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Petition to Encourage Investment in Startups and Small Businesses

Startups and Small Businesses are a critical part of our economy.  They provide the majority of new jobs and salaries that are used to purchase goods (food, gas, rent), and stimulate the economy. However, Startups and Small Businesses need cash to fund their businesses and hire Americans.  With the financial meltdown, the traditional means of financing (bank loans, credit cards and venture capital) are no longer available to 98% of businesses because banks are holding on to their cash, credit card interest rates are insane and private capital is only available to a select few.  Without access to cash, thousands of businesses in 2011 will not start or grow and that means fewer jobs and a weaker US economy.  

There is a solution.  It is called crowdfunding – regular Americans, choosing to invest small amounts of money in small businesses in their communities.  However the SEC doesn’t allow the average American to invest at all because of regulations written almost 80 years ago.  Sign our petition (click "The Petition" to the right to read the full petition) to voice your agreement that the SEC should make our commonsense modifications to these regulations  to provide a reasonable level of investor protection (anti-fraud & transparency) while easing the restrictions so that capital can flow to startups and small businesses from individuals who want to invest small amounts of money in them.


Sherwood Neiss started this petition with a single signature, and now has 2,085 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.