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SoMoLend Crowdfunding Community Outreach Program Enlightens Small Businesses and Investors Nationwide on Crowdfunding Best Practices

16 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

As the thrist for crowdunding information continues to grow, Candace Kline, SoMoLend’s CEO, strives to keep up with demand to meet the need from small businesses and investors on how to get involved with the crowdfunding industry.  Klein is traveling to multiple locations across the country this spring to promote the crowdfunding industry’s value-added benefits that will augment the current venture capital marketplace by infusing hundreds of billions of dollars for startups, entrepreneurs and existing business that need money to expand operations.

SoMoLend Crowdfunding Community Outreach Program Enlightens Small Businesses and Investors Nationwide on Crowdfunding Best Practices

SoMoLend Crowdfunding Community Outreach Program Enlightens Small Businesses and Investors Nationwide on Crowdfunding Best Practices

“The demand is escalating for information on alternative access to capital, the ability to increase personal wealth, the state of regulatory affairs and the different platforms available in the crowdfunding marketplace,” says Klein. “I am excited and lucky to be at the forefront of this new crowdfunding industry with the ability to share this information with small businesses and investors,” adds Klein.

The Ritz Group in partnership with NowStreet is hosting a live Shark Tank event on April 18, where Klein will act as a an “Icon Shark” for the event at the City Club in Atlanta, GA. NowStreet, founded by Dara Albright, is a financial media company. The event features three Icon Sharks, who will act as experts in crowdfunding versus three of the best individuals selected from the virtual Pitch Tank. The purpose of the event is to bring increased awareness to the crowdfunding industry.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is hosting the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council Regional Conference on April 23, at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV, where Klein will be a guest speaker. The event is an opportunity for women business owners to engage in networking, corporate round tables and one-on-one meetings with corporate procurement managers.

The Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) Magazine presents the Female Entrepreneur Summit at the Wyndham in Cleveland, OH, on April 24, where Klein will be speaking on the panel “Funding Your Business and Legal Resources”. Klein, as an entrepreneur, attorney, and advocate for women business owners, offers a unique perspective and expertise on this panel topic.

The Milken Institute Global Conference, on April 29, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angles, CA, features Klein as a panelist on the topic “Crowdfunding for Startups and Small Businesses”. The purpose of this panel is to discuss how to maximize the promise of crowdfunding while minimizing the risks to entrepreneurs and investors.

Klein will be attending the Missouri Venture Forum Entrepreneurial Roundtable Series at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza in Clayton, MO, on May 16, where she will be a member of the “Money in the Crowd Panel”. The purpose of this event is to discuss what crowdfunding is in general, and if it is a good option for entrepreneurs and investors.

SoMoLend is the leading debt-based, crowdfunding platform that connects small business borrowers with individual and organizational lenders in a local area. SoMoLend.com automates the loan application process, as well as interest negotiations, funding progress and payments, and also provides fundraising campaign tools.

Have Crowdfunding News?

Select one of the following categories and post your press release: Business CitiesCommunitiesCrowdfunding PlatformsEducationFilmMusicEntertainmentGamesVideosSocial GoodSolarRenewable Energy and SoftwareHardware, and Technology Gadgets.   Don’t see your category listed? Tell us to add it and we will.

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iCrowd Rolls Out Crowdfunding Validated Experts Program to Help New Crowdfunding Campaign Managers

16 Apr

New Features Announced for on iCrowd Crowdfunding Platform

iCrowd Rolls Out Crowdfunding Validated Expert Program to Help New Crowdfunding Campaign Managers

iCrowd Rolls Out Crowdfunding Validated Experts Program to Help New Crowdfunding Campaign Managers

From Brad McGee, iCrowd CEO:

