Topic: What to know before you get funding from the bank a. Be prepared b. Be knowledgeable about your Business c. Understand things that affect your Business d. Have a plan e. Have a Team Top Takeaways: you are the Business; You need to be the expert in your Business; Your Team and Partners are all part of your Business Speaker Bio: Robert graduated from the University of Guelph in 1996 with a degree in Economics. He has worked in the Financial Services Industry for 22 years, all in a Sales and Service Capacity. Most recently at Meridian Credit Union where he has been involved with the launch of the Small Business Banking Initiative and was the Pilot Territory Lead for Guelph and Fergus. Robert’s focus with Meridian is on member service. This includes taking a personal interest in their members as individuals and taking the time to understand them as people first. People are passionate about their Small Businesses and he shares their passion. He looks to seek an understanding of the Business itself and the dreams his members have for themselves and their Business.