Category Archives: community capital

Celebrating the Creative Force Behind Impact Investing: Lawyers

The concepts of local and impact investing are easy for most people to embrace: what’s not to like about investing in places you love and businesses who are doing good in the world? But the methods of doing so require specialized knowledge of securities laws. That’s why lawyers may be the unsung heroes of impact […]

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Real Pickles: Anatomy of a Successful DPO

Long before the JOBS Act and state-specific laws legalized investment crowdfunding, there was the direct public offering, or DPO, a sort of do-it-yourself IPO. Kassandra Mayhew of Cutting Edge Capital recently talked to Real Pickles cofounder Addie Rose Holland (pictured at left) about how a DPO helped the Greenfield, MA company transition to a worker-owned […]

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In Oakland, Community-Owned Real Estate is Bucking Gentrification Trend

For two decades now, the building at the corner of 23rd and International avenues in east Oakland has been a community hub for people and organizations with few other places to go. In a neighborhood that is low-income and majority people of color—flanked to the east by the largely Latino/Hispanic Fruitvale district and to the […]

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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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ComCap16: Community Capital Redefines the Power of Place

Last week’s ComCap16 hosted in Portland, Oregon successfully brought together a couple hundred plus entrepreneurs, state securities experts, community advocates and economists, authors, investors, Native Americans and citizens to talk local investing. ComCap, short for community...

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Crashing and Burning: The Stock Market, Money, and You

When yields on the 10-year Treasury note fall below 2%, you know the final vestige of a “safe” investment on Wall Street has fallen. Is the shit hitting the fan and should you pay attention? We...

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Michael Shuman Gives Us the Facts on Local Economies

Any conversation about growing your local economy likely begins and ends with Michael Shuman. He is an internationally recognized expert on the topic—in fact, he wrote the book on the matter, or four to be exact. Michael Shuman is...

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SEC Move Could Determine the Fate of Intrastate Crowdfunding

Will this be the year that intrastate crowdfunding catches fire? The answer may depend upon the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is considering updates to a federal rule that underlies the vast majority of intrastate crowdfunding laws. After a public comment period ends on Monday, the agency will begin deliberating on changes that could make—or […]