Capital Availability for Start-Ups and SMB’s in Today’s Market Seminar 3 of Thriving in a Global Economy in Crisis Series

Jim Treleaven – CEO of ViaStrategy Group, LLC

Due to the current economic landscape and the upcoming election, private equity and capital availability has been in the spotlight and often represented in a negative light. 

Regardless of your political affiliation, private equity is an important vehicle for delivering capital to growing and struggling middle market companies to fuel the overall economy.  Capital availability is imperative for our country to reach our fullest potential.

Come hear the leading experts in Private Equity and Banking discuss and debate “Capital Availability for Start-Ups and SMB’s in Today’s Market”

In this seminar series we bring some of the best minds to look at the processes, procedures, and skills required to initiate and maintain an upward business spiral that results in improving results in the global economy.

The 3rd seminar of this 6 part series*, moderated by Jim Treleaven, examines the topic of “Thriving in a Global Economy in Crisis: Capital Availability for Start-Ups and SMB’s in Today’s Market”.



Date & Location:

Tuesday, October 30th,  5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology)
201 E Loop Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189


Guest Panelists:

Tom Goldblatt


Monomoy Capital Partners & Ravinia Capital LLC

Tom sources potential acquisition candidates for Monomoy Capital Partners, a private equity fund.  Monomoy primarily invests in companies in the manufacturing, services, distribution and consumer sectors.

Tom also runs Ravinia Capital, which helps companies obtain capital (debt, equity or an acquirer) in challenged situations (distress or growth).  Ravinia uses its experience and sources of capital to provide the best possible solution.


Gary Schneider – Area Manager, Business Banking – City of Chicago, JP Morgan Chase Bank

For the past 8 years, Gary has led teams of business bankers as they providing credit solutions to small businesses throughout the Midwest.   Currently focused on Chicago-based companies, his teams have increased business lending by over 150% in the past year alone.

Prior to joining Chase, Gary was the North American Sales manager for a unit of GE Capital, successfully leading teams that provided equipment finance throughout the United States and Canada.


Brent E. Hamachek  

Segueway Solutions –

Brent spent the first 15 years of his professional life in banking, working in 6 different sectors including audit, credit and 9 years as a commercial banker.

After commercial banking, Brent formed Segueway Solutions in 2000 in order to assist privately held companies in transition. To date, he has worked in 40 different industries and has served in the capacity of CEO, CFO & EVP Sales for clients.  Brent is a sought after consultant, speaker and trainer offering national and foreign expertise to clients.


Christian Conroy

Business Banking

Christian’s specialty is business financing, focusing on small to mid-sized businesses helping manage cash flow, support lending needs, and increasing business wealth. Christian has extensive background in business lending and has experience in several different industry groups including start-up’s, professional services and information technology.

Citibank, is a major international bank, holding retail banking operations in over 150 countries offering deposit, lending, insurance, and investment products.



Media Schedule:

Listen Live to the seminar at LLN Reports Internet radio show
Watch the seminar Live at LLN Reports TV




Platinum Sponsors:

Mediavine Marketing –
I Am 4 Kids –
ViaStrategy Group –
Illinois Institute of Technology – www.iitedu
Park Street Media –

 Gold Sponsors:

Mandatek LLC –
ZipBoss LLC – Create, Market, Succeed


Not For Profit Co-Host:
HandsOn Suburban Chicago –

Contact Mike Boehler for sponsorship information at or at 815-901-1802


5:30-6:00p – Networking
6:00-6:45p – Session 1
6:45-7:00p – Break/Networking
7:00-7:45p – Session 2
7:45-8:00p – Networking and Q & A with the Speakers





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