Raising Dough The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business

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ISBN-13: 9781603584289
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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 6/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

More and more entrepreneurs are using food-based businesses to solve social and environmental problems - and yet the majority of them report that a lack of access to capital prevents them from launching, maintaining, or growing their ventures.Raising Doughis an unprecedented guide to the full range of financing options available to support sustainable food businesses.Raising Doughprovides valuable insights into the world of finance, including:descriptions of various capital options, including traditional debt and equity, government grant and loan programs, and cutting-edge models such as crowdfunding and community-based alternativesguiding questions to help determine which capital options are the most appropriate given the size, stage, entity type, growth plans, mission, and values of an enterprisecase studies and testimonials highlighting the experiences of food system entrepreneurs who have been there before, including both success stories and cautionary talesreferrals to sources of capital, financiers, investor networks, and other financial resources.Written primarily for people managing socially responsible food businesses, the resources and tips covered in this book will benefit social entrepreneurs - and their investors - working in any sector.

Elizabeth U is executive director of Finance for Food, a nonprofit that educates food-system entrepreneurs in the United States about the full range of financing options available to support them. She is also a financing and strategy consultant with Cutting Edge Capital. Her passion is helping food-based business owners identify appropriate - and mission-aligned - financing opportunities based on their unique situations and values. Elizabeth has extensive experience at the intersection of sustainable food systems and social finance. She previously served as manager of strategic development at RSF Social Finance, helping launch a loan fund to support high-impact, sustainable food ventures. She has served on staff at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and spent two years as program officer of Slow Money, then a project of Investors' Circle. Elizabeth regularly speaks and gives workshops on the topics of impact investing, social finance, and sustainable food systems at conferences geared toward foundations, financiers, investors, philanthropists, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. A Food and Community Fellow of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Elizabeth holds a BS in geography from McGill University and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Foreword
Introduction
Preparing for Outside Capital
It's Never Too Early to Start Building Relationships
Clarifying Your Values
Choosing an Entity Type
Putting Your Personal Money House in Order
Befriending the Books: Tracking and Reporting Your Venture's Finances
Getting Down to Business
It Takes a Village: Raising Money from Your Community
Raising Gifts from Individuals
Community-Supported Models
Money from the Masses: Crowdfunding Online
Investment Offerings and the Law
Borrower Be: Debt Financing
How it Works: Debt Concepts
Investing in Your Own Business: Sources of Personal Debt
Loans from Friends, Family, and Others
Take It to the Bank … or to Another Commercial Lender
Federal Grant and Loan Programs
Selling Equity: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Individual and Angel Investors
How It Works: Equity Concepts
Stepping It Up: Venture Capital and Other Institutional Investors
Working with Foundations
Selling without Selling Out
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Resources
Index

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