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Crowdfunding: Can It Work for Brick & Mortar?

By Cheryl Clements, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Founder + CEO of PieShell – Crowdfunding for food + beverage, Having a store front or restaurant is expensive, especially when you’re just getting started. Between build-out and equipment costs, starting inventory, licenses, fees, and working capital, starting a brick and mortar business can easily add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s because of this that many people say that rewards-based crowdfunding isn’t a good option for brick and mortar businesses, but we beg to differ. Crowdfunding is a great option for restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and more (if it’s done in the right way and on…

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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly Part II –The Bad

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By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! However, as with any new industry forging ahead and desperate for acceptance, the surrounding hype that comes with it often blurs reality, with any form of negativity simply  ‘brushed under the carpet’ so to speak. Naturally, those fully vested in the industry (including yours truly) have a lot on the line, as everyone charges ahead in full promotion mode. The…

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First Crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA

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By Alexandra Perry  Crowdfund Beat Guest post, On November 2, 2016, FINRA terminated the FINRA registration for UFP, LLC (“UFP”), making UFP the first crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA.   UFP ran an online funding portal, uFundingPortal.com, where it acted as an intermediary in debt and equity crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules.  FINRA’s investigation into UFP alleged that from May through September 2016, UFP violated various SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules and FINRA Funding Portal Rules. As a result of FINRA’s investigation, UFP pulled its website and submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) in order to…

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Crowdfunded Cars To Exhibit At Crowd Invest Summit December 7th & 8th

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Crowdfund Beat Newswire, Regulation A+ Conference Proves to be Compelling Destination for Consumer Products Companies Looking to Extend their Brand Equity LOS ANGELES, CA  / The Crowd Invest Summit, a new conference connecting everyday Americans with crowdfunded investment opportunities, is proud to announce the addition of three innovative companies that will exhibit their unique cars at the event, December 7-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Crowd Invest Summit was developed with the vision that every American, through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS Act), can now be a venture capitalist – or shark. Motors…

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SEC Makes Intrastate Crowdfunding A Little Easier

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. The SEC just adopted rules that should make intrastate Crowdfunding easier, at least if State legislatures do their part. To understand how the new rules help and how they don’t, start with section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, which has been, until now, the basis for all intrastate Crowdfunding laws. While section 5 of the Securities Act generally provides that all sales of securities must be registered with the SEC, section 3(a)(11) provides for an exemption for: Any security which is a part of an issue offered and sold only to persons…

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Busted!  SEC Targets Reg A+ Marijuana Company, Med-X, in Administrative Proceeding.

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate The Regulation A+ industry was buzzing this week – not with excitement, but with a healthy dose of trepidation.  One of the first, high (no pun intended) profile Regulation A+ offerings, launched in November 2015, after a seemingly successful “Testing the Waters” campaign, was for a company called Med-X, a startup formed to participate in the newly burgeoning marijuana industry – the so called “Green Rush.” But this month’s headline for Med-X was a bit more sanguine, enough to counteract even the most potent dosage of THC:  “REGULATION A EXEMPTION OF MED-X, INC. TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.” …

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Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

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By  Bret Daniel , Wealthforge.com, CrowdfundBeat Guest Post, The SEC crackdown on unregistered entities continues to grab headlines. Recently, we wrote about the importance of complying with the broker-dealer registration requirement under Section 15(a) by highlighting the latest violations by portfolio managers, online platforms, and individuals. We suggested that anyone that helps to facilitate a securities offering, even in the broadest sense, should consult a lawyer about the necessity of registering as a broker. The most recent SEC enforcement action, however, demonstrates that even lawyers can get tangled up in the wide net cast over unregistered broker-dealers. EB-5: Visa or Security? Mark Ivener was a…

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Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: New Tax Audit Language for Operation Agreements

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Last year I reported that Congress had changed the rules governing tax audits of limited liability companies and other entities that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes. The changes don’t become effective until tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, but because most LLCs created today will still be around in 2018, it’s a good idea to anticipate the changes in your Operating Agreements today. Under the current rules, the IRS conducts audits of LLCs at the entity level through a “tax matters partner” (normally the Manager of the LLC), and…

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An Investment Decision – Single-Family Homes vs Multifamily Properties

