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Sponsored by Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies

Staying Afloat -- Best Practices for Funding Your Start-Up or Small Business


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


8:30 am - 11:30 am
Registration, breakfast and networking from 8:30-9:00 a.m.


Drexel University, One Capitol Mall, Suite 260, Sacramento, CA 95814

Course Description:

The ability to raise or preserve capital and maintain cash flow is a key element of success for Start-ups and Small Businesses as well as larger organizations. Participants will explore both equity and non-equity funding methods, including the SBA Loan Guaranty Program and cash flow improvement practices. 

Key Discussion Topics:


Carrie Ellinwood, Lender Relations Specialist, U S Small Business Administration

Brett Owens, Co-founder & CEO, Chrometa

Tim Ching, President-South Placer Region, Five Star Bank

Peter G. Wiese, Partner, Audit Services, Perry-Smith LLP


General Admission: $40; SARTA Members: $25

Price includes free parking for 4 hours at the One Capitol Mall Valet Garage on 2nd Street (valued at $8) and a continental breakfast.

If you are a SARTA member, please email for member discount code.

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Presenter Bios:

Carrie Ellinwood, Lender Relations Specialist, U S Small Business Administration

Carrie is currently a Lender Relations Specialist with the Sacramento District Office of the U S Small Business Administration, where she is responsible for working with lenders who participate in the SBA loan program in 21 counties of Northeastern California. She has worked for the U S Small Business Administration since 2007. In Fiscal Year 2009 the Sacramento District Office worked with local lenders to make 506 SBA guaranteed loans for a total of $166,819,700 to help start and grow small businesses. Prior to joining the U S Small Business Administration, Carrie Ellinwood worked for over 15 years in the financial industry, worked for a Fortune 100 Corporation as a Financial Analyst and worked several years as a marketing consultant for small businesses. Carrie Ellinwood graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from National University.

Brett Owens, Co-founder & CEO, Chrometa

Brett Owens is Co-Founder and CEO of Chrometa, a Sacramento based bootstrapped software startup that helps professionals and companies accurately manage and analyze their time for billing and project tracking. Chrometa is 100% self-funded, from a combination of savings, product sales, and Brett's maxed out credit cards. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

Tim Ching, President-South Placer Region, Five Star Bank

Tim Ching joined Five Star Bank in 2010 as the South Placer Region President. He has more than 30 years experience in the financial industry starting with Bank of America. Most recently Tim worked as the Regional President at Silverado Bank. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President/Division Manager of Umpqua Bank. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, Sacramento. He is active in the Kiwanis Club of Roseville and has served on the organization’s Board of Directors for the past four years.

Peter G. Wiese, Partner, Audit Services, Perry-Smith LLP

Peter has nearly 20 years experience in public accounting and the financial services industry. He is recognized as an industry expert in both lending and capital investment. Peter regularly consults with closely held and publicly traded companies in the areas of strategic investment, liquidity and cash flow management, and performs SEC advisory services including the review of periodic regulatory filings and registration statements.

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