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Entrepreneur Panel: Financing a Business

March 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Tompkins Workforce New York and Alternatives’ Business Cents are co-sponsoring an Entrepreneur Panel addressing the theme “Financing a Business” on Thursday, March 22nd, from 9:00-11:00am, at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room.

This event will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for those considering entrepreneurship or those already in the process of developing a business.

Speakers will share their experiences with financing their businesses utilizing: crowdfunding, self-funding, loans and matching grants. Panelists will provide a brief business bio, discuss which form(s) of financing they have utilized, pros and cons, why it was the right choice (or not) for their business, as well as a point of advice they wish they knew earlier in the process.

Featured Panelists:

Tal Oron Cohen, owner of Ba-Li Cravings Catering, moved to Ithaca, from Israel, in 2005 as a traveling spouse to Cornell. After 15 years in branding & marketing, in Israel and Internationally, Tal decided to follow her passion of creating delicious food and opened Ba-Li Cravings Catering, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine & indulgent desserts. In 2015 Tal opened her own commercial kitchen and has expanded her business. Tal is a part of Rev Startups’s Woman Entrepreneur program and BNI Thumbs Up!, the largest referral network worldwide.

Gladys Brangman specializes in serving others and has set out to make the local small business world more profitable by offering support services and networking opportunities. Her most recent venture is Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC) a local network designed to support small businesses. She believes that if business owners of color(s) are going to thrive they needed to be aware of and support one another. A gathering to celebrate Black History Month three years ago, turned into a network that turned into a business. BLOC offers reduced cost business and financial training, marketing, a web presence, and networking opportunities. Originally from Albany, New York, Gladys came to the area to study at Cortland State and has lived in the Ithaca area for the better part of 30 years. She makes her home in Lansing, teaches dance when she can and believes that there is no higher calling than that of a servant.

Hannah Wortman, owner of Nitty Gritty Cleaning, started house cleaning when she was in college to make a little extra money. After doing that for a year, she decided to make it her primary source of income. Knowing that she wanted to legitimize her business, Hannah heard about Alternative’s Business Cents program and was introduced to Kathleen Clark. Soon after, she got her DBA and created Nitty Gritty Cleaning. Emphasizing how she reinvested money back into her business to ensure its growth, Hannah notes that she now has four employees on payroll and continues to grow her business.

Kim Ritter is Alternatives’ IDA Coordinator/Financial Counselor. She coordinates the Assets IDA (Individual Development Account) and First Home Club programs, matched savings programs providing funding for goals of home ownership, business start-up or expansion, or post-secondary education.

Kim also helps clients achieve financial empowerment by guiding them through financial, credit and housing counseling. Alternatives’ financial and credit counseling offers a look into the emotional aspect of spending, and how to alleviate some financial burdens with creative thinking.


March 22, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am


Alternatives FCU
125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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(607) 273-4611