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Crowdfund Beat Editorial, Real estate investing has long been an enticing option for entrepreneurs looking to expand and diversify their investment portfolios, and for good reason. The housing market crash of the last decade has resulted in a hot rental market, as many Americans are choosing to forgo buying in favor of renting for flexibility and affordability. If you’ve been considering a foray into real estate, you’re not alone in your desire. Many are throwing their hats into the landlord ring, and hoping to make sustainable profits that cushion retirement funds and serve as immediate supplemental income. Before making an offer on a property, there’s…

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iDisclose Partners With Republic on Its Title III Crowdfunding

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Crowdfund Beat News, iDisclose Provides Republic Users With a Low Cost Legal Solution to Comply With Title III Crowdfunding Regulations NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – July 18, 2016) – iDisclose announced today that it is proud to be a part of Republic’s Title III crowdfunding launch. The AngelList spinoff and funding portal officially launched today with iDisclose as its exclusive Form C service provider. Each Republic issuer is provided with access to the iDisclose application to prepare their Form C at a fraction of the time and cost of using a traditional lawyer or law firm. Using a series of adaptive questions, similar to TurboTax TM,…

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Communications and publicity by issuers prior to and during a “Regulation CF” offering

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By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. The idea behind crowdfunding is that the crowd — family, friends and fans of a small or startup company, even if they are not rich or experienced investors — can now invest in that company’s securities. For a traditionally risk-averse area of law, that’s a pretty revolutionary concept! In order to make this leap, Congress wanted to ensure that all potential investors had access to the same information. The solution that Congress came up in the JOBS Act with was that there had to be one centralized place that an investor could access that information —…

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New Book: Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Ronald Kleverlaan Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Com. CrowdfundBeat Guest post, Proud to announce the book “Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation“. Honored to be asked to write the foreword for this high-quality academic publication with state of the art insights on crowdfunding and sustainable entrepreneurship. About the Book: “Business systems undergo a number of transitions as the needs and demands of society change. With heightened connectivity driven by the development of the Internet, new opportunities for venture development and creation have become available to business owners and entrepreneurs. Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly research on the…

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HEADLINE NEWS

ForbesTitle III Crowdfunding For Real, Part IIForbesTitle III of the JOBS Act went into effect last year, and many entrepreneurs and small businesses are curious about if it works and how. I had the pleasure of interviewing several companies that have gone through “equity crowdfunding [...]

EntrepreneurThis Crowdfunding Category Will Blow Up in 2017, Says the CEO of ...EntrepreneurDavid Mandelbrot believes these kinds of products will be big on the crowdfunding platform this year. He also shares his tips for successful fundraising.and more » [...]

ABC OnlineCrowdfunding raises $50000 for new Australia Day campaign with girls in hijabsThe GuardianA picture of two girls wearing hijabs was taken at a 2016 Australia Day event in Docklands. The photograph was used in a 2017 Australia Day billboard which included rolling images of pe [...]

EntrepreneurCan Equity Crowdfunding Be Fixed?EntrepreneurWith the adoption last year of the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) exemptions by the Securities and Exchange Commissionprivate companies can now raise capital from all 230 million American adults. Until now, businesses have bee [...]

Business InsiderLondon startup Pact Coffee moved out of its office after failing to raise a £1 million crowdfunding roundBusiness InsiderPact Coffee's move comes after the startup failed to hit a £1 million crowdfunding target last March. The Crowdcube campaign was terminated ear [...]

Phys.OrgCrowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regionsPhys.OrgThe study found that crowdfunding in a region, and in particular successful technology campaigns, appeared to cause an increase in venture capital funding in the region. This occurs as venture capitalists [...]

Funerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the riseBBC NewsCharles Wells, chief operations officer for JustGiving, said: "Thinking about the costs of a funeral is the last thing a grieving family wants to do but with the cost of funerals rising JustGiving has seen increasing number [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBeatStars & Play Impossible Set to Close Successful Equity ...Crowdfund InsiderBeatStars and Play Impossible are set to close their crowdfunding campaigns through Indiegogo and MicroVentures' equity crowdfunding platform. The two init.and more » [...]

Telegraph.co.ukWellesley to freeze crowdfunding campaign as it courts City investorsTelegraph.co.ukPeer-to-peer property lender Wellesley is suspending its crowd-funding efforts as it courts City investors to help fund its expansion. Wellesley is set to pause its campaign that asked s [...]

Road to VRVive Strap Accessory with Flip-up Visor and PSVR-style Comfort Passes Crowdfunding GoalRoad to VRSynergyWiz says they're wrapping up the design phase of the head-mount and have taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund the remaining development, charging $85 for each rEvolve he [...]

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