We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work. Below, 2011 speaker Elizabeth Ü, Executive Director of Finance for Food, tells us about her new book, Raising Dough: a Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business. You can see Elizabeth’s talk here.
The book has a compelling foreword by Michael Shuman, attorney and localeconomist extraordinaire, and author of many books, including his most recentLocal Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.
Many thanks to the 11th Hour Project, whose generous financial support made this book possible, and also to the Food & Community Fellowship program (funded by the WK Kellogg and Woodcock Foundations), and GRACE Communications Foundation for their support in taking this book from an idea to a reality.
There are several ways that you can pre-order Raising Dough, including some discounted options. Everyone seems to asks me if they can get it from Amazon, so I’m glad that my recent article on Civil Eats, Buy Local: It’s Not Just About Food, has been making the rounds… please support your local, independent booksellers! If your organization works with entrepreneurs in communities that have not traditionally had access to financing education or other resources, please contact me about accessing very steep discounts on bulk orders and/or workshops. Ebooks aren’t available yet, but they should be ready at about the same time Raising Dough hard copies reach the shelves (July).
Presidio Graduate School will be using Raising Dough as a required text for its MBA curriculum, and I hope other business schools will follow suit; educators can request free examination copies directly from Chelsea Green Publishing. Students, thanks for helping get the word out to your professors about this very comprehensive text, which covers a lot of financing resources that the “usual” textbooks don’t touch.
The past few months have also brought me to conferences in Virginia, Florida, British Columbia, and right here in California. There’s a full list of my past and future workshops and speaking events here, and now that the book is done, I hope to be giving quite a bit more workshops around the country, including “train the trainer” type workshops for organizations and people who work with food entrepreneurs, from funders to financiers to business networks to USDA field offices and beyond. If you organize or attend conferences that would benefit from a workshop on financing food businesses, please let me know so I can be a part of it!