Real Estate Crowdfunding Democratizing Real Estate Investment

Bill HustonAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Real Estate Crowdfunding

Real Estate

Introduction Since the passage of the JOBS Act in late 2012, crowdfunding has caught fire and is being used to raise money for everything from startups to small businesses, but since May of 2016 the people that are eligible to participate in these private deals have changed for the first time in over 80 years. In fact, in 2015 alone, … Read More

The Promise of Local Investment Crowdfunding

designraAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Crowdfunding

Black Woman Business Owner

Introduction  Investment Crowdfunding provides the best opportunity to transform local communities in the shortest amount of time. Investment Crowdfunding, just like regular equity investment, allows entrepreneurs to sell shares of their business to private shareholders, shares that can potentially be sold later at a much higher price per share at some point in the future. That’s how you attract real … Read More

The Benefit of Crowdfunding For The Black Communities

Bill HustonAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Crowdfunding

Black-owned Businesses

Introduction Both rewards and crowd investing offer a wide range of advantages over traditional business financing. With benefits ranging from a wider pool of potential investors to more nimble fundraising options, crowdfunding is going to continue to evolve into a more popular, and more powerful funding method for startups, local businesses, and inner-city real estate development.  Though funding is almost … Read More

The 4 Types of Crowdfunding Explained

Bill HustonAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Crowdfunding

The Types of Crowdfunding

Introduction To Crowdfunding Crowdfunding is a new form of capital aggregation that using the internet to build an excited and engaged crowd of followers that buy into a shared vision of a project. Crowdfunding at its essence is a large group of people funding a large project with small dollar amounts. The major difference in crowdfunding is how these small … Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Drives Community-Led Economic Development!

designraAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Crowdfunding, Real Estate Crowdfunding

Black Business

Introduction Why would community developers build housing in communities cut off from good schools, jobs, transportation, parks, and the resources that people need to thrive and succeed? If we are trying to build safe, healthy, and prosperous neighborhoods simply building affordable housing is not the answer. To be resilient and sustainable, housing must be more than affordable. It must connect … Read More

Investment Crowdfunding is a Solution for Black-Owned Businesses

designraAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Investment Clubs

Black-Owned Businesse

Introduction So many of the problems and issues that plague inner-city communities are poverty-based and many of them stem from government policies such as redlining and urban renewal. If foundations change their relationships in these communities from charity and began the process of providing location-based impact investment into these communities to fund local businesses, real estate development, and wealth-building initiatives … Read More

The Role of Philanthropy In Black Business Finance

designraAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing

Women Meeting About the JOBS Act

Introduction According to the 2018 Annual Business Survey the most recent data available Black-owned businesses accounted for only 2.2 percent of the almost 6 million businesses that operate in the United States. That number is well below the 13 percent of the population represented by Black people in the United States. Another unique feature of Black business ownership is the … Read More

Crowdfunding Is The Answer to The Small Business Marketing and Funding Dilemma

Bill HustonAlternative Finance, Community Capital, Crowd Investing, Crowdfunding

Small Business

Introduction To thrive in the modern business world it’s important to understand how to market your small independent business and this is going to be even harder in the post COVID-19 crisis small business environment. A recent survey shows establishing customer relationships through marketing and promotion is the second largest concern among independent business owners after securing access to capital. … Read More