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Slow Money SoCal February Gathering
Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
What do worms, pies and investing in our local food & agriculture industry have in common? We'll be talking about them all at the next Slow Money Gathering where you can network, learn about local investment opportunities and be part of strengthening and growing SoCal's diverse food economy.
Come meet like minded entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders.
2) Intros and Announcements
3) Entrepreneur Spotlights
SoCal entrepreneurs will present their business and funding opportunities
a) Cane Patch Pies
Join discussions and preparations for our upcoming...
a) March 7th Kick-Off Social and Fund Raiser
b) Entrepreneur Showcase
* Cane Patch Pies are pies that were made many years ago in a small community in Burgess, South Carolina, better known as the Freewoods. Freewoods is a community that was formed by freed slaves. Our ancestors were among the group of freed slaves that started this community. Every recipe and how every pie is made was handed down from generation to generation. The timing is right to start a new bakery to honor those great recipes from the past so the whole world can taste them.
Cane Patch Pies is established as a limited liability company owned by its two co-founders Tony and Jon Smalls. The bakery will be managed and directed by Tony Smalls, a veteran baker with 18 years experience in the food service industry, and Jon Smalls, who has some experience in marketing and promotion. With Tony being a U.S. Army veteran and Jon a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, they both have the discipline, drive, and passion to make this venture a success.
Cane Patch Pies will offer not only pies but cakes, cookies and other delicious desserts. Cane Patch Pies will also deliver desserts upon request. The bakery will also have a selection of organic and vegan desserts for that select customer base. The sweet potatoe pie will be the showcase product of the bakery, and due to the mild competition in the area, the sweet potatoe pie sales will be consistent.
Cane Patch Pies wants to establish a large, regular customer base and will therefore concentrate its business and marketing on local residents, which will be the dominant market. This will establish a healthy, consistent revenue base to ensure stability of the business. In addition we will strive to be competitive in trying to gain supermarket contracts and create a strong presence in the farmers market.
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Slow Money SoCal
Slow Money is a movement and national nonprofit organization that catalyzes investments in our local food systems. In over 15 local networks across the North America, entrepreneurs, investors, farmers, foodies, and localization activists have joined forces to rebuild the economics of local food and agriculture.
Slow Money SoCal's Mission:
- To build a diverse Southern California community focused on aligning our money and our values through investing in local, sustainable food businesses.
- To inspire and educate people about the connected nature of investing and food system change.
- To catalyze new and democratic opportunities for investment in businesses that yield a sustainable food system for all.
Join our discussions and connect with others at our LinkedIn Group.
Why Invest Locally?
Local businesses need capital, but the Wall St. model for raising funds is prohibitively expensive for small businesses and has troubling inefficiencies for many investors.
All investments have risk, but investing locally gives you line of sight visibility to your investment at work in your community. Ability to understand investment risk and opportunity comes from personal interaction with company management and with patience can lead to returns and benefits that go far beyond ROI offered by Wall St.
Investing directly with a small growing business contributes to community diversity, helps build your economy by keeping profits local, and builds the local tax base which in turn enables a range of community services like education, healthcare and development programs.
So if you are fed up with Wall St., take a few hours to come join like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and community members interested in sustaining and enhancing Southern California's food system with new opportunities to invest locally in your community -- organized for you by Slow Money SoCal.