Candace Klein to Appear at Startup Summit Hosted by Jean Schmidt

Klein will moderate a panel on the success of local woman-owned startups

Candace Klein
Candace Klein
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    Candace Klein
    Candace Klein
    Candace Klein

CINCINNATI— Candace Klein, entrepreneur, CEO of the soon-to-launch peer-to-peer lending website SoMoLend, and Founder of Bad Girl Ventures, will moderate a panel at “Startup Summit: Launching & Growing a Business,” hosted by Congresswoman Jean Schmidt on Saturday, November 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center in Clermont County. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Klein will moderate the panel, “Startup Success: Women Share their Stories.” Panelists will include Rosie Dean, the 10-year-old CEO of Rosie’s Turkey Corner; Allison Kulage, CEO of Bare Knuckle Marketing; Chele Hobbs, co-founder of Pet Wants; and Robin Gentry McGee, founder of Just Great Foods Consulting and Functional Formularies.

This event will feature several panels and success stories shared by the founders of local small businesses, as well as the opportunity to ask questions of experts and exchange ideas. Panel discussions will include experts in marketing, Web design, social media, and funding. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Queen City Angels, Miami University’s Entrepreneurship program, SCORE, Klein’s company Bad Girl Ventures and many more local business leaders will take part in the event. For more information, visit http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh02_schmidt/start.html.

Bad Girl Ventures is a highly localized micro-finance organization focused on educating and financing woman-owned startup companies in a local geographic region.  BGV provides $25,000 low interest loans, but in order to be eligible for financing, women must first complete an 8-week long curriculum. BGV teaches them all the all facets of starting and running their own business. By the time the class graduates, they will have completed 1) a business plan; 2) a marketing plan; 3) an operating budget; and 4) an SBA loan application. For more information, visit the Bad Girl Ventures Website.

SoMoLend is a Web-driven company that uses the Internet and interactive mobile devices to match borrowers with lenders for peer-to-peer lending. The idea to start SoMoLend came about when Bad Girl Ventures received 400 applications for loans, and only had resources to secure funding for 24 of those companies. SoMoLend will ultimately help more entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

About SoMoLend

SoMoLend is a Web- and mobile-based Peer-to-Peer lending company using patent-pending lending technology executed within a hyper-localized geographic scope.  This user-friendly technology can be accessed worldwide by business borrowers and investors. Investors lend money directly to borrowers through a Web-based application, which then packages the loans and sells them as notes, bypassing banks and credit-card issuers.