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

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


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ISBN-13: 9781603584289
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 06/21/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 397,487
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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. Elizabeth has extensive experience at the intersection of sustainable food systems and social finance—helping food-based business owners identify appropriate—and mission-aligned—financing opportunities based on their unique situations and values.

Elizabeth 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.


Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowdfunding JOBS Act signed into law by President Obama in April 2012.

He’s a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post Carbon Institute and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He teaches economic development at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has authored or coauthored nine books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense; The Small Mart Revolution; and Going Local. Shuman has performed leakage analyses and related economic­ development planning in more than ten states and has analyzed opportunities for food localization for several states, cities, counties, and regions across the nation. He has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for thirty years—in forty­seven states and eight countries. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, such as the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, and has written nearly one hundred articles for such periodicals as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Parade Magazine, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Previously, he has been a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership fellow. He is also a member of both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar, and he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Preparing for Outside Capital 7

1 It's Never Too Early to Start Building Relationships 9

2 Clarifying Your Values 19

3 Choosing an Entity Type 28

4 Putting Your Personal Money House in Order 45

5 Befriending the Books: Tracking and Reporting Your Venture's Finances 51

6 Getting Down to Business 63

Part 2 It Takes a Village: Raising Money from Your Community 73

7 Raising Gifts from Individuals 75

8 Community-Supported Models 83

9 Money from the Masses: Crowdfunding Online 94

10 Investment Offerings and the Law 105

Part 3 Borrower Be: Debt Financing 119

11 How it Works: Debt Concepts 121

13 Investing in Your Own Business: Sources of Personal Debt 131

13 Loans from Friends, Family, and Others 141

14 Take It to the Bank … or to Another Commercial Lender 151

15 Federal Grant and Loan Programs 168

Part 4 Selling Equity: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 179

16 Individual and Angel Investors 181

17 How It Works: Equity Concepts 194

18 Stepping It Up: Venture Capital and Other Institutional Investors 210

19 Working with Foundations 217

20 Selling without Selling Out 226

Epilogue 237

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 241

Resources 243

Index 253

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