Friday, December 4, 2015

A New Investment Crowdfunding Post at Forbes.com by Joan Seifert Rose of CED

Joan Seifert Rose, the President and CEO of the Triangle based Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), has a very informative new post about investment crowdfunding on Forbes.com. She provides an interesting update on the status of non-accredited retail startup investing at both the state and federal level, and gives some very good advice to entrepreneurs who are thinking about using investment crowdfunding as a way to raise funds for their startup or small business.

On the intrastate front, Joan writes:

"It’s not hype; a wave of entrepreneurship is building across the country. The 2015 Kauffman Index finds that startup activity has reversed a 5-year downward trend that began during the Great Recession, a sign that the economy and credit markets are finally stabilizing.
Where will these nascent businesses or raw ideas find capital? More and more entrepreneurs are considering online fundraising. The District of Columbia and a majority of the states now allow non-accredited investors to invest in startups located in their state, giving new businesses the opportunity to connect with thousands of potential first-time investors interested in getting an ownership stake in a promising company. Most of the remaining other states are considering similar legislation."

Joan's post provides more good reasons why North Carolina should pass its own intrastate crowdfunding exemption next session. You can read the full post here at Forbes.com.