Sustainable Business Alliance

The Sustainable Business Alliance is a membership organization for companies committed to greater environmental and socially responsible business practices. Our members are a diverse community of over 100 sustainable businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We strengthen our businesses through networking, education, and partnership opportunities. We learn from and support each other through strong community and collaboration.

Our mission is to promote sustainable business practices, nurture the environmentally-committed business sector, advocate the environmentally progressive policies, and improve the environmental profile of economic activity in the East Bay.

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Love a local business? Buy a share

posted by sustainablebiz on Sep 30th, 2009 at 7:46 am

CNN has an article about small local businesses that have raised money directly from their loyal customer base.

"Plenty of entrepreneurs are turning to their communities for support in these tricky times. As the recession wreaks havoc on America's economy, finding the money to launch, expand or even just sustain a small business is often a struggle. In the second quarter of 2009, venture capital funds raised the smallest amount since the third quarter of 2003, according to the National Venture Capital Association in Arlington, Va. Banks continue to pull credit lines and credit cards from many small businesses. Even proprietors who are willing to extract capital from their homes -- often their biggest personal asset - can't always do so, because the declining housing market has left so many homeowners underwater."

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We previously blogged about a similar story: Alabama pharmacist launches homegrown economic stimulus with $2 bill

This article really scares me because it makes it sound like you can just sell shares to the public anytime you want. This could result in severe penalties from state and federal securities regulators! Don't do anything like this without doing some research first! Also, I am working with some people who are advocating for changes to the laws to make this kind of fundraising for business easier. Please let me know if you are interested in being a part of this movement! ... a comment from Jenny Kassan , left on on Sep 30th, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Thanks for your diligent eye! ... a comment from sustainablebiz , left on on Oct 1st, 2009 at 10:21 am

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