9th Annual Central Valley Venture Forum

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Register now for the 9th Annual Central Valley Venture Forum on Thursday, November 6, 2014 hosted by the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State and the Central Valley Fund.


3rd Annual California Food & Ag Summit

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual California Food & Ag Summit on Friday, November 21, 2014 hosted by PwC, Central Valley Fund, and Rabobank.

This conference is an exclusive (invitation-only) forum for owners, executives, and senior management of companies in Food and Agricultural sectors including growers, processors, distributors, and suppliers across California.


About CVF

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The Central Valley Fund (“CVF”) was established to provide private capital for small to mid-sized businesses.  With a broad focus across the western United States, and target area in California’s Central Valley, CVF’s capital is used to finance later stage growth and expansion, strategic acquisitions, ownership transitions, and recapitalizations. CVF provides subordinated debt or preferred equity, the layer of a company’s capital structure between senior debt and common equity, often referred to as mezzanine capital.

For companies with a track record of profitability that cannot obtain desired levels of bank financing, raising mezzanine capital is frequently a superior alternative to raising additional common equity. Mezzanine capital is attractive to business owners because it is typically less dilutive than common equity, frequently enabling existing owners to maintain significant ownership. CVF mezzanine investments are specifically structured to accommodate the specific needs of the business. The Fund provides all portfolio companies with local personal attention—a rarity in the consolidating marketplace. We focus on growing firms across the western U.S. with at least $1 million in cash flow. Our target investment is between $2 million – $10 million. The Central Valley Fund’s principals have extensive private equity investing experience and have also built and managed successful businesses.

In addition to our private equity and business knowledge, CVF has extensive experience in the Hispanic markets in both the United States and México.  Relationships with Nacional Financiera (México’s economic development bank), ProMéxico (a part of México’s Secretary of the Economy), Fondo de Fondos, and numerous Hispanic-managed businesses provide CVF the needed expertise to navigate the growing Hispanic marketplace.  Hispanics are currently the fastest growing demographic in California and the western United States, and comprise more than 40 percent of the population of the Central Valley. As such, CVF is committed to expanding outreach to the Hispanic community and other underserved markets across the western U.S.  We understand small business and can assist you in achieving your financing objectives.