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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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...
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...
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 […]