Topics Under Tag: "investing"

Three Women-Owned Startups That You Can Invest In Today

Locavesting Staff | March 10, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when it comes to raising capital for their businesses. They’re turned down more often than men and, when they do raise money, they raise smaller sums. (It’s a good thing they know how to do more with less). That’s starting to change, as new funding options that bypass the […]

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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 […]

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Intrastate Crowdfunding Portal Plugs a Gap for Early Stage Capital in Vermont

Amy Cortese | February 1, 2017

Janice Shade was trying to grow her natural products company when she met Louisa Schibli, a blogger who was intrigued by Shade’s attempts to create a community-supported enterprise. The two Vermonters hit it off and vowed to start a company together someday. When the state’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption, the Vermont Small Business Offering Exemption (VSBO), was […]

A Progressive Investor’s Action Guide for the Next Administration

James Frazier | January 20, 2017

Concerned about the direction of the country? Make your voice—and money—heard, argues financial advisor James Frazier in this guest post.  Now that the 2016 presidential election is in the history books, the rough outlines of the next few years are starting to become a little clearer. We can reasonably expect a federal government with less […]

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Slow and Steady Does it for Regulation Crowdfunding

Locavesting Staff | January 13, 2017

It wasn’t quite the fireworks that some had hoped for, but Regulation Crowdfunding closed the year with a respectable showing.  In 2016, 186 companies launched Reg CF campaigns, attracting $19 million in capital commitments, according to year-end data compiled by Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA). Investor interest and investment have increased steadily since the law went […]

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Social Impact Investing: the Outlook for 2017

Locavesting Staff | December 31, 2016

For all its faults, we may look back at 2016 as the year that impact investing was democratized. Once the exclusive domain of wealthy individuals and institutions, impact investing is now within reach of any American with $100 to invest—thanks to the passage of the JOBS Act and new investment vehicles like those offered by […]

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Venture Funding With a Twist: Founders Have to Give Back

Anne Field | December 13, 2016

Social entrepreneurship and venture capital are often an uneasy fit. The emphasis on fast growth and outsize returns can push founder to stray from their mission. Now, a new venture fund is marrying social impact and Millennial values with early stage investing—and redefining the term sheet in the process. The fund, Aera VC, is a […]

For Omidyar, Investing in High Social Impact is Worth The Lower Financial Returns

Anne Field | December 6, 2016

Some social enterprises promise fast growth and lofty financial returns for investors. Others, not so much. But according to a recent analysis from Omidyar Network, accepting lower returns in exchange for greater social impact is well worth the effort. That, of course, is good news for high-impact social entrepreneurs on the lower end of the […]

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What Do Financial Advisors Have Against Local Investing?

Angela Barbash | November 27, 2016

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, […]

For Investors, The Key to Crowdfunding Success is Due Diligence

Huiwen Leo | July 26, 2016

Thanks to the JOBS Act, average Americans can now invest in startups and small businesses, including companies raising funds under Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) and the revised Regulation A. This is new territory for investors, who may be wondering, What should I consider before investing? Are you the right person for this investment? A key […]