First Southwest Bank CEO Kent Curtis recently spoke at the “Entrepreneurship in Rural America” Conference hosted by the University of Colorado Law School, in partnership with Silicon Flatirons and Startup Colorado.
The conference focused on efforts to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in rural areas. Kent spoke at a panel highlighting access to capital and talent. First Southwest Bank leads the banking industry in creating access to capital in rural areas. We recognize that in rural areas, small businesses have unique circumstances that cause them to fall outside of a typical lending box and may be unable to access traditional capital.
During the discussion, Kent spoke about how First Southwest Bank uses innovative financing to serve customers with a range of needs, often in partnership with other lenders. One such lender is First Southwest Community Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit with a primary mission of supporting tangible economic opportunities throughout rural Colorado by making much needed non-traditional capital (loans) available to emerging businesses to create new jobs and to existing businesses to retain and grow new jobs. You can read more about First Southwest Community Fund here.