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Secret's Out: Now You Can Tell the Whole World You're Raising Money for Your Business

Secret's Out: Now You Can Tell the Whole World You're Raising Money for Your Business | Start Up Businesses | Scoop.it
The SEC takes a step forward in administering the JOBS Act by lifting the ban on general solicitation.
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This is fabulous news, and a signal that the SEC (and hopefully FINRA, the "all-seeing entity") is moving positively and rapidly toward  giving entrepreneurial enterprises, startups and smaller businesses a real break in terms of their ability to raise money through offerings of their securities. While the SEC has until October to issue its precise guidelines for crowdfunded public offerings of project sponsors' securities, this elimination of the onerous, long-term ban on 'general solicitiation' via public announcement of the intention to raise funds through an offering, gives many companies a head start in terms of garnering investor interest in their companies and offerings. It's good for the private sector's entrepreneurial engine, and that means it's good for the nation's economy, jobs creation and productivity.

 

-- Douglas E. Castle

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12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources

12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources | Start Up Businesses | Scoop.it
From YouTube to Edutopia--and of course, TeachThought--this post includes 13 timeless project-based learning resources for the classroom.
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The United States is falling far behind most other nations in terms of its ability to educate students to the extent that they can perform rudimentary calculations and express simple thoughts verbally. Project-focused learning tools are extraordinarily motivating and powerful in their ability to integrate the principle of gamification and education. When a student is focused on attaining a specific goal-atainment objective, he or she is 1) much more likely to remain attentive until problem completion 2) much more likely to integrate a variety of skills from various disciplines and prior experiences in order to reach the goal, and, most importantly, 3) the neural pathways "carved" in the process are far more likely to be indelibly etched in the challenged student's mind. We learn and work more effectively when we see our learning or work as a task with significance and real meaning than just a drill or rote performance. I applaud this project-oriented approach to education, and I am emphatically in favor of the development and utilization of tools to better facilitate it. Education, after all, is an investment in the future of our species.

 

- Douglas E. Castle

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4 Small Business Goals and Resources You Need

4 Small Business Goals and Resources You Need | Start Up Businesses | Scoop.it
Today's feature article lists four common small business goals and a set of resources for each to help you get moving on your business goals.
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It is absolutely refreshing to see an article which simply and directly focuses on the very things that entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers need to be concerned about, as well as an index of helpful resources which can assist these hard-working and all-too-often "crisis management"- distracted people, some of whom could easily be my clients in addressing these critical goals. It is so easy to lose sight of macroscopic goals when you are immersed in microscopic detail. My compliments on this excellent article.

-Douglas E. Castle, CFI

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