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Crowdfunding bill provides new option for business fundingSubmitted: 11/07/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Companies just starting out will soon get a new way to raise money.

Governor Scott Walker heads to the University of Wisconsin research park.

He'll sign a bill allowing crowdfunding for the online sale of stocks.

The measure passed unanimously in the Legislature.

It has broad support in Wisconsin's business community.

Popular online crowd funding sites like Kickstarter only allow for people to make donations to a certain cause.

Often it's in exchange for a token of appreciation like a T-shirt or bumper sticker.

The Wisconsin bill would allow investors to purchase equity in a company.

Backers say it's a simple way to help small businesses by opening them up to a wide pool of potential investors.

Wisconsin will be one of the first states nationwide to allow for such investing through crowdfunding.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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