April 10, 2014
On April 10, 2014, the Travelers Institute, in partnership with the Association of Washington Business (AWB), hosted its 12th Small Business – Big Opportunity symposium, part of a national advocacy tour designed to raise awareness of the importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy. Hosted in Seattle, Washington, the session convened small business owners, advocates and policymakers, and included a keynote from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A panel discussion explored issues from small business financing to government regulation and other issues local entrepreneurs feel are impeding their growth.
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Rahim S. Rajan, Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Success, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Moderator: Joan Woodward, President, Travelers Institute; Executive Vice President, Public Policy; The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Brian Bonlender, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
Gary Chandler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business
Kim Krogh, Senior Commercial Account Executive, Fidelity Associates
Walter H. McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, SBA Manager, Banner Bank
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The Travelers Institute visited Seattle, Washington as a part of a national series of symposia, called Small Business – Big Opportunity, to help identify solutions to challenges facing small businesses today. This video highlights the event’s top three ideas for small business.