NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "New Orleans has been a model of recovery and a paradise for entrepreneurs and investors. People care about this city so deeply that they'll do anything to rebuild it."
Tim Williamson, local entrepreneur, economic innovator, and co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, delivered those words of economic confidence and promise during his keynote speech to the members of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) at their Annual Meeting Nov. 12.
Williamson went on to stress the vital role of creative small business owners, saying that entrepreneurship is the essential element to economic development and community growth. "Everyone has a role in entrepreneurship" he said. "And entrepreneurship is an agent of change."
"Mr. Williamson's commitment to promoting economic growth through innovation at The Idea Village is inspiring," said Barbara A. Vohryzek, president and chief executive officer of NADCO. "The Idea Village has played an integral role in launching New Orleans' entrepreneurial movement, and his passion is something our members share and are moved by."
The Idea Village is the first organization with a mission solely centered on entrepreneurship in New Orleans, and it has played an integral role in catalyzing the city's entrepreneurial movement by supporting more than 4,653 entrepreneurs and their businesses. He helped lead the elevation of New Orleans as the example of entrepreneurship as the indispensable driving force behind economic growth.
NADCO is the trade association of SBA Certified Development Companies (CDCs) and other lenders delivering SBA loans and financing for entrepreneurs to start up small businesses and ensure the broadest possible access to capital by America's small businesses.
The conference, which is being held at the Roosevelt Hotel, Nov. 11-13, 2015, is for CDC executives, business development officers, loan officers, third-party lenders and critical support staff. Attending industry experts offer insights to help members understand regulation and policy and to navigate the sometimes complicated world of small-business financing.
Founded in 2000, The Idea Village is an independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in New Orleans that provides direct service to high-impact entrepreneurs, convenes the ecosystem through New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, and supports initiatives that strengthen our entrepreneurial infrastructure.
For more information: www.ideavillage.org
For more information concerning the National Association of Development Companies, the SBA loan program or other small business success stories from NADCO-member institutions, contact Heather McNelis, NADCO director of marketing and communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 349-0070 x19. An alternative point of contact is Rachel O'Sullivan of Vox Optima, LLC at email@example.com or (760) 310-4146.
SOURCE National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)