Ugly Dog Media Targets Midwestern Markets with New Service Offerings and Website Redesign

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PR and Marketing Firm Offers Counsel for Startups Launching Crowdfunding Initiatives

Ugly Dog Media, a boutique PR and marketing firm based in South Bend, Indiana, announced today the launch of its redesigned website at http://www.uglydogmedia.com. The firm, which boasts both startup and enterprise clients throughout the world, also announced its plans for a focus on serving businesses throughout the greater Chicago area.

Headquartered in the emerging tech hub of South Bend, Indiana's "Renaissance District" adjacent to the old Studebaker headquarters, Ugly Dog Media offers both traditional and new media marketing to clients in industries as diverse as information technology and beer. "The next wave of technology innovation isn't going to happen in Silicon Valley," said Ugly Dog Media CEO Dan Blacharski. "The next dotcom boom is already underway, and it's centered here, in the Industrial Midwest. That's the reason behind our current drive to build our client base close to home and in the Chicago area."

The firm manages public relations, marketing, content development, and social media for tech companies throughout the United States, India, and Australia. "We will continue serving markets throughout the world," added Blacharski. "But, we want to add a tight focus on our part of the Midwest, from South Bend to Chicago. The highly centralized location, availability of low-cost infrastructure, and talent, is already making this region a launching pad for many entrepreneurial high-tech ventures, including our own sister Internet startup, techie.com."

Part of the new wave of innovation is being driven by enabling cloud technology, says Blacharski, author of the book "Cloud Computing Made Easy." Cloud infrastructures have made it possible for dynamic startups to launch in unexpected locations, and it has also dramatically lowered the cost of entry. "Startups 20 years ago needed millions of dollars just to open their doors," Blacharski said. "But today, it can be done on a much lighter budget, and all with a virtual office. These trends are driving more people to take the plunge into the world of startups."

Another factor in the upcoming Midwestern tech boom, says Blacharski, is crowdfunding. "Already, we have non-equity platforms that have seen great success stories, and when the SEC sets the final rules in place for equity-based crowdfunding, there's going to be an incredible rush to launch." Ugly Dog Media has a strong focus in helping startup and early-stage companies raise funds through both non-equity and equity-based crowdfunding platforms.

About Ugly Dog Media Inc
Ugly Dog Media is a full-service public relations, marketing, and content development firm with clients in the US, Asia and Europe. The boutique firm is powered by a team of skilled marketing professionals who specialize in bringing clients the right ideas, at the right time. Ugly Dog Media's team excels at creative development, strategy, and branding across all industries, with a special focus on technology and earlier-stage startups. For more information, visit http://www.uglydogmedia.com.

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