Angel investors, venture capitalists and attorneys will be participating in the next Ben Craig seminar on Nov. 13 titled “Obtaining Non-Traditional Financing.”

Tehseen Ali, president of Verian Technologies, will share his experience in gaining venture capital investment. Verian Technologies received a $13 million investment from a venture capital firm in California. Ali will share the highs and lows of the 30 months that followed the funding event and share his views on taking non-traditional financing.

Fred Stubblefield, business owner and angel investor, will discuss his views on angel investment. Stubblefield has made multiple investments in early stage companies. He will discuss how he identifies and selects investment opportunities, makes funds available to the companies in which he invests, terms of the investment and how active he becomes with the management team.

Michael Ramich, principal at Frontier Capital, will describe the characteristics of venture capital investment. In addition, Ramich will discuss how he looks for new investment opportunities, common characteristics of opportunities selected for investment, valuation calculations, deal structure, exit strategies, desired returns and control issues.

Joseph Alala, president and CEO of Capital South Partners, will review the use of subordinated debt in management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, as well as for growth and expansion capital or bridge financing. Alala will discuss why certain investment opportunities match their investment criteria and others don’t. A brief overview of deal structure, the use of warrants, expected rates of return and exit strategy will also be presented.

Ben Yarbrough, partner with Kennedy Covington Attorneys at Law, will provide participants with feedback on legal issues commonly involved with accepting angel, venture and subordinated debt financing. Handling a key tradeoff for most entrepreneurs will be discussed in detail. Yarbrough will also describe the common accounting and legal fees that are associated with angel, venture and subordinated debt investments.

Register online for the seminar, which will be held at the Ben Craig Center in Charlotte from 8 AM to 1 PM. It is co-sponsored by the Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council (MEC).

MEC: www.mec.org