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Crowdfunding Makes “Bear-y” Good Sense for Women and Minority Suppliers

April 29th By Dan

Crowdfunding Panel Chicago Business

“Crowdfunding is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and impacting government policy, informing enterprise innovation, and changing the role of financial institutions around the world. In cooperation with the 46th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair, the Chicago MBDA Business Center hosted an insightful, introductory discussion of crowdfunding to raise the consciousness and understanding of the topic for minority business owners.

The CBOF46 panel discussion, moderated by Jared L Kelly, Principal Consultant, CEI Media Group, offered insight to the spectrum of crowdfunding resources. As minority suppliers, Kelly emphasized the opportunity for business-to-business (B2B) collaboration of MBEs and the areas of support needed for successful project fundraising.”

Social entrepreneur, PJ McGuire, showcased her NettieBears® as a perfect example of small business initiation into crowdfunding. McGuire’s plush and earth-friendly bears won the hearts of several audience members, and opened the eyes of suppliers in the audience. “This entire project has been a collaboration. I’ve been overwhelmed by the offers to help. I’m extremely fortunate to have great relationships with successful small business owners,” McGuire noted. “I’m very new to crowdfunding, but I believe I can change the world one hand-sewn bear at a time with a little help.”

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