Raising capital without selling your soul: interview on the Small Food Business Podcast

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It’s always a pleasure to serve as a guest on other people’s podcasts. Back in November, Jennifer Lewis interviewed me for the Small Food Business podcast series. They released the episode today, saying:

Many of us start our small businesses with a broader mission or vision for what we’re hoping to achieve beyond just dollars and cents. In today’s podcast, we talk with sustainable small business expert and author Elizabeth Ü about how mission driven businesses can raise the capital they need in an environment that seemingly values the bottom line above all else.

But my favorite part about this podcast is the end, when I had the opportunity to describe how my passion for supporting small business owners ultimately led me to take a job with an accounting software company: Continue reading “Raising capital without selling your soul: interview on the Small Food Business Podcast”

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Good Food, Great Business at the Commonwealth Club

CommonwealthWant to learn more about financing your business, working with co-packers, marketing for increased sales, working with retailers, and more… from a group of kick-ass women who really know what it takes to run a successful food business? Listen to this Commonwealth Club recording of a recent event titled Good Food, Great Business: How Food Startups Take Good Ideas from Concept to Success.

Joining me in presenting to the sold-out crowd were Kathryn Lukas, CEO, Farmhouse CultureJill Litwin, Founder and CEO, Peas of Mind; and Grace Erickson, General Manager, Ocho CandySusie Wyshak, Author of the new book Good Food, Great Business (check it out!), organized the event and served as our moderator.

Finance for Food on the radio

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As executive director of Finance for Food, I was interviewed by a number of radio shows that wanted their listeners to know more about how to raise money for socially responsible food businesses… and values-based business in general. While not all of the stations have kept their archives available for listening, the live links below led to listenable files as of February 2017.

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  • WGVU/WGVS Morning Show – Grand Rapids, MI / NPR
  • KDHX Earthworms – St. Louis MO
  • KZFR Peace and Social Justice – Chico, CA
  • KWMR Swimming Upstream – Point Reyes Station, CA
  • Business Talk Radio Network The Gabriel Wisdom Show – San Diego, CA
  • KRWM Sunday Morning Magazine – Seattle, WA
  • KBAI Bellingham, WA
  • KGNU It’s the Economy -Denver, CO
  • Front Porch Radio – Orlando, FL
  • National Radio Network – The Frankie Boyer Show
  • WMUA Focus – Amherst, MA
  • KKUP The Wimmin’s Music Program – Santa Cruz, CA
  • WFAN/WXRK – New York, NY
  • KZYX Wildoak Living – Ukiah, CA
  • KVON Conversations – Napa, CA
  • WKXL Financial $pectrum – Concord, NH

TEDxManhattan talk: Money’s Many Shades of Green

The capital markets space has changed a lot since May of 2011, when I gave this particular talk, but the main concepts are still the same. Bottom line? Get really clear on your values BEFORE you set about raising money for your business, and then find financing partners who are aligned with those values.

And if you’re interested in all the financing options for food businesses, read my book, Raising Dough: the Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business 🙂