CVF and California State University, Fresno co-host 7th Annual Central Valley Venture Forum in Fresno

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The seventh edition delivered diverse topics of interest to entrepreneurs, business owners, the banking community, angel investors, venture capitalists, and private equity funds from the Central Valley region and throughout California.

Among the main topics, the event offered a Hispanic Business Success Panel, which recognized successful Central Valley Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners discussing diverse subjects relating to how they have achieved their success. In addition, the panel shared their view on future opportunities related to current Hispanic demographics in the U.S. and exporting their products to Mexico and Asia.

A panel of three experienced investors included Ed McNulty, Principal at the Central Valley Fund, who discussed and answered questions on how to raise investment capital and relate to the investment community. The panel presented how businesses in different growth stages have different capital needs allowing venture capital, private equity funds, and investment banks to play their different roles in the financial markets ecosystem.

The event’s Keynote Speakers, CalPERS Board of Administration Member Tony Oliveira and California State Controller John Chiang, talked about the state of California’s economy and answered a diverse set of questions from attendees.

Finally, the Forum hosted its annual highlight, the “Valley Entrepreneur Showcase Competition”, where a group of entrepreneurs presented their business project to an experienced panel of judges. This year’s competition winner was Amalia’s Cocina, a Fresno based startup looking to expand the market presence of its homemade style, healthy Mexican salsa assortments.

The Forum was attended by over 200 individuals along with local media and has become a mainstay of the local business community in the San Joaquin Valley. CVF is looking forward to co-hosting next year’s event.

For more information and to obtain media coverage, please visit the following links:  – The Central Valley Venture Forum’s official website … – Channel 21 Univisión (español), November 3, 2011. … – The Business Journal (Fresno), November 4, 2011 … – channel 26, Fresno, November 3, 2011  – Channel 30, Fresno, November 4, 2011