Topics Under Category: "Raising Capital"

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 […]

Fed Survey Sheds Light on Evolving Small Business Credit Landscape

Locavesting Staff | March 7, 2016

Small businesses improved their performance last year, enhancing their ability to get credit. Banks, especially smaller ones, continue to be the go-to source for small business financing. But online lenders are making inroads, particularly with microbusinesses. These are some of the top-level findings of the 2015 Small Business Credit Survey, conducted by seven regional Federal […]

As Population Becomes More Diverse, Funding Options Grow

Amy Cortese | January 19, 2016

The gorgeous mosaic that makes up the U.S. is becoming more so. African-Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics collectively account for 38% of the U.S. population, and are expected to surpass 50% by 2044. And the Millennial generation is not only large, it is the most racially diverse in the nation’s history. This multi-culti melting pot […]

The secret to fundraising success? Think friends, not investors.

Evan Loomis | January 2, 2016

Evan Loomis (above right) and Evan Baehr (above left) are accomplished entrepreneurs.  In their new book, Get Backed, they analyze their own experience as well as that of other successful entrepreneurs to answer the question:  What does it really take to raise money? The answers—highlighted in the excerpt below— may surprise you.  Sixty-three percent of […]

A New Index Shows Main Street Entrepreneurship on the Rise

Locavesting Staff | December 11, 2015

It was a good year for Main Street entrepreneurs. A new Kauffman Foundation index of small business entrepreneurial activity showed a large increase in 2015, marking the first big gains since the onset of the financial crisis six years ago. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has long been a champion of entrepreneurship, especially the kind […]

From Conflict to Commerce: A New Crop of Veteran Entrepreneurs is Making an Impact

Amy Cortese | November 10, 2015

Starting a business is hard enough. But try doing it in a war-torn country short on infrastructure and long on danger. For Kimberly Jung, a former army engineer officer who led a platoon and served on reconstruction teams in Afghanistan, those challenges come with the territory. Jung is CEO and cofounder—along with three other vets, […]

The New Crowdfunding Rules: What They Mean For Entrepreneurs

Sherwood Neiss | November 6, 2015

The SEC hath delivered the rules, and they are good! They are also voluminous: the final Regulation Crowdfunding rules adopted by the S.E.C. last week spanned 685 pages. We asked Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss, a principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors and a leader of the securities-based crowdfunding movement, to help us sort through the rules and […]

A New Fund Helps Beginning Farmers Secure Land of Their Own

Nicole Reed | October 25, 2015

Like most young farmers today, Tim Biello learned to farm through working other people’s land. It was at one of those farms, Essex Farm, a sustainable operation in New York powered by solar panels and draft horses, that he fell in love with farming with horses. “I feel much more connected to farming land with […]

Rewards, Intrastate, Equity And Angels. This Startup Has Tried it All.

Amy Cortese | October 13, 2015

Crowdfunding is still relatively new, and many entrepreneurs are hesitant to take the plunge—if they are aware of it at all. Not Bohemian Guitars. The Atlanta-based company, which makes a quirky line of guitars and other instruments made from oilcans, has tried just about every form of crowdfunding out there—from rewards-based to intrastate to equity. […]

A New Form of Fiscal Sponsorship May Help Social Enterprises Raise Funds

Anne Field | October 5, 2015

Social enterprises are trying out all sorts of approaches to funding and structuring their ventures. But as for-profits, they are often cut off from grant opportunities (although that is changing). A new form of fiscal sponsorship promises to help fill the gap. A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that leverages its legal and tax-exempt […]