It’s small business week and we’ve got one thing on our mind…

You can’t tend a garden without water and you can’t tend a business without capital.

Up until recently, only the wealthiest among us were allowed to invest in businesses. Imagine a law that said “only 2% are responsible enough to water their own garden. Everyone else has to go through a gardening broker.

That’s basically where we’ve been since 1933. This has had a HUGE impact on the types of businesses that get funded.

Ever wonder why so many VC-backed businesses are run by rich white men? Its because they’re already in the room where deals happen.

If you’re a business seeking capital, consider raising money from your community. And if you’re an Oregonian looking to support a vibrant and diverse local economy, invest in your neighbors.

Let’s. Make. It. RAIN.