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Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s FedTalk Series Spotlights Small, Minority-, and Women-Owned Businesses

Join us for a virtual discussion on the opportunities small businesses have seized and the challenges they've faced before and during the pandemic. The latest session of the FedTalk series gathers a panel of experts to share intel on trends currently impacting small, minority- and women-owned businesses. Attendees will also gain information about the Cleveland Fed's supplier diversity program and hear additional insights from the Federal Reserve's Small Business Credit Survey. Audience Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

What: Small, Minority-, and Women-Owned Businesses: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes

When: 12-1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021

George Sample, assistant vice president and deputy director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will moderate the session which features the following panelists:

  • Brian Hall, executive director, Commission on Economic Inclusion and senior vice president, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Jenice Contreras, executive director, Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development (NEOHCED)
  • Maria Thompson, outreach manager, Small Business Credit Survey, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Diana Starks, senior vice president and director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will provide an introduction to the program.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Doug Campbell,, 513.455.4479