The Promise of Local Investment Crowdfunding

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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

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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

How to Build and Use Twitter Lists To Focus Your Research

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Twitter

Introduction  I recently had a social media consulting session with a top-notch, but extremely busy, startup entrepreneur with a goal of increasing their ability to do focused industry research. As we went through the discovery phase of the session we were able to determine that Twitter is a much-underutilized tool in their social media strategy. They used Twitter for the … Read More

The Promise of Investment Crowdfunding

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Introduction  Investment crowdfunding provides the best opportunity to transform our 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 or they can become completely worthless in the process. Always … Read More

Building Local Crowdfunding Ecosystems for Main Street Businesses

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Local 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