Milk Money VT offers workshop on investing locally

BRATTLEBORO — Equity crowdfunding portal Milk Money Vermont and food business hatchery Windham Grows will offer a free workshop Oct. 26 at the River Garden to share with the public their approach to facilitating local investment. The program will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

According to a news release, Vermont now allows a new kind of crowdfunding that puts residents' money to work locally, with investments possible in amounts as small as $250. Through Milk Money, investors can become small equity partners in local businesses.

In the release, Milk Money describes itself as “Vermont's first portal for equity crowdfunding, allowing Vermonters to directly invest in Vermont companies.” Milk Money co-founders Janice Shade and Louisa Schibli will be the featured speakers, along with Jack Gilbert of Gringo Kitchens. They will address such questions as:

• What is equity crowdfunding?

• What are the benefits to becoming an equity partner of a local business?

• How can Vermont businesses benefit from local equity funding from their neighbors?

• How can a business attract investment by Vermonters?

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