You may be thinking, “my company isn’t public, so there’s no way SEC regulations apply to me.” They do. In the past ten years, however, your crowdfunding options have expanded significantly. But before you start e-mailing your subscribers to purchase shares in your company consider the available options and their requirements. I’m going to give you an overview of all three.
Ridgeline Venture Law, with offices in Chattanooga and Cookeville, has become Tennessee’s first B Corp law firm and only the fifth such designee in the state.
THE U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE'S PATENT TECHNOLOGY MONITORING TEAM PUBLISHES YEARLY STATISTICS AND TRENDS THAT ARE USEFUL FOR IDENTIFYING INNOVATIVE CAPABILITIES AND REGIONAL CONCENTRATIONS ACROSS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. HERE ARE A FEW SNAPSHOTS:
I recently assisted a client who was quite stressed when she first approached me, having been entangled in the complicated processes, promises, and contracts of an invention promotion company. Like most customers of these promo companies, my client was a smart, but busy and inexperienced inventor who lived in a rural area; not exactly the meet-your-angel-investor-at-the-local-Diary-Queen kind of place. I imagine she googled questions like "what do I do with my new invention?" and "how do I get a patent?" before linking up with this particular promo company, probably through an online ad.