Yes Virginia, There Are Angel Investors in the Southeast

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In what many call the worse economic times of a generation, early stage companies are finding the business capital they need to grow their businesses. Banks have yet to step up to the plate and release the strangle hold they have put on the growth of small business owners. Angel investors are realizing the historic opportunity before them to create great wealth by providing early stage venture capital financing to qualified entrepreneurs in order to bring innovation to market and create jobs. NBAI is leading the way by making 5 investments in emerging growth companies this year alone and many more have received capital as a result of the venture capital consulting services offered by LAUNCHfn.

NBAI is like a country club for investors. Wealthy men & women come to our Angel Investor Forum to see investment opportunities that aren't available to the general public.

Florida is a retirement haven and winter destination for the wealthy and business savvy investor. The Carolinas are gaining a foothold as a technology and biotech corridor for investors. Georgia is home to nearly 100,000 millionaires. Atlanta is rapidly becoming the capital for early stage venture capital financing and angel investing in the southeast with the combined efforts of two unique organizations. The Network of Business Angels & Investors (NBAI.net) is a membership group that provides a safe haven for new accredited investors and seasoned sophisticated investors to socialize and consider qualified vetted private investment opportunities. Launch Funding Network (http://LAUNCHfn.com) is a strategic advisory firm helping entrepreneurs master the art of raising capital and producing events that give stand out companies the opportunity to pitch their investment opportunity to motivated angel investors.

NBAI was honored to make Inc Magazine's 2009 list of the top angel investor networks titled Wingmen (and -Women) in the January issue. This is due to the determined efforts of the managing director, Karen Rands, to rebuild the 14 yr old organization after a slump following the dot.com collapse, and open it up to the high net worth individuals from all backgrounds and experiences. These investors come together most months to socialize with each other, get energized by the passion of the presenting entrepreneurs, to learn, collaborate and prosper. Karen says, "NBAI is like a country club for investors. Wealthy men & women come to our Angel Investor Forum to see investment opportunities that aren't available to the general public."

The next NBAI Investor Forum is scheduled for September 16th at 3:30 for check in and the all important meet & greet. As part of its membership drive initiative, first time attendees that are accredited investors can attend as a VIP guest. There are limited VIP tickets available through http://www.dothedeal.org or call 404-306-1240. If you miss this event, be sure to attend in October or November. First time visitors usually activate their membership before the next event.

LAUNCHfn continues to build upon their stellar reputation of coaching and cultivating entrepreneurs so they can effectively raise capital In the last 12 months, at least 5 companies have reported receiving capital directly and another 7 have reported receiving capital from other sources, but as a result of LAUNCHfn's strategic venture capital consulting advice, and mentoring. To hear other's experience in working with LAUNCHfn, please visit their testimonial page http://www.launchfn.com/id210.html .

Listen to hear from past presenters and angel investors who have attended the NBAI Investor Forums earlier this year http://kugarand.podomatic.com/entry/2009-02-15T06_29_09-08_00

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