Saturday, January 31, 2015

EB-5 investment summit now accepts US exhibitors - book your booth today

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit March 22, 2015 is one of the top exhibitions featuring US investment, immigration and business opportunities. The event is hosted by one of the most active and reputable EB-5 migration agencies in China. The Summit is designed to appeal mainly to overseas students with intent to obtain legal and permanent residence in the US, young families with future family and educational planning, HNWIS with global investment purposes and so on. Professionals from immigration and related industries have been invited to provide insights, including trends and policies, taxation, educations in the US, etc.
 

With center stage, exhibitors, workshops and networking events, the Summit will be a conference that is committed to migration agents, potential investors, project developers, regional centers, and migrant professionals that are of great influence in migration. 

Register your standard booth starting from $2500 at http://www.goalliance.org/ or call us at 217-899-6661.   Sponsorship Packages are available!

Event Host & Organizer: Shinyway Emigration, one of the most active EB-5 migration agencies in China.

Artisan Business Group to host Chicago EB-5 Project Finance Forum April 8, 2015

Bookmark your calendar! Artisan Business Group is hosting a one day event Chicago EB-5 Project Finance Forum in downtown Chicago on April 8, 2015. The featured  expert speakers include: Jeff Carr, Economy Policy Resources; Raymond Ku, Westlead Capital Group; Brian Su, Artisan Business Group; Osvaldo F. Torres, Esq., Torres Law, P.A. To book your seat at http://chicagofinance.eventbrite.com today!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Report from China: Chongqing migration association held annual conference




Chongqing Exit and Entry Services Association held its 2014 member conference this week in the City of Chongqing.  Chongqing is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in China. Administratively, it is one of the China's four direct controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin).  To learn more about our upcoming events in China, log on http://vipChina.eventbrite.com or call 217-899-6661.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Polis, Amodei Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Authorize Investor Visa Program

(Source: Congressman Jared Polis) Representatives Jared Polis (CO-02) and Mark Amodei (NV-02) today introduced The American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015 which would update and make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. The program, which is set to expire at the end of 2015, provides a reliable stream of foreign investments into the U.S. economy, creating jobs and allowing businesses to grow.

“Our nation has always been at its strongest when we attracted the best and brightest minds to help build and invest in our economy,” said Rep. Polis. “The EB-5 visa program is an important tool that brings innovation and investment to the United States, and this bipartisan bill will improve and make permanent the program so that foreign investment and talent will continue to flow into our businesses, and strengthen our economy.” “This bi-partisan, pro-investment, pro-growth and pro-jobs bill is one piece of the legislative solution to reform legal immigration,” said Rep. Amodei. “As stated in Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution, ‘The Congress shall have power to… establish a uniform rule of naturalization.’ That is a responsibility we owe the country to take seriously.”

Last May, a group of more than 30 U.S. commercial, residential, hospitality, retail and other real estate organizations wrote a letter supporting the improvements and permanent authorization of the EB-5 program proposed by Reps. Polis and Amodei. “[EB-5] is the type of bipartisan, pro-growth immigration measure that is good for U.S. businesses, property owners, and workers,” the organizations wrote. “In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we support [EB-5] to help give our country the competitive edge we need to attract foreign investment capital and talent to our shores.”

The EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program was created by Congress in 1992 to attract investments from qualified foreign investors to spur job creation and economic development in the U.S.  The program provides a green card to foreign national investor-entrepreneurs who invest at least $1 million in certain qualified American businesses or invest in a Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) – a rural area of area of high unemployment – and create a minimum of 10 American jobs. Since 2005, the EB-5 Program has resulted in the investment of over $4.7 billion in qualified U.S. projects, creating 95,000 American jobs. EB-5 investors must submit to the same national security and background checks as applicants in other visas categories and are subject to the same requirements to become U.S. citizens as other visa holders. By making the EB-5 program permanent this bill provides certainty to businesses and investors.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Artisan Business Group announces college scholarship program for veteran families

