Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

JOBS Act Shows Power of the Crowd

Source: Business News Daily
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Published April 16, 2012

The passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law by President Barack Obama on April 5 had many wide-ranging implications for small businesses, but a bigger impact might be made on investors. That's because, this new law has opened the traditionally private world of investing to the masses.
The JOBS Act aims to help small businesses go public by giving a reprieve from Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. The new law will also help small businesses to raise money and gain investors through crowdfunding, which allows more people to invest less money into companies.