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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Women Transforming our Financial Markets Symposium

Now Street

Presents

Women Transforming our Financial Markets Symposium

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
New York City

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Space is limited!

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE FAVORABLE CLIMATE FOR WOMEN TO LAUNCH NEW BUSINESSES & MAXIMIZE INVESTMENT RETURNS

In this remarkable moment in history, the U.S. regulatory landscape, its capital markets and the innovation that drives those markets are simultaneously on the threshold of extraordinary change. Unlike previous waves of innovation that have rejuvenated public stock exchanges, this one is aimed directly at galvanizing private marketplaces where today?s fastest growing companies now reside. We believe that we are currently witnessing the rise of the next great stock market, known as the Private Company Marketplace (PCM), which is being fueled by a revolution in mass communications and historic regulatory reform.

The passage of the ?Jumpstart our Business Start-ups Act? (JOBS Act) amends improvident securities laws that have stymied economic growth by cultivating a financial system that benefits a privileged few while discounting the vast majority. With new legislation democratizing the financial markets and allowing capital to flow back to entrepreneurs and retail investors, there has never been a more favorable climate for America?s women to launch new businesses and maximize investment returns.

Join senior management of the leading Crowdfunding & PCM platforms, tax, legal & regulatory experts as well as retirement specialists, prominent economists, angels, venture capitalists, incubators and visionaries at NowStreet?s Women Transforming our Financial Markets Symposium as we provide the knowledge, encouragement and relationships needed to succeed in a transforming marketplace.

We look forward to empowering more women in business and finance as well as honoring those ladies who continue to raise glass ceilings and inspire new generations.

SPEAKERS

Dara Albright, NowStreet
Amy Cortese, Accomplished Journalist, Speaker & Author of Locavesting
Doug Ellenoff, Member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole
Judith Feder, Managing Director at du Pasquier & Co., Inc
Gloria Feldt, Inspirational speaker, Author
John Frankel, Partner at ff Venture Capital
Sara Hanks, Co-founder and CEO of CrowdCheck
Hazel Henderson, Founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC
Lori Hoberman, Partner of Chadbourne & Parke
James A. Jones, Director of Business Development for Accuplan
Jason Jones, Portfolio Manager of HighStep Capital
Candace Klein, Founder of Bad Girl Ventures & SomoLend
Connie Koch, President, Southern California Region of Keiretsu Forum
Danielle Lanyard, Founder of Green Breakfast Club
Mitchell Littman, Founding Partner of Littman Krooks
Gene Massey, CEO of MediaShares
Brian Meece, CEO of RocketHub
Monika Mitchell, CEO of Good Business International
Vince Molinari, CEO of Gate Technologies
Scott Purcell, Founder of Arctic Island
Phil Reicherz, Founder & Managing Partner at Magnolia Ventures LLC
Stacy Robin, Director, Marketing at EisnerAmper
Judy Robinett, Prominent Venture Investor
April Rudin, CEO of The Rudin Group
Barbara Russell, Co-Founder of The Social Internet Fund
Rich Salute, Capital Markets and SEC Practice Director with J.H. Cohn
Dr. Charles Sidman, Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners and Angels
McKenzie M. Slaughter, Founder & CEO of Prohaus Group
Robin Smith, M.D., MBA, Chairman & CEO of Neostem, Inc
Karla Valas, Managing Director ? Complex Asset Group at Fidelity
Freeman White, CEO of Launcht

Attendees will include primarily female entrepreneurs, crowdfunding professionals & enthusiasts, angels, accredited investors; investment bankers; wealth managers; VCs; family offices; incubators; private equity firms; pre-IPO fund managers; hedge funds; brokers; secondary stock specialists; equity analysts; select members of the media as well as tax, legal and regulatory experts.

Key Discussion Points Will Include:

Raising capital & maximizing returns as U.S. market structure evolves
The demise of the small cap IPO and its consequences on job creation & economic growth
Redefining Capital Formation
How equity-based crowdfunding and peer-to peer-lending will revolutionize the marketplace
How to legally and successfully crowdfund in the current environment
The differences between securities-based Crowdfunding, reward-based Crowdfunding & typical micro-cap investing
Using social media and other advances in communications to reach investors & provide greater transparency
Finding the ideal financing structure for your business/client
The developing Crowdfunding organizations and introductions to its leaders
Private share transacting
The settling & clearing of private shares
How the removal of the solicitation ban impacts investment bankers, issuers, hedge funds, the marketing & PR industry and investors
Meeting angels & incubators
Constructive liquidity strategies for private company stock
Funding your venture with Self-Directed IRAs
Using retirement accounts to gain diversified exposure to some of the fastest growing private companies
Tax issues related to JOBS Act changes
How capitalism & humanitarianism can converge to form new investing philosophies
How women can help transform Wall Street, create jobs and rejuvenate the economy

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