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ISBN: 9781603584289
Year Added to Catalog: 2012
Book Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 288
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: June 6, 2013
Web Product ID: 745

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Raising Dough

The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business

by Elizabeth

Foreword by Michael H. Shuman

"Raising Dough is an invaluable resource for socially minded farmers and food entrepreneurs. Elizabeth Ü's clear-eyed, nuts-and-bolts advice demonstrates that, like food, finance can be sustainable, too."

Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It

Essential tools for success.

Increasingly, food-based businesses are seen as key solutions to solve our social and environmental problems, and yet entrepreneurs report a surprising lack of access to money to help them get started or grow.

Raising Dough is an unprecedented guide that provides social entrepreneurs—as well as their potential supporters—the tools necessary to enable more of these businesses to launch and thrive.

Social-finance expert Elizabeth Ü explains what every budding entrepreneur should do even before they begin asking for money, including choosing an appropriate ownership model. She covers a wide range of possible funding sources, from traditional public and institutional grant and loan programs to cutting-edge, community crowdfunding models.

Case studies detailed throughout Raising Dough serve as a real-life guide for business owners and investors. Additionally, the book includes an extensive resource section of business planning and membership networks, funding sources, and more.

Raising Dough provides valuable and unique insights into the world of finance that will:

• Increase awareness of the full range of funding options available to support sustainable food businesses;
• Help determine what it takes to successfully access the appropriate types of funding;
• Boost confidence in speaking about money and finance with different types of investors; and,
• Reveal additional resources to help raise money for social ventures, and manage them for the long-term.

Written primarily for people managing socially responsible food businesses, Raising Dough includes resources, strategies, and lessons that can benefit any socially minded entrepreneur and those who would support them, including investors. 

 


About the Author

Elizabeth

Elizabeth 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 ...

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Elizabeth 's Upcoming Events

  • Elizabeth U at Atlanta Community Food Bank's Partner Meeting
    Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta GA
    November 18, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Elizabeth U at The Farmers Guild
    The Farmers Guild, Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave. / Hwy 12, Sonoma County CA
    December 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

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