Artisan Business Group announces college scholarship and grant programs for Illinois veteran families in need. Artisan Business Group will work closely with local veteran support organizations to identify and select veteran families with college bound youth. To learn more information about Artisan Business Group's scholarship program, contact us today at artisanbusiness@gmail.com.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit takes exhibitor application online

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit March 22, 2015 is one of the top summits featuring investment, immigration and business opportunities. The Summit is designed to appeal mainly to overseas students with intent to obtain legal and permanent residence in the US, young families with future family and educational planning, HNWIS with global investment purposes and so on. Professionals from immigration and related industries have been invited to provide insights, including trends and policies, taxation, educations in the US, etc.
 

With center stage, exhibitors, workshops and networking events, the Summit will be a conference that is committed to migration agents, potential investors, project developers, regional centers, and migrant professionals that are of great influence in migration. Host & Organizer: Shinyway Emigration China. 

Speaker and Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Register your standard booth starting from $2500 at http://www.goalliance.org/ or call us at 217-899-6661.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Only three spots left with EB-5 VIP China Delegation, book now

Artisan Business Group will guide the 2015 EB-5 VIP China Business delegation to Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenyang from March 12-23rd. The main activities include meetings with leading emigration agencies and professional introductions with potential business partners; "The Evening of Shanghai" private reception with emigration agents and local business executives; attending the 2015 Invest in America Summit (Shanghai) and the 2015 annual Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Hangzhou); and other planned activities and business functions across the country.


Contact us today to learn about pricing details and reserving a spot on the VIP delegation. Only three spots left, book now!  Participants with a new project are preferred!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Report from China: Sichuan Exit and Entry Service Association holds annual conference and investment forum


Sichuan Provincial Exit and Entry Service Association holds annual conference and its 3rd investment forum in Chengdu today.  Member companies and heads from other migration service association attended the conference. Representative from Artisan Business Group participated in the two day events. There are currently over 800 licensed emigration service companies throughout China, many firms are engaged with EB-5 related services to their Chinese clients. 85% EB-5 visas have been issued to investors from the mainland China. To learn more about Chinese overseas migration industry, contact us today at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com.

"The Evening of Shanghai" March 14, 2015, register today!


Artisan Business Group's "The Evening of Shanghai" networking reception will be held on a private river cruise on the evening of March 14, 2015.  The 4th annual event is only open to a selected group of Chinese and American executives and clients of Artisan Business Group as well as members of the Chairman Club. Chinese guests will include migration agency executives, business owners and high level executives from all over China. Event proceeds will partially be contributed to a China based NGO for the support of Chinese rural school programs. 

To learn more information about participating in the 2.5 hour business event and other programs, please inquire or register at http://vipChina.eventbrite.com.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Summit US) March 22, 2015 opends Exhibitor Applications!

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Summit US) March 22, 2015 is now taking Exhibitor Applications from EB-5 project developers, EB-5 regional centers, real estate companies, financial services, law firms, education services and more!  A great showcase in the most prosperous market in China.

The one day conference and exhibition event in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province is hosted by Shinyway Emigration and Zhejiang Association of Entry Exit Advisory Service. There are total 21 exhibition booths! Zhejiang Province is one of the largest EB-5 investor markets in China, the City of Hangzhou is only one hour train ride way from Shanghai.  The city is served by main Chinese airlines from Hong Kong, Beijing, and other major cities in China, book your exhibition booth today!   Standard Exhibition Booth starts at US $2500.
 
Organizer Background Information:

Zhejiang Shinyway Overseas Development Co., Ltd. (Shinyway Emigration) is one of the first Emigration Agencies approved by the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China. Based in China, Shinyway has committed itself to providing professional 360-degree services to Chinese citizens, including migration service, overseas investment and settlement. After over a decade of consistent efforts by the team and continuing support from its clients, Shinyway has developed into an international company whose service network covers twenty major cities in China and major developed countries, including US, Canada, Australia and UK, with cooperation projects available in over twenty countries and regions around the globe. With a large number of successful cases, 100% approved I-526 and I-829 petitions,  Shinyway has become a well-known brand name and the top choice among EB-5 investors in China. 

