Topics Under Tag: "Slow Money"

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 […]

A New Option For Investing in Crowdfinance Alternatives From Your IRA

Amy Cortese | April 18, 2016

Investment crowdfunding is coming. But will you be able to invest? If you’re like many Americans, you may not have a pot of money sitting around to sink into crowdfunding investments. Heck, most Americans don’t even have the suggested rainy day fund set aside. But many of us do have individual retirement accounts, or IRAs—about […]

You’re an Investor in Food, Whether You Know it or Not

Brian Kaminer | April 4, 2016

“Everyone is an investor in food.” That’s the motto of Slow Money NYC, and it has rung true for me from the first time I heard it. As I started learning how interconnected everything is in life, the principles of Slow Money (a national organization that has inspired local groups like Slow Money NYC as well as […]

New Funding Options Take Root For Food And Agriculture Ventures

Margaret Gifford | March 23, 2016

Raising capital is difficult for any startup or small business. But it’s especially challenging for entrepreneurs in food or agriculture. Margins are often low, especially in the beginning. There’s also enormous risk due to factors outside of an entrepreneur’s control, like unexpected weather impact on crops. Providing collateral that lenders will accept can be difficult […]

‘Tis The Season to ‘Shop Small’ and ‘Buy Local.’ What About Investing That Way?

Shelby Ahern | November 25, 2015

In the next few days, a wave of shopping ‘holidays’ hits one after another—Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, all in preparation for, well, the holidays. But a more conscious consumerism seems to be emerging. Last month, outdoor sports retailer REI vowed to close all of its 143 stores on Black Friday, prompting other […]

Building a Local Investing Ecosystem in The Great Lakes Region

Erin Pidot | August 10, 2015

Angela Barbash is the founder of ReConsider, a Ypsilanti, Michigan-based firm that is helping to catalyze local investing in the Great Lakes region. Since 2011, Barbash has been systematically identifying and tackling the obstacles that stand in the way of a regenerative economy—educating investors, businesses and political leaders on Michigan’s crowdfunding law, and creating ReValue, […]

From Wall Street to Main Street: A Conversation with Local Investor Marco Vangelisti

Amy Cortese | June 5, 2015

Marco Vangelisti left his job as an investment fund manager in 2009, after an eye-opening discovery about the kinds of companies the fund, and its mission-driven clients, were investing in. The first thing he did was to liquidate his Wall Street portfolio and reinvest it in local and sustainable investments. The second thing was to […]

California Crowdfunding Catches a Wave as Novel Bills Hit The Legislature

Amy Cortese | April 23, 2015

More than a third of all U.S. states have enacted laws allowing investment crowdfunding within their borders. California, the biggest state and the fifth largest economy in the world, may be among the next to do so. Two separate bills are progressing through the state legislature and, if all goes well, could reach the Governor’s […]