AEO 2018 National Microbusiness Conference • April 30 – May 2, 2018 • Detroit, MI REGISTER NOW

About the Conference


AEO is excited to bring our 2018 National Microbusiness Conference: Moving Main Street Forward to Detroit, Michigan, April 30 to May 2. This is the premier microbusiness and microfinance conference in the U.S., and a must-attend event for professionals providing capital, technical assistance and other forms of trusted guidance to Main Street and microbusiness owners.


More than 600 executives, decision-makers, microfinance practitioners, advocates, policymakers, small business advisors, educators, funders, investors, fintech influentials and entrepreneurs from across the nation will gather in Detroit to share, network and collaborate on ways we can move Main Street forward through inclusion, innovation and investment.


The Moving Main Street Forward agenda will be packed with iterative working group sessions, a Master Class series, networking-rich opportunities and other highly participatory programming. Attendees will engage in bold and provocative conversations on using inclusion, innovation and investment to move Main Streets across the country forward.


Moving Main Street Forward will bring together thought leaders and experts from multiple sectors across the microbusiness ecosystem to engage, inform and inspire attendees. Speakers include former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Managing Director Bain Capital Double Impact Fund; Richelieu Dennis, Founder and CEO of Sundial Brands and Essence Ventures; Andrew Kresse, CEO, Global Business Banking, JPMorgan Chase; CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan and more.


AEO welcomes Lead Sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co., who continues to include, innovate and invest in Main Street through its Small Business Forward program:

  • $150 million investment in Detroit has created or preserved over 1,500 jobs and provided technical assistance to 1,800 small businesses.
  • $1.7 million from JPMorgan Chase supported AEO’s new technology innovation — a national referral marketplace that connects small business owners to mentors and credit options from trusted community lenders.
  • $9.5 million invested in accelerating growth among underserved entrepreneurs, including deploying capital directly to local small businesses.

Lead Sponsor



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