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Seminar on Small Business Funding Set at UCR Palm Desert

Event will feature practical ways to obtain venture capital from Angel Networks

(November 3, 2006)

Palm Desert, Calif.-- ( - Internationally recognized experts on venture funding, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Angel Networks will explore the concepts of private equity, venture capital, business valuation and public sector programs at a seminar at UCR Palm Desert on Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On the same day, at the same time, active members of the Coachella Valley Angel Network (CVAN) will discuss financing options and how to write business plans for prospective investors, also at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center.

These two sessions are the first of a series of executive education programs planned for the current academic year at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center

Charles Wessner is the world’s leading expert on public sector aspects of venture capital, centering on public-private partnerships, early stage financing for new firms, and the special needs and benefits of high technology industry. He currently directs a series of studies centered on government measures to encourage entrepreneurship and support the development of new technologies.

Foremost among these is a congressionally mandated study of the $2 billion Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). His presentation will focus on best practices in the SBIR program and linkages among science-based economic growth, new technology development, regional development and success factors for small firm finance. Wessner is program director of the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy, National Academies of Science.

Shaker Zahra holds the Robert E. Buuck Chair in Entrepreneurial Management at the University of Minnesota. Author of more than 100 refereed journal articles and six books, Zahra has conducted extensive research of Angel Networks worldwide. His presentation will examine Angel Network design and execution, key successes and failures and current best practices. Zahra is also chairman of the Entrepreneurship Division of the , Academy of Management.

Jon C. Gregory is president and CEO of Chico-based Golden Capital Networks. Gregory will describe Golden Capital’s “Venture Communities,” an eight-step, sustainable program for regions to accelerate the development and success of innovation-based growth companies, create jobs and generate wealth. He will offer in-depth insight into these high-impact businesses and review the eight-step process vital to their success.
An hour-long panel discussion on the importance of Angel involvement for growing the business venture will conclude the formal programming.

CVAN members will simultaneously conduct workshops on financing options for entrepreneurs on understanding how Angel Networks function; the Angel investment process, and step-by-step instructions on preparation of business plans that Angels are seeking.

Seminar programming will conclude with a panel moderated by Brant Cotterman, former board member of the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership. A panel of active Angels will be joined by Wessner, Zahra, Gregory and Donald Siegel, UCR Professor of Entrepreneurship, for an hour-long exploration of contemporary Angel network issues with full audience interaction.

A joint reception for all participants and attendees will conclude the two seminars.

In the interim, CVAN is welcoming submission of business plans for review and consideration. Information on how to submit business plans is available at

Registration information and downloadable brochures are available at or

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