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How to Fund Your Business Growth - the Smart Way!

When: Apr. 27, Thu, 6:30-9pm
Where: Dickstein Shapiro
2101 L Street, NW DC
Cost in advance: $ 20 members, $ 30 guests
Cost at the door: $ 30 members, $ 40 guests

So you would like to grow your business!  Whether you are just getting started or are ready to take your company public, you need to know how to navigate in the complex world of the capital markets.  Undercapitalization is one of the principal reasons companies fail.  Another is choosing the wrong source of funding for their needs.  Not to worry, our brilliant panel of experts is here to help you grow and prosper.

In this informative, dynamic seminar, you will gain great insights into what every business leader should know:

  • Questions you must consider to take your company to the next level, including the role of your business plan
  • How to determine your readiness for outside financing and the type you need for your stage of business
  • Differences between various types of funding such as loans (including SBA loans), seed funding, angel investing, venture capital and others
  • How to determine how much you need and find, choose and attract investors to meet these needs
  • Benefits, costs and strings attached to various types of funding
  • Understanding the legal and governance structures affecting your ability to raise and use capital
  • Early stage financing - start-up financing, "bootstrapping" or doing more with less at a stage in your business where "cash is king", private placements versus commercial lending, leasing, factoring, and government programs
  • Alternatives to traditional financing - angel investors, franchising, licensing, joint ventures, co-branding, and other strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions
  • How to notice "red flags" and structure smart deals that ensure reasonable terms

The Expert Panel includes:

Andrew J. Sherman, Esq. is the founder of Grow Fast Grow Right Enterprises and Partner at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  He is an international authority and educator on business growth strategies.  Andrew was named By Inc. Magazine in February 2006 as one of the 19 Champions of Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Nation and has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's Top 10 Minds in Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  He is an advisor to Fortune 500 & emerging growth stage companies in business planning, franchising, M&A, joint venture and strategic alliances.  Andrew is the author of 14 books on legal & strategic aspects of business growth and is a top-rated Adjunct Professor in the prestigious MBA programs at University of Maryland & Georgetown University.

Mary Knebel is the head of business development at, a provider of Web-enabled, 100% wireless security and activity monitoring technology to residential and commercial customers.  Prior to joining, Mary was co-founder and CEO of LaunchFuel, Inc., an angel and venture-funded firm that worked with early stage, venture-backed technology companies to assist in the strategy and execution of their business plans.  Mary is the founder and Chairperson of Raise the Bar, a non-profit initiative that strives to deepen business relationships for women in technology. She is also a 2001 graduate of the Mindshare program.  

Marco Rubin is Founder and Managing Partner of Exoventure Associates, LLC (Exo), a venture capital advisory services firm based in Alexandria , Virginia .  Throughout his venture career, Marco has managed $26M of other people’s money, invested in 23 early-stage technology companies and has been affiliated with funds recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as Top 100 VCs in 2002, 2003 and 2005.  Marco serves as the adviser to the Commonwealth of Virginia ’s CIT technology seed fund having backed twelve companies over an 18 month period.  Prior to forming Exo, Marco had launched Monumental Venture Partners, LLC, a multi-sector venture capital firm as well as New Ventures, MCI’s venture capital unit with a portfolio returning nearly 400% to the company. 

David Jones is a Small Business Relationship Manager at PNC Bank, serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. He acts as a "one stop shop" for his clients, handling all their needs including financing (Traditional/SBA), cash management, asset protection, employee retention, and wealth management.

Gary W. Honig is President of Creative Capital Associates, Inc., a Maryland based commercial finance company that provides accounts receivables financing to emerging businesses. Leading the way in providing high tech companies with ongoing working capital relief, Garyhelps to educate start-up business owners about factoring and alternatives to equity investment funding.

This program is generously sponsored by Grow Fast Grow Right Enterprises and hosted by Dickstein Shapiro.


Fund Your Business pre-registration -- Members $20
Fund Your Business pre-registration -- Non-Members $30
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