OEN PubTalk: Alternative Debt and Finance


Funding is a crucial ingredient to a new business. Often, entrepreneurs think of equity when considering capital but non-traditional debt sources may actually be a better fit. Join us for the first PubTalk of the year to learn from local funding experts and entrepreneurs about their view of alternative finance.

You’ll learn:

  • What kinds of alternative financing options are available?
  • Which funding options might be right for you?
  • The pros and cons of alternative debt from an entrepreneur’s perspective
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1/15/2020 05:15 PM
1/15/2020 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Alternative Debt and Finance
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby


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Tom Schnell

Business Finance Officer, Business Oregon

Tom Schnell He is a graduate of Oregon State University where he studied Finance and General Behavioral Science. He also obtained an international business degree from the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark. Tom received his graduate degree from Pacific Coast Banking School in 2013. He has over 30 years in finance, 25 of which were in commercial banking and five in Economic Development Finance. He has been involved in both debt financing and equities. His experience ranges from serving small start-up companies to large corporations. He has experience in agricultural, real estate, asset-based, equipment, and line of credit financing.



Adam Zimmerman


Adam Zimmerman has worked at Craft3 for 17 years, assuming the role of President and CEO in 2016. Adam has been a member of Craft3’s executive management team since 2011, and previous to accepting the President role served as Executive Vice President guiding organizational growth, consumer lending, external affairs, and brand management. In 2006, with support from the Ford Foundation, Adam worked with nine other CDFIs to develop the Triple Bottom Line Collaborative and Scorecard. In 2009 Adam launched Craft3’s energy efficiency lending program, which in 2010 was recognized with the Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance.



Chris Tjersland

Director of Brand Strategy & Development, New Seasons

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The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $20 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our January PubTalk!



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January 15, 2020 5:15 PM
January 15, 2020 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
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