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Dear WIN’ners!


As we enter this fourth week of quarantine we hope you and your loved ones are doing as well as you can given the situation. In this time of physical distancing, it's more important than ever to remain social and connect with others either online with a Zoom Happy Hour, a 6 foot apart walk outside or maybe a Zoom with US!

Many thanks to all of you who joined us last week to learn about the next generation and the wealth transfer from Lane Fury  of the Cooperative Fund of New England and Resource Generation. For those of you who did join, we'd appreciate to hear any feedback or thoughts you might have.

As you can see below, we have some interesting events coming up this month and hope you'll join us.

Be well,


Janice, Laury and Louisa 
LAST CALL! Northern New England (NNE) WIN Event 4/8
NNE WIN April Meeting
April 8th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Online, Zoom


A Discussion on Revenue Based Financing. It's Not Your Grandmother's Financing Scene Anymore! 

 
Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Location: Zoom, link will be sent with sign up confirmation
Please feel free to bring your own bag lunch. Drinks provided.

On February 4, 2020, the NNE WIN featured a webinar with Luni Libes of Investor’s Circle and Fledge who discussed alternatives that break out of the traditional paradigm of investing equity in a business that requires an exit or sale. Luni introduced the novel structures for investing that include revenue-, dividend-, and royalty-based investments used around the world today.

As a follow-up to the webinar, we’re pleased to have Janice St. Onge of the Flexible Capital Fund and John Hamilton of NHCLF’s Vested for Growth program, join us in Concord, NH for an open conversation royalty financing, also known as revenue based financing. Both the Flex Fund and VfG have been using RBF structures for over a decade as a way to invest in growing Vermont and NH companies seeking risk capital that doesn’t require ownership dilution or unicorn returns. Janice & John will talk about their experience using RBF, when it can be a viable alternative to equity investment, and the challenges and opportunities RBF provides for investors.

Check out the following as a primer on RBF:
Q&A: Flexible Capital Fund Invests in Farm Products, Food, and Forestry.” 
Freeing Revenue-based Financing from the Equity Mindset” 
 
About the Presenters:
Janice St. Onge, Flexible Capital Fund, L3C
John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund and Vested for Growth
 
No Cost to Attend, but Pre-registration is Required. 
Register Here
VT WIN Special COVID Meeting
April 21st 8:30 - 10:30 am

Online, Zoom


Women Using Their Economic Power to Help US Get Through COVID 19

 
We’re in unprecedented times right now.  Vermont is under “shelter in place” orders.  The number of cases of COVID 19, and deaths, continue to grow in Vermont and around the country.  We all need to do our part in remaining physically distant, but socially connected.  Meanwhile, main street businesses in our communities are shut down, and innovative entrepreneurs are struggling to keep their companies alive, and employees safe and employed.  The U.S. Congress has authorized a $2 Trillion emergency package which includes payouts to every American filing a tax return, as well as emergency loans like the Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency Loan Program to be administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  These programs can’t come soon enough, but these programs alone won’t get us through this health and economic crisis.  We all have a role to play.  As women investors (main street & high net worth), philanthropists and consumers, now more than every we need to use our economic power to not only support critical impact businesses through the COVID crisis, but help them through recovery as well.  And, we have an opportunity to shape what recovery and prosperity looks like – meaning we can influence systems change in support of a more just and sustainable economy.
 
Join us on April 21st for a conversation with three women entrepreneurs who have presented to VT WIN in the past, and are now facing challenges and seeking opportunity in the COVID 19 era.  Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders, Lindsay DesLauriers of Bolton Valley Resort, and Dawn Lancaster of Pure Energy, will join us for an open conversation about what they are experiencing first hand in their businesses right now, and ways in which VT WIN members can help.  Then we’ll shift to a conversation about how to support entrepreneurs in your your community to first survive and come out the other side stronger. 

As always, there will be time for a discussion and sharing ideas.
 
Agenda for Online Event:
  • 8:30am -  Log into Zoom
  • 8:35am - WIN intro, short introductions
  • 8:40am – Eleanor Leger, Lindsay DesLauriers and Dawn Lancaster – an entrepreneurial conversation about the challenges they are facing, and needs with Q&A
  • 9:20am – Louisa Schibli, Laury Saligman and Janice St. Onge – discussion on how we are and you can support entrepreneurs during and after this crisis
  • 9:50am - Open Discussion
  • 10:15am – Wrap up and WIN Business
The meeting is free and open to women interested in learning more about how they can invest with their values. 

If you have questions or need more information, feel free to contact  us at vermontwin@gmail.com
Register Here
Save the Dates for these VTWIN and NNEWIN Events
April 30 - VTWIN
The next VT WIN meetings are scheduled for Thursday, April 30 as an evening event via Zoom and featuring Krista Scruggs and Caitlin Braam of Zafa Wines, a woman entrepreneur’s story.

May 20 - NNEWIN ***Please note this event has been moved to September. Date TBD***
"Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs & the Importance of Women Angel Investors" to be held at Hotel Concord, Concord, NH 12:00 Noon–5:30 pm. More info to follow.

May 28 - VTWIN
Then on Thursday, May 28, Karin Chamberlain, Director of Impact Investments at Clean Yield Asset Management will join us for morning coffee event at Local 64 in Montpelier from 8:30am to 10am.

June 17 - NNEWIN
"2020 Angels in Training: A Maine WIN Experiential Investment Workshop" to be held at Preti Flaherty in Portland, ME 8:30 am-4:00 pm. More info to follow.
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About Us
The Vermont Women’s Investor Network (WIN) is a new initiative that supports female investors and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vermont. Our long-term goals include pooling skills, expertise, and capital to help close the gender gap in funding; supporting local businesses; creating positive environmental and social impact; and generating positive financial return.
 
VT WIN STEERING COMMITTEE
Laury Saligman, laury@vernalventures.org
Janice St. Onge, Flexible Capital Fund: janice@flexiblecapitalfund.com
Louisa Schibli, Milk Money VT: Louisa@milkmoneyvt.com

Disclaimer:  The Vermont Women’s Investors Network (VT WIN) is not for solicitation of professional services.  VT WIN is not an investment advisor, financial advisor, broker/dealer or other type of advisor or fiduciary.   VT WIN is not affiliated with the companies attending VT WIN meetings, and does not endorse, effectuate investment in or recommend the securities of any of the companies attending.
 
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