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Entrepreneurship Mini-Series: Crowdfunding - A Financial Alternative for Entrepreneurs

Date: April 20, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: April 20 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on April 19

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, April 10

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


What's your knowledge level regarding crowdfunding? Over the past five years, it has become a viable source of capital for entrepreneurs, no matter if they are in a small town or big city. This peer-to-peer financing method is easily facilitated by the internet; and thanks to new federal and state regulations, interstate and equity funding is becoming possible. Consider how you can utilize this alternative financing method to create jobs and diversify your local economy. This webinar will discuss how crowdfunding is transforming the way entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

You'll discover much during this webinar, including:

• The types of crowdfunding sources available and what you need to know about the JOBS Act
• How your economic development organization can use crowdfunding as a job creation diversification tool
• Case studies from urban and rural communities which demonstrate startup launch successes through crowdfunding




Aaron Hagar
Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Madison, WI

Aaron oversees the WEDC’s efforts to support entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment in early-stage companies through the division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The division operates a number of programs and partnerships that aim to support not only businesses directly, but also the ecosystem and support networks that they need to grow and succeed. Aaron also sits on a number boards and committees including the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Brightstar Wisconsin Foundation, and the Wisconsin Innovation Awards that are working to support entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development across Wisconsin.

Aaron’s career started in bio-medical research before transitioning to economic development. He has worked on projects ranging from the immune system response to brain tumors to large-scale urban redevelopment. This diverse background provides him with a unique perspective on research, technology, entrepreneurship, and how these factors influence economic and community development. Aaron has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW Madison and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Minnesota.

Anthony Zeoli
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Chicago, IL

Anthony Zeoli is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP where he concentrates his practice in the areas of securities, banking and commercial finance, real estate, and general corporate law. He is an industry leader in the area of crowdfunding, in particular with respect to real estate crowdfunding, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, and Regulation A+ offerings. He most recently drafted a bill to allow for an intrastate crowdfunding exemption in Illinois which was unanimously passed by the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate. Anthony also regularly writes about crowdfunding legal issues on his Crowdfunding Legal Hub website and as a senior contributor to Crowdfund Insider.

Anthony’s commercial finance practice includes the representation of borrowers and lenders in: secured and unsecured lending transactions; corporate reorganizations and restructuring; syndicated commercial financing transactions; and loan workouts. Anthony also has a vibrant securities and general corporate practice including initial and subsequent private debt and equity offerings; mergers and acquisitions; company formation and governance; and general contract drafting and negotiation.

Anthony has particular expertise in the negotiation and documentation of real estate transactions involving the acquisition, sale, construction, development, leasing and/or financing of real estate and has represented parties on both sides of such transactions.

Anthony holds a bachelors degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany, a law degree with a concentration in corporate law from Northwestern University School of Law, and an MBA with a double concentration in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, April 10. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, April 10.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, April 10 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, April 10 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.