SLCC Hosts Utah Crowdfunding Conference 2016

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Event at SLCC will help attendees create powerful crowdfunding campaigns.

This year we’re taking the conference to a higher level by adding training from highly-experienced and knowledgeable experts in equity crowdfunding.

The Salt Lake Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Salt Lake Community College Miller Business Resource Center, with sponsorship from My City Journals, will host the 2nd Annual Utah Crowdfunding Conference April 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SLCC’s Miller Campus.

Panel discussions and speakers will focus on creating powerful crowdfunding campaigns and viral videos, equity crowdfunding and recruiting “influencers.” As part of the conference, attendees will crowdfund ideas or products for the Crowdfund Hero Competition—winners will receive cash awards. Those interested in competing can enter the contest before April 4 by visiting https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//CrowdfundHero.

“Last year we had over 300 attendees and many great speakers and panelists,” said Bryce Hansen, assistant director of the Salt Lake SBDC. “This year we’re taking the conference to a higher level by adding training from highly-experienced and knowledgeable experts in equity crowdfunding.” The conference cost, with lunch included, is $25.95 for those registered by March 31, $33.95 between April 1-24 and $41.95 after April 24. To register online or for more information, visit http://www.utahcrowdfundingconference.com.

The presence of crowdfunding to support entrepreneurs through online donations has grown from $1.5 billion in 2011 to more than $34 billion in 2015. In May 2016 equity crowdfunding will become legal in the U.S. “Crowdfunding has become a major resource for companies to create good ideas and see their products become reality,” said Jim Herrin, director of the Salt Lake SBDC. “With the addition of equity crowdfunding this May, the opportunity to bring many more products to market should substantially increase.”

The Utah SBDC is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is funded by the SBA and State of Utah. It is hosted at 15 colleges and universities throughout Utah and provides business advising, mentoring and services to small business owners at no charge.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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