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Learn to be a (Better) Angel Investor Workshop Offered in July by Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen, in Partnership with Launch Funding Network (LAUNCHfn) & NBA&I

Industry experts will be on deck to teach millionaires how to mitigate risk and take advantage of new tax incentives for investing in startup and early stage high growth companies in this day long free investor seminar on July 15 in Atlanta, GA: How to be a "better" Angel Investor.

Atlanta, GA, June 29, 2010 --( “How to Become a ‘Better’ Angel Investor” is the topic of a July 15 luncheon seminar and program that will instruct on how to invest in private companies. Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen, L.L.P, Launch Funding Network, and the Network of Business Angels and Investors are co-sponsors of the program and have an interest in bringing a better understanding of private investment to those who would like to invest in emerging Atlanta-based companies.

The free seminar luncheon will be followed by an afternoon of company presentations made by early stage companies seeking investors to support their company’s growth.

Karen Rands, president of Launch Funding Network, describes the event as an invitation to affluent Atlantans to support the growth of business and jobs in the local market. “We’re looking to get Atlanta at the forefront of cities emerging from the recession. To do that, we need job creation. Experience tells us this comes from growth in new and small businesses.”

According to Mac Smith of Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen, “Many people aren’t familiar with the opportunities that are available in the small & emerging business community. This seminar will be a way for them to start learning about what opportunities are out there and how they might be able to take advantage of them.”

The July 15th seminar is open to the public and information can be obtained on the Launch Funding Network website ( Seating is limited so individuals wishing to attend should RSVP as soon as possible. Speakers include top Atlanta industry experts in Alternative Investments and Angel Investments: David Campanella & Dexter Caffey of The Caffey Investment Group, Allen Johnson as an experienced private investor, Mac Smith of GH&I, and Michael Horton as a private investor and legal counsel of Horton, LLP.

Topics to be covered in the seminar include: Due Diligence, Tips to Reduce Risk in Angel Investing, Making Alternative Investments Part of Your Asset Allocation to Maximize Wealth Creation, Minimizing the Tax Impact of Large ROI on Angel Investments, Tax programs to Encourage Private Investment, Understanding Term Sheets, Private Placement Memorandums, and the Risks and Rewards of Investing in Different Corporate Structures.

About GH&I
Founded in 1980, Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen LLP (GH&I) is a full-service accounting, audit, business advisory, tax and financial services provider serving a broad spectrum of middle-market clients, including corporations and closely-held businesses as well as partnerships, startup companies, joint ventures, estates, trusts, nonprofit organizations and high net worth individuals. GH&I is one of the ten largest locally-based CPA firms in Atlanta, and has been rated among the Best of the Best nationally by Bowman’s Accounting Report and INSIDE Public Accounting. For more information, visit

About LAUNCHfn
Launch Funding Network (LAUNCHfn) is a strategic advisory firm for entrepreneurs seeking private investment capital. LAUNCHfn provides coaching and preparatory services and assistance in developing capital strategies for companies from startup to expansion. Since inception in 2004 LAUNCHfn has attracted over $30 Million in private investment capital and alternative financing for its clients. For more information please visit

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