BALLE’s Rodney Foxworth Wants to Deepen Support For ‘Boundary Pushers’

The local economy movement in multi-faceted. But throughout its evolution, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—BALLE for short—has been its spiritual center and guiding force. Seventeen years after it was founded to advance the ‘buy local’ and Main Street agenda, the nonprofit is entering a new phase. Under the leadership of Rodney Foxworth, a […]

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BALLE’s Rodney Foxworth Wants to Deepen Support For ‘Boundary Pushers’

The local economy movement in multi-faceted. But throughout its evolution, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—BALLE for short—has been its spiritual center and guiding force. Seventeen years after it was founded to advance the ‘buy local’ and Main Street agenda, the nonprofit is entering a new phase. Under the leadership of Rodney Foxworth, a […]

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How the New ‘Opportunity Zone’ Incentives Can Work in Your Community

Tucked into the sprawling 2017 tax law was a provision for the creation of  “Opportunity Zones” that offer investor tax incentives intended to draw long-term investment to struggling areas of the country. While not specifically designed for community capital and everyday investors, Brian Beckon of Cutting Edge Capital lays out three ways to create opportunity […]

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Regulators Zero in on Brave New World of Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC has spoken: ICOs are securities and should be regulated like them. In a wide-ranging hearing convened by the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, the heads of the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission gave their opinions of cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), blockchain and their regulatory oversight—or lack thereof, […]

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Grameen America Launches New Impact Investing Fund

Microlender Grameen America is upping its game in impact investing. The U.S.-based microfinance organization marked its ten-year anniversary last month by announcing a new $11 million impact investing fund, the first in what it said will be a series of new funds. Called the Social Business Fund, it’s aimed at providing additional money to women entrepreneurs […]

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Honeycomb Brings Crowdfunding to Pittsburgh’s Local Businesses

What happens when a sixth generation community banker and a small business entrepreneur meet in business school? They create a crowdfunding portal, naturally. But one that is laser focused on small but growing local businesses. That’s the backstory of Honeycomb Credit, the latest Regulation Crowdfunding portal to launch. We talked with Honeycomb cofounder & CFO […]

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Honeycomb Brings Crowdfunding to Pittsburgh’s Local Businesses

What happens when a sixth generation community banker and a small business entrepreneur meet in business school? They create a crowdfunding portal, naturally. But one that is laser focused on small but growing local businesses. That’s the backstory of Honeycomb Credit, the latest Regulation Crowdfunding portal to launch. We talked with Honeycomb cofounder & CFO […]

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Community Foundations Go All-In on Place-Based Investing

Two years ago, Baltimore Community Foundation was working to build race equity into its selection process for investment managers when a question was raised. “We asked, ‘Why are we not considering local impact investing that could specifically address race equity and lack of access to capital for communities that have been shut out of wealth […]

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Community Foundations Go All-In on Place-Based Investing

Two years ago, Baltimore Community Foundation was working to build race equity into its selection process for investment managers when a question was raised. “We asked, ‘Why are we not considering local impact investing that could specifically address race equity and lack of access to capital for communities that have been shut out of wealth […]

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Colorado’s Intrastate Crowdfunding Law Begins to Take Hold

Colorado is a hotbed of entrepreneurship, with a vibrant mix of startups creating everything from natural food brands to financial tech. So it’s been puzzling to see the state’s crowdfunding efforts take so long to gain traction. The Colorado Crowdfunding Act was passed in March 2015 and went into effect August 2015. It allows local […]

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