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May 25: Free Webinar – How Lending Decisions are Made

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An Entrepreneurial Event

Join us for our next Start in Auburn event: How Lending Decisions are Made. Whether for equipment, inventory or other working capital, at some point your business may need a loan. Learn how lenders make evaluations so that when you apply, your business will have the best opportunity to be approved.

The free virtual event will be on Tuesday, May 25, at 12 p.m. and last one hour, including time for Q&A.

About the Speakers

Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advisors will serve as panelists in the presentation. The SBDC provides technical assistance to help small businesses secure capital for their start-up and growth. In the last three years, the SBDC has helped secure over $318 million in capital projects for manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, hotel, multi-use residential/retail complexes, and other business projects throughout the state.

Lindsay Bridges is the Regional Manager with the Alabama SBDC at Auburn University. She holds a BA degree from Samford, an MA from Auburn, and a JD from the Cumberland School of Law. Before joining the Alabama SBDC Network, Lindsay started a consulting business specializing in research and writing services. Lindsay assists clients with business, legal, and financing issues.

Suzanne Darden is the Finance Specialist with the statewide Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, based at The University of Alabama. Suzanne is a key leader with the SBDC’s Capital Access Program, a position she has held since 2013. Suzanne was awarded the 2018 SBDC state star for outstanding performance among the nationwide SBDC program and is the ‘go to’ person for Alabama businesses seeking to access capital.  Her previous experience has included serving as general manager and CFO for a refrigeration and ice manufacturing business; and commercial lending with banks in Georgia and Virginia. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary and is from Williamsburg, Virginia.

Larkin Jones is a Small Business Advisor for Alabama SBDC in Auburn, Alabama. Previously, Larkin worked as a Consultant for Accenture working with numerous Fortune 500 companies across the United States, Europe and Asia. She draws from her experience and knowledge bringing creative perspectives in developing effective business processes and tools for EVERY client in every industry to succeed. Together with her husband, she is currently involved in numerous entrepreneurial ventures in Alabama and Florida.


To RSVP, please register at by May 21. If you have any questions, contact 334-501-7377 or [email protected].