Web Seminar: Accessing Capital for your Growth Companies.

Web Seminar: Accessing Capital for your Growth Companies.

International Economic Development Council


Leveraging the Financial Food-Chain for Your Growth Companies
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST
Price: $85 for IEDC members, $125 for Non-members


With the disruption in global capital markets, there is a greater need for Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) to help connect their local businesses to capital sources. There are an array of financing vehicles that go beyond government subsidies and commercial bank lending. Economic developers must learn how to strengthen the connections between these financing vehicles and their community's local businesses. Webinar attendees will be introduced to the phrase "Growth-Oriented Locally-Operated by Innovative Entrepreneurs (GLOBIES)," and learn to identify ways for their organizations to generate revenues from these efforts.

By Attending this Webinar Attendees Will Gain:
• Knowledge of the 'food chain' or spectrum of sources for financing 'growth' businesses, including new players such as credit unions and other private individuals.
• How to add value in assisting your growth companies by grazing new sources of capital in both local and non-local sources.
• Learning how your organization can help pre-screen companies for quality investments before they present to investors.
• An understanding of how some EDOs implement similar strategies/efforts in their respective communities.


Jon Gregory
President & CEO

In April 2011 Jon Gregory formed Grow-California as a spin-out venture from Golden Capital Network. Previously, Gregory co-founded Golden Capital Network in September 1999, serving as its President and CEO since inception. Companies featured at Golden Capital Network events raised well over $1.5 billion in angel or venture capital investments and created thousands of jobs. Under Jon's leadership, Golden Capital Network was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Venture Capital Journal, LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. In 2001 Gregory led Golden Capital Network's efforts to partner with UC Davis and the Sacramento Metro Chamber to co-found the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance.

Ron Kitchens, CEcD
Southwest Michigan First
Described by The Economist as "an energetic economic development leader," Ron Kitchens is the Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Michigan First, General Partner of the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund and Chairman of the Michigan Medical Device Accelerator. He is the author of Community Capitalism: Lessons from Kalamazoo and Beyond, which presents a ground-breaking economic development strategy for individuals, groups and organizations wondering what they can do to make a real difference in their communities. Ron also writes two monthly business columns for West Michigan Business Review. Throughout his nearly 25-year career in economic development in Michigan, Texas and Missouri, Ron has worked with more than 200 Fortune 500, international or regional corporations as diverse as GE Capital, Aker, Celanese, Scholastic, Kiewit Offshore Services, Boeing, Exxon Mobil and Ryan Sanders Baseball.


We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kobi Enwemnwa at [email protected].


Posted October 12, 2011

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