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Ballard Named to Cannabis 50

The Cannabis 50  highlights the pioneers and innovators helping push the cannabis, hemp and CBD industries forward. 

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Applicants Laud Licensing Help

The workshop resulted in 22 “complete and compelling” applications, half of which were from women-owned businesses, Good Tree Capital's Ballard said.

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Discussion with U.S. Senator Duckworth

Seke Ballard met with Senator Duckworth and industry leaders to discuss Illinois’ new recreational cannabis program, the importance of social equity, and the SAFE Banking Act.

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Noon Business Hour

Seke Ballard joins Noon Business Hour to discuss Good Tree Capital's providing financial and technical support to social equity cannabis license applicants in Illinois.

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Hackathon Testimonial

Our Hackathon attendee, Torica Clegg, shares her thoughts about the invaluable resources we provided to her at our December event.

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Social Equity Hackathon

“The goal is that by the end of this day, they leave with a complete or near complete application,” said Seke Ballard about the Hackathon that Good Tree Capital hosted for its social equity applicants. 

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Restorative Justice Through Legislation

Business Insider speaks to CEO Seke Ballard about the SAFE Banking Act before it passed. While he said that bank financing is "a step in the right direction" for minority entrepreneurs, he cautioned that it's not a "silver bullet."

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Funding 100 Social Equity Applicants

Seke Ballard appears live on Cheddar's "Closing Bell" to discuss Good Tree Capital's financing marijuana dispensary application fees for 100 social equity candidates in Illinois.

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We Are Financing 100 Social Equity Loans

CEO Seke Ballard shares an announcement with the Chicago Sun-Times that he  plans to offer selected companies and individuals no-or low-interest loans to cover the $2,500 application fee for cannabis business licenses in Illinois.

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About Our Innovative Lending Algorithm

Seke Ballard's discussion with Enterprise Radio about Good Tree Capital's proprietary loan decisioning algorithm and how it makes us different.

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Lack of Minorities Could Delay Sales

"The African American aldermen have fair concerns about minority ownership," said Seke Ballard. Illinois’ recreational marijuana law has provisions meant to support those who have been affected by the war on drugs, but are those people really benefitting?

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Wealth Through Fair Access to Capital 

For Seke Ballard, legal cannabis could right some of the wrongs of the past, produce the sort of intergenerational wealth for blacks that Ballard’s father envisioned, and reverse the downward spiral of disinvestment that has ravaged places like Bronzeville. 

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Discussing the Latina Expo on The Jam

Seke Ballard is interviewed by WCIU's The Jam about  his panel discussion at the Latina Expo and his opinion that that local groups and businesses must come together to help make sure people of color aren't left out in the booming industry.

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Financial barriers for social equity applicants

The state did well to craft the social equity provisions into the law, Seke Ballard, founder and CEO of Good Tree Capital told The Chicago Tribune. But figuring out the loan and grant program in time for the application process is urgent.

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Creating Fair Access to Capital for All

Seke Ballard joins host Amy Guth on Crain's The Daily Gist and shares the background of Good Tree Capital and how cannabis business lending is going to create equal access to capital for everyone.

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