Although delayed for nearly a year, today the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously approved the release of proposed equity crowdfunding rules. The proposed rules have been published and are available on the SEC website for public comments. The rules are part of the implementation of The JOBS Act, a 2012 law which legalized the opportunity for regular people to invest in local businesses without cumbersome regulations.
Attorney Jonathan Frutkin wrote the book “Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners” which was published earlier this year. The book, available on Amazon.com, explains how this extraordinary opportunity will allow local businesses to generate new enthusiasm to accelerate their growth. Frutkin is Principal with The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“The release of proposed rules by the SEC is a monumental step forward,” Frutkin says. “It finally moves the ball forward, permitting equity crowdfunding to be finally legal and implemented in 2014.”
Frutkin believes that the ability of regular people to own part of their local economy, rather than being limited to simply investing in large multi-national companies like Exxon and Apple will be transformative to communities.
“People have become far too disconnected from their investment dollars. Instead of driving Wall Street, their investment in Main Street will make their neighborhood a much more interesting place to live,” Frutkin notes. “Now, at least some of their net worth will help their community flourish.” Frutkin also emphasized that equity crowdfunding is not permitted yet, and any company looking at this type of financing should contact their legal counsel.
Frutkin has been active in the crowdfunding movement since The JOBS Act was passed last year. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on the future of crowdfunding finance.
There has been widespread recognition of the emerging power of crowdfunding, the online phenomenon that provided more than $10 million for iPhone-compatible watch creator Pebble and $5.7 million for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie. Valley Attorney Jonathan Frutkin of The Frutkin Law Firm recently published a new book about this new source of finance, known as “equity crowdfunding”. According to Frutkin, the same power of online funding will soon let local companies raise capital online – and more importantly, make customers into owners, increasing the market share of businesses that successfully leverage this new opportunity.
The book, titled Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners, provides insight into how business owners can turn their customers into loyal customers while raising money for their company. It is now available for print and digital purchase on Amazon.com.
“Equity crowdfunding is the single largest marketing opportunity for local businesses to transform mere customers into loyal owners,” Frutkin said when describing the concept. “By resetting the relationship between corporation and patron, the new rules for crowdfunding are going to fundamentally shift the way entrepreneurs think about both raising capital and creating long-term engagements with their customers.”
Interest in crowdfunding drastically increased after President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups) in 2012 legalizing equity crowdfunding, subject to new rules being agreed by regulators. A total of $2.7 billion was provided through crowdfunding by individual donors last year, according to reports by research firm Massolution — up 81% from 2011. This space is only going to heat up further when SEC rules for the JOBS Act are released this year, paving the way for equity crowdfunding.
For more information on the book, author Jonathan Frutkin, and The Frutkin Law Firm, visit www.frutkinlaw.com.
The Frutkin Law Firm continues to seek new ways to service more individuals and businesses in the Valley. The local law firm has added a new practice area called “Dividing Retirement Benefits,” which will allow their attorneys to help couples going through a divorce.
Other than the family home, retirement benefits are generally the most substantial assets to be divided in a divorce action. In today’s economic climate, they are also, arguably, the most important. According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.
“Dividing retirement benefits in a divorce can be very complex, therefore many family law firms refer this work out to attorneys who specialize in the area,” said Principal Jonathan Frutkin.
The Frutkin Law Firm will help the large number of couples in the Valley facing these issues, as research indicates that Arizona is one of 14 states where divorce rates are higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey.
The Frutkin Law Firm consists of nine attorneys with decades of experience in the core areas of business law, bankruptcy, estate and tax planning, and employee benefit plans. For more information on The Frutkin Law Firm and practices areas, visit www.frutkinlaw.com. For more information specifically on the new practice area, visit www.qdroaz.com.