We are excited to introduce a number of site enhancements to make your experience with iCrowd more rewarding!  While you will notice little things throughout the site, here are some of the features that make us the most excited:
1.  Introducing Validated Experts.  iCrowd announces its first selection of Validated Experts. Validated Experts can provide significant value to the iCrowd community through their thought leadership and expertise.  Validated Experts will be clearly recognizable throughout the site.  To see them quickly, See our separate announcement for more information.
2.  We’ve enhanced the user view.  Throughout the site, we’ve created a new look for members that provides an in-depth view at a glance.  And, you can expand the information you see with just a click.  You can even invite users to your Advisory Board or Group directly from this new view.  Invite your friends.  You’re enjoying your experience on iCrowd, so let your friends in on your secret.  We make it easier to invite friends to join you. Now you can upload a CSV file with email addresses and send invitations.  Most email services allow you to export your contacts in CSV format.  Hey friends, join the iCrowd!
3.  Groups now have tags.  You can add tags to your Group to help users find you better.  When users search for Groups, they can enter a tag name and see what Groups meet their criteria.  Also, they can search for Groups under the Tags tab in the menu bar.  This is a powerful tool to find just the right Group and help promote your Group to others.
4.  Send messages to your Followers.  You can send a message directly from your Dashboard to those people who have chosen to Follow you.  It’s a great way to keep your Followers informed.
5.  Photos are now clickable.  Yeah, we noticed that we have a tendency to click on a person’s photo, not their name, to see their profile.  But nothing happened.  We fixed that.  Click away!
6.  We got rid of those weird profile photos.  When you uploaded your profile photo, you may have noticed that it got distorted when you created your thumbnail.  Some people appreciated the ability to add or subtract a few pounds or inches, but we thought the distortion was a distraction.  Now your photo will retain its original proportions.  If your profile photo looks strange, you might want to try uploading it again.  If it still looks strange, well, we can’t help you with that!
7.  See the votes on your answers in Ask the iCrowd.  If you answered a question and later was curious how many votes you got, you discovered that it did not show you that value for your own answer.  Now it’s fixed!
8.  See the new activity for your Advisory Boards or Groups.  On your Dashboard, you can now see the recent activity in your Advisory Boards or your Groups without having to check each one individually.
9.  Not enough characters?  We thought so too.  In discussions, comments, and email, you told us that we were too limiting in the number of characters we would allow for your entries.  We’ve greatly expanded these, so type away!  Why use one word when twenty will do?
Sure, there are a lot of other features we added and changed, but these are the highlights.  Let us know what else we can do to improve your iCrowd experience.  We’re working on a long list of new ways to help you out.

Five Tips on How to Get Great Publicity for Crowdfunding PR Campaigns in Media Outlets Everywhere

16 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

Looking for a cost-effective way to get some positive publicity for your Crowdfunding Platform or Crowdfunding PR campaign to reach potential donors/investors?

Front Page PR is the #1 Crowdfunding PR firm in America

Front Page PR is the #1 Crowdfunding PR firm in America for Fundraising

Follow these simple directions:

  1. Hire a Crowdfunding PR firm to help you write a search engine optimized press release
  2. Release the news via a professional, paid newswire service (free news wires are ignored by reporters)
  3. The same Crowdfunding PR firm should also conduct a media relations campaign to contact all reporters that cover your Crowdfunding subject matter
  4. Post the news wire URL link from your press release into one of the following vertical business Crowdfunding PR categories so donors, investors and members of the press can find it
  5. Make sure to include a picture of the product, an executive headshot or your company’s logo. Stories with a picture/logo/infographic are picked up 50% more by the press.

Select one of the following categories and post your press release: Business CitiesCommunitiesCrowdfunding PlatformsEducationFilmMusicEntertainmentGamesVideosSocial GoodSolarRenewable Energy and SoftwareHardware, and Technology Gadgets.   Don’t see your category listed? Tell us to add it and we will.

Both Crowdfunding platform owners and Crowdfunding campaign managers and PR staff can post their news and press releases into these free discussion forums to promote maximum social media exposure.  Don’t forget to include hashtags (#), which Linkedin.com is now linking to people and companies with Linkedin.com profiles.

Crowdfunding reporters scan news these Crowdfunding PR campaign categories on daily basis looking for new and exciting Crowdfunding news stories to cover.  The same is true for donors and investors that are looking for cool new Crowdfunding campaigns to invest.  Post it for free so anyone and everyone on LinkedIn.com can find it.

To learn more about the Crowdfunding industry and startup local Crowdfunding community outreach programs, please join our free American Crowdfunding Center on LinkedIn.com or Meetup.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

Become a Crowdfunding Advocate by starting up a Crowdfunding Meetup in your city or town and promote Crowdfunding as a social and economic development finance tool.

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