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Operational Assistance

In addition to equity investments, the Southern Appalachian Fund (SAF) can provide operational assistance (OA) to its actual and potential portfolio companies at no cost to those companies. SAF’s OA program is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual company.

OA services can include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Writing or assisting in the preparation of business plan
  • Legal assistance relating to business formation or reorganization (but not litigation)
  • Recruitment of executives
  • Creation of Internet capability
  • Engineering or other technical services to create or enhance production or distribution of products or services
  • Creation of customized accounting or information systems
  • Active participation in negotiation with financial institutions (debt)

Companies interested in receiving an investment from SAF should give serious thought to the types of professional assistance they most need.

SAF’s OA is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) (Grant # SBAHQ-03-G-0005). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.