SBDC at UW-Green Bay among partners to present March 26 crowdfunding panel

The Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay is among the partners that will present “Crowdfunding Rules and Regulations,” part of the Innovation Series of the Advance Business and Manufacturing Center, from 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay.

Geared toward entrepreneurs, attorneys, financial advisors and potential investors, this panel discussion event will explore the fact that Wisconsin is one of the first states in the nation to allow a company to raise capital by selling small ownership shares to many investors. In addition, panelists will discuss how the Securities and Exchange Commission currently is gathering feedback on federal crowdfunding guidelines, new rules expected to create innovative financial opportunities for start-ups, especially those focused on non-technology based ventures.

Panelists for the event are Patricia Struck, administrator of the Securities Division of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; David Dupee, founder and CEO of CraftFund LLC; and Elizabeth Chandler, attorney in the Securities Practice Group at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. The event will begin with breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m., with the panel discussion kicking off at 8 a.m.

The cost for the event is $10 per person, which can be paid in advance or at the door. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register at by March 21. The event will be held in the Student Center at NWTC, Room SC128, and attendees are asked to park in Lot F. The $10 cost includes a continental breakfast.

The crowdfunding panel event is sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, and also presented by Advance (a program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce), the Small Business Center at UW-Green Bay, SCORE and the Entrepreneur Resource Center at NWTC.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, visit or follow the SBDC on Twitter, @uwgbsbdc.


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