The Rural Development office in the US Department of Agriculture has featured a story on our work in Eastern Oregon with Judy Goodman of BGood Bars, part of our entrepreneurial ecosystem development in Northeast Oregon, which also included the development of HatchLab Baker.
It’s small business week and we’ve got one thing on our mind…
You can’t tend a garden without water and you can’t tend a business without capital.
Up until recently, only the wealthiest among us were allowed to invest in businesses. Imagine a law that said “only 2% are responsible enough to water their own garden. Everyone else has to go through a gardening broker.
That’s basically where we’ve been since 1933. This has had a HUGE impact on the types of businesses that get funded.
Ever wonder why so many VC-backed businesses are run by rich white men? Its because they’re already in the room where deals happen.
If you’re a business seeking capital, consider raising money from your community. And if you’re an Oregonian looking to support a vibrant and diverse local economy, invest in your neighbors.
Let’s. Make. It. RAIN.
“There’s been a lot of press about the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and its opening up of equity crowdfunding to unaccredited investors. What’s received less attention is intrastate crowdfunding–platforms that, as the name suggests, allow small investors to put their money into local businesses, opening up a new source of funding for social enterprises and other startups…”
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Raising money from your community takes a different approach.
Some of you may have heard of our InvestOR Ready Accelerator, a program designed to prepare entrepreneurs for a community public offering. The truth is, it could more aptly be called a ‘slow’erator. While it jumpstarts some things for entrepreneurs, it reveals other things that need to be examined more closely—such as financial projections, planning your market strategy, and how much money you really need. Many of the entrepreneurs we have worked with come into the program feeling confident about their business plans, but they often realize they’re not quite ready as they thought.
The crowd comes first.
Keep it simple.
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Lex Lavatai (they/them), Lisa Ramirez (she/her), and Klyde Burg (he/him) discuss queerness, definitions, and gender identity.
From a space of common understanding and good will, three queer people dissect aspects of the hetero-normative culture and its language and history. They go on to discuss Two Tongues, a clothing and apparel store dedicated to the needs and preferences of the LGTBQ community in Portland, Oregon. Lisa, the founder of Two Tongues, describes how this innovative new store model will relieve the stress of the shopping experience for the LGTBQ community and educate its allies.
Founder, Two Tongues
Lisa is an ardent, young entrepreneur who recently completed Hatch Oregon’s CPO InvestOR Ready Accelerator program. She has a passion for diversity, inclusion, individuality and art which are the driving factors for her new business, Two Tongues— an apparel and accessories store dedicated to serving the needs and preferences of the LGBT community. Two Tongues is the first apparel store in Oregon to curate clothing specifically for the queer and trans community. www.twotonguespdx.com
In the past ten years, Lisa has worked in local and international art galleries as a director, co-curator, and artist representative in Portland, OR. She and her wife, Erica, run a community organization called Dyke Hike that has nearly 1000 members and hosts monthly hiking trips and social events around Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge. She’s a true philanthropist and community advocate and is eager to spread the word about community investing!
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- The definition of cisgender
- How to talk to people about their gender identity. “Are you a biologist? Are you a detective?”
- Why someone would wear a belt buckle with “faggot” on it
- That the pronoun “she” did not exist until the 12th century
- What you should do if you have grammatical issues with the use of the singular “they”
- What happened to the “ze” pronoun
- The problem with categorizing clothes as “womenswear” and “menswear”
- All about Two Tongues and why it was founded
- The definition of non-binary
- That over 50% of Gen-Z kids know a person who is non-binary
- Why it’d be great to see a… straight, cis-man strolling down the street in a sundress.
- The definition of an ally
- The issues with phrases like: “chosen name” and “preferred pronouns”
- That if you don’t know someones gender, don’t assign them one
- And some good advice: keep your heart in the right spot, and always Google
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The following is an interview with Ben Tilley of Agrarian Ales, conducted by Rebecca Shenton, Hatch’s communications fellow. Agrarian Ales was the second company in Oregon, after Red Wagon Creamery, to complete their maximum raise by...
Future Entrepreneurs If you ask the average person whether or not they’re an investor, they’ll probably look at you confusedly, and they might mention that they have an E*Trade account. By the time most people are...
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