Topics Under Category: "Spotlight"

Richelieu Dennis

From Sundial and Unilever, an M&A Trend We’d Like to See More of

Jay Coen Gilbert | January 14, 2018

It’s been a busy few months for Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Sundial Brands. After selling Sundial, the personal-care products company he founded, to Unilever in late November, he kicked off 2018 by buying Essence, the storied black culture magazine, from Time Inc., returning the magazine to black ownership. “I’m very focused on giving back, investing and […]

B Corps 2018

More Businesses Are Heeding the Call to be a Force for Good

B the Change | January 6, 2018

Climate Change. Inequality. Political dysfunction and divisiveness. These are some of the monumental challenges we face in the year ahead. One encouraging note is that businesses are increasing stepping up and embracing the role of business as a force for good. The most visible sign of this is the B Corp. movement. Since its beginnings […]

SVX Canada

In Toronto, a Long-Awaited ‘Social Stock Market’

Anne Field | December 11, 2017

Social impact investment platforms are cropping up to help connect investors with investment opportunities. The latest, a platform for accredited and unaccredited investors called Social Venture Connection (SVX), recently launched in Toronto. An earlier version of SVX,  introduced four years ago, served accredited investors only. “We really see this as a game changer for impact investing […]

Why Locally Owned Shops Deserve Our Business the Rest of the Year, Too

Locavesting Staff | November 26, 2017

Americans are voting with their dollars. Sandwiched between the frenzy-inducing duo of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has quietly become a force. Last year on Small Business Saturday, an estimated 112 million Americans spent a combined $15.4 billion at independent neighborhood retailers and restaurants, up 13% from 2015. The figures are not […]

Meet Impact America: A ‘Best for the World’ Fund

Kesha Cash | October 23, 2017

Every year, B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps, celebrates “Best for the World” companies—those that score in the top 10% of B Lab’s Impact Assessment. They also analyze investment funds. This year, 28 funds representing $1.3 billion in assets under management made the list of “Best for the World” funds; eight of them […]

Chicken Soup Reg A

Will Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Reg A Inspire?

Anne Field | September 6, 2017

If you were vacationing in late August, you might have missed a notable milestone in the young annals of crowd investing: the IPO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which raised $30 million in four weeks using Regulation A+. Not only is it one of the best known brands and social enterprises to date […]

Native American crowdfunding

A Native American Brand Turns to Crowdfunding to Fulfill its Mission

Amy Cortese | August 16, 2017

When Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen started Native American Natural Foods in 2006, they had a vision as vast as the Great Plains themselves: to create a brand that could restore the buffalo to native lands and, in the process, regenerate the community, culture and economy of the Lakota people that live there. The company, […]

Regulatory sandboxes

Should States Create Their Own ‘Regulatory Sandboxes’?

Brian Knight | July 7, 2017

Before the JOBS Act became federal law in 2012, Kansas and Georgia already allowed investment crowdfunding within their borders.  Today, more than 30 states have adopted intrastate crowdfunding laws, underscoring their role as experimental laboratories of democracy. One forward-thinking state, Michigan, has passed a complementary local stock market law. Could regulatory sandboxes be next? In […]

community-based marketing

How Kiva U.S. Ditched Mass Marketing and Got Back to its Roots

Amy Cortese | June 26, 2017

For marketers, Google Adwords, Facebook ads and other mass outreach methods are de rigueur. But what about businesses that are deeply rooted in community? Shouldn’t your marketing strategy reflect your company’s values and ethos? Jonny Price, senior director of Kiva U.S., a pioneering social enterprise that crowdfunds interest-free loans for small businesses, wondered the same […]

barriers to capital

Innovators Face Challenges in Breaking Down Barriers to Capital for Underserved Entrepreneurs

Sarah Trent | June 2, 2017

In just a few short years, MORTAR, a small business incubator in Cincinnati, has made impressive strides in helping longtime residents in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods start businesses and grow in tandem with their neighborhoods’ fortunes. Since 2014, the incubator has expanded from its original location in Over-the-Rhine to include three other Cincinnati neighborhood programs as well […]