Why Do Individuals and Businesses Join KAAPA
THERE are several reasons to join, however the primary one is . . .
KAAPA’s goal to enhance the “bottom line” of its members by supporting projects related to the very
industry from which the majority of the members make their living — agriculture.
Additionally your benefits are:
1. Diversification of assets: The old saying ‘don’t put all of your eggs in one basket’ certainly has its roots in agriculture and is as true today as it ever was. A key to financial stability is diversification and KAAPA can offer that by providing you the opportunity to invest in various projects and private companies.
2. Exposure to private offerings: The Securities and Exchange Commission restricts public promotion of private offerings, so most people never hear about these types of investment opportunities. You will as a qualified KAAPA member.
3. Pool of investors with similar philosophies and Mid-West values: Over 90% of KAAPA’s members are actively engaged in agriculture. . . they understand hard work, expect ethical conduct, and a common sense approach . . . there is a stronger sense of understanding and camaraderie in a group with similar backgrounds.
4. Decision making is more closely aligned with the thoughts of the investors: Sharing similar backgrounds and philosophies means the leadership’s decision-making is more aligned with the expectations of its members; KAAPA generally supports projects that are owned by many rather than just a few. As a simple example; we don’t establish high share prices in an offering as that often limits participation to only a few members, rather we establish investment share prices at lower amounts so any qualifying member can invest in a project.
5. Transparency and disclosure of information: KAAPA keeps its members fully informed of business changes, new developments, and other factors of influence.
6. Potential participation in projects by producing the product or input: Whether it be the corn that is processed into ethanol, or the corn stalks that provide fiber for fabrics, or a high-value specialty crop, KAAPA members are in an excellent position to actually benefit by providing the input for a chosen project.
Did you know?
KAAPA is one of a only handful of economic development groups in the nation focused specifically on value-added agriculture, and has one of the largest pools of qualified angel investors in the nation.
What does it cost?
Dues are $250 annually. Our membership dues are invoiced in November and payable by February 1 of the following year so you can decide whether to deduct the expense in the the current calendar year or the next.
What are my dues used for?
Your $250 annual membership is commingled with all of the membership dues income from the approximately 500 KAAPA members. These monies become the core operating fund for KAAPA covering not only administrative expenses such as an office, phones, and postage, but also covering staff wages, due diligence activities, legal fees, early stage project development expenses, and consulting or other professional fees. As well, it is the membership dues that provide the matching funds required by the grants that are awarded to KAAPA. To date, KAAPA has been able to leverage your membership dues into nearly double the value because of such grants and other financial support.
It’s a great time to join KAAPA !