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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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UC Berkeley College of Engineering Estimates U.S. Debt/Equity Crowdfunding Market Size to Be around $3.98 Billion

3 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

According to a recent crowdfunding research study, crowdfund investing, a mechanism for raising capital for businesses to start and grow, from small investors, will go live later in 2013. With the release of the proposed crowdfunding rules, a wave of small business and startup financing is expected to sweep the nation. In a first of its kind study, the Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, at the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley released a primer on the size of market.

Professor Lee Fleming, Faculty Director of the Fung Institute, Academic Director of the Program and contributing author said, “While estimating the size of the future and currently non-existent market is a hazardous endeavor at best, we have presented a set of data, assumptions, and estimations that may prove useful. From the lenses of Angels, VCs and Small business lending we believe a market as large as $3.98B per year could rapidly evolve.”

The Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, based out of the College of Engineering’s has a mission to establish the world’s leading academic and applied research; teaching and policy regarding innovations in how entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses are funded. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance was launched in November 2012 to study the impact of new financing mechanisms such as crowdfunding.

Crowdfund investing became federal law in April 2012 with the passage of the JOBS Act. The bill itself was one of the most bi-partisan pieces of legislation to come out of Congress last year. While new regulations for crowdfund investing are expected from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) later in 2013, the new industry already has over 80 Internet crowdfund investing funding platforms being developed to apply for SEC approval.

Steve Stralser, professor of Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Management in Glendale, Arizona and contributing author said, “The global potential for crowdfunding stands to be just as big if not bigger than the United States. This initial research is the jumping off point for further research.”

The excitement for crowdfunding is emerging in a number of countries. Governments are considering it as one tactic to address their nations’ most pressing socioeconomic challenges. The United Kingdom gave its seal approval with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) authorizing the first equity crowdfunding platform and Australia has had legalized crowdfunding for seven years, while the Italian parliament passed a decree legalizing crowdfunding in October 2012. The U.S. State Department, the World Bank, angel investor groups, incubators and investors in Latin America, European, Middle Eastern and African countries are exploring crowdfund investing and are seeking best practices and academic research on the topic.

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering is recognized globally for its research and educational excellence, consistently ranking among the top three engineering colleges in the United States. The college’s 4,600 students gain leadership skills through experiential learning, research internships and study abroad. A full-time faculty of more than 200 professors advance discovery and innovation in fields ranging from energy engineering and nanomaterials to synthetic biology. The college’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership offers a complete range of programs for engineers and scientists seeking professional and executive careers.

CrowdIt CEO Graf Pitches Crowdfunding to Springfield Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business Council

23 Mar

By Robert Hoskins

CrowdIt CEO Presents to the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council

CrowdIt CEO Presents to the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council

Who: Jason Graf
Co-Founder and CEO
CrowdIt
Graf is the CEO and founder of CrowdIt. He has received multiple business awards, including the Springfield Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” (2012) and Go Magazine’s “20 Under 30” (2006). Graf’s passion for business, marketing, planning and financing has helped other business owners through his position as a business intermediary with Murphy Business and Financial Corporation. His career includes finance, beginning in 2000 as a loan officer and later becoming a branch manager at Primary Residential Mortgage. In 2004 he founded Graf Financial Services and Paragon Global, where he served as CEO, owner and manager for three years.
What: The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding:  What is it and How Can I Use it to Acquire Capital Today?
A simple definition of crowdfunding is fundraising through large amounts of people giving small amounts of money. Crowdfunding as a means of acquiring capital, is a growing trend and is expected to become a $300 billion market. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. The law modifies certain requirements new public companies must abide by and the length of time companies have to comply. The JOBS Act addresses, among other items, the number of shareholders a company may have, exempts companies from registering public offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and relieves “emerging growth companies” from certain regulatory requirements. In this presentation, Graf will explain crowdfunding, the JOBS Act, and how entrepreneurs can position themselves to provide ancillary services in this emerging marketplace.
When: Wed., April 3, 2013 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CDT)
Where Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield MO. 65806

Click here to register

The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding…Primed, Capitalized and Waiting on the SEC

17 Feb

Capitol Hill Briefing on the
State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding

Please Join  for a Capitol Hill Briefing on:

WHO:            Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

WHAT:        The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding
                       …Primed, Capitalized and Waiting on the SEC

WHERE:     Washington, DC – The Capitol:  HVC 201 A & B

WHEN:        Tuesday, February 19, 2012 from 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.

WHY:           Attend Crowdfunding Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, SBE Council

Panel of Crowdfunding Subject Matter Experts:  

RSVP by February 15:   rsvp@sbecouncil.org  Please provide Full Name, Title and Association or Member/Committee Office

Purpose of Crowdfunding Briefing:

At this February 19 briefing, the nation’s principal leaders and experts on equity and debt-based financing will provide an in-depth review of the extensive build out and preparation that has taken place to help entrepreneurs’ access capital through online platforms, while protecting the investors who will finance these enterprises.  The group will touch upon the global advancement of equity-based crowdfunding, the significant challenges entrepreneurs still face in accessing capital and why it is vitally important that the SEC finalize JOBS Act rulemakings.

JOBS Act Background:

President Obama signed the Jump Start Our Businesses Start Up Act (JOBS Act) on April 5, 2012, which among other smart reforms to outdated securities laws, made equity-based crowdfunding legal.  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), however, has missed important deadlines in issuing rules that will govern this promising and transformative marketplace for entrepreneurs.

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