Access to Capital: Growing Local Businesses, Financing Entrepreneurs, Building Strong Economies
California Financial Opportunities Roundtable, August 2012
With a growing realization that improved economic development strategies and greater collaboration were not enough, leaders from financial institutions, economic development organizations and government agencies gathered to explore how to improve access to capital for California’s businesses and industry clusters. As participants dug deeper into the issues, it became clear that many options already exist to access capital but that most businesses, entrepreneurs and their advisors are often unaware of these resources.
With that awareness, California Financial Opportunities Roundtable set out to develop an Access to Capital guidebook. This guidebook and its recommendations are not exhaustive or exclusive, but represents a good start toward a healthy capital ecosystem – one where businesses, communities and people can all thrive.
Funding provided by a Rural Business Opportunity Grant from USDA Rural Development in partnership with the California Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils.