Our forefathers were inspired to insure through the Constitution certain inalienable rights to each citizen.

These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

American business owners find it difficult to pursue happiness when they 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 the utilization of corporate stock to build the business and acquire other businesses.

In order to pursue happiness and benefit from the rights granted under the constitution, there must be the opportunity to succeed at the highest level for all business owners, whether their company is 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 to join the traditional markets 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 stock market as well as for continued navigation and management.

ISM provides the benefits of a public market for privately held businesses without all the costs, expenses, or risks associated with the traditional stock markets. It gives them the freedom to advertise their need for capital. It also provides a simple buy/sell marketplace (no puts, calls, or short sales) where both accredited and non-accredited investors can participate in the opportunities for investing that ISM offers.

  • For Business Owners thinking about creating a PPM, ISM is a better option providing:

    1. Assistance in the organization of a business plan and the PPM.

    2. An online marketplace to promote and advertise the offfering to both accredited and non-accredited investors. 

    You see, without ISM, creating a PPM takes a significant amount of research, time, and effort. Without ISM, business owners by law can only offer the PPM to family, friends, and close associates. Without ISM, the majority of investors must be accredited.

  • For Business Owners thinking about taking their company public, ISM is a better option providing:

    1. Less expensive. ISM is usually about a tenth the cost of taking a company public in the traditional stock market.

    2. Shorter learning Curve. With ISM's buy/sell only marketplace, there is no need to take extensive courses on options, short sales and the like. Shareholders sell, and interested investors buy. That is it.

    3. Less reports and filing. Our Phased-In™ process allows companies the ability to post on the ISM marketplace without the need for extensive federal filings or Sarbanes-Oxley reports.

    The Independent Stock Market takes away the fear and expenses usually associated with liquidity and offers a unique, separate trading platform that provides the freedom and economic flexibility business owners seek.