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Venture Financing is a social interest group organized under the auspices of the Articles of Incorporation of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) to promote and encourage the development and advancement of programs and services in the specific entrepreneurship field and to provide a forum for information exchange

To organize a group of like-minded individuals who recognize the value of sharing information, strategies, cases, lectures, project assignments, videos and innovations to learn how to educate students better in the field of venture financing. The name was selected deliberately to include all financing options not only venture capital.


Leadership of the Group is elected annually by the Group membership; questions relative to Group mission, membership; annual work program and objectives should be directed to one of the following members of the leadership team:

Chair: Ricardo Alvarez
Center for Technical and Higher Education (CETYS University)
Chair Elect: Steven Phelan
Fayetteville State University

 Past Chair: Mike Seay
California State Channel Islands

A member of USASBE in good standing, that has professional interest in the specific field of the Group and wishes to pursue expansion and promotion of the field and personal advancement through knowledge exchange and participation in the mission of the Group, is eligible for membership.

Annually as an element of the Association’s strategic planning process, the Group develops a work plan that outlines goals and objectives for the program year. Outlined below are annual goals and objectives adopted by the Group:

• Provide meaningful value for active SIG members (content and connections) – measured by LinkedIn Venture Financing SIG group membership and discussion activity

• Grow active participation by at least 50 percent based upon attendance at the VF SIG meeting in January (from 20 to 30 members) – measured by at least 4 contributions to the LinkedIn content

• Create, fund and execute a Best Paper in Venture Financing Award for the 2017 USASBE Annual Conference




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