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2018 trends

The Year in Community Capital: Coops, Crowdfunding and Other Coups

Locavesting Staff | December 28, 2018

It’s been a head-spinning year. But amid the chaos, a lot of good progress was made in the community capital field.  Here are some of the top stories of 2018: 1. Coops Rising The United Nations designated 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives, but we would argue 2018 was the year that cooperatives really began […]

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 […]

Four Recent Reports Shed Light on the State of Impact Investing

Randy Mueller | June 21, 2018

Having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in the world of impact investing? Allow us to help. We dove into the weeds of four of the field’s most notable recent studies, extracting the most interesting findings for you. Some of the key themes involve the mainstreaming of impact investing, the vital role that women […]

A Milestone For Oregon’s Community Public Offering

Amy Cortese | May 1, 2018

Judy Goodman has always been a trailblazer of sorts—you have to be, working as a research biologist, artist, yurt builder and chocolatier in the mountainous interiors of the Pacific Northwest, as she has. That rugged lifestyle—and many hours spent hiking, camping and skiing with her family— led to her latest venture: BGood Bars, which makes […]

Investing in Women

Women Founders Are Benefiting From Crowdfunding, but Where are the Women Investors?

Locavesting Staff | March 8, 2018

Investment crowdfunding is beginning to fulfill its promise of democratizing investment and access to capital. While women entrepreneurs are still outnumbered by men on most crowdfunding sites, their ranks are steadily growing. At Republic, a Regulation Crowdfunding portal that emphasizes women-owned ventures, 8 out of 13 businesses currently raising capital are women-owned. And on investibule, […]

Grameen America Launches New Impact Investing Fund

Anne Field | February 6, 2018

Microlender Grameen America is upping its game in impact investing. The U.S.-based microfinance organization marked its ten-year anniversary last month by announcing a new $11 million impact investing fund, the first in what it said will be a series of new funds. Called the Social Business Fund, it’s aimed at providing additional money to women entrepreneurs […]

Women’s Capital Collaborative Makes First Investments

Locavesting Staff | January 24, 2018

Millions of women around the world marched last weekend in a show of solidarity. And they are finding other ways to support one another. In particular, more women are investing in businesses led by women. The latest example: the Women’s Capital Collaborative, a fund created by RSF Social Finance, announced investments totaling nearly $1 million in four […]

Entrepreneurs: Looking to Raise Capital in 2018? Do This First.

Jenny Kassan | January 2, 2018

Tired of bootstrapping and ready to raise money to expand your business this year? Congratulations. That’s the first step toward achieving your dreams. Too many of us, especially women, constrain our business’ potential by scraping by on a tight budget or maxed out credit cards. But before you dive in, it pays to get really […]

NYC Will Invest in Local Women Entrepreneurs on Kiva

Amy Cortese | November 15, 2017

Women entrepreneurs of New York: your city wants to invest in you. Under a new program, called WE Fund: Crowd, when women entrepreneurs create a crowdfunding campaign on Kiva.org, the city will kick in the first 10% of their goal, up to $1,000. New York City officials hope to support at least 500 women-owned businesses […]

New Crowdfunding Portal Startwise to Focus on Revenue Sharing

Amy Cortese | August 27, 2017

Grace Leung Shing and Catherine Yushina were working for a venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, when they were both struck by a puzzle: why was it that venture investors were willing to shower funding on startups with no revenues or traction—sometimes little more than idea—while many perfectly solid businesses couldn’t get funding at all? […]