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Change SEC law for Crowdfunding

Currently, start-up companies trying to raise money through innovative crowdfunding sites are treated under the same rules as those with conventional public offerings.

 

I suggest exempting securities offerings up to $100,000 with $100 maximum per investor from current SEC regulations.

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Defer taxes on stock-in-lieu-of salary transactions

Problem: Early-stage startups lack cash to compensate advisors or employees. These startups frequently compensate with stock in-lieu of salary. As a C Corporation, it is difficult to avoid triggering a taxable event when compensating with stock. This is particularly problematic when the stock is an illiquid asset. Solution: Defer taxes on all stock-in-lieu-of salary transactions (whether gift or granting of options) ...more »

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US Gov should help inventors secure intl. patent rights

Consider how many Americans there are who have viable, patentable inventions but cannot afford to get international patent rights. If the gov. reduced such barrier and actually helped such innovators protect their new products, these could be manufactured and/or sold internationally and tremendously strengthen our national economy while reducing the trade deficit.

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Online Blueprints for Startups

Work with the existing SBA assets to create simple, easy-to-follow online blueprints for startups, oriented around the business area. In particular, blueprints written and designed by successful entrepreneurs would be valuable. Right now the SBA-type guides are generic (e.g. "write a business plan", "choose a location", etc.), and yet a wealth of business area-specific statistics and guidance lies within the references ...more »

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Live-Work Incubators: Babson's ETower Meets the Real World

Bring the concept of Babson's entrepreneurship dorm, ETower, into the real world. Entrepreneurial cities need to allow entrepreneurs to live in incubators. Zoning laws typically only allow artists to live where they work. Launching out of an apartment is not as effective as launching out of an incubator, but it's an added expense. Young entrepreneurs, frequently fresh out of college with flexible living requirements, ...more »

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Student loan forgiveness for working in an LMI or HUBZone

Problem: It is difficult for small businesses in LMI (Low and Moderate Income) and HubZone areas to hire recent college graduates. It is difficult for the recent graduates to afford to work for these businesses, particularly given high student loan payments. Solution: Provide loan forgiveness for recent graduates who go to work for a small business in an LMI or HubZone area. Benefit: Reduces loan burden for recent ...more »

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SBA Loans are too difficult to obtain.

Reduce the hurdles to obtain an SBA loan. The current process is nearly impossible to navigate and the sponsoring banks don't seem to want to help. You can qualify for a $50k car in an afternoon yet it takes weeks or months to qualify for the same SBA loan. Lack of access to capital kills great ideas every day. Technology fields specifically need to move fast or we end up watching our competition (other countries) ...more »

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Support StartupVisa!

StartupVisa is a way for people currently in the US to start a business here without having to leave the country - or for new immigrants to move here to start their company. http://www.startupvisa.com/

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Innovative Financing & High impact Business Development

Financing, Financing, Financing! Use Business Schools in the US to provide open Business concept competition (Open to non student as well). Heavy focus by state for top entrepreneurial schools. Give top entrepreneurial school in the US the Quaterback position for the entire program. Quaterback would use up to 1-4 Universities per state. The various business schools would be an anchor to encourage success act as clearing ...more »

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Mirror Sites/Platforms like Quirky & Kickstarter

Take a look at sites/platforms like Quirky.com and Kickstarter.com. It looks like the private sector has taken over when the gov. is still treading water.

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No Payroll taxes for one year

Prohibit the payment of Payroll taxes for one year for start-ups that employ 3 or less employees and have an annual income of $100,000 or less.

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