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Funding Your Venture: Opportunities and Strategies 

2023 Caravanserai Project Webinar Series

Date: January 27th, 2023

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM PST

Location: Virtual

Identifying funding opportunities is on every entrepreneur’s mind on a regular basis whether they are leading a for profit or a nonprofit venture. Finding the right type of funding is not an easy task and requires investing considerable time and resources.

Join us for a timely conversation about available funding opportunities in 2023, as well as potential strategies that entrepreneurs should adopt to finance their ventures.   


Guillermo Beccera, Assistant Vice President, FirstBank

Guillermo Becerra is an Assistant Vice President with FirstBank where his focus is on lending and business development. He manages FirstBank’s Spanish Banking Center in Indio serving the Spanish Speaking community in the Coachella Valley with both banking and lending needs. Guillermo is a graduate of Indio High School, attended College of the Desert and transferred to the University of California, Riverside where he earned a B.S in Business Administration.

Guillermo is the youngest of three siblings. He immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old and soon realized the unlimited potential this country has to offer. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, playing soccer and traveling. He is an energetic young leader and has been involved with several non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley.

Nereyda Rodriguez-Loo, Banking Officer, FirstBank

Nereyda Rodriguez-Loo is a Banking Officer with FirstBank where her focus is business development and lending for consumers and businesses alike. She strives to provide business owners and underrepresented demographic groups with the necessary information to be successful in their business industry and take control of their finances.

Nereyda was born and raised in the Coachella Valley to parents who immigrated from Mexicali, Baja California. After seeing her parents live paycheck to paycheck she decided to pursue higher education but never forgetting the importance of giving back. In 2020, Nereyda graduated from California State University San Bernardino where she received a B.A. in Business Administration.

amber Tarrac, Southern California Small Business Local Engagement Specialist, california Office of Small Business Advocate

Amber Tarrac is the Southern California Small Business Local Engagement Specialist in the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. In this role, she is responsible for outreach and engagement in Southern California and works to connect small business owners and non-profits to resources, capital, and procurement opportunities. Amber also supports the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region by sharing the stories of small business owners who have received funding and assistance from the statewide network of technical assistance partners.

Amber was born and raised in San Diego and is bilingual in Spanish. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University, where she also serves as a lecturer. Previously, Amber served as the President and CEO for the San Diego County Latino Association. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog, and salsa dancing.

Sedale Turbovsky, Co-Founder & CEO, OpenGrants

Sedale Turbovsky is the CEO and co-founder of OpenGrants, a venture-backed startup focused on building modern infrastructure for funding. He has been an entrepreneur since childhood. After honing his leadership skills as an outdoor guide in his younger years, he started his professional career as an independent consultant focused on delivering data products and digital strategies to enterprise clients in South America. He is experienced in independent grant writing and public/private partnerships at the highest level, having worked directly with OpenGrants’ current strategic partner, Momentum.

OpenGrants is a grant search engine and marketplace of grant experts to support a wide range of ventures from nonprofits and small businesses.

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