Welcome To MicroAngels Institute For Small Investors and Entrepreneurs
OUR MISSION -- To teach our MicroAngels Investing method. This is investing small amounts in socially responsible local companies that help green the economy.
Protection For The General Public and Small Investors
The Grass Roots MicroAngels method is unique and can be learned by anyone: from absolute beginners to recovering venture capitalists! This method greatly reduces the risk always present for small investors in early-stage investments. It does this in two ways -- by diversifying small but equal amounts into at least ten new companies that are beginning to trade publicly, and by every company using the same structure that specifically protects small investors. Our method makes it appropriate for average Americans to get in on the ground floor of startup companies. These companies are using special laws to go public right after they raise seed money when they are still small, rather than 3 to 5 years later. Our members have seen outstanding profits with this method. Please review the historical record of companies that used this method to raise seed capital and become publicly traded at our Past Companies page. Also remember that past results are never a guarantee of future performance.
MicroAngels companies are structured to guarantee that our members' shares are the first to trade publicly. This is because under securities Rule 144 company insiders (officers and managers) must hold their shares for 1 - 2 years. So buyers of the public shares have an opportunity to sell before the insiders are allowed to sell.
Our method also provides investors a second chance for profit if the company's first business plan doesn't succeed. This second chance is one key to the superior results shown here that occurred during the down stock market of 2001 to 2003. Join us at a free club meeting for a "Getting Started" class to learn how anyone can get in on the ground floor.
GREEN & SUSTAINABLE INVESTING
It is makes good financial sense to invest in new and emerging companies of the “Green Economy”. These companies are expected to out perform traditional smoke stack industries as our country moves more and more towards sustainable economics. Green businesses run less risk of being bankrupted by lawsuits because of pollution or product liabilities such as oil spills or cancer agents. These companies can help assure our economic and planetary future. MicroAngels is focused on green and sustainable businesses as the best opportunities for growth and because it is the right thing to do; that is "Investing With Our Values." We choose businesses that are both sound companies and will profit by affecting a positive change in the world. Often times, it is these types of businesses that find it difficult or unattractive to obtain capital from traditional venture sources. If they prefer small investors who have an affinity for their products and services they can do a direct offering of stock to investor clubs like ours. They benefit from our pride of ownership because we become free word-of-mouth marketing agents. We tell everyone we know about the company we invested in. See past MicroAngels companies, as listed on the Past Companies
Affinity investing is investing in companies that you know something about, or feel some identity with the product. An affinity group is any group of people with a common interest. With Grass Roots MicroAngels one common interest is investing in small private companies just before they become publicly traded. Affinity investing can be very powerful for both investors and companies. Normally, investors must spend time and have expertise to understand the company and its industry before making an investment. However, most small investors do not have the necessary time or expertise to do in-depth due diligence. So instead our members look at the company's structure and compare it to the structure of our past MicroAngels companies. If they recognize the structure then that provides some affinity and they tend to become long-term investors. Grass Roots MicroAngels recognizes the value of local investors investing in local businesses, especially when those businesses are striving to make our world a better place.
THE "POP" FROM GOING PUBLIC
Almost any company becomes worth more if it is publicly traded than if it is still private. So by investing in a company just before it becomes public, members can participate in the "POP" when it first starts trading. Large IPOs are hard to get because according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, brokers bribe their favored clients with these new shares. The general public almost never gets in on New York's hot IPOs. A direct public offering (DPO) is different. It takes the broker out of the deal, hence the word "Direct". It allows the entrepreneur to sell shares "directly" to residents of their local community, so average Americans can now participate in the "POP" from going public.
ENTREPRENEURS CAN USE A DPO
When raising capital, entrepreneurs find a great benefit from the ability to use a direct public offering (DPO). It is low cost and allows them to sell shares to people they already know as well as advertise to the general public. Many Americans desire to invest in early-stage companies, but until now they didn’t have the opportunity to invest directly. Through MicroAngels clubs companies cultivate their natural affinity groups as their investor base as well as their future customers. They rely on special state and federal laws when registering to sell shares in a DPO. For more information on the DPO process, see our Entrepreneurs pages.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & INVESTING LOCALLY
We believe that when local investors invest in local companies it's better for our communities, our member investors and the companies too. It keeps the money local and creates jobs. So the 73,000 US communities can use DPOs as a tool to build economic prosperity while maintaining more control over their quality of life if the businesses start out locally funded and owned. We work with community organizations to provide free speakers to small business development agencies, business incubators and universities. We also train club leaders to start new clubs in their area. See Starting Clubs.
Education For Small Investors At Meetings
Club meetings are free and sponsored by our educational not-for-profit Grass Roots MicroAngels Institute. They are social evenings for the general public to learn the "How To" of Grass Roots communtiy stock investing. At each meeting past companies are reviewed and the unique MicroAngels structure is explained in detail so members will understand what each company had in common. This usually lasts one hour with questions. We then take a short break which is followed by a "How To" class for entrepreneurs.
Members do not pool their money like traditional investment clubs. Instead investors learn the Grass Roots MicroAngels method, and if they wish to begin investing they invest individually into companies that they feel affinity with. They make their own investment decisions and receive their own stock certificates. Later if they decide to sell, this is also a private decision and they use any online broker dealer to sell shares into the public market.
Service providers are welcome, but no selling or soliciting is allowed. Often experts in the fields of law, investing and business develpoment are present and lively discussions ensue at the breaks. There is no membership fee and the club receives no commissions. Meetings are strictly for education and support.
Meetings are held in several cities on an as-needed basis. So anyone not near enough to a current club is encouraged to contact us about starting a club in their area. We are interested in expanding so if you would like to help start a club in your area, or know of someone who would like to learn to lead meetings, see our Starting Clubs page.
QUICKSTART MEMBERS SEMINAR
Scheduled only when demand is sufficient from new members, this intense two-hour program covers all three Grass Roots MicroAngels Institute courses. After completing this three-part seminar members will understand: the MicroAngels method, using an online broker and characteristics of the various national markets including NYSE, NASDAQ, OTCBB and the PINK SHEETS.
Club meetings are free, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Check the Events page and reserve a space at our next meeting on our Reservation page.
The Purpose of Our Site
Our site is a service to our members and guests, providing educational information, a schedule of Grass Roots MicroAngels events and details of the Grass Roots MicroAngels method. Information provided is from reliable sources, but we do not guarantte its accuracy. As always, we invite your questions and suggestions, and look forward to seeing you at our next free club meeting.
DISCLAIMER: This website contains historical information from sources that we believe reliable, but make no assurance of its accuracy. Any forward-looking statements are for teaching purposes only. This information is not investment advice or an investment guarantee. Anyone interested in investments should seek competent advice before investing.
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