Any company can accept money in exchange for ownership interests. If the company is a corporation the investor will receive stock. If it is an LLC the investor will become a member of the LLC and the money he invests will become his capital contribution to the LLC. The securities laws of the USA may come into play here, if shares in the company are being offered to or sold to a large number of investors. In that case, the stock may be viewed as a security which requires registration under the securities laws, or an exemption from registration. If this is the case, the company needs to retain a securities attorney.
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