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Houston Firm Cracks CAPCO Club

Dennis Murphree of Murphree Venture Partners in Texas participated in the state’s CAPCO Program in 2002:

Venture capitalist Dennis Murphree has joined a small band of fund managers in the country who participate in a little-known but rapidly expanding program called CAPCO.

A handful of states have passed legislation to create programs called CAPCO, an acronym for certified capital companies. These programs spawn investment funds, some as large as $175 million, that are designed to spur economic development.

The program itself is complicated, but it wasn’t difficult for Murphree and his partners to decide they wanted to be involved.

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Innovative Venture Capital Program To Bring Millions Of Dollars To Rural Colorado

The CAPCO program, which has been proven successful in several states, was awaiting to be enacted in Colorado back in 2001:

CAPCO program, which awaits governor’s signature, has spurred significant economic growth in several states and could bring same prosperity to Colorado.

The Certified Capital Company (CAPCO) program, a highly successful economic development initiative aimed at creating jobs and fueling entrepreneurial activity in Colorado, could bring at least $50 million of venture capital funding to the state’s rural and agricultural communities if signed by Gov. Owens. The program was adopted by the state legislature (HB 1097) last week.

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Enhanced Capital Funds Two Of The District’s Premier Establishments

The Park and Love, owned by Marc Barnes, received financing from Enhanced Capital Partners back in July, 2009:

Enhanced Capital, a national private investment firm participating in the District’s CAPCO program, has provided $300,000 in financing to two of the District’s premier establishments. The Park, a trendy four story restaurant and lounge, and Love, a sophisticated nightclub which opened in 2001, are both owned by DC visionary and entrepreneur Marc Barnes.

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Rep. Reilly’s Legislation Designed Increase Venture Capital Investments in Rhode Island

Back in 2002, Representative Reilly introduced the Rhode Island Certified Capital Company Act:

Rhode Island, said Rep. Donald O. Reilly Jr. (D-Dist. 67) of Cumberland, currently ranks 36th in the nation in the amount of venture capital it receives for small businesses.

“Increased venture capital investments made in small businesses located in Rhode Island will lead to job creation and increased tax revenue for the state. That’s not wishful thinking. It is happening in other states all around the country and it’s time it happens in Rhode Island,” said Representative Reilly.

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CAPCO is the Way to Go for Small Businesses!

Small businesses can turn to their local CAPCO programs for funding:

Fostering new businesses in your county (with their new tax revenue potential) is obviously a much better way to deal with state budget cutbacks and dwindling local revenues than increasing taxes or cutting services or both. And it doesn’t necessarily take a new automobile assembly plant in your community to turn the revenue slide.

For most counties, small businesses are the economic engines for their communities. The National Association of Small Business Owners reports that small businesses employ 51 percent of private sector workers; provide two-thirds to three-quarters of the new jobs; and represent 96 percent of all exporters of goods.

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Advantage Capital Invests in Natural Cleaners Colorado LLC

Through the Colorado CAPCO program, Advantage Capital Partners was able to invest in Natural Cleaners Colorado:

Advantage Capital Partners, a leading venture capital and small business finance firm, today announced a $1.9 million investment in Natural Cleaners Colorado LLC, a dry cleaning business utilizing environmentally friendly cleaning processes.

Advantage Capital’s investment, made in connection with Colorado’s Certified Capital Company (CAPCO) program, will be used to form two new natural cleaning operations in Grand Junction and Steamboat, with possible future expansion to other locations throughout the state. A centralized plant in each location will service a number of drop stores providing maximum neighborhood coverage and customer convenience.

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