Business Owners

The Constitution provides for certain inalienable rights to each citizen. These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is difficult at best to pursue happiness when business owners aren't able to access money from lending institutions, venture capital groups, or private equity offerings to help them expand their business while overcoming financial challenges that have appeared during the economic downturn.  These frustrations are accentuated when business owners realize that all they need to succeed is a little extra capital. 

Private business owners need the same opportunity that public companies enjoy.  The most important advantages publicly traded businesses benefit from is the right to the equity they've built in their company and utilizing corporate stock to build the business and acquire other businesses.

In order to pursue happiness and benefit from the rights granted under the inspired constitution, there must be the opportunity to succeed at the highest level for all successful businesses, big or small, private or public.

Unfortunately, the highest level of freedom and success for small business owners has seemed unobtainable because of the assumed requirements to access this equity.  The gate to liquidity often seems impenetrable. The mysteriously high level of success of big businesses is often achieved simply by taking their company public.  However, there are several often overwhelming conditions and prerequisites including:

1.The initial costs - often exceeding $1,000,000.
2.Extensive Federal filings and Sarbanes-Oxley accounting guidelines.
3.Potential of losing control of the business.
4.In-house expertise to explain rules and trading activities which are confusing and perplexing to even the greatest of financial minds. 

This expansive and ever-changing knowledge is necessary for entrance into the traditional stock markets as well as for their continued navigation and management. 

Now for the good news:

The Independent Stock Market provides the owners of private business owners the benefits of a public offering while significantly reducing the expense, time to market, and other challenges of the traditional markets. 

The Primary Market allows for the sale of stock through a business owner's primary or warm contacts. It includes restrictions such as requiring a majority of accredited investors and no public advertising when seeking capital.

The Secondary Market allows for the sale of stock to the general public. The Independent Stock Market utilizes Secondary Trading Exemptions that allow privately held companies the ability to advertise their stock for sale and sell it to both accredited and non-accredited investors. Contact us for more information.


What do we mean when we say Stop Trading - Start Investing? 

ISM's philosophy is centered on introducing qualified businesses for investors purchase a share of ownership.  It seems many have lost that vision and are buying and selling stocks in hopes to make a spread from the purchase and the sale and are not actually investing in the company because they love the company. With ISM you should not expect to try to outsmart another "trader" by a put or a call or short sale - since there are no options on our marketplace. 

ISM is a simple buy/sell model.  You need to own the stock before you can sell it.  ISM members look to earn money on their stock purchase as the business grows and profits. Warren Buffet does not play the options.  He invests in companies because he likes the products or services, and the management as well as the business model and potential.  This model certainly has worked for him. It is time for every American who has money to invest, to start investing in Main Street businesses and stop trading Wall Street stocks.  The ISM posted companies are a great place to start.



The Independent Stock Market is uniquely positioned  to prepare

private companies for the trading of their stock on the secondary market.

All stock and cash transactions are managed by an SEC authorized

broker dealer and stock transfer agent.