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Venture capital secured, new plant on the way for biochem company

As readers of this blog may know, starting up a business can be complicated for those not familiar with business law. There is a virtual mountain of paperwork and process. Then there is the venture capital you'll need to fund the start-up. Add to the mix the many legal requirements for initiating a business, and it's easy to see why the entire process can at times seem overwhelming. Additionally, starting a business often requires much more than just a good idea; it requires a lot of funding.

With that in mind, Colorado residents may be interested in the story of ZeaChem Incorporated, which was recently the recipient of $19 million in financing. The financing for the biochemical company came from Birchmere Venturres. ZeaChem had already secured funds from investors like Firelake Capital Management LLC, Globespan Capital Partners, PrairieGold and others.

Reportedly, with funds in place, the company expects to begin operations of its first plant before the end of 2011. The plant is a 250,000 gallon-per-year facility located in Boardman, Oregon, and ZeaChem is based out of Lakewood, Colorado. Additionally, the company has announced the appointment of two independent members to its board. The seven-person board of directors now includes a former chairman of BP's United States unit, and a former president of TPC group. Without doubt, the launch of the new plant has required some intricate planning and deal-making.

If a successful business is your goal, and large sums of money are needed, it is important to make an extremely persuasive appeal to investors. Moreover, starting up a business in Colorado requires experience and skill with a complicated web of laws. To help navigate every aspect of acquiring funding, often the best decision is to seek a qualified Colorado business attorney. If you provide the good idea, legal consultation can help secure the necessary venture capital and propel a business on its way to profit.

Source:, "ZeaChem Gets $19 Million to Develop Biofuels- Biochemicals," Andrew Herndon, Oct. 26, 2011

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