|[April 11, 2012]
As Obama Signs JOBS Act, Prosper Inc. Supports Startups and Small Businesses with One-to-One Mentoring Programs
SALT LAKE CITY --(Business Wire)--
President Barack Obama signed bipartisan jobs legislation last week that
will be a "potential game changer" for startups and small businesses.
The JOBS Act-the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act-aims to ease access
to money for entrepreneurs, including facilitating the practice of
online "crowd-funding"-allowing all Americans to invest in new
companies-and reducing the red tape involved in publicly selling stock.
Among those entrepreneurs applauding the JOBS Act are Justin and Ann
Swank, a married couple from Plains, Kansas, and e-commerce students at
Utah-based Prosper Inc., a leading one-to-one distance education company
specializing in entrepreneurship and e-commerce, among other business
"We started with Prosper in hopes of developing a part-time business,"
said Justin Swank, a full-time paramedic. "Our Prosper coach began by
guiding us through the basics of developing and marketing a website."
"With Prosper's help, we were able to launch our site pretty quickly,"
ffirmed Ann Swank, an elementary school teacher. "We have been growing
ever since, and recently hired a few people part-time to help us out
with the added business."
The Swanks' website, www.Fire-Gear.net,
sells firefighting and EMS products. Last year, the site generated more
than $45,000 in revenue. Today, Fire-Gear.net is on pace to achieve a
300 percent increase in revenue in 2012, having already grossed more
than $50,000 in sales this year.
"At Prosper, we've helped thousands of working couples such as Justin
and Ann Swank realize their dreams of growing a business or diversifying
their income," said Ethan Willis, Prosper co-founder and CEO
and co-author with Randy Garn of the New York
Times best seller Prosper:
Create the Life You Really Want (Berrett-Koehler).
"The economy may have its ups and downs but the success of our many of
our students remains constant."
Prosper Inc. is a global one-to-one distance education company
for students seeking greater personal and financial prosperity. Founded
in 1999, Prosper offers fully customized mentoring programs in real
estate and stock market investing, entrepreneurship, e-commerce,
personal finance, and personal development. For more information about
Prosper programs, visit www.prospering.com.
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