Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Crowdfunding seminar tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Wanna learn how to help a small business get off the ground? Wanna learn how to get your own small business off the ground?

Crowdfunding Colorado Springs
  • Bennet: Inviting you to be part of the crowd.

Sen. Michael Bennet is co-hosting a crowdfunding seminar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., for small and start-up business owners and entrepreneurs looking to raise early stage capital, his office says in a release.

The seminar will outline how crowdfunding works and how businesses can make it work for them.

Co-hosts of this free event include Epicentral, Startup Colorado Springs and the Small Business Development Center of Colorado Springs. Space is limited, so those wanting to attend should sign up on the senator's website.

From the release:

Bennet included the crowdfunding provision in the JOBS Act, which was recently signed into law. It allows small, young and rapidly growing businesses to raise funds from small, individual investors online and through social media. The law seeks to address the difficulties small businesses, young businesses and start-ups face in securing capital, compared with larger companies.

Participants will hear from local entrepreneurs and business owners, legal experts and representatives from traditional investment firms in Colorado, including venture capital, banks and microfinance. Scheduled panelists will include: Paul Lizer, CEO, Devium; Jeff Thomas, founder, Invertual; Ben Sparks, attorney, Sparks Willson; Justin Vause, Accion; Robin Roberts, President, Pikes Peak National Bank; Chris Franz, entrepreneur, Angel Investor; John Street, entrepreneur, Angel Investor; Ric Denton, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator.

In addition to learning about crowdfunding, participants will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rulemaking process and offer key input for the commission to keep in mind as it develops specific regulations.

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