The Initiative for Local Capital grew out of the Invest Local education series started by Milk Money in 2015. Over the years, we discovered a strong and growing desire among people from all walks of life to learn about how they can put their savings and investment dollars to work for themselves and their local economy by investing in local businesses. We created Local Cap to deepen and expand the educational programs and tools that will help increase the financial literacy of those wishing to invest their money where their hearts and homes are.
In addition to charitable giving, we can put our money to work for ourselves and our communities by investing in local entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Janice Shade, Founder
Seasoned social entrepreneur with 13 years experience creating local economic resiliency through for-profit and nonprofit ventures including Local First Vermont, TrueBody Products, Milk Money and the National Coalition for Community Capital.
Board Chair / Founder and Executive Director (retired), Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Co-founder and former executive director of VEIC. As a leader in energy efficiency and passive solar work for more than 40 years Beth has made it her life’s work to combat climate change, advocate for social justice, and create a progressive and flexible workplace.
Board Member / Attorney and Managing Member, Moulton Law Group
Representing businesses throughout the country, from small start-ups to nationally known venture-backed tech companies, Eli’s law practice involves providing sophisticated corporate legal advice across a wide spectrum of businesses and transactions.
Board Member / Director of Investment & Philanthropy, Vermont Community Loan Fund
As director of investment & philanthropy of Vermont Community Loan Fund, Jake is responsible for its fundraising, capitalization and communications strategies.
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The Initiative for Local Capital, PO Box 1135, Jericho Ctr, VT 05465