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Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Economic Development

Date: April 16, 2020

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $99 for IEDC members, $149 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: April 16 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, April 14

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, April 6

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Foundations and grant-awarding organizations have dedicated funds available for community and economic development. Accessing those funds can sometimes seem too onerous an endeavor, but you may be walking away from real money. This webinar will share case studies and best practices for both accessing and using philanthropic resources for your economic development projects and goals.




Dionne Baux
Director of Urban Programs
Main Street America
Chicago, IL

As Director of Urban Programs, Dionne leads the initiative to broaden the Center’s offerings and engagement in urban neighborhood commercial districts. Dionne has over a decade of experience in project coordination in the fields of urban economic development and commercial district revitalization. She has extensive expertise engaging community stakeholders, identifying and implementing projects in conjunction with community based organizations, government institutions, and real estate development, as well as supporting capacity building opportunities.

Before joining the Center in 2016, Dionne served as Senior Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago where she managed economic development initiatives for the Chicago office, developed and led the award winning Business District Leadership program and the nationally recognized Smart Communities demonstration. Previous to LISC Chicago, Dionne served as a Financial Planning Analyst for the City of Chicago’s Department of Community Development where she administered rehabilitation grant programs to eligible Chicagoan residents and small business owners. Dionne holds a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Christopher P. Cassagne, MBA
Assistant Director, Small Business Services
Louisiana Economic Development
Baton Rouge, LA

Christopher P. Cassagne was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans area where he graduated from Brother Martin High School in 2008. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Louisiana State University (LSU) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the LSU Flores MBA Program with a dual-concentration in Human Resource Management and Global Entrepreneurship.

Chris joined the Small Business Services group within Louisiana Economic Development in October of 2014. He is responsible for programs and initiatives related to accelerating the growth of second-stage companies throughout the entire state of Louisiana. In April 2015, he was awarded a Professional Certification in the Principles of Economic Gardening (EGc) by the National Center for Economic Gardening (NCEG), which focuses on organization and implementation of a high fidelity Economic Gardening program. The Edward Lowe Foundation – a national non-profit organization – has and continues to recognize Louisiana’s complete suite of services as a best practice and national model for nurturing the second-stage business community.

In 2018, Chris was promoted to Assistant Director of LED Small Business Services and charged with branding, launching and growing the LED Growth Network, which is the expanding suite of resources and offerings including peer-to-peer learning, strategic research, leadership retreats, networking events, awards, additional technical assistance, and more that are designed to accelerate the growth of Louisiana-based second-stage companies poised to create jobs and export their innovations beyond Louisiana borders. The LED Growth Network is constantly growing and has developed into a powerful alumni group of growth-oriented small businesses that as of January 1, 2020 collectively employ over 15,500 Full-Time Equivalent employees and represent over $3.3 Billion in annual sales.

Melissa Roberts Chapman
Senior Program Officer – Entrepreneurship
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO

Melissa Roberts Chapman is a senior program officer – Kansas City in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages a diverse grant portfolio that focuses on supporting the Foundation’s work within the Kansas City regional area, and collaborates with and convenes multiple stakeholders that support entrepreneurs to help fortify Kansas City’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Chapman served as vice president of strategy and economic development with the Enterprise Center in Johnson County, providing resources for entrepreneurs and investors in the Kansas City metro area. She led strategic development of communications, educational programs, fundraising and public policy efforts. In addition to her work with the Enterprise Center, she founded Free State Strategy Group, a boutique public affairs, lobbying, and public relations firm, serving a variety of clients in the telecom, tech, entrepreneurial, startup, and advocacy communities. Earlier, Chapman was on a planning committee for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City and was a founding organizer of 1 Million Cups in Kansas City. She has received the Startup Silver Slugger Award from KC SourceLink, was named a Next Gen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal, and made the Kansas City Star’s 30 Under 30 list.

Chapman has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Boston College.

Stephanie R. Hartman
Director, Small Business Services
Louisiana Economic Development
Baton Rouge, LA

Stephanie R. Hartman is a native of Baton Rouge. She graduated with a BA in English from Louisiana State University (LSU) with some courses completed at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. Following her undergraduate education at LSU she completed her Masters in Business Administration in the LSU Flores MBA Program while working for the E.J. Ourso College of Business Office of Advancement and interning for Celtic Media Studios in Baton Rouge.

Following the completion of the Flores MBA Program, Stephanie worked for a little over a year in the Louisiana film industry and later began working for a small consulting business assisting an out of state Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with their New Market Tax Credit allocation and related SBA 7(A) loans.

Stephanie joined the LED Small Business Services team in 2012 and has worked with planning, coordinating, and implementing programmatic and policy based efforts that enhance the entrepreneurial environment across the state of Louisiana. Since joining the Small Business Services team, Stephanie has completed certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional and has had the privilege of working to implement programs and resources for business owners and prospective business owners across all industries to help start, sustain and grow their businesses.


Instructions and Technology

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• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

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Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, April 6. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, April 6.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, April 6 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, April 6 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


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