Baah baah almost there!

baahThe Economic Development and Financing Corporation is at 90% of its goal in its Direct Public Offering. California investors can help them reach their target by investing before February 9th.

Through a community-based Local Social Impact Investment Note, EDFC offers investors an opportunity for California residents to launch the Mendocino Wool Mill project – and shift their money from Wall Street to “Main Street.”

Learn more here.

Mission: Cheese.

mc tickerSan Francisco’s Mission Cheese is almost halfway to their goal of opening their new restaurant, Makers Common. With some of the most creative marketing out there, they literally put the investment opportunity on the menu with a  $1,000 “founders special.”

In the words of one of their investors:

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to support local makers. By supporting Maker’s Common you’re also supporting all the small food producers they source from. Maker’s Common has created an opportunity for me to invest in my local community, and that’s an opportunity that doesn’t come by very often.”  – Buck Lucas, SF, CA

Want to learn more? Mission cheese is hosting a Happy Hour for potential investors on February 8th @ 6:30 p.m. RSVP directly on their website.

Blazing the Trail

mt logoMy Trail was born in Boulder, Colorado, out of a passion for the outdoors and a desire to bring to market the very best lightweight and functional outdoor clothing and equipment. T heir merchandise will be available on their website, and they eventually plan to open retail locations in Colorado.
After completing the DPO Lab (then known as the “DPO Boot Camp”), My Trail Company has raised $294,100 of its $800,000 goal, with 150 days to go! The 1st $200,000 they brought in funded production of their best-selling styles, an e-commerce launch, the opening of a new distribution center, and the hiring of core staff.

In their offering, investors purchase preferred shares directly from the company, earning 10% annual dividends, which will either be paid in cash or accrue from year to year and be paid upon a liquidation or certain types of redemption. Investors will receive a 20% discount on product purchases.

Investors in Colorado can find more about the opportunity on Cutting Edge X, the Direct Offering Marketplace. Learn more about My Trail.

Composting Pays

cero pictureFounded in 2012, CERO Cooperative is more than just a compost hauler in Massachusetts. They are built on the mission of improving their communities while doing right by the environment. Plus, as a worker-owned cooperative all their employees are deeply vested in their success. Turns out, their community is too!  Unique as a bilingual, multicultural co-op, CERO completed a year long  Direct Public Offering , raising capital by selling shares of dividend-paying stock to regular community people. Lenders who were initially hesitant to take a chance on lower income entrepreneurs in the green economy are now on board, and CERO is growing, providing the jobs it promised to workers who own the company. In one year, they raised over $350,000 from their community using our Online Investment Tool and CuttingEdgeX listing site. You can learn more about their story and growth in a short video on their website.

Investing in the Silver City

murray pictureA graduate of our DPO Lab, (formerly known as “DPO Boot Camp”) the  Murray Hotel has received regulatory approval to conduct a DPO in New Mexico. In the heart of Silver City, the Murray Hotel is a 1938 Art Deco hotel that celebrated the 75th anniversary of its original opening in 2013. The Murray Hotel is raising $600,000 by selling membership interests in the business through a DPO. Investors may earn up to 5% return per year. The funds raised in its DPO will be used for renovations of the hotel, including guest rooms and food facilities, and for marketing the hotel and its proximate location to amazing wilderness and cultural areas. On January 21, 2016, they held their first meeting with potential investors. Read more about the Murray Hotel in this article. Stay tuned for updates on their offering!