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A Year of Crisis, and Now What? Where Our Main Streets Go from Here

April 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:15 pm EDT

Main Street Lending Small Business

Minority small-business owners and community lenders, some of whom described how they were surviving the COVID-19 pandemic in a Fed Communities story series, will share their experiences.

Panel focus

During this session, panelists will discuss

  • Where they are now
  • What they need going forward
  • Who can and should help
  • What’s at stake for us all when small businesses in underserved areas—and the community development financial institutions and minority depository institutions that support them—struggle


Suzanne Anarde, CEO, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Elmy Bermejo, owner, Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

John Chin, executive director, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Gary R. Woods, former chairman, Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce

Alfreda Norman, senior vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Matuschka Lindo Briggs, director, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (moderator)