Alaska Small Business Development Center

FDIC and FRB-SF Host Interagency Small Business Forum in Alaska

May 3, 2024

In recognition of National Small Business Week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRB-SF), in partnership with the SBA Alaska District Office and Alaska SBDC, are hosting their annual small business lending forum. This event will provide resources and promote credit programs specifically designed to support Alaska’s small businesses, including those in rural and tribal communities.


  • Steven Brown, Alaska District Director, SBA
  • Sarah Simms, Community Development Finance Manager, FRB-SF
  • Elsa M. Lee, Financial Institution Examiner, FDIC
  • Jon Bittner, Executive Director, Alaska Small Business Development Center
  • Traci Willet, Director, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center, Business Impact NW
  • Nelida Irvine, Lender Relations Specialist, District International Trade Officer, Alaska District Office, SBA
  • Julie Woodworth, Senior Vice President, Lending Manager, McKinley Alaska Growth Capital
  • Jennifer A. Cesar, Alaska Zone Manager, Division of Capital Investment, Office of Indian Economic Development, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Victoria Caltagirone, Special Assistant (PIO) & Protocol Officer (Office of International Trade), Alaska Department of Commerce
  • Jenny Glass, Senior Outreach Manager, FRB-SF
  • Cathy Choe, Community Affairs Specialist, FDIC

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM AKST

Where: 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508

Who should attend: Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officers, community development officers, loan officers, nonprofits, and community-based organizations

Registration is open 

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