October 9th at UNC-Asheville

October 10th at Lenoir-Rhyne University








Brief Description (See Full Press Release)

On October 9th and 10th, the 2017 “Show Me the Money Conference + Funding Expo” will serve thought leaders from across the Southeast in the heart of Downtown Asheville. The two-day event will provide attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure funding for their businesses, non-profits, or community development projects.

The Conference, Funding Expo, and Networking Reception will take place on October 9th at the UNC-Asheville Sherrill Center and Kimmel Arena. At the Day 1 Conference, there will be two nationally renowned keynotes, 50+ expert trainers, and 5 track topics for businesses and non-profits. We anticipate 50+ organizations participating in the Funding Expo and 250+ conference attendees.

During the final breakout session under the “Investor Ready” Track, there will be a Pitch Competition between the selected five high-growth applicants for a top award of $25,000 in cash and prizes. The Competition will be judged by 8 Equity Capital Leaders and will be held from 3:15-4:30 on October 9th. Full list of Prizes can be found at

1) Catalyzing the Life Science Innovation Sector
2) Financing Agribusiness and the Local Food System
3) Funding Tech Ecosystems and Community Infrastructure

Immediately following on October 10th, there will be optional intensive workshops offered at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies and Asheville Chamber of Commerce. The Workshops will present attendees with hands-on, deep dive training around the five track topics;

  1. “Start-Up Funding Application Workshop,” taught by Annie Price and Jodi Rhoden of Bird’s Eye Business Planning; and Christopher Murrey of Mountain BizWorks
  2. “Expansion Funding Application Workshop,” taught by Sandra Dennison of SBTDC and Tommy Dennison of PNC Bank
  3. “Building an Investor-Ready Pitch,” taught by Stephen Poland of 1x1 Media
  4. “Competitive Grant Writing,” taught by Mark Goldstein of Communication Mark
  5. “2017 Community Reinvestment Act,” taught by Jeanne Milliken Bonds of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, in partnership with FDIC and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Seating is limited. Register by visiting the event website at

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