Angels are key players on our economic recovery team

People you will meet and hear from at AZEC10

It’s a busy time as we prepare for AZEC10: The Great Reset on November 17th,  As I’ve been chatting  with sponsors, attendees and our fabulous line up of speakers, I have been giving lots of thought to the components needed to get our economic engine firing on all cylinders again. On Saturday, I had the opportunity to share some thoughts on what it will take to get our economy growing again with ABC15’s Angie Holdsworth.

Joan Koerber-Walker shares thoughts on the Key role of Angel nvestors (ABC15)

Research from both the Kauffman Foundation and the Edward Lowe Foundation supports what many of us in the entrepreneurial community have learned first hand.  The greatest growth in net new jobs comes from early stage and second stage companies.

So if we need early stage companies to create more jobs.  What do they need to get the job done?

The answer in many cases is access to capital.  And a key source of capital for companies in this stage of growth is the Angel Investor community.

You can find Angie Holdsworth’s original story and the video here at Angie shares her take on our conversation as well as some front-line Angel perspective from  Morris Callaman, a successful angel investor and founder of Callaman Ventures.

Join us at AZEC10 for a Gathering of Angels

The best way to work with angels is to get to know them.  This year at AZEC10 we have some great opportunities with our Angel Panel – always an AZEC10 favorite.  This year’s panel is moderated by Morris Callaman of Callaman Ventures and includes Rick Gibson of Hot Ventures, Paul Winandy, executive director of  ATIF, Curtis Gunn, chairman of the Desert Angels, and Dave Bittner of Beanstalk CFO and Invest Southwest 2010.

In addition, you will not want to miss hearing from Dave McClure, founder of the new SuperAngel/VC fund 500 Startups. Dave travels all over the world looking for ideas and deals.

So if you want to help reset our economy and grow your business, you might want to fly with the angels.  You will find them in he audience and on the stage at AZEC10 on November 17, 2010.  I’ll be there.  Will you?

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned…

…there will be more entrepreneurial profiles and AZEC10 behind the scenes glimpses between now and AZEC10. If you have not registered for AZEC10 yet, use discount code PhxBiz and save 10% off the ATTENDEE ticket price.

Joan Koerber-Walker

Note:  Joan Koerber Walker serves as Chairman of the Board of The Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship foundation,which is the host organization and sole beneficiary of AZEC10.  To learn more about OTEF, visit

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