CEC & Hundreds of Businesses Support
Federal Minimum Wage Increase
Cutting Edge Capital CEO Jenny Kassan and President John Katovich added their voices to the growing number of businesses that support an increase in the federal minimum wage. Last increased in 2009, the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour ($15,080 a year for full-time worker) has less buying power than it had in 1950 because it has not kept pace with inflation.
Hundreds of business owners and executives around the country, including many fellow Social Venture Network members, have signed the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Statement arguing that a fair minimum wage makes good business sense. Notable supporters include the American Sustainable Business Council, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (see video here), Organic Valley, Ben & Jerry’s, Eileen Fisher, Dansko Footwear, Equal Exchange, Seventh Generation, New Belgium Brewing, and hundreds of locally owned businesses in almost every state.
Learn more at http://www.businessforafairminimumwage.org/.
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How To Create a $350-million Community Impact Investment Fund for the San Francisco Bay Area
By Jenny Kassan, CEO
According to the 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances, 50.4 percent of families have retirement accounts and the average value of these accounts was $44,000. According to the Census, there were about 1.6 million families in the 9 county Bay Area in 2010. If 50.4 percent of these families have retirement accounts, 806,400 have retirement accounts […]
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When You Go Solar Who Benefits More:
You or Wall Street?
By Seth Wilson, Director, Energy & Economic Development
Legend has it that Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and traded his soul with the devil in exchange for becoming the best blues guitarist to ever live. Is the devi l still at the crossroads cutting deals? Solar energy is at the crossroads of becoming a major contributor to solving our […]
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Direct Public Offerings Featured in Guest Blog Post
Direct Public Offerings (DPOs) were featured in a guest blog post (“Entrepreneurs – Have You Considered Direct Public Offerings to Raise Capital?”) on Return on Change. The post explores the different types of start-up capital available to entrepreneurs, with a focus on DPOs.
Read the full post here.
Cherryvale Farms LIVE on CircleUp!
We’re pleased to announce that our client Cherryvale Farms is doing a public offering to accredited investors under Rule 506(c), a new tool for raising capital under the JOBS Act.
Cutting Edge Capital and its sister law firm, Katovich & Kassan Law Group, assisted Cherryvale Farms with the legal work required to conduct this type of offering.
Accredited investors can participate in the offering through CircleUp!
Mendocino County’s Economic Development & Financing Corporation Proceeding with Public Offering
Our client the Mendocino County Economic Development & Financing Corporation is conducting a Direct Public Offering (DPO) to fund a loan program aimed at ventures that struggle to obtain financing from traditional lenders.
Read the story about them in The North Bay Business Journal.
Sustainable Enterprise Conference
Rohnert Park, CA
April 30, 2014
The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is a day-long learning and networking conference dedicated to helping North Bay businesses, academic, government and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
The conference program provides organizations and individuals with the latest information on how innovation and sustainability will drive the economy while preserving the resources needed for a prosperous future.
2014 Social Enterprise Business Conference
May 19-20, 2014
The 2014 Social Enterprise Business Conference will be a forum for discussing the application of emerging investing models to social causes. The conference will focus on strategies ranging from Social Impact Bonds to partnerships in investment ventures. The conference will feature several of the country’s leading experts on Social Enterprise, Social Investments, and Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporations (L3Cs).
Jenny Kassan will be speaking on a panel about the legal aspects of investment crowdfunding.
Please visit the conference website for more information.
Moving Together Toward a New Economy
June 6-8, 2014
Everywhere today, people are experimenting with new ways to create sustainable businesses, share knowledge and resources, and build resilient and democratic communities. From many people and places, a common vision for a new economy is gaining the momentum and power necessary to transform the system.
The conference will bring together a diverse group of the new economy movement’s most energetic thinkers, practitioners, and newcomers.
Jenny Kassan will be on a panel about re-creating access to capital for new economy businesses.
For more information about the conference, please visit the New Economy Coalition’s website.
12th Annual BALLE Conference
June 11-13, 2014
The 2014 BALLE Conference will focus on six key conversations that are emerging as among the most important happenings in Localism:
The conference will be a forum for advancing economic justice and inclusiveness.
Jenny Kassan will be a Leader in the Room for the Financing Resilient Local Economies conversation.
More information about the 2014 BALLE Conference can be found on BALLE’s website.
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