New Year’s Resolution for Small Business Owners; Find Innovative Ways to Raise Business Capital

Written by allroads. Posted in Funding/Lending

Counting change for funding business
Are you familiar with the term “pre-bankable”? Many business fall into this category, meaning that either they haven’t been in business long enough to qualify for traditional bank financing, or they can’t qualify because of bank underwriting requirements. It’s no secret that banks have not been a source for small business lending for some time now, and unfortunately, change isn’t just around the corner for many deserving businesses.

Why Did Home Depot Go To Silicon Valley?

Written by Gene Wright. Posted in Gene Wright

Thanks to shows like Shark Tank, the concept of publicly pairing entrepreneurs to investors is now a mainstream concept, piquing the interest of many Americans.

At one time, pitching a new business idea to a group of investors was an alternate option to traditional funding that made raising capital possible for the average entrepreneur. Today, thanks to the democratic nature of the Internet, there are more options and fewer barriers than ever before.

JOBS Act Progress Still Stalled. What’s Going On, McHenry?!

Written by Gene Wright. Posted in Uncategorized

Earlier this year, a California-based company raised $750,000 through debt and equity crowdfunding when the owner took advantage of a provision that allowed him to campaign on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and an online crowdfunding platform.

Publicizing his campaign on personal websites is a move that really bolstered his two-year old small business. But, that option isn’t available to everyone. Why not?

When You’re Finished Raising Money, Don’t Forget to Do This

Written by Gene Wright. Posted in Funding/Lending

Plenty of small business owners invest months leading up to the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign. But the work does not end with a successful raise: Maintaining effective ongoing communication with investors, customers and stakeholders long after the campaign has ended can not only prevent legal headaches, but can also become a competitive advantage.

The Success or Failure of Your Equity Raise Depends (Mostly) on How Well You Do This

Written by Gene Wright. Posted in Funding/Lending

Want to know whether or not a proposed business investment is sound? Look no further than its Value Proposition. A VP is the starting point for potential issuers in developing equity crowdfunding campaigns that has a significant influence on their success or failure. Simply put, if the VP isn’t clear and compelling enough, investors will look elsewhere for better returns for their dollars.

Rebuilding the American Dream: Small Business by the Numbers

Written by Gene Wright. Posted in Uncategorized

Former President Ronald Reagan called them the “forgotten heroes of America”: small business owners who make up a startling majority of job creators, employers and exporters. But these local, home-grown companies often meet huge financial challenges as they try to get their businesses off the ground. From legal advice to proper underwriting, entrepreneurs are facing many challenges raising the equity they need to make their American dream come true. That’s where crowdfunding may help. Simply put, the promise of crowdfunding can help small business, and small business drives the American economy.

Intrastate Funding – Why Are So Many States Introducing It?

Written by Gene Wright. Posted in Crowdfunding

Georgia and Kansas may have led the way in Crowdfunding and Securities Exemptions (CASE) legislation, but many other states are quickly seeing the advantages and passing similar legislation of their own.

After all, crowdfunding promises job creation and economic improvement at the state level. And because any astute politician can see the logic in keeping jobs and business taxes in state.