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How one company's unique way of raising money is getting them the capital they need to grow their business

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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Name and age: Mark McCain, 36

Company and description:Three Lakes Winery is a fruit and berry winery in Three Lakes, Wisconsin.

2000 sales: $700,000

No. of employees: Six full-timers, six part-timers

Amount of capital raised: $160,000 projected

We'll drink to that: It isn't every company that can sell bonds and pay interest with inventory. But when Mark McCain figured out he could do just that with his winery-pay interest in bottles of wine on $1,000 bonds-he seized the opportunity to raise capital to pay down debt and expand the business. "We're just not big enough for our stock to be really attractive to serious investors at this point," he says. By paying out of inventory, McCain's effective interest rate is about one-quarter of the standard.

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