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Raising Capital From Your Community – Through a USA Lens

10/29/2019 (This Event Has Passed)

When your organization needs capital, the conventional wisdom says you have to go to a bank, or to wealthy angel investors, or to some institution that can write a big check. And when you put your organization’s fate in the hands of someone who holds the purse strings, you have to play by their rules. But what if you could raise the capital you need on your own terms and from your own community of supporters, customers, and anyone else who wants you to succeed? You can! It’s what we call “community capital,” and there are a number of legal strategies available to help you get there. In this webinar we outline those strategies and will even touch on some ways you might build your own investment fund.

Speaker:
Brian Beckon,
Vice President, Cutting Edge Capital

Brian Beckon is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. As a principal of Cutting Edge Counsel, Brian’s work is now focused on direct public offerings, corporate structuring, and strategies for community capital to help build a more equitable economy. Brian has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance and Clean Power Finance; and before that as Corporate Counsel for Sybase and Catellus Development Corporation. He earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the boards of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation, the Neto Community Network, and the National Coalition for Community Capital.

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