SmartPak acquired by Henry Schein, Inc.

August 12, 2014  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Coastal Ventures’ portfolio company, SmartPak, saw a successful exit through acquisition by Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. Its U.S. Animal Health business, Henry Schein Animal Health, has entered into an agreement to acquire an approximate 60 percent ownership position in SmartPak, the leading provider of equine supplements and horse supplies across the United States.  SmartPak had sales in 2013 of approximately $105 million and expands Henry Schein’s product and service offering to the equine community.  Henry Schein Animal Health is a leading companion animal health distribution company in the United States. Over the past decade, SmartPak has been recognized at both the national and local levels, including ranking on the Inc. 500 /5000 lists of America’s Fastest Growing Private Businesses for nine consecutive years; being ranked as #249 on the Internet Retailer 500 and #35 on the Internet Retailer Social Media 500; selected as one of only 66 companies nationally to earn Bizrate’s Circle of Excellence Award (Bizrate powers Google’s reviews); earning StellaService’s highest possible service rating: Elite;  ranking among the Boston Globe’s annual Top Places to Work in Massachusetts; and receiving the Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE).  Mr. Gisholt received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Consumer Products in the New England Region and has also been named one of the “Best Bosses” by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. Read more about ...

CDFI Fund Opens CY 2014 Round of New Markets Tax Credit Program

August 05, 2014  |   Industry News   |     |   0 Comment

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) released today the Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA) for the calendar year (CY) 2014 round of the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). The NOAA makes up to $5 billion in tax credit allocation authority available for the CY 2014 round, pending Congressional authorization. The CDFI Fund provided the NOAA on its website in anticipation of its publication in the Federal Register later this week. The New Markets Tax Credit spurs investment of private sector capital into distressed communities by providing a tax credit to corporate or individual taxpayers who make qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs). The CDEs, in turn, invest the capital raised into projects and businesses in low-income communities. The credit provided to the investor totals 39 percent of the investment in a CDE and is claimed over a seven-year credit allowance period. The CDFI Fund has made 836 awards—totaling $40 billion in tax credit allocation authority—to CDEs through the NMTC Program since the program’s inception.  More information about the NMTC Program can be found on the program’s website or in the program’s fact sheet.

CDVCA endorsement of SSBCI bill

July 14, 2014  |   Public Policy   |     |   0 Comment

CDVCA supports the ‘Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2014’ bill for its potential to stimulate job creation across the states by making available much needed capital to small businesses and leveraging private capital. CDVCA from its  experience managing the Innovate NY Fund, New York State's SSBCI funded venture fund of funds, has seen firsthand the impact of the 2010 funding round. Click here to view a one pager on the bill.  

OCC’s Outlook Live Webinar on Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment

July 14, 2014  |   Public Policy   |     |   0 Comment

Staff members from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, the agencies) are hosting a discussion of the revisions to the “Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment” (Q&As) that were issued on November 15, 2013, and the revised interagency “Large Institution Community Reinvestment Act Examination Procedures” (CRA examination procedures) that were issued on April 18, 2014. The revisions to the Q&As and the revised CRA examination procedures primarily address community development issues. This webinar will cover new Q&As that - clarify how the agencies consider community development activities benefiting a broader statewide or regional area that includes an institution’s assessment area. - provide guidance related to CRA consideration of, and documentation associated with, investments in nationwide funds. - clarify the consideration of certain community development services, such as service on a community development organization’s board of directors. - address the treatment of loans or investments to organizations that, in turn, invest those funds and use only a portion of the income from their investments to support a community development purpose. - clarify that community development lending performance is always considered in a large financial institution’s lending test rating.   The deadline for registration to join the live session is July 17, 2014. Please follow this link to OCC's website for more details.   Related Links Webinar Registration “Large Institution CRA Examination Procedures” "Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment” “Supplementary Interagency ...

CDFI Fund Appropriations Update

June 29, 2014  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   0 Comment

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY ’15 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill. The Committee's bill includes $230 million for the CDFI Fund – an increase of $4 million over current year funding and $5.1 million over the President’s budget request. As the chart below shows, the House bill sets aside $177 million for the Fund’s Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) grant programs, and those set-asides are provided in bill language. In addition, $15 million is set aside for the Native American CDFI Initiative, $18 million for the Bank Enterprise Awards (BEA) program, and $20 million for CDFI Fund administrative expenses. The House Appropriations Committee did not include funds for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) or authority for the CDFI Bond Program, as requested by the President. This past Tuesday, June 24th, the Senate Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY '15 spending bill. While the bill has not been released to the public, Senator Udall (D-NM), who Chairs the Subcommittee, spoke during the mark-up about his commitment to "target resources to boost job creation and community development," including $230 million for the CDFI Fund in the spending bill, along with $1 billion in CDFI Fund Bond authority. A press release issued by the Appropriations Committee reported some--but not all--of the CDFI Fund set-asides, including $1 million to promote CDFI expansion into underserved areas, $35 million for HFFI, and $18 million for BEA. Additional information on the Senate's FSGG Appropriations ...

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