Federal Reserve Bank System: Register Today for the April 8 Connecting Communities – A Year of Crisis, and Now What? Where Our Main Streets Go from Here

April 1, 2021

Minority small-business owners and community lenders, some of whom described how they were surviving the COVID-19 pandemic in a Fed Communities story series, will share their experiences. 

During this session, panelists will ponder the following questions: 

  • Where are they now? 
  • What do they need going forward? 
  • Who can and should help? 
  • What’s at stake for us all when small businesses in underserved areas—and the community development financial institutions and minority depository institutions that support them—struggle? 


  • Suzanne Anarde, CEO, Rural Community Assistance Corporation
  • Elmy Bermejo, owner, Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant
  • John Chin, executive director, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • Gary R. Woods, former chairman, Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce 
  • Alfreda Norman, senior vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 
  • Matuschka Lindo Briggs, director, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (moderator) 

Register for this session at the Connecting Communities® website. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. 

Session Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 

Session Times: Hawaii: 9:00 a.m.; Alaska: 11:00 a.m.; Pacific: 12:00 p.m.; Mountain: 1:00 p.m.; Central: 2:00 p.m.; Eastern: 3:00 p.m.