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Intuit Inc. a provider of small business software solutions, including QuickBooks, tackles
accounting, taxes, budgets and personal finances with TurboTax. Quicken featured an interview
with securities attorney Brenda Hamilton*
Brenda Hamilton practices securities law focusing on direct public offerings /DPOs, initial public
offerings /IPOs, accredited crowdfunding, intrastate crowdfunding and going public transactions
for small and mid-sized businesses.
The interview's focus included options for small businesses seeking to raise capital. Brenda
Hamilton, a securities & going public lawyer, discussed direct public offerings /DPOs, accredited
crowdfunding and Form S-1 registration statements for small businesses going public.
Small Business Center: What is the difference between an IPO and a DPO?
Brenda Hamilton, Going Public Attorney: Both an initial public offering /IPO and a direct public
offering /DPO involve the sale of a company's securities to investors to raise capital. In an IPO an
underwriter sells the securities for the company. In a direct public offering /DPO, the company
sells the securities itself. The success of the direct public offering /DPO unlike an initial public
offering/ IPO depends upon the company's own selling efforts. Many companies conduct
unregistered direct public offerings / DPOs using accredited crowdfunding which allows the
company to engage in advertising if it verifies the purchasers are accredited investors.
Can any size business conduct a DPO?
Brenda Hamilton, Going Public Attorney: Yes, that's one of the benefits of a direct public offering /
What other benefits can small-business owners realize from DPOs?
Brenda Hamilton, Going Public Attorney: A DPO allows a company to raise capital at their own
pace without the limitations of an initial public offering /IPO imposed by underwriters. Generally,
direct public offerings /DPOs are less expensive than initial public offerings /IPOs because there
are no underwriter fees. Shares sold in direct public offerings can be covered by a Form S-1
registration statement which provides investors with an exit strategy. Because a DPO can be
structured a variety of ways, it provides flexibility and allows companies to ease into SEC and
OTC markets reporting.
How should small-business owners decide if a DPO is right for them?
Brenda Hamilton, Going Public Attorney: To raise capital from investors, any company must be
prepared to provide transparency.

What advice would you give to small-business owners who are considering a direct public
offering/DPO or accredited crowdfunding?
Brenda Hamilton, Going Public Attorney: Small companies and investors are often inexperienced
in the financial markets and are easy prey particularly in the OTC Markets. Over the course of my
career, I have seen numerous companies and investors devastated by reverse-merger
transactions, most of which were recommended by securities lawyers. I would also encourage
small-business owners to learn as much as possible about the process before they begin.
Hamilton & Associates Law Group, P.A. is recognized for its experience in securities law and
going public transactions including direct public offerings, Form S-1 Registration Statements, SEC
disclosures on Form 10-K, Form 10 Registration Statements, internal and corporate investigations
involving microcap stocks and white collar crime. With over 15 years of experience it has
represented more than 300 market participants in securities matters and going public
transactions. The firm was founded by Brenda Hamilton, a securities lawyer.
For further information please contact Brenda Hamilton, Securities Attorney at 101 Plaza Real S,
Suite 202 N, Boca Raton, Florida, (561) 416-8956, by email at
bhamilton@securitieslawyer101.com or visit www.securitieslawyer101.com.

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