Thursday May 2, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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UMass Lowell 
Emerging Technologies Innovation Center (ETIC)
One University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854

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Susanne Ferrara 
Merrimack Valley Venture Forum 




5:30 - 6:00 Registration & Networking

6:00 - 7:30 Featured Presentations 

7:30 - 8:30 Continued Networking



All UMass Lowell student/staff/faculty are welcome to this event for free! 

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Growing Your Business in the New Economy Series: Financing Growth



Looking for funding? Here's how to find it!

No matter what size your business is, you never have enough funding to carry out your business plan.  Whether it’s product development, marketing, facility expansion, technology, research and development or something else, there’s never enough funding to do it all.

Our March 19th program focuses on ways to obtain capital for business growth.  The first portion of the program discusses debt-based methods for raising capital.  The second portion addresses investment methods for obtaining capital.

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One of the major hurdles that new and existing businesses face is insufficient funding to carry out business plans, whether in the nature of product development and marketing or expansion of existing facilities and technology. This program will focus on ways to obtain capital for business growth. The first portion of the program will discuss debt-based methods for raising capital. The second part of the presentation will address investment methods for obtaining capital.


Meet the Speakers:


Ryan DunnRegional Commercial Lending Manager and Senior Vice President at Enterprise Bank has over 18 years of banking experience. Ryan serves as a trusted advisor to his business clients, providing financial advice and resources throughout the relationship. He manages a portfolio of over $60 million in loans as well as the regional commercial lending team supporting the Acton, Billerica, Chelmsford and Westford branch offices.  Ryan is also responsible for overseeing the US Small Business Administration loan programs offered by Enterprise Bank. He is active in the community as a Trustee of the Wyman Trull Scholarship Fund, Treasurer of The Trustees of Westford Academy and previously served as President of the Whistler House Museum of Art.  Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College.



Donald C. Freeman, Jr., PhD, is a member of Boston Harbor Angels, a group of proven business leaders investing in high-growth, early-stage companies in sectors including medical devices, IT, consumer products, business products, specialty materials, internet and aviation. Don is currently a Director at 206 Ortho, Inc., Respiratory Motion, Inc., Design Mentor, Theratorr Medical, Inc. and Medical Record Bank, Inc. and has been a Director of numerous other companies in the healthcare field. Don was President/CEO of HydroCision from 1996 to 2002 as well as CEO and Chairman of RadioMed Corporation from 1996 to 2000. Prior to 1996, Dr. Freeman was a Principal of Grayson & Associates, an investment banking firm specializing in the healthcare field.  Previously, he was President/CEO of Intra-Sonix, Inc. and Xenotech Laboratories and President at Davol, Inc., and Friesen International. He holds an ScB from Brown and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Maryland.






Jerry Bird is the president of MassVentures, a firm he joined in 2005. He has over 25 years experience advising and financing entrepreneurial-driven companies, the past 15 in venture capital. Prior to joining MassVentures in 2005, Jerry was president of Boston-based Claflin Capital Management which he joined in 1996, becoming president in 2001. At Claflin, he led over a dozen investments in early-stage technology companies focused on software and Internet-enabled businesses. While at Claflin, he frequently co-invested with MassVentures becoming familiar with its team and its investment approach.  From 1986 to 1996 he worked at Bank of Boston in their energy financing group, operations group and was a vice president of the international investment banking division. He is a frequent speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Jerry earned his undergraduate degree in geology from Dartmouth college and his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.

Program Champions:

Paul Souza - B2B CFO

 Chet Szablak - Enterprise Bank and Trust Company