Archive | CommunityLeaders RSS feed for this section

Community Banks: Renewed Purpose and Survival through Crowdfunding White Paper Cites Importance of Crowdfunding to Upgrade the Vitality of Community Financial Institutions

5 May

Community Banks Experienced a 24-percent Drop from 2000 to 2013 due to increased regulatory oversight, to competition from non-banks and internal conflicts all involving limited resources

By Robert Hoskins

Sausalito, CA – Breakaway Funding LLC issued the first of a three-part white paper series which describes the changing landscape of the private securities market and the importance of immediately implementing a crowdfunding as a survival tool for community financial institutions.

Kim Kaselionis Breakaway Funding

Kim Kaselionis, Breakaway Funding

“The deregulation of securities laws governing direct solicitation and participation by non-accredited investors, combined with the incredible innovations in technology and widespread adoption of social media is forcing unparalleled change in the private capital market,” said Kim Kaselionis, CommunityLeader’s CEO.

Co-authored by Breakaway Funding founder/managing partner Kim Kaselionis, and CommunityLeader, Inc. CEO/co-founder Joseph Barisonzi, the paper argues that without the integration of a crowdfunding program into their product offerings, community banks will continue to struggle to remain relevant to their commercial clients seeking growth capital.

The first paper is entitled “Banking with Purpose.” The second and third installments to be issued over the next month are “Crowdfunding 101 for Community Bankers” and “Sink or Crowdfund.”

Citing a 24 percent drop in the number of community banks from 2000 to 2013, the authors write that community-based financial institutions face overwhelming challenges, ranging from increased regulatory oversight to competition from non-banks to internal conflicts all seeking limited resources.

“The papers provide community bank leaders with the information they need to build an irrefutable business case,” said Kaselionis, former CEO/chairman of Circle Bank, “and to implement an immediate community-based crowdfunding strategy. We also show how they can preserve valuable relationships to remain competitive in the evolving capital market system. And we explain how the inclusion of potential investors previously prohibited from participating in funding transactions will cause fundamental changes in the market.”

Breakaway Funding, created by Kaselionis in late 2013, is a new funding portal providing a complete capital raising ecosystem through the lens of community bankers.

CommunityLeader was created in 2012 to help organizations understand and operate in the regulatory environment created by the JOBS Act. “The opportunities now and becoming available to financial institutions, small businesses and investors have opened an entirely new financial environment. What we have been able to do for our clients is help them successfully put the applicable provisions of the JOBS Act to work for them. Those who adopt early will find themselves both beneficiaries and leaders in their respective fields,” said Barisonzi.

Breakaway has conducted workshops, seminars and meetings over the past five months and will continue to make available crowdfunding educational information for bankers, businesses and investors

“The deregulation of securities laws governing direct solicitation and participation by non-accredited investors, combined with the incredible innovations in technology and widespread adoption of social media is forcing unparalleled change in the private capital market,” said Barisonzi. “Community banks have a unique opportunity to reclaim their leadership position as the source of growth capital for emerging businesses.”

“What we are seeing is an enormous interest in crowdfunding among bankers, investors and businesses,” Kaselionis said. “The pace of adoption and demand promises to grow steadily as more and more companies successfully fund their companies through this emerging market. Everyone recognizes that our capital markets and investment opportunities are evolving quickly and they seek to learn and educate themselves to see how they may benefit by being part of this economic tsunami.”

# # #

 

 

Reality Crowdfunding TV Show Launches New Meetup Group and Google+ Hangout News Casts to Schedule Events, Conduct Interviews and Raise Awareness for Equity Crowdfunding Industry

9 Feb

This week executives from OTT Communications, CommunityLeader, Smart Money Entrepreneurs and Pepper Hamilton Law Firm will discuss how to raise money via title II equity crowdfunding campaigns

 By Robert Hoskins

 The Reality Crowd TV Show, based in Hartford, CT,  announced that it has added two important marketing tools to help extend the program’s ability to reach the growing worldwide audience that wants to learn about the benefits of equity crowdfunding and how to use the process effectively to raise money to start or expand small businesses.

The first business development tool launched was a http://www.Meetup.com/RealityCrowdTV  Meetup Group, which is a social media networking site that allows the program to reach millions of members worldwide who are searching for weekly activities to attend based on their personal interests.  Meetups feature an activity calendar, discussion groups, email blasts and other communication tools that make it easy to schedule crowdfunding events and invite a wide range of members to attend.

Reality Crowd TV Crowdfunding Series introduces Title II Equity Crowdfunding to Entrepreneurs

Reality Crowd TV Crowdfunding Series introduces Title II Equity Crowdfunding to Entrepreneurs and Startups

The second enhancement includes creating one of Google’s recently released Google+ Hangouts. The Hangouts allow the Reality Crowd TV program to host a fully interactive video news broadcast, which allows viewers to ask pre-newscast questions to be answered during interviews; to share PowerPoint presentations and conduct polls during the broadcast; as well as access cool new social media marketing tools that allow the show to target the very hard to reach target audience of 18 to 34 year-old millennials.

Reality Crowd TV’s next Google+ Hangout, entitled “Introduction of Title II Equity Crowdfunding to Entrepreneurs,” will be held Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 pm Eastern Time.

Panelists can sign up for future shows at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Reality-Crowd-TV-Crowdfunding-Hangout-7455927?home=&gid=7455927&trk=anet_ug_hm.

After the news cast concludes the video will be archived on both Google+ and Youtube.com.

Guest Speakers include:

  1. Manolis Sfinarolakis, Host, Reality Crowd TV
  2. Kelly Peterson, CEO, OTT Communications Inc.
  3. Joseph Barisonzi, CEO, CommunityLeader
  4. Jeremy Andrews, CEO, Smart Money Entrepreneurs
  5. Brian Korn, Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP

If your business would like to be featured on Reality Crowd TV, simply line up a panel of crowdfunding speakers that provide a good story and send us a media pitch at:

http://www.realitycrowdtv.com/contact-us-crowdfunding/

# # #

 

%d bloggers like this: