Travelers Institute to Focus on Economy and Cybersecurity at Nashville Small Business – Big Opportunity℠ Event

Lee Jones of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Nashville Branch
and Michael Echols of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to speak

, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc. (NYSE: TRV),
will bring its Small Business – Big Opportunity℠ symposia series
to Nashville today to address some of the major challenges facing small
business owners. Joined by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Nashville
Branch, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the National
Association of Women Business Owners Nashville Chapter, the event also
will provide an overview of the national and regional economies.

“Small businesses are the engine of economic growth and job creation,
but they sometimes need help to compete successfully,” said Joan
Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice
President of Public Policy at Travelers. “We are pleased to convene a
discussion about cyber concerns and access to capital in Nashville,
which is considered one of the friendliest U.S. cities for entrepreneurs
and was recently recognized as the best city for women small business

The event’s agenda includes:

  • Opening remarks – Julie Mix McPeak, Commissioner, Tennessee
    Department of Commerce and Insurance
  • Keynote address – “The Outlook for the U.S. and Regional Economy:
    Implications for Small Business,” delivered by Lee Jones, Vice
    President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    Nashville Branch
  • A panel discussion moderated by Woodward that includes the following

    • Lisa Denson, Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small
      Business Administration Tennessee District Office
    • Michael Echols, Director, Joint Program Management Office,
      Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of
      Homeland Security
    • Bob Jackson, Co-Chair, The Crichton Group
    • Ellie Terry, Economic Policy Analysis Specialist, Research
      Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Attendees also will learn about the newly released Small
Business Credit Survey: Report on Employer Firms
, conducted by the
Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, Philadelphia, St.
Louis, Boston and Richmond. The study revealed how firms fund themselves
and where there are credit gaps.

“While overall business and financing conditions appear to have improved
since last year, microbusinesses continue to struggle to find
financing,” said Terry.

Launched in 2011, the Travelers Institute’s Small Business – Big
series helps promote small business success by convening
business owners across the country with industry advocates exploring
solutions to their everyday challenges. Please visit
for more information.

About the Travelers Institute
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, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of
importance to the insurance marketplace and to the financial services
industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry
expertise of Travelers’ senior management, as well as the technical
expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other
experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public
policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property
casualty insurance for auto,
and business.
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