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Last Updated: April 23, 2024

FDIC, SBA, and USDA Host Path to Prosperity Regional Small Business Economic Development Series in Missouri

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Small Business Administration (SBA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have partnered to present a regional economic development series entitled “Path to Prosperity”. The hybrid event is designed to strengthen small businesses. This event will include panel discussions comprised of local lending and economic development experts about federal and state resources and contracting opportunities available to small business owners.

The event will increase public knowledge of SBA, USDA and the FDIC, wealth-building opportunities related to small business ownership and public and private programs supporting aspiring entrepreneurs. The convening will further the FDIC’s ongoing commitment to strengthening bank-community partnerships in minority business communities.


  • Jaqueline Davis-Slay, Senior Advisor, USDA
  • George Sears, Director, USDA
  • Roddric Bell, Director for Risk Management Agency, USDA
  • Patty Gentrup, Director of Special Projects, UMKC Innovation Center
  • Anna Lucas, Director, Office of Rural Affairs, SBA
  • Teresa Green, Community Affairs Specialist, FDIC
  • Cameron Doss, Chief for Strategic Partnerships & Program Development, FDIC
  • David Ramos, Senior Community Affairs Specialist, FDIC


Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM CST


Hybrid Event. Northwest Missouri State University, Agricultural Learning Center, 22893 U.S. Highway 71, Maryville, MO 64468. In-person (150 max. capacity) or Virtual, registration information below.

Who should attend:

Small business owners, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, Community Development Financial Institutions, government, and small business development organizations who are interested in partnership opportunities to support small business in Missouri.

Registration Information:

To register online, click REGISTER and fill out the needed information. The link routes to USDA’s webinar registration page. You will receive a confirmation email once completed.


Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the event, please email David Ramos at

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