Rural Business Investment Company Webinar

October 09, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Rural Business Investment Company Webinar

The Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) is hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, October 15, 2015 3 - 4:15 p.m. ET, inviting participants to get an insiders view of the program. CDVCA member Meritus Ventures was the first ever RBIC and was the only RBIC prior to 2014. Today there are two RBICs (Meritus and Advantage Capital Agricultural Partners, which was licensed in 2014), with two more conditionally approved RBICs (Meritus Kirchner and Innova, both of which were conditionally approved in April 2015) and several more funds in various stages of formation. The RBIC program boosts growth and job creation in rural America by providing capital to innovative small rural businesses. The webinar invites participants to learn how the program works, potential business opportunities and why fund managers commercial banks, and other credit institutions choose to invest in these funds.   Learn more

Pacific Community Ventures Hires New CEO

October 07, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Pacific Community Ventures Hires New CEO

On Tuesday October 6th, Pacific Community Ventures sent out an introductory letter from their new CEO. Mary Jo Cook joins Pacific Joint Ventures from Fair Trade USA. A Mission driven leader with 25 years of experience in strategy development for the non-profit sector, Ms Cook has a track record of enabling organizational change, and driving growth. In her letter, Ms Cook expressed her commitment to empowering small businesses.

Bridges ventures releases investigative report on B corps

October 05, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Bridges ventures releases investigative report on B corps

More than 1400 companies around the world are already certified B corps. This month, as the B Corp movement officially hit the UK, the Bridges Ventures released a paper to provide an investors perspective on the growing movement. Entitled “To B or not to B”, the paper aims to shed light on the opportunities and challenges presented by the B corp movement.

Young firms drive job creation

September 21, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Research   |     |   Comments Off on Young firms drive job creation

On September 14th, the Kauffman Foundation published a report titled “The Importance of Young Firms for Economic Growth",  showing that young and growing companies have accounted for nearly all net new job creation in the economy in the eight years of recovery since the Great Recession. These results mirror past research findings showing that these firms were virtually the exclusive engines of job growth prior to the recession as well. These rapidly-growing companies are precisely the target market of community development venture capital funds, which focus on job-creating growth investments in under-invested urban and rural communities throughout the nation.

Impact investment guide for small foundations

September 16, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Impact investment guide for small foundations

For small staffed foundations, entering the impact investment field presents a unique set of challenges. To address these challenges Arabella advisors put together "Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations". Published on September 9, 2015, the guide offers tools, strategy advice and real world examples. Featuring 21 case studies, the guide maps out best practices to enable small staffed foundations to become skilled impact investors.