More and more entrepreneurs are using food-based businesses to solve social and environmental problems - and yet the majority of them report that a lack of access to capital prevents them from launching, maintaining, or growing their ventures. Raising Dough is an unprecedented guide to the full range of financing options available to support sustainable food businesses.
Raising Dough provides valuable insights into the world of finance, including:
- Descriptions of various capital options, including traditional debt and equity, government grant and loan programs, and cutting-edge models such as crowdfunding and community-based alternatives
- Guiding questions to help determine which capital options are the most appropriate given the size, stage, entity type, growth plans, mission, and values of an enterprise
- Case studies and testimonials highlighting the experiences of food system entrepreneurs who have been there before, including both success stories and cautionary tales
- Referrals to sources of capital, financiers, investor networks, and other financial resources.
Written primarily for people managing socially responsible food businesses, the resources and tips covered in this book will benefit social entrepreneurs - and their investors - working in any sector.
It's not often that someone stumbles into entrepreneurship and ends up reviving a community and starting a national economic-reform movement. But that's what happened when, in 1983, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Caf on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia. After helping to save her block from demolition, Judy grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant-one of the first to feature local, organic, and humane food. The restaurant blossomed into a regional hub for community, and a national powerhouse for modeling socially responsible business.
Good Morning, Beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world-helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce and that make communities not just interesting and diverse and prosperous, but also resilient.
Wicks recounts a girlhood coming of age in the sixties, a stint working in an Alaska Eskimo village in the seventies, her experience cofounding the first Free People store, her accidental entry into the world of restauranteering, the emergence of the celebrated White Dog Caf , and her eventual role as an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement.
Her memoir traces the roots of her career - exploring what it takes to marry social change and commerce, and do business differently. Passionate, fun, and inspirational, Good Morning, Beautiful Business explores the way women, and men, can follow both mind and heart, do what's right, and do well by doing good.
The Soul of an Entrepreneur is a business book of a different kind, exploring our work but also our passions and hopes. David Sax reports on the deeply personal questions of entrepreneurship: why an immigrant family risks everything to build a bakery; how a small farmer fights to manage his debt; and what it feels like to rise and fall with a business you built for yourself.
This book is the real story of entrepreneurship. It confronts both success and failure, and shows how they can change a human life. It captures the inherent freedom that entrepreneurship brings, and why it matters.
This updated fifth edition includes:
- Vital information about grantsmanship in today's ever-changing economic and social climate
- In-depth interviews with funders, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers about the grants process
- A new chapter on how to diversify funding and think "outside the box" when grants are scarce
- Concrete suggestions for developing each section of a proposal
- Hands-on exercises that let you practice what you learn
- A detailed description of important websites for grant seekers
- Strategies for developing and presenting programs that are likely to receive grants
Many yoga teachers are great at teaching but struggle with the business of yoga. The Yogi Entrepreneur is a powerful guidebook for the thousands of aspiring yoga teachers around the world who have a passion for sharing their yoga but resist the business of teaching. Based on decades of experience, Darren Main offers guidance for building classes, leading workshops and developing an ethical career as a yoga teacher. This second edition includes a new chapter on getting it all done and even more guidance around creating a dynamic website and and social networking presence. With more than fifty free and low-cost marketing tips and dozens of resources, this book will help teachers world-wide realize that balancing your checkbook can be every bit as yogic as doing a headstand. Whether you are a new teacher just getting started or a seasoned instructor looking for fresh ideas to breathe new life into your work, The Yogi Entrepreneur is the book for you.
Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization is a book for people who are forming new small nonprofits; thinking about converting an informal, grassroots group into tax-exempt status; reorganizing an existing agency; or currently managing a nonprofit. It provides practical and basic how-to information on legal, tax, organizational, and other issues particular to nonprofits.
This one-of-a-kind resource has been a valuable guide to nonprofit management for decades. While much of the information originated in an earlier era of nonprofit formation, it remains highly useful for gaining an overview and creating an action plan for people entering this realm of organizational management. Its compact format provides information in an easy-to-understand style. The book describes, step-by-step, the typical phases of creating and operating a new nonprofit, including incorporation, establishing a board of directors, writing bylaws, obtaining tax-exempt status, creating a strategic plan, budgeting and grant seeking, understanding accounting principles, managing human resources, and creating a community relations plan.
The Center for Nonprofit Management is a department of the Graduate School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and St. Paul. It provides training and guidance in all aspects of the nonprofit sector to existing organizations as well as individuals or groups who are seeking help in starting a nonprofit.
""Inc. Yourself" is a true classic. I've recommended it hundreds of times."
--Scott DeGarmo, former editor-in-chief, Success magazine
"Judith McQuown always gives you the right advice to create and make your new business flourish. If you don't understand that your best wealth-builder is your own company, you will by the time you finish the latest edition of "Inc. Yourself.""
--Adriane Berg, WABC Radio
"Finally...a guide that cuts through all the legal jargon with clear and actionable information We recommend it on our national radio program ALL the time."
--Daria Dolan and Ken Dolan, WOR Radio Network, CBS Television
"Inc. Yourself" is the longest-selling business book in continuous print in the history of trade publishing, with more than 500,000 copies sold since 1977.
This "entrepreneurial classic" (CNBC) is now completely revised and updated--and available in a lower-priced paperback--to help new and recent entrepreneurs. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language, Inc. Yourself is a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to success. It provides meticulously researched information on the latest tax laws and legislation that affect individuals and small businesses.
The following are just a few of the critical issues covered:
Selecting the right type of corporation for your business or profession.
Having your office home or away.
Designing the right pension plan.
Investing your corporate surplus.
Choosing the best benefits for your needs.
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.