Creative Funding Mechanisms for "Start-Ups" and Established Small Businesses

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside | Posted: Tuesday, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

How can you help existing and prospective Main Street businesses obtain funding for their business initiatives? Explore new opportunities presented by the recent enactment of the JOBS Act, which among other things promotes “crowdfunding,” a new financing tool aimed at making it easier for small businesses to find investors early and/or continue to grow. A detailed case study of a new micro-distillery that recently leased a chronically vacant downtown movie theater will illuminate "best practices" in structuring deals, identifying intermediaries, marketing the investment concept, and bringing your business development ideas to fruition.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand new financing tools.
  2. Learn how these tools can be leveraged with more traditional financing tools.
  3. Discover how to identify and recruit prospective locavestors and stimulate new projects.
  4. Be perceived as a value-added source of business growth assistance.


For more information contact:

Rick Ferrell, Retail Market Answers, LLC
Rick Ferrell is the principal of Retail Market Answers, LLC (RMA), which specializes in economic and business development planning and implementation services. RMA develops business recruitment strategies, combining consumer preferences with economic sustainability data. RMA’s economic and strategic planning also extends to business retention in an effort to preserve or enhance the growth of those already invested in a community. 

Prior to forming RMA, Rick spent 20 years in shopping center development, redevelopment, leasing, management, marketing, and operations. He has worked in executive capacities with The Rouse Company, Compass Retail, Arbor Property Trust, and Forest City Ratner Companies. While at Forest City, Rick was involved in all aspects of development, redevelopment and planning for the company’s retail and mixed-use real estate portfolio. Post-development, Rick was responsible for leasing and managing more than ten million square feet of retail and mixed-use space, encompassing 26 redevelopments throughout the Boroughs of New York City.