Tax Changes You Should Be Aware Of   Author: David M. Watts, Jr., McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC    
The following is a summary of the most important tax developments that have occurred in the past several months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood.
How Title III Real Estate Crowdfunding is an Investment Game-Changer    Author:    
While not yet available thanks to all the hand-wringing in Congress, equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors will potentially present one of the greatest opportunities for investment returns.
Business Angel of the Year 2013 - Europe   Author:    
On May 13-14, 300 early-stage investors gathered at the 13th European Business Angel Congress in Vienna, Austria.
Seeking Opportunity in Ecuador    Author: Herb Terry   
Henry’s story of success in Ecuador is one of entrepreneurship and vision. He was initially drawn to the country during a business trip that went awry due to scheduling conflicts, and subsequently meeting the woman he would eventually marry. He accepted a job teaching English at the university in Quito, and noticed a need for a better business model in providing students with language education. Now, the university’s English teaching staff has grown from three to 170, and the student roster rose from 479 to 25,000. Henry attributes his success more to the needs presented by Ecuador, noting that a developing country presents more opportunities for those looking to bring a particular product or service to the people. For more on this continue reading the following article from International Living.
Bank Failures Jump in July    Author: Matt Valley   
Bank failures are up in July after two consecutive months of decreasing closures, according to the Trepp Watch List, which monitors banks that are in danger of failing. July’s 13 failures contribute to a total of 61 for the year so far; four more than were closed in the previous two months combined. Georgia leads the nation for failed banks, followed by Florida, Illinois, Minnesota and North Carolina, although the largest bank to close in July was located in Indiana and had $2.2 billion in assets. The failures are attributed to banks’ interest in nonperforming loans, particularly commercial real estate construction and sale loans. For more on this continue reading the following article from National Real Estate Investor.
Commercial Leaseholders Beware of Mortgagees    Author: Harold Dembo   
Tenants who acquire commercial leases often do so without considering the relationship between the landlord and his or her mortgagee. Once upon a time this may not have been so risky, but in the age of mass foreclosures it pays to insure oneself against the possible fallout from landlord default. If a landlord holding commercial leases defaults on a loan obligation, the mortgagee will not be legally bound to honor an agreement between that landlord and the tenants, meaning a tenant could unknowingly be in danger of losing tenancy. A subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreement (SNDA) can secure a tenant’s interest in the leased property. The first step, however, is to speak with the landlord to get a better understanding of the situation before signing a lease. For more on this continue reading the following article from National Real Estate Investor.
How To Purchase A Vineyard In Your IRA   Author: Tom Phelan   
Tom Phelan explains how you can purchase a vineyard using your IRA funds.
How to Make Small Business Marketing Count   Author: Laurie Kulikowski   
A business that provides a similar product as another business needs to find a way to differentiate that product from the competition. Marketing specialists suggest creating a storyline for the product that helps consumers identify with it. Other suggestions include knowing how to put the product in consumers’ hands that makes it easier for them to choose that brand; quicker delivery, broader supply or better service are a few ways to do this. For more on this continue reading the following article from The Street.
How One Expat Found Business Success In Chile   Author: Jody Hanson   
Steve McCarthy, originally of California, talks about how he found himself owning and operating a personalized tour service in Chile after the recession left him scrambling for work as an architectural consultant. McCarthy, 58, now lives in Chile with his “adopted” family – friends of a friend from California – and they operate the business together. He notes that they may not get rich, but that they are all happy doing something they enjoy, and how what looked like a bad turn of fortune ended up being the best change in his life.
Small Business Start-Up Tips   Author: Laurie Kulikowski   
Changes in the economy are forcing people to look at job alternatives, and starting a small business is becoming a reality for many new entrepreneurs. People interested in being their own boss need to be aware of their options for entering into the market. A few suggestions for lowering the barriers to entry are keeping the business mobile by skipping the costs of a storefront, choosing a business that has flexibility in the level of investment and seeking out opportunities to provide a service rather than a product. Mobile fitness programs and tutoring franchises are just two examples of service-oriented small businesses that require little upfront money or storefront costs. For more on this continue reading the following article from The Street.
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