Buy The Block Building Black Wealth One Project at a Time

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Introduction I was on the CrowdWise website and came across the top 10 Investment Crowdfunding portals by amount raised in 2020 and number 10 on the list was one of the only Black woman-owned portals Buy The Block. This statistic jumped out at me for another reason. It was the only Regulation Crowdfunding portal that was not venture funded. Black … Read More

Investment Crowdfunding an Opportunity for Local Small Businesses

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Open Small Business

Introduction  Investment Crowdfunding provides the best opportunity to transform our local communities in the shortest amount of time. Investment crowdfunding, just like any other 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. That’s how you attract real investment capital, and … Read More

4 Reasons Real Estate Crowdfunding is a Must For Your Portfolio

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Online Real Estate Investing

The Traditional Real Estate Investor Path Real estate has been the number one route to building wealth in the United States over the last two hundred years. According to the Collegeinvestor.com, about 90 percent of the world’s millionaires have been created by investing in real estate in the previous two centuries. For the average investor, real estate offers the best … 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

Creating Complex, Adaptive Local Economies Using Investment Crowdfunding

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Feedback

Introduction I recently completed the Strong Towns 101 training to learn more about the Strong Towns movement that is taking North American cities by storm as its bottom-up approach to economic development is starting to resonate with cities large and small across the country as we all face the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our economy. The Pandemic … 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

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