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Milken Institute’s PACE Briefing Series: Removing Barriers to Small Business Lending

GatherWell’s Founder Cynthia Jaggi, along with partners Greg Wendt and Mary Abad moderated the invitation-only luncheon conversations for the Milken Institute’s PACE Briefing Series: Removing Barriers to Small Business Lending, August 31, 2015, hosted by the Milken Institute California Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Small Business Administration. The conversation focused on structuring the components of a more effective Southern California small business loan fund. The Milken California Center and its partners assembled a roundtable of community leaders and policymakers to determine a proof of concept and develop a shared and scalable model for a fund that could spur small business growth.

Participants included small business and community banking leaders, Small Business Administration officials, and representatives from the Community Development Office of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Office of the Comptroller and the FDIC, as well as other key officials.

$60 Billion in Impact Investments, growing fast, and still just .02% of the global economy

The results from the most recent Impact Investor Survey are out. There’s great news from the survey, conducted annually by J.P. Morgan and the Global Impact Investment Network. Respondents to the survey are managing 60 billion in impact investments today.

There was a 7% increase in committed capital from 2013-2014 and the intention to grow investments another 16% in the next year.

The regions with the largest anticipated growth in investment are Sub-saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The sectors with the largest anticipated growth are energy and food and agriculture.

While $60 Billion represents growth in the field to be celebrated, to put it in perspective that’s only about .028% of the 212 Trillion in global financial markets (as of 2010, and also growing fast).

You can read the full report here.