Etsy (Italian for “oh, yes!”): That wonderful, whimsical online marketplace for crafty sole entrepreneurs is branching out. My recent experience attending an innovative and uniquely structured conference: “Hello Etsy: Reimagine the Marketplace” showed me that Etsy is nothing less than a market force.
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So you thought that the Big Apple was just a lean mean fighting machine of big business loving, Wall Street hugging, corporate kissing, money hungry anti-Occupy capitalistic greed and power? Well, okay you might be right! But small biz is making a comeback!
Gazillionaire Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t just support his deep-pocketed Wall Street clients. The Mayor has been on track to create New York City as one of the premier centers for new business innovation in the world. Recognizing that office space in New York was prohibitive, our Mayor has created a phenomenal incubator community with city resources and subsidies for dirt cheap work space, professional services and high-tech access. The latest hub is set to open on West 118 Street and will serve the area’s upcoming entrepreneurs and small business start-ups.
Etsy, our friends at the World’s Biggest Online Marketplace for Craftspeople, is having its first American conference on the new economy this March 22-24, 2013. The GoodB Team will be there filming the events and interviewing key speakers and participants. Our founder Monika Mitchell will be presenting a workshop with Locavesting author, Amy Cortese on Community Capital. Tickets are $85 and going fast! Get $10 off by mentioning the code GoodB-Etsy!
Since the passage of the overwhelmingly bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) on April 5, 2012, the curiosity of a revolutionary small business financing mechanism called, Crowdfunding (also referred to as Title III of the JOBS Act, “Crowdfund Investing” or “CrowdInvesting”), has intensified.
So you think it is too expensive to set up shop for your small business or start-up in New York. And you are overwhelmed at the thought of three months of security deposit, moving expenses, equipment rentals, renovation costs and monthly utility costs, Think again! A new dawn of affordable office space has been born in New York City!
The JOBS ACT, Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups Act, was signed into law nearly a year ago. The Securities and Exchange Commission had a mandate to issue guidelines and regulations for a new secondary market supporting small business by September 2012. So what happened? Lobbys, lobbys, and more lobbys.
Is the business of Love helping your enterprise? For retailers, restaurants and dating sites, Valentine’s Day is big business. But all the wrapping paper, un-recycled cards, and general consumption can also lead to an ecological wasteland! As we celebrate our love for each other, don’t forget to love the planet too!
One of the world’s largest corporations, ranked #49 among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and No. 34 by Forbes in terms of size and influence, American Express wants to be your small business’ BFF.
According to Forbes, the financial services giant has a market cap of over $65B, that’s B for billions. With over 65,000 employees worldwide, more than 26,000 in the U.S. alone, American Express is the biggest buddy that small business ever had. That must be why they sponsor “Small Business Saturday” on Thanksgiving Weekend, giving reward perks to anyone who supports Small-b’s with an Amex card purchase.
In 2013, the implementation of investment crowdfunding stands to democratize access to capital for startups and small businesses. For investors of all economic classes it represents the right to accept risk, and invest in the businesses they believe in. We’re at a critical junction in our realization of this right, waiting for the SEC & FINRA to promulgate rules that will either support or stifle the industry.
Securities & Exchange Commission’s latest meet-up on Equity-based crowdfunding regulatory guidelines. These guidelines were to be determined in September 2012, 5 months after the JOBS Act was signed into law. What got done by the SEC this past November? Not much…