SEC Rules Everyday Citizens (Non-Accredited Investors) Can Now Participate in Equity Crowdfunding & Invest in Startups

by Jennifer Grady, Esq.

CrowfundingFinally, after three years the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ruled that investments in businesses with less than $50 million no longer require that an investor be an “accredited investor.”  This means that everyday citizens can now invest in Startups and small businesses as an investor on Crowdfunding platforms.  The long-awaited decision to democratize small business and Startup funding comes from Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, and will done initially through what are called Regulation A+ investment offerings. Continue reading

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Which Funding Options are Available to Help Entrepreneurs Start and Grow Their Businesses?

CROWDFUNDING, VENTURE CAPITAL, AND GOVERNMENT GRANTS

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Tristan Younghaus, Esq.

Starting a business can be an exciting, yet costly endeavor. Entrepreneurs need Startup capital to cover the cost of living expenses, salaries, overhead, legal fees, filing fees, marketing/advertising, shipping costs, and even production costs. There are numerous funding options available, from interest free loans to venture capital.

In this two part series, we explore the various options that are available for small business owners and entrepreneurs. In the event business owners and entrepreneurs are unable or unwilling to secure funding in the form of loans from family, friends, bank loans, or Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, they may want to consider exploring other sources of funding, such as crowdfunding, venture capital, and government grants. Continue reading

Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be part of the “Ask an Expert” Section of the annual “Pay It Forward for Business” event on December 2, 2013 in Santa Monica

ImageOn Monday, December 2, 2013, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be part of the “Ask an Expert” section of the quarterly “Incubate, Accelerate, and Pay It Forward for Business” Christmas Party at 31Ten Lounge in Santa Monica, CA from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The event, which has doubled in size after each quarterly event, will have 1,500 attendees over two nights, December 2 and 3, 2013.  Pay it Forward for Business, Your Office Agent and Indiegogo will be launching three crowdfunding campaigns from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 31Ten Lounge at the same time, personally mentored by one of the Indiegogo principals and 3 of the biggest crowdfunding PR firms in LA (Jumpstarterpr, Edwin Stepp and Silver Telegram).  Out of over 40 applications, three were chosen to launch their campaign live on December 2 in front of an audience of 200.    Continue reading