Note:  Artisan Business Group is leading an EB-5 VIP Delegation to China March 13-24, 2015. We will attend both the Invest in America (Shanghai) Summit March 14-15 and the 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Hangzhou).  You may contact Tyler McKay directly at artisanbusiness@gmail.com for details.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Artisan Business Group hosts senior housing investment conference in Dallas



Artisan Business Group hosted a senior housing investment conference in Dallas today,  ALF (assisted living facilities) owners, operators and real estate developers from Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida and China came to explore EB-5 alternative finance for their projects. EB-5 ALF project case studies were reviewed and discussed among the participants. We would like to thank Torres Law for their support to the conference. To learn more about investment and finance opportunities in senior housing industry, contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chinese migration associations hold conference in Beijing



Heads of exit entry service associations from all over China gathered for a trade conference in Beijing. Officials from the Ministry of Public Security and Beijing Exit and Entry Business attended the annual meeting. For more information about migration industry in China, contact us today at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Inquires: Chinese migration agency is seeking new EB-5 project

A leading migration agency in China is currently seeking a large EB-5 investment project. The following conditions must be met: 1) brand new and shovel ready, have never been exposed in the Chinese market; 2) mixed-use, luxury apartments or hotel; 3) seeking 100+ investors; 4) solid and safe offering with the first class legal and business team; 5) competitive compensation package to the migration agency; and 6) prefer NYC and CA projects.  

An executive summary is required. Confidentiality is guaranteed. Interested project developers or Regional Centers shall contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com. NO calls.

Why is EB-5 program attractive to Chinese investors

Chinese investors have a strong interest in EB-5 regional center program. As we see increasing demands for EB-5 visas from Chinese investor market in past four years, it appears the trend is that we will continue to attract investment from Chinese nationals in coming years. It is definitely a good news to many EB-5 investment project developers, especially for hotels and real estate developments. The reasons for Chinese investors are quite simple:
  • EB-5 program cost less than other European programs
  • Put their children in some of the best American schools without competing with smart kids back home in China
  • Save some money in the US bank accounts to avoid potential risks in China
  • Buy a much nicer and cheaper house without spending too much money
  • Enjoy a healthy and peaceful lifestyle without worrying about poison food and polluted air
  • Say "kiss my butt" to corrupt Chinese officials
  • Speak Chinese and still can get around in Southern California and New York City
For more information about EB-5 program, contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com

Inquires: need to get rid of your EB-5 regional centers?

Operating an EB-5 regional center could cost much more today than two years ago? As more and more designations are issued by the USCIS, regional center business is facing more competitions!  If you already have an approved EB-5 regional center, someone might be interested in talking with you for an ownership change. NY and CA regional centers are preferred. Contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chinese migration agents to visit Florida and Ohio

A group of Chinese migration professionals will be visiting EB-5 projects in Orlando Florida and Cincinnati Ohio in the first week of February 2015. The executives will be meeting with project developers and EB-5 regional center executives. Artisan Business Group have been providing consultation services to these projects and have successfully secured migration service agreements for the clients. The second group of migration agents is to be scheduled to visit the Florida project end of February 2015.

The trip is coordinated by Artisan Business Group, Inc., a leader in Chinese market entry services.  Artisan Business Group has been working with Chinese migration industry since 2007 and has built a great professional reputation with a vast network of migration agents and business partners throughout China. Many projects have been fully funded with the assistance of Artisan Business Group. To learn more about our market entry consultation and marketing consultation services, please contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com today.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hurry up! Dallas Senior Housing Finance Conferene March 22, 2015

The American Senior Housing Investment and Finance Conference hosted by Artisan Business Group Inc. is coming to Dallas, Texas on January 22nd, 2015. The American Senior Housing Investment and Finance Conference in Dallas will focus on how to effectively develop projects under the EB-5 regional center program and through Chinese private equity firms to construct new independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States. Hurry up this is final call for registration!

