Michael ShumanAny conversation about growing your local economy likely begins and ends with Michael Shuman. He is an internationally recognized expert on the topic—in fact, he wrote the book on the matter, or four to be exact.

Michael Shuman is an attorney, author, entrepreneur, economist, and an authority in the field of community capital and localizing our economies. He was one of the co-founders of BALLE, advises whole countries and city governments, and teaches around the world. His thought leadership on local stock exchanges appeared in Fast Company. Notably, Michael was one of lead voices toward the development of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which lessened or removed many restrictions to accessing capital by small businesses. This has provided great opportunities for entrepreneurs to raise funds, grow their business, and connect to their community. Shuman has authored or co-authored eight books; his most recent work was The Local Economy Solution. One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition, received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. It’s still one of our favorites.

“I mostly follow evidence inside the United States, and from that I would say that we are winning. There’s just been study after study that’s come out showing that localization is good for job growth and good for per capita income growth, good for reducing poverty and good for environmental restoration, good for resilience.” —Michael Shuman

Join the conversation and register for ComCap16 today! Michael will be sharing his expertise on intrastate securities crowdfunding laws as a keynote speaker and panelist on the session entitled Small Business is not a “Day.” Get the Dirt on Data to Make the Case.

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