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impact investing

Impact Investing Rise Good News for Women and Benefit Corps

Anne Field | February 8, 2017

Impact investing is expanding, and that is creating new opportunities for social enterprises, including Benefit Corporations, women-led firms and community-based ventures. Those are some of the implications of a recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) Foundation. “There are encouraging signs for social entrepreneurs,” says Meg Voorhes, director of research for […]

Regulatory Sandbox

Legislation to Buoy Crowdfunding, FinTech This Year

Amy Cortese | January 10, 2017

Are the floodgates ready to open? When the JOBS Act was signed into law in 2012, it laid the groundwork for new forms of small business capital, like crowdfunding, to take hold.  Since then, a number of bills have sought to build on that foundation, yet very few have made it into law. That could […]

Community Capital: Impact Investing, By and For the People

Brian Beckon | December 17, 2016

There’s a refrain we’ve been hearing recently at gatherings of community organizers: “Nothing about us without us is for us.” While these words echo a centuries-old Latin slogan (“nihil de nobis, sine nobis”), they reflect a profound truth as relevant today as it has ever been. Their meaning is something like this: “Don’t try to […]

Small Businesses Are Key to Job Growth in Inner Cities

Locavesting Staff | November 10, 2016

The inner city was a recurring theme in the presidential campaign. President-elect Donald Trump called inner cities “a disaster,” painting a grim picture of violence, poverty and a lack of jobs. The reality is less stark. Cities have undergone a renaissance in recent years and housing prices have risen. Yet a lack of jobs and […]

Blended Capital Fund Helps Small Scale Farmers in Arkansas

Anne Field | October 6, 2016

The funding world used to be fairly straightforward: there was philanthropy for nonprofits, venture capital for startups and bank loans for existing businesses. But in the age of social enterprise and impact investing, those lines are blurring. As more businesses combine a social mission with a for-profit business model, finance is adapting, giving rise to […]

Credibles: Supporting Local Businesses With ‘Edible Credits’ is Just the Start

Amy Cortese | August 19, 2016

Investment crowdfunding may get all the attention these days, but there are other ways of support businesses you love—without all the red tape. One of those is Credibles, an app that lets you pre-pay at your favorite restaurant or food purveyor (like Love & Hummus, shown in photo above), and earn edible credits. Think of […]

Is Antitrust Policy Killing Small Business?

Locavesting Staff | August 11, 2016

It’s almost cliché to say that small businesses make up the lifeblood of the economy. But study after study underscore the truth of that old chestnut: small businesses create the bulk of new jobs, increase innovation and economic resilience, improve the health and well being of their communities and encourage a strong middle class. So […]

Startups: On the Rise and Increasingly Diverse

Locavesting Staff | August 5, 2016

Startup activity in the U.S. is on the rise again. Three-hundred and thirty out of every 100,000 adults became an entrepreneur last year—translating to 550,000 new businesses a month. A growing number of them were women and Latinos, and most started a new venture to seize an opportunity, rather than out of necessity. These are […]

PRIs: An Underused Funding Tool for Family Foundations and Social Enterprises

Stacey Faella and Margaret Gifford | July 29, 2016

“It’s like startup nation! There are so many different businesses. And there’s so much money out there—and you can find these people.” – Joanne Wilson, Angel Investor, NYC Great advice, right? Then why do so many entrepreneurs and investors struggle to find one another? The answer is that yes, there is a lot of money […]

A New Book Explores the Art & Science of Place Attachment

Locavesting Staff | June 25, 2016

Like many Americans, Melody Warnick was a chronic mover. With her husband and family, she hopscotched five states in 15 years. The next place was always going to be the one they’d put down roots in and love. That led Warnick, a freelance writer, to ponder the concept of place attachment. In her wonderful new […]