Finding Money to Start & Grow Your Business (Oakland)
Led by SCORE Counselors and Business professionals: Barbara Lippard, Kathy Donovan & Jo Baig
Workshop Fee ($35) - Includes FREE download of our 17 chapter guide “How to Start & Manage your Small Business”
Overview: Learn about the types and sources of funding available to help you start and grow your business, and what you need to know to maximize your chances to obtain that funding.
You will learn and discuss:
- Traditional: banks and SBA loans - Non-traditional: angel investors, venture capital, crowdfunding, KIVA/Zip, Y-Combinator, incubator
- Credit history
- Have a thoughtful, well-researched and realistic business plan -- - Know your SWOT: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Barbara Lippard - Barbara was an investment manager of Time, Inc.’s Venture Capital Group, investing in high technology companies, and was also Vice President, Director of Corporate Development, for SAMI, a division of Time, Inc.
She is also the founder of Beechgrove Ventures, a consulting firm assisting small businesses with planning, funding and financial management issues. Barbara has been a volunteer for SCORE for 20 years, and has counseled many clients during that time. She currently is co-chair of the East Bay Chapter. Previously, she served as a member and treasurer of SCORE’s Board of Directors and as Director of SCORE’s San Francisco District.
Kathy Donovan - Kathy has 35 years of banking experience, with a concentration in lending to small businesses, large corporate customers and consumers. In recent years, Kathy has focused her efforts at SCORE and, before that, at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, on helping entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Kathy holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University. She is a world traveler, speaks some Spanish and is fluent in Portuguese. Education is her passion!
Jo Baig - Jo has 32 years in banking, including service as a branch manager of Bank of the West. Her experience includes extensive work with small and medium sized businesses.