Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics.  He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City.  He is also a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performed economic-development analyses for states, local governments, and businesses around North America.

He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding.  He has authored, coauthored, or edited ten books.  His three most recent books are Put Your Money Where Your Life Is:  How to Invest Locally Using Solo 401ks and Self-Directed IRAs; The Local Economy Solution:  How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity; and Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street.

One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years in nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries.

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  1. Hi,

    My name is Michael Thompson. I am running for United States Congress in the First District of Illinois. (South Side of Chicago and Southwest Chicago Suburbs) Recently, I read your paper on Local Stock Exchanges. The work was truly fascinating and something I would like to include in my legislative agenda if I win. Would you be interested in setting aside 15-20 minutes for a conversation about your work? Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you.

  2. Dear Michael,
    Got your name from Larry Morrell. Good article on your research on Whidbey Island NAS. Our groups is beginning study of a military base conversion. Would you be available to discuss your participation in our proposal?

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