crowdfunding http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hot-dogs-and-socks-exploring-crowdfunding-st-louis <p>With items on the menu like the Storm Trooper Dog, the Al Hra-BRAT-ski and the Crazy Cajun Creole dog, it's clear that Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill considers its fare more than hot dogs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I could eat the entire menu," regular Don Schroeder laughed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He hesitated before ordering but finally chose the Bacon, Bacon Jamaican, a smoked hot dog covered with cheese, peppers and sweet chipotle sauce.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:11:15 +0000 Maria Altman 37727 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis Not Your Father’s Private Investment: BusyEvent Tests New Funding Opportunity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/not-your-father-s-private-investment-busyevent-tests-new-funding-opportunity <p>Private investment is important for St. Louis’ burgeoning start-up scene.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most entrepreneurs will tell you money for seed investment is accessible. The difficulty comes in getting to the next level of investment. Firms such as&nbsp;</span><a href="http://busyevent.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">BusyEvent</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;find second-round funding, amounts between $100,000 and $1 million, is much harder to find.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:40:51 +0000 Maria Altman 34259 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Not Your Father’s Private Investment: BusyEvent Tests New Funding Opportunity Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alternative-funding-st-louis-businesses-local-harvest-trackbill <p>About two weeks ago, Local Harvest Grocery, Café &amp; Catering launched a $120,000 crowdfunding campaign that co-owner Maddie Earnest says was necessary to restock the grocery store and pay off debts acquired as a result of a failed expansion in Kirkwood.&nbsp; The community responded and fully funded the campaign in six days.</p><p>We talked with Maddie Earnest about the overwhelming response and how she plans to move forward after the failed expansion.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:49:10 +0000 Alex Heuer & Camille Phillips 33666 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill