19 12-2013

2013: The Year in Review for Small Business

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 19th, 2013|

While we spent the year planning and on the road for the 2013 Access to Capital Tour, small business owners were experiencing a year of change due, in large part, to the federal government. Healthcare reform, deep budget cuts and a government shutdown, the hiring climate and more access to capital were a few of [...]

11 12-2013

SEC’s Crowdfunding Rules Open for Public Comment

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 11th, 2013|

Almost two years after President Obama signed the JOBS Act, the Securities Exchange Commission formally released its proposed rules for equity crowdfunding on Oct. 23. These rules mimic those originally proposed in the JOBS Act and are currently in a 90-day public commenting period before the finalized version is issued. AEO, an organization that creates economic [...]

16 10-2013

The JOBS Act and Small Business Financing: New Opportunities Still Require Traditional Diligence

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 October 16th, 2013|

With the passing and enactment of Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in September, the SEC essentially changed the game for small businesses and start-ups seeking financing. Simply put, Title II lifted an 80-year ban on openly soliciting personal networks and the general public for funding. And while this is a [...]

11 06-2012

From Start-Up to Being Listed as a Fortune 500 Company – How Did They Do It?

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:27+00:00 June 11th, 2012|

Companies listed on the Fortune 500 did not magically generate billions of dollars over night.  Some of these businesses may have been created by people who were already well established and had an endless amount of funds.  Other companies started with little to nothing when it first started and became so successful as to be featured in the [...]

25 04-2012

Small Business Lending Enhancement Act

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:29+00:00 April 25th, 2012|

Current Small Business Lending Environment The small business lending environment is still unstable in the sense that small business owners are unable to get the capital they need to grow and/or sustain their businesses.  There have been many contributors to the decline in small business lending over the years. In their January 2012, Small Business Lending [...]

11 04-2012

Entrepreneurs: Reacting to Crowdfunding in the JOBS Act

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:29+00:00 April 11th, 2012|

Timed to President Obama's signing of the JOBS Act on April 5, 2012, StartUp America asked entreprenuer, Dana Mauriello, Founder and President of ProFounder, "What's crowdfunding?" http://youtu.be/rTRqaAlZ2Hs Inspired by her nimble and articulate reply, we asked a few entrepreneurs of our own to build on this extremely hot and somewhat controversial topic. Here are the results. What does the JOBS [...]

6 04-2012

Understanding The Basics of The JOBS Act

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:31+00:00 April 6th, 2012|

Yesterday, President Obama signed the JOBS ACT (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) into law.  According to President Obama at the signing, "New businesses account for almost every new job created in America.  That's why I pushed for this bill." Ever since this bill was introduced, there have been opinions flying every which way.  Since most [...]

5 04-2012

Crowdfunding in the JOBS Act: Should you be skeptical?

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:31+00:00 April 5th, 2012|

If you’ve waded through all of the press coverage that The JOBS Act is getting, you have more than likely been reading about The Crowdfunding part of the act.   Crowdfunding is a fairly new way of raising money and was initially used to raise money for non-profits, projects in the arts, independent films and the [...]