March Event Alert! Trade Shows & Trade Missions in China

It will be a very busy month of March 2015, there are multiple EB-5 related events in China. The professionally organized trade show, events and trade missions are the best opportunities for EB-5 stakeholders to participate and never miss a good chance to promote services and projects, log on http://vipChina.eventbrite.com to learn more now.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Report from China: Is CCTV sending out a signal?


This week a screenshot of state-controlled CCTV (China Central Television) news broadcasting has been widely circulated among migration agents and those investors who are interested in investing overseas. The Chinese social media and online news portals are quickly picking up the report; and everyone in the migration industry is trying to figure out what the message is all about to the nationwide audiences. The screenshot of CCTV news says "a possible stop to investment immigration in the US". As President Xi's anti-corruption campaign moves into a whole new level in 2015, many people are anxiously watching the moves of the US government as well. Are the US politicians going to extend the EB-5 program or shutting it down? Is the Chinese government going to tighten the out flow of Chinese wealth?  Shall we stay or depart? A lot of people will have to make a very hard decision this year!  To learn more about the EB-5 program and its trends in China, contact us today.

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Hangzhou) now opens exhibitor registration!

The 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Summit US) will be taking place in Hangzhou Hyatt Regency March 22, 2015. The one day conference and exhibition event in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province is hosted by Shinyway Emigration and Zhejiang Association of Entry Exit Advisory Service. There are total 21 exhibition booths! Zhejiang Province is one of the largest EB-5 investor markets in China, the City of Hangzhou is only one hour train ride way from Shanghai.  The city is served by main Chinese airlines from Hong Kong, Beijing, and other major cities in China, book your exhibition booth today 

Standard Exhibition Booth starts at US $2500. Please contact Ms. Maggie Lin at maggielin@shinyway.com.cn for details. 

Organizer/Supporter Background Information:

Zhejiang Shinyway Overseas Development Co., Ltd. (Shinyway Emigration) is one of the first Emigration Agencies approved by the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China. Based in China, Shinyway has committed itself to providing professional 360-degree services to Chinese citizens, including migration service, overseas investment and settlement. After over a decade of consistent efforts by the team and continuing support from its clients, Shinyway has developed into an international company whose service network covers twenty major cities in China and major developed countries, including US, Canada, Australia and UK, with cooperation projects available in over twenty countries and regions around the globe. With a large number of successful cases, 100% approved I-526 and I-829 petitions,  Shinyway has become a well-known brand name and the top choice among EB-5 investors in China. 

Note:  Artisan Business Group is leading an EB-5 VIP Delegation to China March 13-24, 2015. We will attend both the Invest in America (Shanghai) Summit March 14-15 and the 2015 Investment Immigration Opportunity Summit (Hangzhou).  You may contact Tyler McKay directly at artisanbusiness@gmail.com.

New FINRA Rule Addresses Payments to Unregistered Persons

(Source: Richard M. Cutshall & Steven M. Felsenstein of Greenberg Traurig) The role of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in dealing with payments to unlicensed persons for securities-related and capital-raising activities has grown significantly. On Dec. 30, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) approved FINRA Rule 2040 governing when and how registered broker-dealers can provide compensation to unregistered persons. Not only does the approval enhance the authority of FINRA’s activities in this area, it informally codifies some of the existing guidance and clarifies some of the existing ambiguities.

For many years both FINRA, and its predecessor the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), had a more limited role in enforcing the registration requirements of Section 15(a)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act). Section 15 requires persons who are effecting or causing others to effect securities transactions for compensation as a business to be registered as broker-dealers. Under the Exchange Act and with limited exceptions, an unlicensed person is not permitted to receive compensation for such activities. While the primary enforcement of this requirement rested with the SEC, FINRA (and other self-regulatory organizations) assisted in enforcing these requirements by adopting rules that limited the ability of a member firm to make such payments. However, FINRA has refrained from issuing its own guidance as to whether a person is covered by Section 15(a)’s registration requirements.

