Thursday, April 22, 2010

Loans for Entrepreneurs with Forest Product Based Businesses

Cultivated ramps
Do you have a small business, or want to start a small business, with forest based products? Examples are forest herbs (ginseng, black cohosh, witch hazel), forest foods (ramps, miner's lettuce), craft items from natural forest materials, and eco-education businesses. The focus is on businesses that use natural forest resources sustainably, contributing to the retention of our forests. If this describes you and your business (or business idea), consider attending this informational session on a source of low-interest loans up to $15,000.

On May 6, 2010 there will be a Shade Fund Information Session and Brown Bag Lunch at the Small Business Incubator (Room 2046) at the A-B Tech Enka Site at 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC 28715.

The Shade Fund is a joint project of the Conservation Fund and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities working to connect individual lenders with entrepreneurs who have forest friendly businesses. Along with their partners, the Shade Fund works to create jobs and preserve rural communities.

Attend this free informal brown bag event to meet Rick Larson, Director of Sustainable Ventures for the Conservation Fund. Bring your lunch and questions.

Schedule is: Lunch and networking from 11:30 to noon. Question and answer session from noon to 1:00.

For more information about the Shade Fund, visit http://www.shadefund.org/.

This information session is sponsored by the NC Natural Products Association with support from the Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC) and the BioNetwork.

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