While the LION model began in Port Townsend, WA, it has spread to other areas. Some have chosen to use the LION name, while others are creating their own. There are no criteria for using the LION name, it is a fully “Open-source” grassroots movement!

LION Port Townsend

The original LION. They are affiliated with Local2020, a group that exists “to promote economic self-reliance, environmental stewardship, and community well-being” on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.

LION Madison

LION in Madison was started by Rebecca Ryan, a Madison based entrepreneur, investor, and writer. She facilitates the Madison/Dane County LION group, and launched to help educate others about LION and Slow Money concepts.

WIN Bellingham (Inspired by LION)

This group is Bellingham chose not to take the LION name, but are mimicking the model. They’ve quickly grown and are engaged in other local investing projects.

Great Books on Local Investing

Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It    By Amy Cortese

Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity   By Michael Shuman

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered   By Woody Tasch

Related Organizations

Slow Money

Slow Money NW

Springboard Innovation

Legal Primer

Lawyer John Friedman has written an excellent primer for businesses interested in finding investors: Financing the New or Growing Enterprise: A Private Placement Primer.