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U.S.SourceLink
Our mission is to help small businesses grow
and prosper in regions across the country by
providing business owners easy a...
• Easy access to resources
• Increased awareness of resources
• Solid partnerships to fill gaps
• Measured impact
Make Ent...
Make them Visible Strengthen Network
Calendar
Resource
Navigator
Hotline
Training
Capital
Work
Space
Identify
and Fill
Gap...
Identify Assets
Build a directory Build a network
• Social
Media
• Referrals
Promote
• Community
• Partner
Meetings
Engage
• Hotline
• Facilitated
discussions
Listen
• Iden...
1 Build the Network Number of partners
Milestones
website, calendar
Resource Navigator
partner meetings
2 Activate the Net...
3 Leverage the Network Gap reports
Collaborations
partner involvement
funding
Jobs, starts, debt/equity, sales
4 Drive the...
Products:
Assessment
U.S.SourceLink
products
• Website
• Resource
Navigator®
• Calendar
• Blog
Measurement Products: Biz-Trakker®
Measuring an active network
Gap
Partners
Collabor
ative
Funding
Program
Results
Measuring a
Successful
Collaboration
46 proof-of-concept projects
23 n...
Product: We Create Capital
Solving the Funding Gap for Early-Stage Companies
Information on “funding the funds”
Review of ...
Source Loan Size
<$1,000 $0-50,000
$50-
250,000
up to
$350,000
up to
$500,000
up to
$5M
Personal Emergency Loan x
Secured ...
Deals by year by series
<$1M $1-3M $3-7.5M $7.5-10M $10-20M
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Preseed Se...
Sources of Funds 2009-2013
<$1M $1-3M $3-7.5M $7.5-10M $10-20M
Note: not all investors are disclosed
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
K...
0 5 10 15 20 25 30
Mezzanine
Series C
Series B
Series A
Seed
Preseed
Funded Companies
Who Received Assistance
2014
None As...
IPO
Mezzanine
Series C
Series B
Series A
Seed
Pre seed
Digital Sandbox KC, SBIR, MTC IDEA
Funds, SparkLabKC
Angels, Invest...
Are you using every
mechanism available to
fund early-stage
companies?
….
U.S. Treasury
SSBIC
CDFI
NMTC
SBA
Microloan
SBIC...
Measurement Product: E-Dashboard
Current.
local data
Lessons Learned
Questions?
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Making Entrepreneurship Easier

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Maria Meyers, U.S.SourceLink founder, opening session of 2015 U.S.SourceLink conference. "Making Entrepreneurship Easier"

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Making Entrepreneurship Easier

  1. 1. U.S.SourceLink
  2. 2. Our mission is to help small businesses grow and prosper in regions across the country by providing business owners easy access to needed services.
  3. 3. • Easy access to resources • Increased awareness of resources • Solid partnerships to fill gaps • Measured impact Make Entrepreneurship Easier
  4. 4. Make them Visible Strengthen Network Calendar Resource Navigator Hotline Training Capital Work Space Identify and Fill Gaps Identify Assets Building an ecosystem
  5. 5. Identify Assets Build a directory Build a network
  6. 6. • Social Media • Referrals Promote • Community • Partner Meetings Engage • Hotline • Facilitated discussions Listen • Identify and Report Gaps Respond • Programs to fill gaps Collaborate Finding and filling gaps
  7. 7. 1 Build the Network Number of partners Milestones website, calendar Resource Navigator partner meetings 2 Activate the Network Network Access web visits hotline calls Resource Navigator searches Network Strength partners calendar events satisfaction survey results Network Reach friends and followers sources of traffic Measuring progress
  8. 8. 3 Leverage the Network Gap reports Collaborations partner involvement funding Jobs, starts, debt/equity, sales 4 Drive the ecosystem Data reports Leveraged funding $$ New programs Dashboard Be the difference in your community
  9. 9. Products: Assessment
  10. 10. U.S.SourceLink products • Website • Resource Navigator® • Calendar • Blog
  11. 11. Measurement Products: Biz-Trakker®
  12. 12. Measuring an active network
  13. 13. Gap Partners Collabor ative Funding Program Results Measuring a Successful Collaboration 46 proof-of-concept projects 23 new companies $17.7 million follow-on funding 181 new jobs created, nearly $5.5 million in total salaries $7 million in total sales 18 patent applications 4 successful exits …in two years Proof of Concept Funds 15 $2.1 Million
  14. 14. Product: We Create Capital Solving the Funding Gap for Early-Stage Companies Information on “funding the funds” Review of debt and equity infrastructure Finding holes Recommendations of how to fill them
  15. 15. Source Loan Size <$1,000 $0-50,000 $50- 250,000 up to $350,000 up to $500,000 up to $5M Personal Emergency Loan x Secured credit cards x Credit building loans x Microloans x Community Advantage x SBA bank loan guarantees x Small Loan Advantage x SBA Express x SBA Veterans Adv. x Export Express x 7(a) x Cap Lines x International Trade x Export Working Captial x SBA 504 Loans x Non-bankable Bankable with guarantees Strategically building early-stage debt infrastructure
  16. 16. Deals by year by series <$1M $1-3M $3-7.5M $7.5-10M $10-20M 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Preseed Seed Series A Series B Series C Mezzanine IPO
  17. 17. Sources of Funds 2009-2013 <$1M $1-3M $3-7.5M $7.5-10M $10-20M Note: not all investors are disclosed 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 KC Area MO/KS Nebraska Outside Region Preseed Seed Series A Series B Series C Mezz
  18. 18. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Mezzanine Series C Series B Series A Seed Preseed Funded Companies Who Received Assistance 2014 None Assistance
  19. 19. IPO Mezzanine Series C Series B Series A Seed Pre seed Digital Sandbox KC, SBIR, MTC IDEA Funds, SparkLabKC Angels, InvestMidwest, OpenAir, Five Elms Angels, Individuals October Capital C3, TGP Who is funding what?
  20. 20. Are you using every mechanism available to fund early-stage companies? …. U.S. Treasury SSBIC CDFI NMTC SBA Microloan SBIC SBIR Loan guarantees Banks Small business loans …
  21. 21. Measurement Product: E-Dashboard Current. local data
  22. 22. Lessons Learned
  23. 23. Questions?

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