Topics Under Category: "Spotlight"

How One Solar Company Transitioned to Worker Ownership

B the Change | September 6, 2018

Solar Company Powers Up With Employee-Ownership Program Inclusive Economy Challenge Served as Framework for Business Restructuring What is it with solar companies? They seem to be among the leaders in sharing ownership with workers—see Namaste Solar, South Mountain Company, and PV Squared, for example. The latest convert is Technicians for Sustainability (TFS), a Tucson-based solar energy installation company […]

Women-Owned Businesses Surge, Led by Black and Latina Owners

Locavesting Staff | September 1, 2018

Women are creating more businesses than their male counterparts, and African American and Latina women are driving that trend. However, women, especially non-white women, still lag in  revenue and job creation. Those are some of the top line findings from the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, an annual report commissioned by American Express and […]

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From Breweries to Factory Floors, Worker Coops are Blooming

Randy Mueller | August 2, 2018

On a muggy June day in St. Louis, a group of eager, determined faces filled an aggressively air-conditioned classroom. It was the start of the 2018 CommonBound conference, a gathering of community leaders and activists radically reimagining how we organize ourselves economically. The crowd was a diverse mix from across the country, and they were […]

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Real Pickles: Anatomy of a Successful DPO

Kassandra Mayhew | June 29, 2018

Long before the JOBS Act and state-specific laws legalized investment crowdfunding, there was the direct public offering, or DPO, a sort of do-it-yourself IPO. Kassandra Mayhew of Cutting Edge Capital recently talked to Real Pickles cofounder Addie Rose Holland (pictured at left) about how a DPO helped the Greenfield, MA company transition to a worker-owned […]

7 Steps to Creating a Sustainability Transition Movement in Your Community

Rob Hopkins | April 21, 2018

In 2005, I was just an ordinary, low-profile guy in my thirties living in the town of Totnes, England. Like many of us, I worried about the crises endangering humanity—the rampant exploitation of natural resources, the frenetic and dehumanizing quest for profit, exclusion and widening of inequalities. It disturbed me profoundly, for example, that of […]

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Affordable Housing: Who Will Fill the Funding Gap?

Stacey Kirsch | March 22, 2018

Affordable housing development has been disrupted by new tax reform legislation, leaving a void in funding. New financing tools are needed to fill the gap. The Section 42 Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) will be significantly impacted by the changes to the tax code. These credits encourage affordable housing and have funded over three million […]

Amazon Paid Zero Taxes for 2017 While Seeking HQ2 Subsidies

Matthew Gardner | March 14, 2018

From a decades-long strategy of exploiting state sales tax loopholes to its ongoing “HQ2” sweepstakes, Amazon’s leaders have rarely turned down a chance to use the tax system as the source of their competitive advantage. The online retail giant has built its business model on tax avoidance, and its latest financial filing makes it clear that Amazon continues to be […]

In Oakland, Community-Owned Real Estate is Bucking Gentrification Trend

Sarah Trent | March 12, 2018

For two decades now, the building at the corner of 23rd and International avenues in east Oakland has been a community hub for people and organizations with few other places to go. In a neighborhood that is low-income and majority people of color—flanked to the east by the largely Latino/Hispanic Fruitvale district and to the […]

Entrepreneurs are Optimistic, But Policy Changes Can Help

Locavesting Staff | March 1, 2018

The state of entrepreneurship is… optimistic. That’s according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which presented its 9th annual State of Entrepreneurship address on Wednesday. Although entrepreneurship as a percent of the population is just half of what it was a generation ago, the trend has been ticking up in recent years. And entrepreneurs, it seems, […]

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BALLE’s Rodney Foxworth Wants to Deepen Support For ‘Boundary Pushers’

Amy Cortese | February 21, 2018

The local economy movement is multi-faceted. But throughout its evolution, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—BALLE for short—has been its spiritual center and guiding force. Seventeen years after it was founded to advance the ‘buy local’ and Main Street agenda, the nonprofit is entering a new phase. Under the leadership of Rodney Foxworth, a […]