Category: Entrpreneurs

Raising Equity and Crowdfunding: The Business Forum Show, January 22, 2014

In my most recent appearance on The Business Forum Show, Host Kevin Hunter and I discussed the basics of raising equity capital and recent efforts to make “crowdfunding” legal for for-profit businesses.  You can listen to the show here. Background

Minnesota Estate Tax Changes Close the Border on Small Business Investments

Comedian Ron White made famous the phrase “You can’t fix stupid.”  In the film Parental Guidance, Billy Crystal’s character remarked that his mother always told him that “there’s no cure for dumb.” Either of those phrases are apt descriptions of

The Truth About Job Creation in Minnesota

Last week’s Department of Labor report showed a drop in the unemployment rate from 9.1% to 9.0% but the fewest number of jobs – 80,000 – added in four months.  The issue of job creation remains the primary focus of policy

Startup Steps #3: Entity Taxation Issues

As I alluded to in Startup Steps #2, the question of whether a business owner should form a LLC or a S corporation is largely a tax question, rather than a legal question.  In order to answer this question, I’ve

Startup Steps #2: What Business Owners Need to Know About Limited Liability Companies and Corporations

Introduction Use of liability limiting entities such as corporations and/or limited liability companies are extremely common for today’s business owner.  This article briefly summarizes the legal structure of these entities and provides some examples of how they can be useful

The SEC’s Associated Persons Rule

Ask the owner of any startup business venture what his or her biggest hurdle is and 9 out of 10 will say “raising money.”  Even in a good economy, most lenders are hesitant to risk their capital on new ventures,

The Difference Between Inventors and Entrepreneurs

  This weekend I finally got around to watching the film “Flash of Genius.”  The movie tells the story of Dr. Robert Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, and his battle against Ford Motor Co. over Ford’s alleged