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Comment Archives: stories: Small Business Monthly: Small Business Q&A

Re: “The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

My H.E.L.L.P model also includes multi-mixed use incubators, distributed rooftop virtual farms, virtual distributed TOD and meets most CNU charter goals.
It would see like a perfect fit for your mission and agendas. Again, please advise

Posted by Jon Peter Holsman on 08/08/2011 at 3:09 AM

Re: “The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

After investing 10 years developing a whole-systems, mutual-investor-owner-tenant PRI solution for Sustainably Affordable Urban Neighborhood Re-development, initially in Chicago. After evaluating the 501c3, I have decided togo with an L3C to promote, license and franchise the program's I.P./copyrights to other L3C developers using PRIs. I am currently approaching several pro bono legal aid law clinics but they are not proficient with L3Cs My experience is only Design/build res. remodeling architect & P.M. so will need to build an small org with key-function members . Please advise if yore org can help. H.E.L.L.P (Holsman Essential Local Living PLaces)

Posted by Jon Peter Holsman on 08/08/2011 at 2:58 AM

Re: “The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

I represent a co-op. we are incorporated as a cooperative (in Ohio) and are seeking the 501(3)(c) tax-exempt status. We are looking at ways to structure the "co-op" in a way that would create a memberships status that functions more like a trust beneficiary (with Crummey-like powers), whereas a "member/beneficiary" has the option of reinvesting or drawing any cash. what are the legal obstacles to this type of set-up? The set-up envisioned gives the "Co-op" a better Value-Proposition than a traditional Co-op or a pure trust. Would this set-up be better accomplished with a regular cooperative (incorporated) with a separate private contract (trust)? Please advise or let us know if we're way off! please contact me if there are any questions or need of clarifications (330) 576-5425 or

Posted by nehemiahproject on 09/01/2010 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

I am a founding member of Sustainable Bellingham and a member of Transition Whatcom. This feels like an elegant solution. Thank you.
How do I join your mailing list?

Posted by lynallen4chg on 07/23/2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Taking Care of Customers to Give Something Back

Mike Hannigan was inspired by Paul Newman and his business, Newman's Own to create a business with a philanthropic mission and Mike Hannigan, just like, Paul Newman does not stop there. Mike considers promoting this model to others by speaking and lecturing. Mike believes that there is an emerging trend for business startups with a social mission and articles like yours help give Mike Hannigan a helping hand in his broader mission.

Posted by Lalia Helmer/businessthatcares on 05/30/2010 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Retail Is Detail Says Noah Alper

"give back to the community, and they will give back to you". ain't that the truth!

Posted by ThrivingInk on 04/30/2010 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Retail Is Detail Says Noah Alper

Noah says "we informed employees of their options" and "after carefully considering the options, the drivers elected not to go with it" ... can you guess what the "options" were? Subsequent to the Union Election, reasons were found to terminate all pro-Union drivers.

Posted by NOAH'S VETERAN on 04/28/2010 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Retail Is Detail Says Noah Alper

Yes, Yes Noah is a "supporter of the Union Movement" ... just not in HIS business which, although it had grown to a large wholesale operation .. had 40 retail outlets .. and sold for $100 million ... he nevertheless describes as a "family environment". Mr. Alper hired the Littler Mendelson Union busting firm to inform his employees of their options ... complete with bribes and threats. The Union effort lost by one vote, and Noah's survived "Union Free". The policy which precipitated the Union Effort, MANDATORY OVERTIME ON DEMAND, remained unchanged. All under the leadership of a do-gooder Mensch ... a decent upright person.

Posted by CURIOUSG on 04/28/2010 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

This was an interesting and informative interview . Musicians could glean some important lessons from your very articulate recounting of experiences.

Posted by Lari Mussatti on 04/25/2010 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

Another one of life's lessons: all verbal orders must be written!
Very informative interview with an experienced and talented musician.

Posted by touchy on 04/14/2010 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

Good interview: good questions and good responses. East Bay Express should be commended for printing the interview in, what appears to be, an uncensored version. Very refreshing to see journalism of this nature.

Posted by Bill Pepperell on 04/14/2010 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

Super interview. Look forward to the new album with East Bay and The Killer Smiles.

Posted by cleemckenzie on 04/14/2010 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Ask East Bay Ray

Ray i saw you guys play the ritz niteclub in ny mid eighties, then ran away to the west coast to wait for reagan and thatcher to blow up the world....which didn't happen quite yet. Now i am a wanna be yuppie and middle aged father of a 5 y.o.; do you find that being part of the dead kennedy's has given you a perspective that makes you more positive or negative about the future. rft

Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 03/11/2010 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Use Your Checkbook and Your Trash Can

Glad to see that you corrected the "vend diagram" typo.

Posted by reader1 on 03/01/2010 at 2:27 PM

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