Increasingly, food-based businesses are seen as key solutions to solve our social and environmental problems, and yet entrepreneurs report a surprising lack of access to money to help them get started or grow. Raising Dough is an unprecedented guide that provides social entrepreneurs — as well as their potential supporters — the tools necessary to enable more of these businesses to launch and thrive. Social-finance expert Elizabeth Ü explains what every budding entrepreneur should do even before they begin asking for money, including choosing an appropriate ownership model. She covers a wide range of possible funding sources, from traditional public and institutional grant and loan programs to cutting-edge, community crowdfunding models. Case studies detailed throughout Raising Dough serve as a real-life guide for business owners and investors. Additionally, the book includes an extensive resource section of business planning and membership networks, funding sources and more. Copyright 2013, softcover, 288 pages.