areas, the Community Investment Collaborative is welcoming loan applications from entrepreneurs in other parts of Virginia. CEO & President Stephen Davis will be present to share his knowledge.

Rudy’s Girl Media | Rudy’s Girl Media (rudysgirl.com) is a black-woman owned multimedia company based in Martinsville, Virginia with a diverse catalog of film, television, and web and print. CEO and Founder Natalie K. Hodge will be present to share her experience applying for small business funding with community support.

SOVA Innovation Hub | The SOVA Innovation Hub (sovainnovationhub.com) is a non-profit organization created to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia. We inspire people to gather, create, and collaborate with our community coworking space, the Microsoft Experience Center, and regional programs focused on digital skills and entrepreneurship, which include RISE Collaborative.