This is a well written, accessible general survey of ways to invest in local businesses and organizations. If you are uncomfortable investing in Wall Street, either philosophically, or because you believe it's too volatile or risky, there are options. Many people are uncomfortable about local small business investing, because they believe it's too risky, but the author says that isn't true. The biggest hurdle is federal and state securities regulations, which limit the options of the small investor. However, this book details a number of ways to get around these limitations.