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Why Crowdfunding Is A Gamechanger For Texas Startups

Why Crowdfunding Is A Gamechanger For Texas Startups

By | June 24, 2015 | Fort Work Blog

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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Understanding the New Affordable Healthcare Law

Affordable Care ActCapital One Bank, Small Business Administration and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Partner to Offer “The Small Business Lecture Series: Affordable Healthcare Forum

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.

Panelists include:

  • 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