We are starting a new series of the blog, Hub Collisions, to highlight the stories of members who have created amazing new organizations and ventures through collaboration and networking at the Hub. We felt it was important to take a step back ,occasionally from the daily commotion, and see the bigger picture of what the Hub is all about. If you would like to share your own story please email the author of this blog (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will be kicking off this segment with a feature on Hub member: Jenny Kassan. Jenny is an attorney working with Katovich Law Group, and first came into the Hub for a Numi tea event soon after the Hub opened. She met Alex (our awesome Managing Director) and was introduced to other members and staff. Inspired by the space and the goals 0f the Hub, Jenny and her colleague Rick Randel organized the Cutting Edge Capital Raising for Small Businesses-Existing Options and a Policy Agenda for the Future event here that was hugely successful. More than 60 people were in attendance and a great network was formed.
For those of you who missed the informative Cutting Edge Capital Raising for Small Businesses-Existing Options and a Policy Agenda for the Future event, you’re in luck! We have the video here for your viewing pleasure. Put on by the Katovich Law Group and the Hub, the session included discussions on the legal barriers to raising capital, strategies in overcoming such barriers and legislative changes that could help us all in our capital raising endeavors. Check it out!
This Thursday, November 19, 2009, 6Pm-8PM at Hub Bay Area, Katovich Law Group will be hosting panel discussion Cutting Edge Capital Raising for Small Business – Existing Options and a Policy Agenda for the Future.
FREE, Please RSVP here, wine and snacks will be served.
- Thomas Greco, Author of The End of Money and the Future of Civilization
- John Katovich, President of Katovich Law Group, Presidio School of Management Professor, and Chief Legal Officer of the Boston Stock Exchange
- Don Shaffer, President and CEO of RSF Social Finance
- Leslie Christian, President and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments
- Derek Huntington, President of Sonoma County Go Local
- Mike Leung, Worker Cooperative Credit Union Organizer
- Jenny Kassan, Managing Director of Katovich Law Group and President of Community Ventures
In the United States today, small businesses constitute about one-half of the private economy in terms of output and jobs, but they receive almost no investment from the nation’s pension funds or from mutual, hedge, venture, or any other kind of investment funds. In a well-functioning financial system, roughly one-half of the investment should go to roughly one-half of the economy.
We will begin the evening with a presentation about one of the primary causes for this market failure: the legal barriers to raising capital that disproportionately burden small businesses.
Next we will discuss some cutting edge strategies that have been used to overcome these barriers.
We will conclude with a discussion of legislative changes needed to address the barriers to capital-raising for small business and the formation of a working group to move the agenda forward.
Please join us at Hub Bay Area for this engaging discussion!