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

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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 Dough is an unprecedented guide to the full range of financing options available to support sustainable food businesses.Raising Dough provides 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 alternatives
  • guiding questions to help determine which capital options are the most appropriate given the size, stage, entity type, growth plans, mission, and values of an enterprise
  • case studies and testimonials highlighting the experiences of food system entrepreneurs who have been there before, including both success stories and cautionary tales
  • referrals 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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Ü 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781603584289
Author:
U, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Author:
Ü, Elizabeth
Author:
??, Elizabeth
Author:
Shuman, Michael
Subject:
Small Business
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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