I Had $100 Million in 3 Phone Calls

IWith this one investor I realized I had some of the smartest money in the country enthusiastically behind me.

I started calling other connections. I had $100 million lined up in three phone calls.

I was back in the Governor’s office for a final meeting. Our part of the deal was done; we needed $1.8 million to manage the infrastructure necessary to connect the $100 million with women entrepreneurs.

"Kim Lavine is inspiring." First Gentleman Dan Mulhern with Governor Jennifer Granholm

"Kim Lavine is inspiring." First Gentleman Dan Mulhern with Governor Jennifer Granholm

The Governor’s staff rushed from the capital building across the street to our meeting. The grounds were covered with news trucks running live satellite feeds from every station in the state. There was bare-knuckled debate going on on the floor as the national economic crisis was creating catastrophic budget shortfalls for states dealing with historic levels of unemployment, foreclosures, corporate bankruptcies and bail-outs.

The writing was on the wall: Governor Granholm was a lame duck, budgets were being slashed, and Lansing was embroiled in all-out partisan infighting.

This deal was dead but I wasn’t about to let my dream die.