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EnviRelation Wins Business Plan Competition, Secures $100,000 Investment via the District’s CAPCO Program

EnviRelation will be expanding its business with the $100,000 investment it was awarded from winning the DC Business Plan Competition:

EnviRelation, a District-based environmentally sustainable food composter and winner of the 2010 Washington, DC Business Plan Competition, today secured an investment of $50,000 from Advantage Capital Partners and $50,000 from Enhanced Capital Partners via the District’s CAPCO Program. These funds will be used to expand this young business and position it for future growth.

“We appreciate the recognition and support that this investment brings to our innovative company. This exciting opportunity to grow our business would not have occurred but for the Washington, DC Business Plan Competition and the District’s small business investment tax credit program, known as CAPCO,” said Walker Lunn, Founder and CEO of EnviRelation. Lunn continued, “Working capital from commercial banks is not readily accessible for small but fast-growing companies like ours, and the District is fortunate to have a CAPCO program that it is specifically designed to provide access to capital to District-based businesses in need of funds to grow.”

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Defunct Investment Program for Fledgling Firms Paid Off in Big Way

Wisconsin’s CAPCO program expired in 2009, but it provided excellent job growth:

A program that used state tax credits to invest in promising Wisconsin technology businesses has paid for itself several times over, according to a study by Donald Nichols, UW-Madison emeritus professor of economics and public affairs.

TomoTherapy, Virent Energy Systems, Alfalight and Cellectar are among the Madison companies boosted by the program, called Wisconsin Certified Capital Companies, or CAPCOs.

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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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The $100,000 Business Plan Competition Kick-Off Event

On April 6th, Advantage Capital Partners and Enhanced Capital Partners hosted the Business Plan Competition kick-off event in DC:

The Office of the Deputy Mayor and the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) in collaboration with Advantage Capital Partners and Enhanced Capital Partners will kick off its $100,000 Business Plan Competition on April 6 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s office located at 1495 F Street, NW.

In its second year, this competition will award $100,000 of investment capital through the District’s Certified Capital Companies (“CAPCO”) Programto one winner.  In addition to the investment capital, the winner will also receive $10,000 worth of legal consultation from Venable LLP. 

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Local Coworking Venture Wins $100,000 Business Plan Competition

The 2010 Business Plan Competition was announced today.  Here are details on last year’s winner:

Adams Morgan based Affinity Lab, a business cowork venture, took first place yesterday in a business plan competition qualifying for $100,000 in investment in a tight four-way competition staged at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP).

“We saw four great presentations yesterday,” says Steve Moore, President and CEO of the WDCEP. “These business concepts were very exciting, but Affinity Lab stood out as the new thing. They capture what is happening now in the incubation of small businesses. Without fail, when they are done telling you what they do, people say ‘I want to be a part of that.'”

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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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Affinity Lab Wins Premier Plan Business Competition

Enhanced Capital Partners and Advantage Capital Partners, DC CAPCO investment firms, awarded the winner of the PremierPlan business plan competition, Affinity Lab, $100,000:

Enhanced Capital, a national private investment firm participating in the District’s CAPCO program, is happy to announce that Affinity Lab is the winner of the 1st Annual PremierPlan business plan competition. Enhanced Capital, in conjunction with Advantage Capital Partners, awarded Affinity Lab with a $100,000 check at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) 2009 Small Business Awards and PremierPlan Business Plan Competition dinner.

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Enhanced Capital Awarded a $60,000,000 Allocation Under The Federal New Markets Tax Credit Progam

 Enhanced Community Development, LLC will provide loans and equity investments to businesses in underserved areas thanks to this $60 million allocation:

The United States Department of the Treasury announced today that Enhanced Community Development, LLC has been selected to receive a $60,000,000 allocation under the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Enhanced Community Development, LLC is a subsidiary of Enhanced Capital Partners, Inc. It will principally use its tax credits to provide loans and equity investments to businesses, including not-for-profit organizations, located in low-income communities in New Orleans, New York State and the District of Columbia.

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D.C.’s $50M Venture Fund Exceeds Investment Target

The DC CAPCO program has exceeded expectations and Advantage Capital Partners, Enhanced Capital Partners and Wilshire DC Partners continue to invest in start-up companies:

The District’s CAPCO program, a $50 million venture fund dedicated to Washington-based startup companies, has invested nearly $14 million in 11 companies since the program’s launch 18 months ago. While the program has far exceeded its initial goal of investing 20 percent by May 2007, it has only added one new company to the CAPCO portfolio in the last six months.

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DC CAPCO Program | Advantage Capital Invests in Washington, D.C. Bank

Through the Washington, DC CAPCO program, Advantage Capital Partners was able to invest $500,000 in NuAmerica Bank:

Advantage Capital Partners, a leading investor in the Washington, D.C., Certified Capital Companies (CAPCO) program, has invested $500,000 in NuAmerica Bank, a proposed community bank that seeks to provide banking services to small businesses and professionals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Advantage Capital is the first institution to invest in NuAmerica’s initial fundraising round, which aims to secure $20 million in capital this year.

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