It’s true. Almost anyone can become an investor in a startup thanks to the Texas State Securities Board, which approved the rules to regulate the way startups and investors conduct equity crowdfunding. As a result, more than 20 million unaccredited investors will soon be able to invest up to $5,000 per year in equity investments for small businesses raising under $1 million. The equity crowdfunding rules are important to Texas because of the many startups — especially technology companies — relying on investment capital to grow. Two companies in Texas have successfully raised capital using Texas’ new equity crowdfunding portals. The new regulation will help small, midsize, and high growth companies raise the capital they need to take their company to the next level. Additionally, crowdfunding will spawn innovation, prove business models and create new jobs. This new rule presents a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and the great state of Texas. “In order for equity crowdfunding to work effectively for all, we need more education for issuers and investors in the business community,” states Cynthia Nevels founder of Thinkcrowdfund.com.
Are you interested in learning more? We invite you to join us to hear from the experts on how the new rules work, meet leaders from approved equity crowdfunding portals and network with investors. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/ThinkCrowdFund
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October 1st will spawn open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Self-employed, entrepreneurs and small business employees will opt in to have health coverage – or not. Cynthia chats with experts from Be Covered, Blue Cross Blue Shield and U.S. Health and Human Services to help answer the questions you want to know. Just how affordable will the premium costs be? Tune in Tuesday, October 8, 2013 for this exclusive program to find out. Live on Disrupt Radio at 11:30 AM CDT.
The Affordable Healthcare Program’s Open Enrollment starts October 1, 2013. Finding insurance coverage and affordable premiums has gone high tech. Healthcare.gov is the new website where individuals and small businesses can evaluate providers, assess coverage and purchase health care products. Tune in Tuesday September 17, 2013 for a sneak peek at the new online exchange and learn step-by-step how the new health care marketplace works. Live on Disrupt Radio.
An open community forum for small businesses on August 1 will provide helpful information about the Affordable Healthcare Law, including its impact on small businesses. The event, led by Capital One Bank Texas State President Kent Eastman, will help small businesses understand the marketplace as well as how to choose the right coverage and prepare for an open enrollment. Special guest Herbert Austin, the District Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Small Business Administration, will cover employer-shared responsibility for employee health insurance coverage and what it means.
Veronica Moore, Regional Outreach Specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Cheryl Samberg, Senior Marketing Service Representative Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
New announcement from Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.:
The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council is celebrating over 40 years of facilitating connections between our Buying Entity Partners and certified Minority Business Enterprises in North Texas.
We continue our history of assisting connections by inviting you to participate in ACCESS 2015 Business Expo on May 11-12, 2015 at Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas! It is the largest premier business expo in the Southwest linking minority owned businesses with corporations, public sector agencies and prime federal suppliers. There is an opportunity for everyone to make a connection, build a relationship and learn more about the business opportunities upcoming in North Texas.
This event is open to the public, but you must register to attend.
May 11 - 12, 2015 Times:
Starts 3:00 PM 5/11/2015 (CDT) Location:
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 West Las Colinas Blvd
Irving, TX 75039
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Cowboys and Crowdfunding Episode 3May 16th, 2015
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Disruptive Crowdfunding News
Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin Gives Crowdfunding Advice Source: CrowdfundInsider.com
A look at what works for a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin was speaking earlier at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe gathering and had a few pointers for prospective crowdfunders on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. His insight is largely driven from the years of data the crowdfunding platform has captured.
Many of his pointers have widely been covered in the media as practical best practices but there are more than a few useful items here. Good Pitch, Good Audience and communicate regularly…
And yes it is true. You need to start with, from Slava’s perspective, 1/3 of the funding out of the gate with the next 1/3 coming from the friends of your network. Indiegogo can help by adding 1/3. So if you start with zero, you most likely will end with zero.
There are certain intricate and complex details the crowd may need to understand before diving into this space to ensure both sides of the table are playing fairly and the interest of issuers and investors are equally protected.