Category Archives: local investing

Four Recent Reports Shed Light on the State of Impact Investing

Having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in the world of impact investing? Allow us to help. We dove into the weeds of four of the field’s most notable recent studies, extracting the most interesting findings for you. Some of the key themes involve the mainstreaming of impact investing, the vital role that women […]

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A Milestone For Oregon’s Community Public Offering

Judy Goodman has always been a trailblazer of sorts—you have to be, working as a research biologist, artist, yurt builder and chocolatier in the mountainous interiors of the Pacific Northwest, as she has. That rugged lifestyle—and many hours spent hiking, camping and skiing with her family— led to her latest venture: BGood Bars, which makes […]

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Is it Time to Finally Change Your Bank?

Is this the year to finally change your bank? As the stock market reaches giddy new highs, it’s worth noting that it was just 10 years ago that a mortgage bubble and risky behavior fueled by the nation’s largest banks brought the economy to its knees. That experience—along with a backlash against the high, often […]

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North Carolina Forges Ahead With Intrastate Crowdfunding

It might have seemed like an April Fool’s Day joke, but, after four years of stop and go efforts, North Carolina’s intrastate crowdfunding law finally went live on April 1st. To date, 33 states and the District of Columbia have adopted local crowdfunding rules. But North Carolina’s law breaks new ground by creating a flexible […]

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Can Tax Incentives Jumpstart the JOBS Act?

Investing in local businesses, rather than in publicly traded corporations, is an idea generating interest globally. But until recently, that was hard to do in the U.S., thanks to federal and state laws that have impeded such investments by average citizens. The JOBS Act, passed in 2012 and fully implemented last May, has lowered many […]

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What Do Financial Advisors Have Against Local Investing?

I was on a panel earlier this year at the ComCap conference in Portland, discussing how my colleagues and I manage to do what other financial advisors seem incapable, unwilling, or downright frightened to do. Audience members recounted tales of bringing this taboo investment subject up to their financial advisors, only to be rebuked, scolded, […]

How Crowdfunding Opened Doors and Follow-on Funding for a Healthy Food Market

On a busy stretch of Southwest Los Angeles known as the El Salvador Community Corridor, the cheery green and orange facade of With Love Market & Cafe stands out like a beacon. Since it opened last spring in a neighborhood dotted with schools and auto body shops, With Love has become more than a grocery […]

Agrarian Ales’ Success: Q&A with Ben Tilley

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...

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Our First #ComCapChat – March 18th 2016

On March 18th, we held our first #ComCapChat on twitter. Our very own ComCap16 Twitter account, @ComCapCon, hosted, engaging speakers, attendees and interested Twitter users with an interactive Q & A focusing on impact investing, community...

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BDCs: An Untapped Tool for Local Investing?

Take a look at this Presidential signing statement: “This new law will facilitate the financing of small businesses by providing needed reform of the Federal securities laws. Small businesses are essential to economic growth and to innovation. No effort is more difficult for small businesses or more crucial to their success than raising investment capital. This […]