Kickstarter has now helped about 500 restaurants raise the funds they need to launch or expand, and the site and other crowdfunding ventures such as Indiegogo are giving restaurateurs and other small ventures more financing options. Meanwhile, the crowdfunding piece of 2012's Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act is still on the drawing board, largely because the fact that investors will have equity in the companies they fund means regulators must create a system that both spurs investment and protects investors from fraud.

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