Meridian announces Access to Capital Conferences

20 April 2009by Admin0

(Calgary, Alberta) Meridian Merchant Capital Canada Ltd. today announced a series of conferences to be held in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver in early June. In partnership with The Business Edge newspaper and with major sponsorship from The BDC, Meridian Managing Director Randy Lennon says the first annual Access to Capital Conferences will address issues that are ‘top of mind’ for business owners in western Canada.

“To say that these conferences are ‘timely’ is an understatement,” commented Lennon who is organizing the interactive events at three prestigious venues. “Access to capital is the #1 issue facing small and medium sized business owners as the impact of the economic meltdown begins to sink in. Even though western Canada is faring better than other parts of the world, entrepreneurs are under the dual pressure of softening revenues and banks tightening up.”

The three half-day conferences will feature high profile keynote speakers for lunch, and then a series of expert panels on topics including supplementing bank lending through mezzanine financing and/or subordinated debt, how to properly present your company to banks, financial institutions, and investors, how your management team can buy you out using the company’s balance sheet, and growing through acquisition in a difficult economic environment.

“These events are going to provide high value to business owners, managers, financial and legal professionals, and financial intermediaries.  Not so much on the PowerPoint presentations but heavy on interactive discussion between panel members and attendees about how to deal with the realities of accessing capital in this environment.  It’ll be more like a television talk show than a financial seminar,” added Lennon who is a former television and radio talk show host.

The afternoon events will wrap up with a networking event where attendees can talk one-on-one with the experts and their peers.

The Access to Capital Conferences will be held in Calgary on Monday, June 8, in Edmonton on Wednesday, June 10, and in Vancouver, Thursday June 11.  Tickets are available through Ticketweb or by calling 1-888-222-6608.  For full information visit

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