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Imagine a web site or portal with a variety of different people on it, people looking for career or entrepreneurial assistance. For the sake of argument – let’s limit it to young people. Each of these individuals, let’s call them ChangeMakers – would have to put up a profile or online portfolio. These portfolios would be a “Here I am world, this is what I’m all about and why you should invest in me.” The portfolio could ...more »
Imagine if you had access to a "Start-Up Concierge." This person would 'hand hold' you and your start-up through the regulatory processes and permits. Your concierge would actual be one of a network throughout multiple federal, state and local jurisdictions. Their goal would be to bring as many new businesses on line in the shortest amount of time. The "Start-Up Concierge" is not the gatekeeper, but rather the locksmith ...more »
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.
The biggest hurdle a start up has is financing, initially and in the first couple years. Banks won't lend to a new business that isn't backed by brick and mortar collateral (if then) and venture capital is only for the privileged few. This country has an excess of capacity. Why can't make we make it a priority to use this capacity by taxing the exchange of services and products (barter) at lesser rate than normal transactions. ...more »
At present our public libraries have been rendered mostly irrelevant. Aside from helping those without technology access and providing an after school safe haven for "lock key kids," their usefulness is limited. But it doesn't need to that way. Imagine libraries being a place where entrepreneurs and students could collaborate. Create "incubation pods" in libraries complete with technology and business support material ...more »
Entrepreneurism is not something that can be learned in the classroom. It has to be learned in the field - actually doing it. Coordination between high school and college - and the local small business community would provide a "transition bridge" for young entrepreneurs to hone their skills. At the same time the program would provide needed energetic talent to help small business adapt to the future. StartUpAmerica ...more »