Many areas covered by Rule 2040 simply incorporate non-controversial and existing policies from prior rules. The concern of this Alert is two gray areas that have posed concerns for issuers of securities, registered firms, and lawyers advising clients in the industry. These two areas relate to “finders” and “foreign persons.” “Finders” are unlicensed persons who seek to receive compensation from parties to a securities transaction, such as a private or public offering, for such activities as negotiating transactions, introducing licensed broker-dealers, or bringing investment capital to the table. The proposed Rule 2040 and related interpretive material meshes with Section 15 to provide guidance from FINRA to member firms that will help to identify whether a person seeking such compensation should be registered. The approval notes that “FINRA will expect members to determine that [the proposed activities of the unlicensed party] would not require the recipients of the payments to register….” The firm would be required to reasonably support its determination. A member firm that does not fulfill this affirmative obligation would be deemed to directly violate a FINRA rule rather than face a more ambiguous and indirect claim that it “unknowingly” paid someone who should have been licensed.

The second area of clarification involves foreign finders. Although the new rule incorporates former Section 1060(b) of the NASD rules, it spells out the conditions a member firm and a foreign finder must satisfy before a member firm may compensate the foreign finder:
  • The member firm must confirm that the foreign finder is not required to register in the U.S. and is not a disqualified person;
  • The individual is a foreign national or entity;
  • The customers are foreign nationals;
  • The customers receive disclosure concerning the compensation arrangement;
  • The customers acknowledge that disclosure in writing;
  • Records of such payments are maintained in the books of the member firm;
  • Confirms specifically disclose that there is a finder’s fee being paid.
The release reaffirms that the only permissible role for a foreign finder will be to provide an introduction, and confirms that the foreign finder would have to be registered if it assumed a more extensive role. If it engages in activities beyond the initial referral then that may require registration. The expanded role of FINRA in this area is reflected in its addition to the FINRA Rule Book of Supplementary Material providing interpretive guidance on these issues. Many of the points covered incorporate existing policies and guidance from the SEC. One area that drew some comments during the proposal process related to foreign finders, expressing concern that this imposed additional costs on and sensitive decisions regarding the criteria by member firms. The FINRA response focused on several approaches to these issues, including obtaining no-action letters from the SEC or opinions from outside, reputable, and knowledgeable counsel. Clearly, approval of Rule 2040 by the SEC signals its interest in dealing with the continuing concerns about unlicensed persons fulfilling any but the most limited functions, and the increased impact in that area of the internationalization of capital-raising functions flowing across borders.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Marketing EB-5 projects in China

We often receive emails or calls from EB-5 project developers and regional centers telling us about their good projects, some claim they have the "best" projects. It is no doubt that many projects have good merits and utilized first class legal and business teams; some projects may have received exemplar approvals. However, when presenting and marketing a project in overseas market is a totally different story. China is specifically a difficult and competitive market, many project stakeholders spend a lot of traveling time and financial resources in the marketplace, their results sometimes are far from satisfying. In recent months we have been approached by a number of US companies who have had missteps in the marketplace, it will take a lot time for us and them to correct the past errors which caused longer delays in raising needed capital. Some of the missteps usually includes: 1) let the wrong people in China handle project marketing; 2) engaged not-so-capable migration agent in charge of project promotion; 3) poorly implemented advertising strategies; 4) put too much trust in lawyers for marketing advice; 5) lack of professional guidance in the marketplace; and others.

Since 85% EB-5 visas have been issued to Chinese investors, it is very important for you to understand the Chinese business culture and practice as well as Chinese migration industry knowledge prior to entering the market. It is also critical to truly aware of your Chinese partner's credibility and capability before you decide to engage him.

To learn more about effectively presenting and marketing EB-5 projects in China, please meet us in Dallas January 20-23 or contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com.