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Want to be an Angel Investor?

Are you at a stage in your life/business where you want to give back?  Where you want to share your talent, your time and your treasure? If your answer is yes– have you considered becoming an Angel Investor?

There are many business owners and want-to-be-business owners — women especially— who don’t and won’t qualify for traditional bank loans.  Maybe you were in that position when you started your business?  You probably don’t have to look far to find a business owner who could use your help. Think about your vendors.  Is there anyone who stands out that could use your help? How about that recent college graduate who you know is talented and who can’t find a job?  Would she make a great entrepreneur?

Yes, there is a process to becoming a legitimate Angel Investor and yes, you should get accredited.  The good news is that it’s not that difficult and there are ways to protect you and your investments that you can (and should) put in place as you are exploring the idea.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Get accredited.  There are lots of resources that explain the accreditation process.  A simple google search will get you started.  I found this site to be very helpful: https://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/
  2. Find and more importantly, join Angel Groups.  Connect with other Angel Investors based on demographics, trades, industries and/or investment levels.
  3. Follow your passion.  Do you have a particular talent or expertise?  Do you want to do more than mentor entrepreneurs in your field?  Or, have you always had a passion that you now want to explore more deeply?  For example, are you interested in social enterprises?  Sustainability? Art and creativity?  Working in the developing world? Following your passion will open doors, not only for you, but to entrepreneurs who need your help.
  4. Be strategic.  Investments are often long term propositions and there is always some measure of risk.  Be strategic as you explore this topic.  Knowing how much you want to invest of your time, talent and treasure given the risks and rewards is key to your success.  The good news is that once you meet the accreditation requirements you are free to set your own agenda!

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Nancy Allen

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G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.




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