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WNC Crowd Funding Conference Sponsored by JB Media Group


Friday, October 17, 2014 will mark will be the first annual Crowd Funding Conference to be held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC from 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM. The conference is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center and JB Media Group.

Crowd funding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. JB Media Group, a full service online marketing agency, has helped companies raise $181,503 dollars on Kickstarter in the last year and are the sponsors and lead presenters at the first annual Crowd Funding Conference to be held on Friday, October 17th at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC, from 1:00 - 5:15 pm.

The crowd funding model is made up of three parts: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded; individuals or groups who support the idea; and a moderating organization (the "platform") that brings the parties together to launch the idea i.e. Kickstarter – the world's largest funding platform for creative projects.

Crowd funding examples can include business, film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more. In 2013, the crowd funding industry grew to be over $5.1 billion worldwide.

Schedule of talks include: 

  • 1:00-2:00 pm Is Crowd Funding Right for You?
  • 2:05-3:05 pm Strategies for a Successful Campaign
  • 3:10-4:10 pm Elements of an Effective Social Media Campaign
  • 3:10-4:10 pm Video: Tips for Telling Your Story & Crafting Your Pitch
  • 4:15pm-5:15 pm Panel: Kickstarted: Tips from Companies Who've Done It

Speakers for the event include: Justin Belleme, Owner and Director of Strategy for JB Media Group, named 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville; Kimberly Daggerhart Director of Public Relations and Crowdfunding Manager at JB Media Group; Phil Davis owner of Tungsten Marketing; Brooks Norman owner of Top Rank Film Studios; and Adrianne Gordon Director of Marketing with JB Media Group. 

Those interested in attending the Crowd Funding Conference can register here: WNC Crowd Funding.

For more information on the WNC Crowd Funding Conference visit blueridge.edu/sbc and click on View a Listing of Upcoming Programs or call (828) 694-1779. 

About JB Media Group

JB Media Group is a full-service Internet marketing agency in Asheville, North Carolina, made up of writers, researchers, strategists, and trainers. They specialize in integrating all aspects of Internet marketing including strategy, SEO, online advertising, online public relations, content development, and crowd funding.