Symposium Focuses on Lending to Small Businesses

The Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal is hosting a symposium on Thursday about the difficulties small business owners now face when trying to obtain financing and capital from the nation’s lending institutions.

The sixth annual symposium, titled “The Big Squeeze: Small Business Financing During the Great Recession,” kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Saxbe Auditorium in Drinko Hall, located at 55 W. 12th Ave. in Columbus.

The event will bring together 15 leading figures in the fields of corporate law, finance, economics, and venture capital, says John-Paul Volk, executive editor of the EBLJ.

“We wanted speakers with the required background and experience to be able to speak authoritatively on an important subject affecting our country’s economy and business climate,” Volk says.

Between 200 and 400 people are expected to attend the symposium.

“We would like attendees to gain an understanding of the issues and challenges facing small businesses, as well as current trends in the market and potential solutions down the road,” Volk says. “An understanding of the current market is necessary for anyone interested in establishing their own business, continuing their own business, or searching for a job within certain professional fields.”

Those interested in attending should register on the EBLJ’s website. The cost to attend is $30 for non-journal subscribers and $25 for journal subscribers; The event is free for OSU faculty, staff, and students.

Lunch is included and will be served at the Ohio Union Performance Hall, located at 1739 N. High St., at 12:30 p.m.

The symposium’s final session begins at 3:30 p.m.

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